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LIBRARY MUSINGS: Learning new skills on cold winter nights

Grand Forks and District Public Library
By Grand Forks and District Public Library
January 17th, 2013

Hi Grand Folks!

 

There are all sorts of reasons to love January – skiing, sunny afternoons, the days slowly starting to lengthen. It’s also a slow month – a time for reflecting on the year that was, and figuring out what you want to get up this coming year. In my case, I always end up thinking about all the elusive skills I’d like to pick up.

 

This January, B.C. is celebrating Informal Learning month. Informal learning is exactly what it sounds like – learning that happens outside of a classroom. It’s going for a nature walk with your biologist uncle, or helping your grandma make borscht.

 

Public libraries are centres of informal learning. The collection itself is one place to start: you can find a book on making jewelry, and then go home and give it a shot. But there are programs too, lectures and workshops and classes – on any given day you can learn to play chess, sharpen your writing skills, get help using that laptop your grandson gave you, or dig into the roots of your family tree. You can also drop by and join…

 

…the Adult Knitting Club

 

It’ll be starting up in February. Let us know if you’re interested in being a part of it. Materials will be supplied (wool and needles) – but feel free to bring your own if you’d like. All levels welcome, and there will be instructors for those who need a helping hand.

 

The Great Magazine Give-Away

 

We’re cleaning up our magazines, and are looking to clear out most of our 2011 issues – come by the library if you’d like to pick up a stack of “Fine Homebuilding” or “Gardens West” or any others (by donation)!

 

Workshop series: Anger Management in Youth

 

Come to the library on Jan. 30 at 12:00 noon if you’d like to attend the Kelty Mental Health workshop on Anger Management in Youth. Listen to a brief teleconference on learning effective ways to cope with anger – and then join our panel for an informative and practical discussion.

 

The Five People You Meet In Heaven…

 

…is the title of our Book Club selection for January. It’s a quick read, but a great one. We’ll be meeting in Grand Forks on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., and at our Christina Lake location (in the Living Arts Centre) on Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. Come by the library to pick up your copy, and get reading! New members are always welcome.

 

Learn @ Lunch

 

Sally Caisley will be back at the library on Jan. 18 at 12:00 noon to present on “Healthy Eating for Seniors”. Refreshments will be served.

 

Happy Learning!