Dallas Husar, Invermere Library Assistant

Do you have a happy place? Not just a physical one but somewhere you retreat in your mind’s eye when you daydream or are feeling anxious or stressed? When I’m not dreaming of mountain trails, my mental retreat is often the children’s section of the Canmore Library. 

Growing up, we had a wonderful librarian and her storytimes were magical, complete with puppets. I can still picture walking into the building, past the circulation desk and into the children’s area. It was endless and cozy. The library has since moved several times, but it’s the one from my childhood that’s my happy place. I can still hear Jean’s voice telling us stories.

Libraries have always been a big part of my life. Not only did our mom take us to storytime, but we visited often throughout my childhood. Every Christmas, one of the gifts I would anticipate the most was our family library card. I loved libraries! I loved going in and checking out books, perusing the shelves for the perfect read. As I aged, I loved watching The Globe and Mail bestsellers list and putting titles on hold in anticipation of diving in when it was my turn. I loved chatting with the librarians about their recommendations. It was such a happy and inclusive place.

When I made the move to the Columbia Valley from the Bow Valley, I distinctly remember going to the Invermere Public Library to check out their collection before relinquishing my Banff library card. The Banff library had become a regular installation in my life and I wanted to make sure the new place I was moving to would fill the role. It did in spades; Liz and Ginny were so welcoming!

When the opportunity arose to work at the Invermere Public Library several years ago, it was a no-brainer for me to apply. I was so honoured to join the team and life got even more fun when I began to host Storytime. The laughs and fun our little Storytime crew shared were some of my favourite times at work. Getting to know our patrons over the years was such a bonus. There was hardly a person who walks through the door that wasn’t happy to be there.

After stepping away for a few years, I am so happy to be back as part of the team. The staff are so incredible, talented, and all around wonderful people to work with. It is so neat to see many of my original storytime crew attending the programming the library offers older youth, like STEAM and Crafternoons. It’s been so much fun seeing the new group of storytimers eagerly read and sing along every week.  Hosting Saturday Storytime (begins at 10:30 a.m.) is a highlight of my week. It’s been wonderful reconnecting with our regular patrons, catching up on life stories and good reads. As the town grows, it also means learning many new names and faces and making new connections.

There are so many reasons the library is my happy place. I’d like to hope it’s many of yours too. And if you aren’t sure yet, please come and spend some time with us; you’re sure to find something to smile about.