Library offers much more than information

Special events, group meetings, regular library activities all add to the physical presence

Should we shut our library? Recently there has been a debate on the relevance of libraries due to technological developments and therefore easy access to information. However, besides providing information, a library is a safe and comfortable space for people to come together to learn, socialize and relax. I believe that libraries in Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District are thriving and utilized more than ever.

The Quesnel Friends of the Library in cooperation with the library staff have developed regular programs to enhance the usage of the Quesnel library. Program events are held every Thursday afternoon or Thursday evening. Free bookmarks, which are available at the check-out counter, list upcoming events and take place in the program room. There is also a blackboard with quick references.

Two successful social and educational groups have been formed and meet on a regular basis which anyone who is interested may join on a drop-in basis. An FOL member is always present for guidance purposes. The Yarn Club provides a friendly and sociable atmosphere for beginners or experts. A discussion group meets once a month with lively and respectful discussion that leaves everyone in attendance with philosophical viewpoints to consider. For example, Nov. 3 the topic of “Choice for Life or Not” provided thought-provoking ideas. On Dec. 1, the “Christmas Season” will no doubt evoke conflicting ideas.

National Film Board presentations are being featured on a regular basis. The life of David Suzuki took place Oct. 27. A little known fact is that as a child during the war years, he was discriminated against by the Caucasians because of the war with

Japan and by the Japanese because neither he nor his parents spoke Japanese.

The next film is on A Drummer’s Dream Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. about a rare assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. The following Thursday, Nov. 24 will present The Future of Food regarding the complex web of marketing and political forces that change what we eat.

Join us Dec. 8, 7 p.m. for what promises to be a very interesting program by

Jeff Dinsdale on the Call of the Wild featuring Jack London and sled dogs.

Six computer stations are available from 10 a.m. – 7:45 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday with a limit of one hour per person. Genealogy tracing is available.

Cariboo Regional District library services are easily accessible and provided by friendly, knowledgeable and efficient staff.

Gloria Lazzarin is a member of Friends of the Library and regular Observer columnist.