CHECK IT OUT: Holidays at the Grand Forks and District Public Library

Spending a bit of the holidays at the Grand Forks and District Public Library.

Hi Grand Folks!

Here’s what’s been going on at the library:

Five great uses for old newspapers

We’ve started putting our old newspapers in a basket by the book drop – feel free to help yourself anytime. What do you want old newspaper for, anyway? Here’re five things I can think of:

1. Fold a liner for your compost bin (instructions and in-person demos provided at the library).

2. Start a fire in your wood stove.

3. Make a hat (which is, strangely, very similar to No. 1).

4. Shred it and use it as bedding for your chickens.

5. Use it to clean windows and mirrors (seriously, try it, it’s amazing).


A big thank-you to our Friends of the Library group for its successful cookie sale – it raised a record-breaking $801.

Santa Claus is coming …

… to storytime this Friday from 10:30 to 11 a.m., Santa will be at our regular storytime for an informal Q&A. Kids can ask any questions, including the ever-popular “Do naughty kids ever get presents?” and “Where are your reindeer?”

Last minute Christmas presents

Holy moly! You just remembered that your Aunt Gertrude is going to be driving in from Kelowna for Christmas, and you forgot to get her something. Well, don’t you worry, why not get her a library book? Just come on down to the library and hand pick a book that you think she’ll really like. Take it home, wrap it up, and attach a little card telling her why you chose this book, and what the due date is. When she’s done reading it, she can return it to her local library (as long as it’s in B.C.). Trust us – we’ve done this before, and it went wonderfully!

Some new non-fiction books

Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen by Jason Sheehan

Core Strength for 50+: A Customized Program for Safely Toning Ab, Back & Oblique Muscles by Dr. Karl Knopf

Impossible to Please: How to Deal with Perfectionist Coworkers, Controlling Spouses, and Other Incredible Critical People by Neil J. Lavender, PhD and Alan A. Cavaiola, PhD

Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects by Greg Pahl

Deadlines: Obits from Memorable British Columbians by Tom Hawthorn

Inspired Wire: Learn to Twist, Jig, Bend, Hammer, and Wrap Wire for the Prettiest Jewelry Ever by Cynthia B. Wuller

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes

Library closures

The library will be closed on Dec. 25, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.

Happy Holidays!

– Avi Silberstein is library director for the Grand Forks and District Public Library

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