CHECK IT OUT: Learning outside the classroom

January is Informal Learning Month and places like the Grand Forks and District Public Library are centres of informal learning.

Events are taking place at the Grand Forks and District Public Library.

Events are taking place at the Grand Forks and District Public Library.

Hi Grand Folks!

This January, B.C. is celebrating Informal Learning Month.

Informal learning is exactly what it sounds like, learning that happens outside of a classroom. It’s going for a nature walk with your biologist uncle, or helping your grandma make borscht.

Public libraries are centres of informal learning. The collection itself is one place to start.

You can find a book on making jewelry and then go home and give it a shot. But there are programs too, lectures and workshops and classes; on any given day you can learn to play chess, sharpen your writing skills, get help using that laptop your grandson gave you, or dig into the roots of your family tree. You can also drop by and join …

The Adult Knitting Club

It’ll be starting up in February. Let us know if you’re interested in being a part of it. Materials will be supplied (wool and needles) but feel free to bring your own if you’d like.

All levels welcome, and there will be instructors for those who need a helping hand.

The Great Magazine Giveaway

We’re cleaning up our magazines and are looking to clear out most of our 2011 issues – come by the library if you’d like to pick up a stack of Fine Homebuilding or Gardens West or any others (by donation)!

Anger Management in Youth

Come to the library on Jan. 30 at noon if you’d like to attend the Kelty Mental Health Workshop on Anger Management in Youth. Listen to a brief teleconference on learning effective ways to cope with anger and then join our panel for an informative and practical discussion.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

… is the title of our book club selection for January. It’s a quick read but a great one. We’ll be meeting in Grand Forks on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and at our Christina Lake location (in the Christina Living Arts Centre) on Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. Come by the library to pick up your copy, and get reading! New members are always welcome.

Learn @ Lunch

Sally Caisley will be back at the library this Friday (Jan. 18) at noon to present on “Healthy Eating for Seniors.” Refreshments will be served.

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