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Almonte Reads 2018 … and the winners are

Educated – Tara Westover:An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny: The entrancing new crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice In a small northern First Nations community, all lines of communication, as well as the power, have been disconnected without explanation. Winter has arrived and panic has set in. Has something happened down south? Is help on the way? And who is this mysterious survivalist, Jason Scott, who has arrived in town?

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz: New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling): Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling.

Follow this link for many more books suggested by Almonte readers.

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.