The last month at the Melita Library has been a very busy one, probably starting on November 15 with author Gordon Goldsborough promoting his new book, More Abandoned Manitoba. A very relaxed and knowledgeable professor of biology but passionate about history and old places. If you don’t find one under your Christmas tree, ask for both at the Library. Also, Gordon has eight chapters completed for his next book, so we look forward to its publication. The Elva elevator is the oldest wooden elevator in western Canada and is in the new book and the elevator on the old Olmstead farm on road #171 between Tilston and Pierson was in the recent Manitoba Co-operator column by Goldsborough.
Another piece of history is the coal mining that was done in the Deloraine Goodlands area in the 1930s. The DVD about this is called Turtle Mountain Mud and was donated to the Library by the Turtle Mountain-Souris Plains Heritage Association. It is available to borrow.
The Library has a collection box for used batteries so if you go through a lot in those new toys, be sure to bring the dead ones down to the box and they will be sent to call2recycle.
A couple of weeks ago the e-libraries service was not working and although we do not know exactly who is e-reading, we had quite a few calls when it was down. We miss you coming to the Library but if that is your preferred way to read, those statistics are included in our reports. And if you haven’t set it up yet, come down with your phone or tablet and we’ll help you get started.
Mrs. Kersten’s Grade 5 class surprised us with a song or two when they were carolling around town. Our annual Christmas fundraiser has been set up for about a month and has been well received with 30 new titles added to the children’s collection and there are still books waiting to be purchased.
In the spirit of the season, we hosted a Children’s Craft Party on December 14 with Heather Jones being the ringmaster. The kids created Christmas trees from large pine cones and all kinds of sparkles, had a few stories, a visit and a treat from Santa and sugar cookies - lots of fun and action at the library. Thanks to Julia Schoonbaert and Emily Jones for being helpers.
Fall is an important time in the publishing world and there are many new books on our shelves, including some from your favourite authors. If there is something you are looking for please ask and we can source it for you.
As the year is winding down, we are, too. The Library will be closed from December 25 - January 1, 2019. We would be remiss if we didn’t express our thanks for the donations to Donor’s Choice, Gift of a Book and to those who give us books for the sales and others who give us entire collections of DVDs and books. Your support is so much appreciated. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2019.