Friday, January 28, 2011

Super Saturday: Chinese New Year

The year of the Tiger coming to a close, and the rise of the Rabbit on the horizon: The Brooks Public Library is ready to celebrate! Kids ages 7 to 12 are invited to join us for Super Saturday: Chinese New Year on Saturday February 7th at 1:00pm. This fun afternoon is filled with games, stories, crafts, and yummy treats. This program is free, but pre-register at the Library today as space is limited.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NFB Film Club

The NFB Film Club is back for 2011 with two great features. Join us for an afternoon of Canadian films presented by the National Film Board of Canada on Saturday January 29th at 2:00pm. Come enjoy the animated short, Pierogie Pinch. As a young woman finds herself lost in daydreams while clumsily making traditional pierogies, she invokes the presence of her grandmother, who guides her through the messy ritual. Also showing Invisible City, Academy Award-nominated director Hubert Davis’s acclaimed documentary about transformation – of an inner-city community and of personal identity. This is a free double feature and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Reading with Ronald

The Brooks Public Library is proud to announce that Ronald McDonald® will be coming to the Brooks Public Library on Wednesday February 16 at 10:30am for a special story hour. Come down and enjoy stories, jokes, and fun surprises! This free event is geared towards kids ages four to eight, but everyone is welcome to attend. For more information please call the library at 403-362-2947.

This learning experience is brought to you by your local Brooks McDonald's®.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Safe Passage

With many thousands of students using the Internet every day, it's inevitable that they will sometimes encounter inappropriate, offensive or illegal online content, as well as situations that make them feel uncomfortable, harassed or even threatened. Learn how to protect your family from online harassment at our upcoming talk Safe Passage on Monday January 31st at 12:00 noon. Topics covered in the session will include forms of online communication, knowing the risks of the internet, and smart safety practices. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wii Game Day: Parents vs. Kids

As we all know, learning happens in many ways and at all ages. One of the best ways to encourage your child to read is to play games with them. That’s why the theme for this year’s Family Literacy Day is Play for Literacy. On January 27th, do your best to set aside at least 15 minutes to play a game with your family. Can’t think of a game to play? Bring your teens and tweens down afterschool at 3:30 to Wii Game Day: Parents versus Kids! Think you’ve got what it takes to beat the rest of your family? Test your skills against your son, daughter, father, mother, grandmother, whoever! Free admission for kids, and parents with kids. Free snacks are provided for all gamers, drop on in and enjoy all the fun.

To find out more about Family Literacy Day please visit ABC Canada

Friday, January 14, 2011

Building a Better Board

Are you on a board for a non-profit organization? Learn how to “Build a Better Board” at the library on Thursday January 20th at 12:00noon with a fantastic session via videoconference. An effective board, committed to a common vision and strategic leadership is perhaps the greatest asset of a non-profit organization. While dedicated, talented staff is critical, their time and energy is wasted without focus and policy direction. Recruiting, developing and retaining individuals to serve in board roles can be difficult and time consuming, but healthy organizations are willing to make a major investment of time and effort in these activities to build a strong organization. This session will include information on evaluating leadership needs, recruiting board members with necessary qualities and experience, developing board members to become effective leaders, and sustaining interest and commitment. This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend, so come learn how to create your board member dream team!

This videoconference brought to us from the Medicine Hat Public Library. The Brooks Public Library is a proud member of the RISE Network.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Toddler Time and Story Time

Starting up again on Wednesday January 12 are our popular Toddler Time and Story Time programs for kids. Toddler Time and Story Time both introduce preschool children to a variety of stories, activities, and crafts. Toddler Time, for kids ages three and under, begins at 10:15am and Story Time, for children ages four to six, starts at 2:15pm. Both programs run for six weeks at a cost of only $6.00 per child per session. These programs fill up quickly, so be sure to register today!

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

ESL Book Club

English as a Second Language students are invited to come into the library to meet new friends and practice their English language skills in our ESL Book Club. Book Club members will read books together and talk about their opinions to improve their reading and conversation skills. Please be advised that these classes are meant to supplement, no replace, ESL classes. Students are expected to have a fairly advanced grasp of English (Level 3) to be able to participate. This session’s book is The Hangman by Louise Penny. Come in and sign up for the ESL Book Club today! Classes begin Sunday January 9 at 1:15pm.

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Young Adult Fiction to DIE For!

Lots of aspiring authors come into the Library asking how they can get thier writing published. We are always happy to help show people everything we've got from the latest edition of The Canadian Writer's Market to monthly magazines like the Writer. But sometimes published authors are the best source for teaching you how to get your stories into bookstores.

On Saturday January 8 @ 1pm YA author Judith Graves will be joining us live via videoconference for a look at the dynamic world of young adult fiction, steps to publication and the life of a YA author. Residing in a northern Alberta community, similar to the fictional town of Redgrave, where Under My Skin, her debut novel, is set – Judith unhappily endures snow in the winter, and runs away from bees in the summer. A firm believer that Canadian teen fiction can be sexy, action packed and snarky as hell – Judith writes paranormal stories with attitude. If you’re writing fiction and want more information about the publishing industry, query process, etc…this is the session for you.

This is a free videoconference program and everyone is welcome to attend. the Brooks Public Library is a proud member of the RISE Network.

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