Popular Easter egg hunt and used book sale at library in April

The Friends of the Library used book sale is back on for April 29 and 30 at the Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL). Proceeds of the sale go 100 per cent toward enhancing library services and collections

The Friends of the Library used book sale is back on for April 29 and 30 at the Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL). Proceeds of the sale go 100 per cent toward enhancing library services and collections.

Friends of the Library is a non-profit charitable group that was formed in 1989 to promote the library and fundraise for projects that aren’t in the annual budget.

Their semi-annual book sale is a great opportunity to browse through books that don’t get checked out very often, have been replaced in the collection by an updated version, or have been donated.

Easter egg hunt April 16-23 during open hours

Children’s librarian Tina Dolcetti is especially excited for the Easter Egg Hunt. She said there are often 80 kids at a time combing through the children’s section for prizes.

Each child can find up to five eggs, which can be exchanged at the circulation desk for little prizes.

The eggs are plastic, which Dolcetti noted is necessary since she sometimes finds them in random places six months later.

The hunt is for ages three to twelve and is, of course, self-guided.

Adult programming in April

The MJPL Book Club will be reading “Five Little Indians” by Michelle Good. The book tells the story of residential school survivors attempting to come to terms with their trauma. Book club titles are available on Library2go or Hoopla.

The book club discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at 2:30 pm

The library’s twice-monthly Magic the Gathering games will be on Saturdays, April 9 and 23 at 2:00 pm Every level of experience is welcome to come and join a game. The library can provide card decks for newcomers who want to see what the world’s most complex game is all about.

The Movie Club will be watching “Shoplifters” on Monday, April 11 at 6:00 pm

“Shoplifters” is a contemporary Japanese cinema film by Hirokazu Kore-eda. It explores themes of poverty and found family – the concept that a family can be created through connection and intention, rather than by birth and blood. A group of struggling outcasts with make their way by shoplifting take in an abused young girl.

The film will be in Japanese with English subtitles, with a discussion to follow at approximately 8:00 pm

The Avid Knitters club is meeting on Tuesdays, April 12 and 26 at 2:30 pm for some time spent knitting and crocheting.

The Purely Canadian Book Club will be diving into an honest and candid account of life as a stripper, from small-town bars to high-end, expensive clubs. Cid V. Brunet spent ten years stripping using the name Michelle before writing her book “This is My Real Name.”

“This is My Real Name” is available from the library in print, and will be discussed on Thursday, April 14 at 2:30 pm

Lastly, Della Ferguson will be at the library on Thursday, April 28 at 2:30 pm to discuss how to understand anticipatory grief – the experiencing of grief before the loss has occurred, which can be painful and confusing.

Youth programming in April

  • Teen Take ‘N Make Series: Perler Pals – Available for the entire month while supplies last
  • Teen Digital Dungeons & Dragons on Discord – Every Friday from 4:00-6:00 pm on the MJPL youth Discord server: https://discord.gg/HAs8rff. For ages 13 to 19.
  • Teen Digital Anime Club on Discord – Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 pm for ages 13 to 19. Email youth@moosejawlibrary.ca to register before April 2 for a free Japanese Tokyo Treat Box. The movie of the month is “Liz and the Blue Bird” by Naoko Yamada.
  • Teen eBook Club on Discord – Tuesday, April 26 at 4:00 pm The club will be reading “Rose Daughter” by Robin McKinley, a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale.

Children’s programming in April

  • Facebook Live Storytime (virtual) – Tuesdays, April 5 and 12 with Miss Aislinn and Marty for ages 2 to 5. Find the MJPL on Facebook to join in!
  • Children’s Take ‘N Make series – For ages 4+. From April 13 to 26, the project will be an Easter wreath, and from April 27 to May 10, the kit will be Star Wars-themed!
  • Snap Circuits – Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 am For ages 6+, kids who enjoy DIY projects will enjoy learning about electricity and figuring out how to create a variety of interesting circuits.
  • Easter egg hunt from April 16 to 23 in the Children’s section of the library during open hours.
  • Earth Day Storytime – Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 am For ages 4+, the library will host an Earth Day craft, storytime, and song-singing. Registration is required: email alawreniuk@moosejawlibrary.ca for help.

April changes in open hours

  • Friday, April 15 – closed all day
  • Saturday, April 16 – 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 17 and Monday, April 18 – closed all day

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