The Boat People by Sharon Bala, a Newfoundlander, is a wise and compassionate novel about the Sri Lankan refugees who landed on the shores of British Columbia in 2009. The novel’s epigraph is a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. “We may all have come on different ships. but we’re in the same boat now”.
Longview Library News: National Poetry Month
On Wednesday, April 11th at 1pm, Doris Lesik will give a presentation in the library on her Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb.
April is National Poetry Month, and in its honour, Lynda, our librarian, is looking for poetry submissions for an Anthology of Local Poetry. They may be rhyme, limerick, haiku or verse. There will be prizes for 3 categories: Ages 5-7, Ages 7-16 and Ages 16 and up. Drop off submissions by May 2nd. Draws will be made on May 3rd.
The Writers Group, which meets the first Wednesday of every month in the library, is a growing and welcoming one. Each month they choose a topic to write about (this month’s is “School Days”) and then they come together the following month to share what they have written. There are several writer’s group in the Foothills libraries. Millarville has an especially active one, and has had two published authors in their group. There are plans afoot for all the groups to meet together to discuss and share ideas for a day.
Reading aloud to your children is more important now than ever. Parents are finding it difficult to talk to their children about the disturbing events of our time–shootings, terrorist attacks and politics full of hate. Reading from books that throw a compassionate, sincere and honest light on world affairs provides a tool to talk to them about these things. Books can teach children to be kind and empathetic, even in the face of tragedy. Books can show children how to be part of the solution. Plus, there is nothing like cuddling up with your child before bedtime. These peaceful and precious memories will last for your child’s lifetime.
Two new and delightful easy reader books are in: “Why I Love My Brother” by Daniel Howarth and “Penelope and the Foal Fairy” by Daisy Meadows. For adults, “The Secret Wife” by Gill Paul.
Bala explores the great humanitarian crisis of our time with sensitivity and grace. The characters capture your hearts. You will look for them on the evening news and in the newspapers. You will not only wonder about them, but about yourself.
The book may change your perspective on the traditional belief that Canada is a welcoming nation. It describes what happens when the fundamental need for safety collides with the legal bureaucracy on our shores. The novel is a moral drama, told beautifully. It provides a compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis. An important read.
Another immigrant story is A Good American by Alex George. It begins in Germany in the late 1800’s. A young couple sets out for New York City, but find themselves in New Orleans by mistake. It is a delightful story of their and their offsprings’ life in rural Missouri. The characters will linger in your hearts and minds long after you have read the book.
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