For the Love of Libraries

This week’s column was written by Dallas Husar, library assistant at the Invermere Public Library. Call 250-342-6416 for more information.

As the days get shorter and darker, many of us feel the urge to hibernate; much of the animal kingdom is so why shouldn’t we? The bears are starting to settle into their dens, many birds are flying south or roosting up, even the fish are moving slower. On the other hand, you may be like me and are feeling restless as the daylight wanes, waiting for a good accumulation of snow to enjoy winter to its fullest. Regardless of how you feel about the darker days, the library is here to help.  

The winter months are often accompanied by a desire to read more in the evenings, or on the really frigid days when playing outside is hard to pull off. Our shelves are full of a variety of titles waiting for you to take them home and curl up with by the fire. Can’t find the title you are looking for? Chances are we can bring it in from another BC library for you. If watching a good film or television show is more your speed, we also have a selection of DVDs available to borrow and settle in with.  

Maybe you are like me and love enjoying a good book while ticking things off your to-do list. Using the Libby app allows you to listen to audiobooks while multitasking. A good book can make the drive to the ski trails more enjoyable or pairs well with an evening of baking a nice batch of cookies. 

Children seem to have endless amounts of energy no matter the season and we are here to help! Break the cabin fever and bring the kids to the library! Wednesdays from 3-4:30 pm is our After-School Club–come colour, bead, or build with Lego before heading home or to your extracurriculars. We have Friday Fundays from 2-3 pm with STEAM or crafts, and we’ll have some extra craft sessions for families over the school break too. Join us for Preschool Storytime Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 am (all ages are welcome but geared towards preschool age). Lego/Duplo club on Saturdays from 11:00 am-12:30 pm is another great way for the family to enjoy quality time at the library.

We also have plenty of programming for adults needing out of the house too! Join us at our knitting/crochet group, Senior’s tea, book club, or writing club. If you aren’t interested in partaking in a group activity but need a change of scenery, please come and enjoy one of our comfy chairs to read or work on your own projects.  

Perhaps you are missing the sunshine during these dark and overcast days of winter. The library has LED Sunshine Lamps available to borrow which can help to boost your mood. These devices are available to take home for 3 weeks with your library card. 

All of our programming is FREE and you can find all the details on the events calendar on our website ( or find a paper calendar at the circulation desk. 

Find out how to get a free library card on our website or give us a call at 250-342-6416. We hope everyone has a wonderful winter season.