Priddis/Millarville/Red Deer Lake

Millarville Community Library – Apr 2021

Yeah! We are now officially allowed to open and also allowed to use our wonderful volunteers. We are currently assessing our volunteer roster and because of that we are going for a gradual re-opening. Effective immediately we will be open on Tuesdays, 9-12 and Wednesdays from 12-7:30. In a few weeks we will add Tuesdays 12-3, Wednesdays 9-12, and Thursdays 9-12 and 12-3. Check on our Instagram and Facebook accounts for that announcement and information on any upcoming events or art exhibits.

Our legendary Summer Program will run this summer, probably mostly outdoors (very popular last year). Again, watch our social media for updates.

The library is looking very bright and spacious with its new shelving so come in and browse (that sounds so good after a year!) and check out the many new books.

Reading seems to be ever more popular, particularly among our younger patrons. Here are two book reviews from two Millarville School students.

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jorden is a 15-book fantasy series full of adventure, quests, fantastic creatures, betrayal and loyalty. In book one the story follows the main character Rand and his companions who have to journey to a far away land. With many twists and turns in the action, at times you wonder who is good and who is bad. This story is full of sword fights and magic. The imagery the author uses makes the story more vivid in the reader’s mind. For example, in book two, one of the main characters, Mat, has to find a ruby-hilted dagger or else he will die. The way the author described this made me feel like I was in the book and makes this series stand above other fantasy novels. The author weaves together different storylines that meet up throughout the story and eventually collide at the climax. This book was so good, I couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Review by Bergen Polivka

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan: If you love horses you will love this book! Based on the true story of Charlotte Darkey Parkhurst, this award-winning book takes place in the time of the US gold rush. Born in an orphanage for boys, Charlotte always dreamed that one day she would have her own ranch with horses. This dream took her on many adventures. Charlotte became a famous stagecoach driver and was known for being the best to get people to where they wanted to go. She was also known for being the first woman to vote in U.S. history. I loved this book because it showed that if you follow your dreams and stick with it you are capable of anything. I think that readers from 8-11 would enjoy this book.

Review by Sabine Polivka

Thanks you Bergen and Sabine for two great reviews. We are always looking for reviews like this and reviews from adult library patrons too. Contact Natasha at the library. The High Country News and the Trackwatch deadline is around the middle of every month.

And here’s a great read for grown- ups, or “growing- ups” (you never stop growing when that next book is on the nightstand, or in the library!)

Indians on Vacation is by Thomas King, legendary novelist, short story writer, poet, scriptwriter, photographer and award winner. Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi spend their vacations trying to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.

Their journey throughout Europe careens from the wildly funny to the political, through the baggage and foibles and guilt that we all carry with us wherever we go, especially when we travel and are confronted with “inconvenient truths.”

In an excellent Writers and Company interview (Google it) Thomas King tells Eleanor Wachtel that while echoes of King and his wife creep in, it is not autobiographical. “I always wondered what I was going to do be able to do with all the travel that my wife drags me off on. And so I decided, well, I’ll write a book about that. And so I did.”

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