Rossland Public Library -- inspiration for readers

By Contributor
December 14th, 2020

“Books of My Life” Q and A with Catherine Spence, Rossland Public Library Board vice-chair:

1. My favourite childhood book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It appealed to my imagination and I loved rooting for the hero and seeing the bad kids get what they deserved. Maybe I can blame this book for my lifelong love of chocolate. 

2. The book I enjoyed most in school takes me back to studying education in university and having to read many Newbery and Caldecott Prize winners. These are annual awards, given to the best in children’s literature. The books are always excellent, and it was definitely my favourite homework. 

3. A classic I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read is Moby Dick. It might still happen.

4. The book I read over and over is not a question I can answer. There are too many other good books that I have yet to discover.  

5. The last book that made me laugh is Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I didn’t expect this novel about a South American hostage situation to be funny, but its subtle humour had me reading sections aloud. 

6. The last book that made me cry is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. It is fiction, but it could be real life, following the stories of refugees trying to reach the USA. 

7. What I’m reading now is Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham. It’s a good blend of history, politics, science, and people. 

8. The book that everyone should read is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. Written by Hans Gosling, a Swedish doctor who worked in international medicine, it gives an optimistic perspective on our world.


A grateful thank you to everyone who deposited their bottles and cans in the Library bin at the Trail Depot. Your contributions totalled an astounding $1,355. 

The “People in Our Neighbourhood” Storytime was launched last week. Community members are reading children’s books so the youngsters will be able to see some of the people they have been missing around town. Mayor Moore is our first reader, followed by RPL Board Member Richard Kemick. Next week, Emily Roberts from the Museum will be up, and the following week our very own Librarian Lynn will read something in keeping with the holiday spirit. Each new video will appear Tuesday in December.

Santa sent us a list of his favourite books and the library elves have wrapped them for you to borrow! Take a chance on Santa's list.

The KLF Book Clubs and Raven Reads are on hiatus in December.

Rossland’s Abigail Steele will be hosting the March 2021 KLF Book Club featuring I am Herod by Richard Kemick.

Please check out the Museum’s display on the Library’s entry table.

From our website

We are now accepting applications from local artists to display their work in the library. 

Let the librarians curate a bag of books for you. Fill in the form and you will be contacted when your books are available for pick-up.

To connect to “Looking at Books” with Children’s Librarian Lynn, click on the teddy bear on our homepage.


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