Category Archives: MMPL News

Rembrance Day Display at the Library

 

Reflecting on Letters and Poems from the First World War

 
The letter of Charles Winmill.
Helping to ease the pain of separation, and providing a source of emotional well-being to those on the front, letter writing was a normal post of life in the trenches for soldiers. Often sneaking past the censors, letters offer highly personal insights into the war, and show the humanity behind every young man who put their life at risk through those fateful years.
Charles Winmill wrote a thank you letter to Elisabeth Kelly before Christmas 2015: “you good women in Almonte are the only ones that don’t forget us first bunch”. He returned to Almonte after the war to marry Mary Gilmour in 1918.
 
Sgt. Frank Brown was able to publish his book of poems, Contingent Ditties, before dying on action. Enlisting in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in 1914, he was part of one of the first units to travel overseas. By February 1915 , he was killed in St. Eloi, Belgium. The first reported casualty from Almonte, his death had a deep impact on the community. Through his poems, Frank’s account of the war, and his memory lives on.
 
What is the call, the cheering call,
That every other betters? A silver
Call, a longed-for call –The music
Call for ‘letters’
 
The letters and poems will be on display at the Almonte Branch until the 17th of November 2018.
This display was possible by the cooperation of the Mississippi Mills Public Library and the North Lanark Regional Museum.
 
 

 

A Reading and Meet the Author Event

 Tim Wynne-Jones
Saturday, 27 October at 1:30 p.m.
Almonte Branch Library

Join us for a reading from the riveting murder mystery, The Ruinous Sweep by Governor General’s Award Winner and Officer of the Order of Canada, Tim Wynne-Jones.

Learn about his writing process and experiences in the publishing business.  We encourage adults as well as teens to attend this special event.

This event is in partnership with Mill Street Books.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Seating is limited.  Call organizer, Mill Street Books at 613-256-9090 to reserve your place.

New Library Board Members

Love the Library? Join the Board!

Are you a strong supporter of the Library? Excited and passionate about what the Library contributes to Mississippi Mills? The Library is now seeking passionate community members who are interested in applying for the next session of the Library Board.

Why join the Library Board?

This is your opportunity to:
– develop and promote what our Library can do for our community;
– promote a positive relationship between the Library Board and Council;
– represent the different interests, concerns, and attitudes of Mississippi Mills residents.
What skills can you bring?
Each Board Member brings a unique perspective and set of skills such as,
• fundraising,
• finance or budgeting,
• strategic planning,
• oversight of capital projects,
• a passion for libraries and what they can achieve.

How to Apply:

Applications can be picked-up at the circulation desk or downloaded from the Library’s website here. The application deadline will follow the municipal election and will be advertised in the local paper in November 2018.

The Public Library Act requires that you be:
• at least 18 years old;
• a Canadian citizen;
• a resident of the Municipality;
• not employed by your library board or your Municipality.

Further information:

We welcome your interest and encourage you to explore the many resources the Library has to offer. For more information, please contact Christine at 613-256-1037.

2nd in The Series of Sustainable Living Talks

Wednesday 10 October 2018
Almonte Branch – Meeting Room

Home Mushroom Cultivation & Local Foraging

Brodie Barrie of Forest Floor Mushrooms  will be focusing on home mushroom cultivation techniques and incorporating mushrooms into your garden.  He will also touch on foraging and some edible species to keep an eye out for in Mississippi Mills.
You may have already met Brodie at the Almonte Farmer’s Market selling cultivated & wild mushrooms, grow your own kits and logs.  If you are a fan of mushrooms you won’t want to miss this interesting talk.

Registration required – please register at the front desk or by calling 613-256-1037.

New CEO/Head Librarian

Pam Harris, our CEO/Chief Librarian for almost 5 years, has recently retired!  We wish her all the best.

Christine Row, our new CEO/Chief Librarian will join us on August 20, 2018.

“I am so excited to be joining your team and working in such a creative, vibrant community. I have been your neighbour for a while as I have worked at the Rideau Lakes Public Library for 15 years. In that time, I have witnessed rural public libraries grow into essential community hubs and I’m inspired by the possibilities that are yet to come.

In my personal life, I have watched my boys grow into men, learned that living in an old schoolhouse is not all fun and games, and experienced the joys and pains of long bike rides with my husband. I look forward to sharing my next chapter of life and learning with you.”

 

Free One on One Tech Tutoring

Our tech tutor is with us until Dec. 31’18

Call to book an appointment (Almonte 613-256-1037 or Pakenham 613-624-5306)  – don’t lose out! Book while you can

Session availability alternates between Almonte and Pakenham – the schedule is variable. For more details and appointment bookings click here. Available until December 31st, 2018.

In Pakenham, our technology assistant Gregory has put together our Memory Lab. Check it out!

Got old photographs you want digitized? old VHS you want to convert to DVD? Pakenham is your branch and Gregory can get you started.

Summer fun here we come!

Guess what? We have hired our summer students and they are busy busy busy dreaming up new summer programming – stayed tuned for the line up appearing here shortly!

Registration for the TD Summer Reading Club is June 28! this year we are kicking off with free lemonade and will be in fierce competition with Lanark Public Libraries for the best lemonade stand!

Wanted: Summer Program Co-Leader Pakenham Branch

We are hiring!

Summer Program Co-Leader, Pakenham Branch

The position runs from June August 2018 Tues.-Fri. 32 hours/week at $15.03 per hour

Successful candidates must be 18+.  Applicants must be well-rounded, self-motivated and have experience working with school aged children.  Some experience in a library setting, computer and artistic skills considered an asset. More details here.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to:

Pam Harris CEO/Chief Librarian
Mississippi Mills Public Library
Almonte Branch
155 High Street, Box 820, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
pharris@mississippimills.ca

no later than 12 o’clock noon on Friday, June 1’18.