For the Love of Libraries

This week’s column was written by Blair McFarlane, community outreach programmer for the Invermere Public Library, which is located at 201 7th Avenue. Visit their website or call 250-342-6416 for more information.

You really “autumn” know about all the great programs we have at the library this fall. Read on to see what is upcoming –there is something for all ages.  

Two storytimes a week: Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. With different books and facilitators at each session, you can come to one or both. Geared towards ages 2-5 but all welcome. Dallas is back for Saturday Storytime and we couldn’t be happier! 

Lego Club: Drop in on Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Lego and Duplo fun! A good chance to spend some quality family time in play. 

Buddy Reading: Saturdays between 2-4 p.m. Book a 30-minute session to read with a librarian. Build skill, confidence and a love of reading. 

After School Club: Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Come colour, bead or play with LEGO. This is intended as a chill transition time between school and home or extracurriculars. Open to all school aged kids (drop-off only allowed for Grade 2 and up). Find the registration on our website. 

Homeschool Meetup: Homeschool Meetup happens on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All ages of homeschoolers are welcome to join us for open-ended games, art projects, STEAM play and more. This year we will also be running two Homeschool-plus sessions a month. This is our extended program where we will do some more indepth projects geared at specific age groups. Oct. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. will be a book club discussion on We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey. 

Craft Connections Club: Our next craft night for adults is on November 22 at 6 p.m. We’ll be making some fun and adorable (find specifics on our website soon). We are also having our Christmas Craft Night on December 6 at 6 p.m. with a few different craft stations set up. Registration is required for these events and will open in November. 

Write on! Writer’s Group: Come learn how to write family stories at this month’s meeting on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Our writing group is for all writing abilities and experience levels. The first half of our meetings will be a “how to” portion, or mini lesson on a certain style/genre/etc. of writing. The second half of our meetings will be for project sharing and getting feedback on your work.   

Novel Idea Book Club: This month’s Novel Idea pick is The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Meeting on Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the front desk. 

Screening with Wildsight: On November 8 at 7:30 p.m. join Wildsight at the library for a screening of a Zoom conversation with John Vaillant, author of Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast and Fatima Syed, climate reporter at The Narwhal. 

Fire has changed communities across B.C. this year. After the most devastating wildfire season in recorded history, many are wondering how these fires got so big, what we can learn from our current responses, and whether we are prepared for an ever warming future. All are welcome. 

FireSmart Info Session: Carey Collin from FireSmart Invermere will be hosting three information sessions in November to chat about wildfire readiness and the Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan (in progress). Drop-in to one of the three sessions on: Nov. 14 from 12 to 3 p.m., Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m., or Nov 16 from 12 to 3 p.m.

Needles & Hooks: Join other yarn enthusiasts and share tips and tricks at our bi-monthly Needles & Hooks group. Meetings every 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 2 p.m. Oct. 19th and Nov. 2nd are the upcoming days. 

Senior’s Tea: Come for a cup of tea and lively conversation at 2 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Oct. 26 and Nov. 9th are the upcoming days.