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Library Link: The freedom to read Canadian

Some people get through the cold winter months by reading an epic science fiction or fantasy series, while others persevere by engaging in engrossing murder mysteries, steamy romance novels, or tell-all biographies.

Some people get through the cold winter months by reading an epic science fiction or fantasy series, while others persevere by engaging in engrossing murder mysteries, steamy romance novels, or tell-all biographies.

Whichever route you choose to get through these cold days on our way to the first hints of spring, we here at Airdrie Public Library (APL) are eager to offer a helping hand in selecting Canadian authors.

Feb. 17 marked Read Canadian Day. If you haven’t already seen it, please go to our website and watch a short video that includes four of APL’s board members sharing who their favourite Canadian authors are and why they read Canadian works. 

Though we are not a very populous country, Canada has an astonishing number of authors who are well-known and respected around the world. For example, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Yann Martel, William Gibson, Gordon R. Dickson, Robert Charles Wilson, S.M. Stirling, Robert J. Sawyer – we could go on and on.

Reading Canadian doesn’t mean you have to settle for sub-par quality. On the contrary, it means you can enjoy some of the most creative fiction and nonfiction, memorable characters, well-written and diverse literature on the planet.

APL is also celebrating Freedom to Read Week from Feb. 21 to 27. Visit our website to explore Canadian literature that has been banned or challenged and work through a crossword puzzle based on these and other books.

While you're consuming the pages of your chosen Canadian read, please note that our programs will be on hiatus for two weeks, starting Feb. 20, to prepare for part two of our winter schedule, which has a few surprises.

If you’re a fan of the online multiplayer game Among Us, we’re offering two age groups – 6 to 12 and 13 to 17 – a chance to play this social deduction-focused game in a monitored and private environment.

Also, the popular Infant Massage returns in a Zoom setting. Registration for programming starts Monday, Feb. 22, with new programming beginning on March 8.

For more information on APL programs and events please visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca