Monday, September 17, 2012

Brooks Public Library Closure - What does it mean?

We’re now only seven days away from our upcoming closure! As you might already know, the Brooks Public Library will be closed from Monday September 24 to Monday October 8, 2012 for renovations. We will reopen on Tuesday October 9, 2012. Over the next few days, we’ll be giving you information about how you can still access the library during our closure, and an insider peek into the changes that are occurring behind the scenes.

With this closure, it’s important to note that you will be unable to pick up holds, pay fines, or renew memberships at our library. You can return your library materials to the library while we’re closed through our outside drop box, at any Shortgrass member library, or at the Medicine Hat College: Brooks Campus library. Our online catalogue will still be available for you to browse online, and to place holds. If you decide to place a hold, you items will be shipped to the Medicine Hat College: Brooks Campus library, where you can pick them up within seven days of your hold notification call or email.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused during this period and we kindly ask for your understanding and co-operation. We will be posting regular updates about the upgrade on our website ( or on any of our social media pages including Facebook and Twitter. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to speak to one of the Library Assistants at the Circulation Desk, or you can reach us by phone at 403-362-2947.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Westerns @ BPL - Zane Grey

Celebrate Rodeo Week in Brooks with the Brooks Public Library.  This week we’re introducing you to the Westerns genre and showing you titles and authors that you may be missing out on.
Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 - October 23, 1939) was an American author of popular adventure novels and pulp fiction that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. He became interested in this ideal after joining a friend on an expedition to trap mountain lions in Arizona in 1907. Grey wrote steadily, but it was only in 1910, and after considerable efforts by his wife, that his first western, Heritage of the Desert, became a bestseller. It propelled a career churning out popular novels about manifest destiny and the "conquest of the Wild West." He became one of the first millionaire authors. Over the years his habit was to spend part of the year traveling and living an adventurous life and the rest of the year using his adventures as the basis for the stories in his writings. Zane Grey died in 1939 and was interred at the Union Cemetery in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, where the National Park Service maintains the Zane Grey Museum.

Grey’s works helped to influence the Westerns genre in fiction, and many writers still style their writing after his books. If you’re interesting in getting into Westerns, check out these books by Zane Grey today.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Westerns @ BPL - The Last Crossing

Celebrate Rodeo Week in Brooks with the Brooks Public Library. This week we’re introducing you to the Westerns genre and showing you titles and authors that you may be missing out on.

If you’re looking for an unconventional western, you may want to try The Last Crossing by GuyVanderhaeghe.

Set in the second half of the nineteenth century, in the American and Canadian West and in Victorian England, The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of interwoven lives and stories

Charles and Addington Gaunt must find their brother Simon, who has gone missing in the wilds of the American West. Charles, a disillusioned artist, and Addington, a disgraced military captain, enlist the services of a guide to lead them on their journey across a difficult and unknown landscape. This is the enigmatic Jerry Potts, half Blackfoot, half Scottish, who suffers his own painful past. The party grows to include Caleb Ayto, a sycophantic American journalist, and Lucy Stoveall, a wise and beautiful woman who travels in the hope of avenging her sister’s vicious murder. Later, the group is joined by Custis Straw, a Civil War veteran searching for salvation, and Custis’s friend and protector Aloysius Dooley, a saloon-keeper. This unlikely posse becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each person to come to terms with his own demons.

The Last Crossing
contains many haunting scenes – among them, a bear hunt at dawn, the meeting of a Métis caravan, the discovery of an Indian village decimated by smallpox, a sharpshooter’s devastating annihilation of his prey, a young boy’s last memory of his mother. Vanderhaeghe links the hallowed colleges of Oxford and the pleasure houses of London to the treacherous Montana plains; and the rough trading posts of the Canadian wilderness to the heart of Indian folklore. At the novel’s centre is an unusual and moving love story.

