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September / October 2009

Back by Popular Demand!
Zen Power Hour

woman meditating Feeling tired? Get energized with meditation, massage, and Qi Gong!
One hour with Zen meditation, solo massage, and Qi Gong, led by Reikimaster, Zen meditation instructor, and certified Qi Gong leader, Martin Avery.  Martin is the author of Zen Forest Meditation, The Secrets of Love Health And Wealth (With Grace And Ease And Perfect Timing)and many more. The Zen Power Hour will include a 10 minute warm-up, 20 minutes of Zen meditation, 10 minutes solo massage, 10 minutes of qi gong, and 10 minutes to cool down.

When: Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm from September 1st to October 6th.           

Please pre-register by visiting the library or calling 905-985-7686 ex. 101.  The fee for each class is $10 or or $50 for all six if you register and pre-pay.
In This Issue
- Zen Power Hour
- Films Nights
- Book Club
- Tea & Books
- Computer Training
- New! Ancestry.ca
- Preschool Kids
- New! Baby Time
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The Reel Thing 
Join us for a screening and discussion of a recently-released, notable film.
DVD film coverSéraphine
Thursday, September 3rd
at 6:30 pm 

126 min. Rated PG (In French with English Subtitles)
Based on a true story, this film centers on Séraphine Louis, a profoundly devout housekeeper whose brilliantly colorful canvases now adorn some of the most famous galleries in the world. Wilhelm Uhde, a German art critic and collector discovers her paintings while she is working for him as a maid in the beautiful countryside of Senlis near Paris in the early part of the 20th century. A moving and unexpected relationship develops between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary cleaning lady. Martin Provost's fictionalized and poignant portrait of this forgotten painter is a testament to creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit.  
Seraphine was one of France's most honoured films in 2008, garnering seven Cesars from the French Academy, including Best Film and Best Actress and it was an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Thursday, October 8th
at 6:30 pm

81 min.
Rated 14A. Documentary.
Through her work for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue, Annie  Leibovitz has produced some of the most iconic images of the last 30 years. Masterful at exposing her photographic subjects, Annie's own life has been private and protected. In this film, she made the decision to bare her artistic process, her personal journey and her delicate balancing of fame and family to the camera - a camera that was vigilantly pointed by a filmmaker who is her younger sister. Life Through a Lens reveals a woman who has become as iconic as the people she photographs. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets foreach film 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!
Join the Discussion at our Book Club
We have some great new selections for the Fall! Registration is not required & anyone who has read the selected title is welcome to participate!

farndale logoThursday, September 24th at 7 pm
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
History has all but forgotten the spring of 1708, when an invasion fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel.  Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors, and starts to write.  But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory...making her the only living person who can know the truth of what did happen all those years ago - a tale of love and loyalty...and ultimate betrayal.

book cover artThursday October 22nd at 7 pm
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Lawrence Hill's most recent novel was published as The Book of Negroes in Canada, Great Britain, South Africa and India and as Someone Knows My Name in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. It won the overall Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Radio's Canada Reads.
"Over the course of this epic novel, Aminata is transformed into a storyteller extraordinaire. She spins the astonishing tale of her remarkable travels from Africa to America and back again. Along the way, a sojourn in Nova Scotia illuminates a long-neglected chapter in Canadian history." - from Canada Reads

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.
Tea & Books
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.
Thursday, October 1st from 2 to 4 pm
New!  Individual Web & Computer Training
We're now offering one-on-one computer assistance appointments on Friday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. 
You can book 30 or 60 minute time slots, depending on what you want to learn or practice.

Come in to the Library and ask for a registration form at the Information Desk & let us know what your learning objectives are.  We'll be taking appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.  Questions?  Call Sarah Gentles, Public Services Coordinator at 905-985-7686 ext. 103.
New!  Ancestry Library Edition now available for Scugog Public Library Users!
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Ancestry Library Edition provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals, bringing the world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource (Ancestry.com) to you through the library's public computer stations.

Whether you are an expert genealogist or just getting started with your family history, you'll be amazed at what you can find inside the more than 4,000 databases of family information. User-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it easy to start discovering the story of your family.  The newly added Canadian Genealogy collection provides information on over 40 million names!

This resource is only available inside the library, through our public computer stations.  Sign up to use a computer and you'll find the site bookmarked for ease of access.  You can also ask at the information desk for assistance accessing the database.
Need a more comprehensive introduction?  Sign up for our introductory training session.
When: Friday, October 30th from 10 am until 12 pm

Spaces are limited, so register early!  
Our Early Literacy Programs
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 years old.
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings
11:15 to 11:45 am
Session 1: September 8th to October 1st
Session 2: October 13th to November 4th (Tuesdays and Wednesdays only)

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
Session 1: September 8th to October 1st
Session 2: October 13th to November 5th

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
Session 1: September 8th to October 1st   
Session 2: October 13th to November 5th

Call 905-985-7686 ex. 101 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.
New!  Join us for Baby Time on Thursdays
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Stories , Songs and Rhymes just for Babies!
Join us for our brand-new program designed just for babies (newborn to 18 months) & their parents or care-givers.  Learn new songs, rhymes and bounces you can share with your baby at home!
Older siblings are welcome to come along-they can even bring a doll or a stuffed toy and join in the fun!
When: Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45
October 15th to November 5th
Please call the information desk 905-985-7686 x 101 to register.
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