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November / December 2008
Our Early Literacy Programs Continue Through November!
Kent Farndale Gallery logoParent 'n' Tot  
Bring your little one for songs, stories and movement activities in this fast-paced, fun-filled half-hour program.  For 1 to 3 year olds.
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings
11:15 to 11:45 am

Preschool Storytime         
Children ages 3 to 5 will enjoy a 45 minute session  featuring exciting and educational literacy activities. Join us for stories, songs and take-home crafts.  
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings
10:30 to 11:15 am

Tech for Tots  
This unique program for 3 to 5 year olds teaches the basics of computer skills through child-friendly, educationalweb-sites.
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings
10:00 to 10:30 am

This session of programs runs from October 28th through to November 27th. 
Call 905-985-7686 or visit the Library to register.  All programs are free with the exception of Tech for Tots which costs $10 for each 5 week session.
In This Issue
- Kids' Programs
- Snowflake Sale
- Tea & Books
- Books Clubs
- Kids' Movies
- Indie Films
- Teen Advisory
- Book Battles
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Annual Snowflake Sale at The Kent Farndale Gallery
A unique opportunity to help support the Library by purchasing  handcrafted items from local artisans.

Visit the Kent Farndale Gallery from December 6th to 21st for an opportunity to browse and buy a wide variety of handcrafted items created by local artists and artisans.  Favourites from previous years will be available, as well as work by new vendors.  Choose from a wide range of work in a variety of media, including: photography, jewellery, handcrafted soaps, pottery, acrylic and watercolour original paintings and prints as well as metal sculpture.  A portion of all sales go to the Library.
Meet the Artists! Opening Reception: Saturday, December 6th - 1 to 4 pm.  
New!  Memoir Writing Workshop Series
Writer - Martin Avery
Join Elise Kubsch and Martin Avery and learn how to write your own life story!
Elise Kubsch is a poet and teacher from Durham Region. Martin Avery is the Writer In Residence of the Pickering Public Library and the author of Zen Writing and the memoir, Big Phyl's Ashes. They create a safe space for exploring memories and sharing writing. Their workshops are informative and fun, creative and practical, casual and productive, supportive and inspirational. You will meet new people who share your interests and get to know them on an intimate level. Their 'Legends Memoir Writing Workshop' got rave reviews from participants. The four sessions cover everything from beating writer's block to publishing your memoir project.

When: Saturdays-November 15, December 13, January 17
and February 14 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Cost: $80 per participant for all four sessions
Register in person at the Library or call 905-985-7686.
Tea & Books: What Could Be Better on a Chilly Afternoon?
Kent Farndale Gallery logo Drop by the Library for an afternoon of tea & treats and discover some great new reads!
Come and discover a new author or find out more about the titles creating a buzz in in the book biz.  Join us for 'Tea & Books' where Library staff will discuss their latest fiction and non-fiction picks, as well as some of  their all time favourites.

When:  Thursday, December 4th from 2 to 4 pm
Join the Discussion! Fall for our Book Clubs
SMPL offers Daytime and Evening meetings for book lovers.

Brown Bag Book Club 

Join us for a noon-hour book discussion and light refreshments.  Feel free to bring your own 'brown bag' lunch to enjoy during the book club meeting.

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Wednesday, November 12th at noon

to discuss The Undomestic Goddess          
by Sophie Kinsella 

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Wednesday, December 10th at noon
to discuss The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield


SMPL Evening Book Club

Join us for discuss and light refreshments throughout the autumn months.

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Thursday, November 27th from 7 to 8:30 pm
to discuss Deafening
by Frances Itani

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There will be no evening book club in December, but the discussions will continue in January with Mister Pip
by Lloyd Jones.

Registration is not required and anyone who has read the selected title is welcome to participate!  Extra copies of book club titles are available for pick up at the Information Desk.

Go Green!  Bring a reusable mug to the meeting to enjoy your coffee or tea.
Kid Flicks
Spend the school break at the Library and enjoy screenings of these recent releases for kids!

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Rated: G
When: Monday, December 22nd at 2 pm


Rated: G
When: Tuesday, December 23rd at 2 pm


Rated: G
When: Monday, December 29th at 2 pm

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 
Rated: PG
When: Tuesday, December 30th at 2 pm

Tickets are $1.00 each and may be purchased up to 1 week ahead of show times.  Please note that children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The Reel Thing 
Screenings of award winning foreign and independent films at the Kent Farndale Gallery.
The Counterfeiters
Tuesday, November 11th at 6:30 pm

Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters" was the winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.   Based on the memoir by Adolf Burger, the film tells the story of "Operation Bernhard", a secret Nazi plan to produce vast amounts of British pounds and U.S. dollars to weaken the economies of their enemies. 
In German with English subtitles. Rated 14A. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fugitive Pieces
Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 pm

Based on Canadian writer Anne Michael's award-winning prose-poem novel, "Fugitive Pieces" tells the haunting tale of Jakob, a Holocaust survivor who fled his childhood home of Poland after the war to make a life in Canada.  As a writer, Jakob struggles to exorcise the ghosts of his past through his writing, and struggling through his grief to find the beauty in his own life. Rated 14A.  Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Visitor
Tuesday, November 25th at 6:30 pm

Richard Jenkins stars in "The Visitor" as Walter Vale, an aging and dispirited economics professor who finds his life forever changed by a chance encounter.  When Walter's college in Connecticut sends him to New York City to present at a conference, he is shocked to find that his little-used Manhattan apartment is now inhabited by a Tarek, a Syrian man, and Zainab, his Senegalese girlfriend, who are in America illegally and have been rented the apartment by a scam artist.   Acknowledging that they have nowhere else to go, Walter uncharacteristically agrees to let them stay, opening his home and his heart to these two strangers. Rated PG.

Tickets for all films are $1 and may be purchased at the Library up to a week in advance of the show times.  Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early!
New Teen Advisory Group Kicks off with a November Meeting!

The Scugog Memorial Public Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is open to all Teens who live in Scugog Township and are entering grades 7 through 12.
TAG will meet once a month from November to June. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 19th at 4 pm.
Why not? It's a chance to have your say and become involved in your community. You can meet new people and pick up some volunteer hours toward your high school requirement.
Responsibilities of a TAG Member:
 Attend all meetings and be an active participant
 Suggest ways the library can better serve teens
 Offer suggestions for exciting teen programs
 Provide feedback about the Library's teen collections
 Contribute to our teen newsletter
 Give us ideas for what teens would like to see in our future Library expansion
Apply online at www.scugoglibrary.ca/tagapplication.php or pick up an application form at the Library! 

Scugog  Joins the  Battle!

The Battle of the Books is a fabulous partnership between public libraries and schools in the Durham Region!

Each year in April, the "Battle of the Books" teams from each school meet for the Semi-Battle competition. The top three teams from each division go on to the Final Battle to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. The gold medal winners are awarded a trophy for their school and go on to compete in the Regional Championship.

If you want to motivate students who enjoy reading; get a team together and match wits with some of the best readers in town or even across the Durham Region!   The Junior Division is open to teams with members in grades 4, 5 or 6.

To Register a Team or for more information, visit the Scugog Battle of the Books website
Your Friends @ Scugog Memorial Public Library

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