30 Days Hath …

Updated 2014/09/29

This week sees the end of September and the beginning of October, the month with the most confusing name in the calendar. Originally the eighth month, it’s now the tenth. January and February were added by the roman King Numa Pompilius.

As one month rolls into another so our Program Room art display changes over. From Wednesday onwards we will be displaying a collection of works by Jack Avison. Jack was an enthusiastic member of the Painters’ Guild, noted for his watercolors and pen and ink drawings. Salt Spring inspired many of his landscapes and seascapes. Jack died peacefully at Lady Minto Hospital on December 24th 2013. Jack’s close friend, Martin Herbert, will give a talk on Jack’s life and work at the exhibition’s opening reception.

For poets, and lovers of poetry, we have a treat on Thursday. Our October Open Mic has two featured poets, Yvonne Blomer and Ariel Gordon. Yvonne’s first collection, ‘a broken mirror, fallen leaf’ was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In 2014 her third full collection of poems, ‘As if a Raven’ was released. Ariel is a Winnipeg writer. Her second collection of poetry, ‘Stowaways’ was launched in spring 2014. Recently, she won the Kalamalka Press’ inaugural John Lent Poetry-Prose Award. As usual, in the first half of the evening you have a chance you read your work. Sign-up is at 6:45pm with readings commencing at 7pm.

Our library is becoming quite a playful place. On Friday evenings at 6pm Bryan Dubien is hosting Games Nights with a variety of board games and Magic the Gathering! A welcome addition to our Chess, Scrabble and Bridge clubs.

On Saturday we are hosting a Breastfeeding Challenge organized in conjunction with the Quintessence Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on breastfeeding education for health professionals and the public. The Challenge is held in the Children’s Area. There will be a Story Time starting at 10:30 am with a breastfeeding ‘latch-on’ at 11am.

Our Opening Hours Survey continues. If you’ve not yet completed the survey please go ahead and fill it in. It just takes a minute or two to answer the three questions. We’d love to hear from you.