For the Love of Libraries

This week’s column was written by Jacqueline Kozak and Donna Tunney of the Radium Public Library, which is located at 4683 Stanley Street. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.

All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more.

Visit your local libraries in Radium and Invermere to see all that is available to you.

 We have lots on the go here at the Radium Library for Library Month. There are programs for all ages, and they are all free. Our program calendar features a weekly storytime program, a weekly baby program, and a weekly tech support program courtesy of our community partner – the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. There are also several programs for teens, adults and seniors to make connections and foster creativity. Check out our program calendar on our website for more information.  

 Friends of the Radium Hot Springs Library

The shortlist for the Booker Prize has been announced. The novels are: “The Bee Sting” by Paul Murray, “Western Lane” by Chetna Maroo, “Prophet Song” by Paul Lynch, “This Other Eden” by Paul Harding, “If I Survive You” by Jonathan Escoffery, and “Study for Obedience” by Sarah Bernstein. Of these six books, none of the writers have ever been previously shortlisted, and two are written by debut authors. Quite an accomplishment! Even better—all the titles are available through your public library system. The grand prize winner will be announced at the end of November—in time for those avid readers on your Christmas list.

 And what could be better for book lovers this Christmas than more books? That’s just what you’ll find at our third annual book sale on November 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come browse and discover thousands of gently used books in dozens of genres — history, romance, mystery, and self help, as well as cookbooks, children’s titles, classics, and more. You may even find a past Booker Prize winner, as well as treats, crafts, and a visit from Mrs. Claus. It all happens November 25 at the Radium Community Centre, 4863 Stanley Street.