Welcome to the McBride and District Public Library! Our summer opening hours are as follows:
We want your feedback!
With the help of some grant funding, we would love to transform our outdoor space into a Community Garden that works for everyone. What would you like to see there?
Visiting the Library
If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the library. We would be happy to deliver items to you instead. Please call us at 250 569-2411.
From the start of July, following the most recent order of the BC Provincial Health Officer, it is recommended that all children (12+) and adults wear a face mask, but it is no longer mandatory. While in the library, physical distancing is still to be maintained, and the computer lab is currently limited to 3 people at any time, and for adults only (15+).
You may return any library materials (including inter-library loans) in the dropbox outside the library, or in one of the blue bins inside the library.
We are still also offering a collection/delivery service. Call 250 569-2411 for details.
Thank you for following the guidelines!
Check out our New Titles for this month!
The third grave
"When three graves are found with only two skeletons at an old mansion in Savannah, Georgia, crime writer Nikki Gillette can't stay away from the story despite the warnings from her husband, Detective Pierce Reid, as this cold case leads to a new nightmare."--
The cave dwellers : a novel
"A compulsively readable novel in the vein of The Bonfire of the Vanities-by way of The Nest-about what Washington, DC's high society members do away from the Capitol building and behind the closed doors of their suburban mansions"--
The other Black girl : a novel
"Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing. Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she's thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They've only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust. Then the notes begin to appear on Nella's desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW. It's hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there's a lot more at stake than just her career. A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist"--
Our woman in Moscow : a novel
Autumn, 1948: Iris Digby, her American diplomat husband Sasha, and their two children vanish from London. Were they eliminated by the Soviet intelligence service? Or have the Digbys defected to Moscow with a trove of the West's most vital secrets? Four years later Ruth Macallister receives a postcard from Iris, the twin sister she hasn't seen since their catastrophic parting in Rome in the summer of 1940. Now Ruth is on her way to Moscow, posing as the wife of counterintelligence agent Sumner Fox in a precarious plot to extract the Digbys from behind the Iron Curtain.
Golden girl : a novel
Entering the afterlife due to a hit and run accident, a successful author learns she can observe the earthly lives of her nearly grown children and is also permitted three "nudges" to alter the outcome of events.
Instamom : a novel
"In this #funny, #wise, #emotionally compelling look at modern love and finding your true path, a proudly kid-free influencer meets the ultimate #dealbreaker...It's the influencer's golden rule: know your niche. Kit Kidding has found hers on Instagram, where she gets paid to promote brands and share expertly curated posts about her fun, fabulous, child-free life. Kit likes kids just fine, but she passionately believes that women who choose not to become mothers shouldn't have to face guilt. Or judgment. Or really hot chefs who turn out to be single dads. Will MacGregor is aggravating, sexy, persistent, averse to social media and definitely a bad idea. As soon as Kit learns his parenting status, she vows to put their scorching one-night stand behind her and move on. But Will and Kit are thrown together on an Instagram campaign, and the more time she spends with him -- and his whip-smart, eight-year-old daughter, Addie -- the more difficult it is to stay away, much less sustain what Will so cleverly calls her 'Resting Beach Face.' Kit's picture-perfect career path is suddenly clashing with the possibility of a different future--messy, complicated and real. Which life does she truly want? And will love still be waiting by the time she figures it out?"--Publisher.
The disappearing act : a novel
Once a year, actors from across the globe descend on the smog and sunshine of Los Angeles for pilot season. Every cable network and studio is looking to fill the rosters of their new shows, enticing a fresh batch of young hopefuls—anxious, desperate, and willing to do whatever it takes to make it. Careers will be made, dreams will be realized, stars will be born. And some will be snuffed out.British star Mia Eliot has landed leading roles in costume dramas in her native country, but now it’s time for Hollywood to take her to the next level. Mia flies across the Atlantic to join the horde of talent scrambling for their big breaks. She’s a fish out of water in the ruthlessly competitive arena of back-to-back auditioning. Then one day she meets Emily, another actress from out of town and a kindred spirit. Emily stands out in a conveyor-belt world of fellow auditionees. But a simple favor takes a dark twist when Emily disappears and Mia realizes she was the last person to see her. All Mia has to go on is the memory of a girl she met only once . . . and the suffocating feeling that something terrible has happened. Worse still, the police don’t believe her when she claims the real Emily has gone missing. So Mia is forced to risk the role of a lifetime to try to uncover the truth about Emily, a gamble that will force her to question her own sanity.
