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Rossland Public Library Roundup

J. Lloyd Crowe student Evan Taylor, 17, encourages the public to visit the Rossland Public Library to catch up on spring-time reading. — Submitted

The Rossland Public Library is hosting its Annual General Meeting  on Wednesday, April 14th at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Anyone interested in participating should email info@rossland.bclibrary.ca before the meeting.

Books of My Life

Question and Answer with Evan Taylor, 17 year old Grade 11 student at JL Crowe Secondary School.

Taylor works part-time as a page at the library and enjoys reading, writing, and jiu-jitsu.

  1. What is your favourite childhood book? The Harry Potter series. Evan has read the series “way too many” times, starting when he was about 10 years old. It is the first series he read and enjoyed.
  2. What book did you most enjoy in school? Evan finds that he has already finished most of the books he reads in school, which makes it painful to read them again with his class. He just finished The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. With so many plot twists, Evan has a hard time keeping the ending a secret from his fellow students.
  3. Name one classic you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read. Evan got halfway through Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace when the book fell apart. Although he likes the vocabulary, he had a hard time following the battle scenes.
  4. What book do you read over and over? The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. Evan likes the author’s message of the importance of keeping to one’s path in life, illustrated through Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd, who travels to Egypt, fulfilling a prophetic dream. 
  5. Name the last book that made you laugh. His own book, currently untitled. Evan writes, laughs, and deletes. Also the autobiographical books of Jenny Lawson, especially “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir.” Initially a blogger, Lawson writes humorously of her discovery that it is the little moments in life we want to pretend never happened that are what make us who we are. Illustrating her point, Evan recalled a moment where Lawson once smuggled a miniature stuffed alligator onto an airplane.
  6. Name one book everyone should read. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Evan likes how Harari offers clear and precise explanations to our underlying social constructs, starting 100 000 years ago. Harari’s style reminds Evan of a podcast.
  7. What are you reading now? The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Evan was lucky enough to buy most of them at a book sale at school. He enjoys reading about Jace, for his character development from a tortured past.
  8. What book do you consider to be grossly overrated? Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series reminds Evan of a trashy rom-com.
  9. What genre would you read if you could only pick one? Definitely sci-fi: it’s diverse and applicable to the real world.

RPL Announcements and Information

RPL Book Club

RPL’s March Book Club meeting is at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 25th, via Zoom, and now features The Trespasser by Tana French. This sixth novel of the Dublin Murder Squad series matches detective Antoinette Conway with rookie Steve Moran to solve a case that is (of course) more complex than it first appears. If you enjoy an intricate murder mystery and Irish popular expressions, give this one a try. This writer found that although the novel slowed down a bit in the middle, I couldn’t put it down. To participate, register at ravenreadsbookclub@gmail.com. The Overstory by Richard Powers will now be April’s book club selection.

Kootenay Library Federation Book Club

The April KLF Book Club features Bird’s Eye View by Elinor Florence. To register and obtain a copy of the book, email kootenaylibrariesprogramming@gmail.com

The meeting is on April 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Prenez-moi, Lisez-moi, Passez-moi

Books from The Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest are available for borrowing during the month of March.

RPL’s French language children’s section includes books from early readers and up, including the popular Maman (Oie) Ours series by Ryan T. Higgins. Please drop off suggested titles for the library to purchase as we look to expand French language books.

Free books

Are still available as we go through our process of discarding to make way for new selections.

Staff and Patron Recommendations 

These books are displayed at the front entrance.

In 1990’s Last Chance to See, sci-fi author Douglas Adams of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame pairs up with conservationist Mark Carwardine. This book is part of a series where Britain’s Observer sent famous authors to remote locations to seek endangered species and write about ecological issues.

The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks (2010) by Rebecca Skloot chronicles the life and medical contributions of Henrietta Lacks, touching on ethical and racial issues in medical research. From The New York Time Book Review: “Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine thoughtfully and tells the Lacks family’s often painful history with grace.”

Librarian Gill recommends Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. This winner of the 2009 Man Booker prize is the first of three novels chronicling the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell in the Tudor court of King Henry VIII.

Inter-Library Loans

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Rossland, you can access books from any library in BC via inter-library loan. Fill in the form on the website or call us for details and assistance. We are happy to complete the form for you.