Gateway Gazette

Longview Library Wishing you a Warm Christmas

 

We wish to thank our community for their very generous support of our annual fundraising campaign, spearheaded by Rick Smith. It is because of you that we can continue to operate and to offer you the  programs that we do.

The library will close on December 24th. and will re-open January 4th.

We have more DVDs and BLU-ray movies in our collection. Come in and check them out.

New non-fiction books in are: Robert Bateman: a Memoir; Steven Harper by John Ibbiston and The Corruption of Climate Science by Tim Ball, Ph.d.

Your library has a resource that we hope parents and teachers alike will use to help your children with their studies -Solaro is a new resource available through the library that is geared towards school-aged children, parents, and teachers.  When patrons get an account with their library card, they will have access to resources based on the Alberta curriculum for grades 3-12. Core subject areas are covered for younger students including math, social studies, science and language arts. For older students, subject areas include English, Math, Social Studies and all sciences including physics and chemistry. This resource is developed by the creators of the Key Study Guides.

Testimonial from a Library Manager in Marigold:

“My [child] is in grade 8. He has been struggling with his core subjects; science, social studies, and language arts, and dreaded taking any kind of test. He was failing two of three subjects in the first semester of the year. I learned about Solaro through the library and, as a library manager, believe in trying out all our programs before I recommend them to people. I set my son up with an account (which was very user-friendly) and he began to study. I encouraged him to read the lessons and do the practice tests until he received 80% or higher three consecutive times. He went back to school over the next semester feeling more confident in his knowledge and test-taking ability. On his next report card, his lowest mark was a 68%, and science went from 37% to 81%! What a triumph!”

I definitely would recommend this program to our library patrons and their families.

An enlightening read is Brain on Fire by Suzanna Cahalan. It is a fascinating story of a young journalist in New York City, who is stricken at the age of 22 with a horrible and inexplicable disease of the brain. The book explores both the human and the medical aspects of her disease and the discovery of her cure throws light and hope for mental illness in the future. A movie of the book is now being made in Vancouver.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Remember to curl up by the fire lots with a good book over the holidays.

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