The Last Crossing is Guy Vanderhaeghe’s most powerful novel to date. It is a novel of harshness and redemption, an epic masterpiece, rich with unforgettable characters and vividly described events, which solidify his place as one of Canada’s premier storytellers. It is available for checkout now from the Brooks Public Library.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Westerns @ BPL - Elmore Leonard

Celebrate Rodeo Week in Brooks with the Brooks Public Library. This week we’re introducing you to the Westerns genre and showing you titles and authors that you may be missing out on.
Elmore Leonard began his writing career penning westerns, but went on to also write crime fiction and thrillers. Many of his works have been turned into feature films, including his most famous short-story 3:10 to Yuma.
His stories are must reads for any western fan and are available for check out now from the Brooks Public Library.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Westerns @ BPL - Appaloosa

Celebrate Rodeo Week in Brooks with the Brooks Public Library. This week we’re introducing you to the Westerns genre and showing you titles and authors that you may be missing out on.

Readers looking for a western written by a contemporary author may be interested in reading Robert B. Parker’s Appaloosa. In this story, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa to find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of a renegade rancher Randall Bragg, a man who has so little regard for the law that he has taken supplies, horses and women for his own and left the city marshal and one of his deputies for dead. Cole and Hitch, itinerant lawmen, are used to cleaning up after opportunistic thieves, but in Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary- one who raises the stakes by playing not with the rules, but with emotions.

Written in 2005, this book also became a feature film starring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger and Jeremy Irons. This book was also followed by three more books about Hitch and Cole – Resolution, Brimstone, and Blue-Eyed Devil. You can find these books available for check out from the Brooks Public Library.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Westerns @ BPL - Louis L'Amour

Celebrate Rodeo Week in Brooks with the Brooks Public Library. This week we’re introducing you to the Westerns genre and showing you titles and authors that you may be missing out on.

What is a ‘Western’? The western genre comprises of stories set in the latter half of the 1800’s in the American Old West, hence the name. Some Westerns are set as early as the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. Westerns often portray how difficult life was for frontier families. Reoccurring stock characters include solitary cowboys, U.S. cavalry soldiers, and indigenous peoples of North America.

Today’s western selection is perfect for readers who are new to the western genre. In his time, Louis L’Amour was considered one of the world’s most popular authors, and was most famous for his western stories – or as he liked to call them, ‘Frontier Stories’. Born in 1908, many of his 105 stories were turned into feature films and continued to be published today.

If you’re considering reading a western, you may one to try one of Louis L’Amour’s many books. To help get you started, here’s a list of his works available from the Brooks Public Library.

You can read more about the life of Louis L’Amour on his official website.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Twelve Days of Chocolate - Easy Chocolate Turffle Pops

We're counting down to the Brooks Friends of the Library Death by Chocolate Bake Sale with the Twelve Days of Chocolate. Every day from now until May 12 we will be giving you a new chocolate recipe every day to tempt and inspire you. Each of these recipes came from magazines that are currently available for check out from the Brooks Public Library.

Today's final recipe comes from Chatelaine Magazine. You can check this magazine out from the Brooks Public Library or at

Easy Chocolate Truffle Pops


  • 500 g best quality dark, milk or white chocolate, about 3 1/2 cups coarsely chopped
  • 300 mL can sweetened condensed milk

  • cocoa powder
  • sprinkles
  • nuts
  • lollypop sticks


  1. To make Classic Chocolate Fudge:
    Line the bottom and sides of an 8 × 8-in. pan with 2 large overlapping pieces of plastic wrap, letting wrap hang over sides of pan.
  2. Combine chocolate and milk in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on medium, stirring halfway through, until chocolate is almost melted, 3 to 4 min. Remove and stir until evenly mixed and smooth. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and press down, smoothing top. Fold overhanging ends of plastic wrap over fudge to completely cover. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Fudge keeps well, refrigerated, up to 1 week.
  3. To make Easy Truffle Pops:
    Cut Classic Chocolate Fudge into 1-in. squares and place on a microwaveable plate. Heat on medium for 30 sec. Roll into balls, then roll in cocoa powder, sprinkles or chopped nuts. Set a lollipop stick in each and refrigerate until firm.

And remember, the Death by Chocolate Bake Sale is happening today, Saturday May 12, 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Brooks Royal Canadian Legion. If you wish to donate some of your baking please give Gloria a call at 403-362-3295.