Just last night : a novel
When one night changes everything between her and her best friends, Eve wonders if she really knew them at all as her future veers in a surprising new direction when someone from the past comes back into her life.
Come back to me
The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy. That's exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father's quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He's left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he's crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising. William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian's rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?
We are excited to announce we now have access to Tumblebooks e-books for kids! No registration is required: just click below.
We’ve got a weather station at 521, thanks to Prof. Peter Jackson at UNBC’s Environmental Sciences Department! And we have recently added a PurpleAir air quality monitor, thanks to the Fraser Headwaters Alliance, to our environmental data collection. To see the current and past weather and air quality conditions for downtown McBride, check out:
At the moment, our regular adult programs Fibre Artists and Writing Group are taking a summer break, but we are pleased to announce the return of the Book Discussion Group – the next one is on Thursday 26th August at 1.30pm.
We also offer Free Legal Advice via Skype – the next session is Tuesday 3rd August at 5pm. Sessions are 15 minutes long, and on a first-come, first-served basis.
We are also offering children’s summer programs, including Fun Fridays! Starting July 16th, for ages 5-12. Register by calling the library on 569-2411.
If your kids love stories and animals, come along on Tuesdays at 2pm for Stories with Skidboot, the therapy dog, and his handler Birgit! Call 569-2411 or email to register.
In partnership with Decoda Literacy Solutions, join us for Kids’ Food Camp from July 19th-23rd. Ages 5-10.
Join the BC Summer Reading Club! Call in at the library for your log books, stickers and bookmarks. Medals available upon completion of the program. You can also sign up online at www.bcsrc.ca
May 5: Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
May 5 is the Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. From May 5-19 we will have a display of red dresses, indigenous poetry and short documentary films to mark this important occasion.
Online Weekly Programs
Wednesdays: 9.30-10 Mother Goose! Songs, rhymes and stories for children 0-5 and caregivers. In partnership with RVCS and Valemount Library. Back soon!
Thursdays: 10-12 Fibre Artists’ Knit-Along! Come knit with us! Beginners welcome too! BACK IN SEPTEMBER!
Fridays: 12-1.30 Writing Group. Would you like an hour of dedicated writing each week, and the opportunity to meet other local writers? Join us! BACK IN SEPTEMBER!
Please call the library on 250 569-2411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and the Zoom invitations.
April is National Poetry Month
Every day in April we have posted a poetry reading by a member of our community. Here’s the link to our youtube channel:
Thanks to our readers: Linda Fry, Bob Coles, Sheilagh Foster, Joyce Godfrey, Al Birnie, Jane Stubbs, Bridget Uhl, Sharon Stearns, Harold Edwards, Chelsie Stubbs, Bob Thompson, Jennifer Ford, Malina Dodge, Abi Ward, Larry Stamm, Nancy Taylor, Anastasia McPartlin, Bronya Mazereeuw, Jasmine Hoetjes, Joy Ward, Ben Hunter, Chelan Mazereeuw, Rod Reimer, Martina Wall, Tony Rykes, Cathy Greenhough, Kate Clark, Warren Jones, Isla McNaughton and Aziz Umstot.
February is Black History Month
Join us in our facebook group for weekly book reviews by black writers led by our Library Director, Abi Ward, who is a former Professor of Caribbean Literature. Each week in February we will post a review of a different title from the library. Celebrate with us!
Week 1: Here is the youtube link to our first review, of Andrea Levy’s novel The Long Song (2010). Have you read it? What did you think?
Click the book to visit the library’s catalogue entry. You can also click here.
Week 2: Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved (1987):
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Week 3: David Chariandy’s novel Brother (2017):
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Week 4: Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam’s Punching the Air (2020):
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