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Join Community Engagement Coordinator Cara for engaging book clubs, workshops, and more!

Phone to leave a voicemail at 705-789-5232 ext. 3408

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Alzheimer Society of Muskoka Presentation: Dementia Friendly Communities

Join the Huntsville Public Library as the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka presents about dementia, how it affects individuals, and what you can do to help make Muskoka a more dementia friendly community.

You will learn about:

  1. What is Dementia?
  2. The Dementia Experience – the “8 As”
  3. Strategies for Communication
  4. Strategies for Surroundings
  5. The Alzheimer Society of Muskoka and how we help

Advance registration is required.

Wednesday, October 12 at 1:00 PM

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Jeffrey Archer Virtual Author Event

We are excited to have bestselling author Jeffrey Archer join us for a morning virtual author talk on Zoom! He is the author of the Clifton Chronicles series and his prison diaries. He will discuss his latest novel in the William Warwick series, Next in Line.

Saturday, October 15 at 10 - 11 AM on Zoom

 

About Jeffrey
Now published in 114 countries and more than 47 languages, with more than 500,000 5* reviews, Jeffrey Archer is firmly established as one of the world’s bestselling authors, with international sales passing 275 million copies.

He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

Visit his website to learn more

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Author Talk Series with J. Patrick Boyer

Join Muskoka author, J. Patrick Boyer as he discusses his newest book "Putting Muskoka on the Map: From Indigenous Wayfinding to Satellite Imaging". Signed copies will be available.

Advanced registration is encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome.

Friday October 28 at 2:00 PM

About Patrick

J. Patrick Boyer, Q.C., a journalist, author, lawyer, and professor, was an MP from 1984 to 1993, serving as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for External Affairs.

He holds an honours degree in economics and political science from Carleton University, a Master's degree in Canadian history from University of Toronto and a Doctor of Laws degree, also from University of Toronto. Boyer studied French-Canadian literature at University of Montreal, and international law at the Academy of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

He was a partner in the Toronto law firm Fraser & Beatty, specializing in communications and electoral law, and also practiced law in the Western Arctic as a member of the Northwest Territories Bar. He was a founder and contributing columnist of Lawyer's Weekly newspaper. He wrote six legal texts on Canadian election law at federal, provincial, territorial, band council, and municipal levels.

He is the author of some 25 books, dozens of feature articles, and hundreds of newspaper columns. Boyer also owns and operates publishing houses "Muskoka Books" and "Blue Butterfly Books." In 2010 he consolidated Blue Butterfly's publishing operations with those of Dundurn Press.

About the Book

Between Samuel Champlain’s first map in 1615 and today’s satellite images of Muskoka from outer space lies a centuries-long drama which proves that putting Muskoka on a map was neither easy nor simple.

In this second book of his MODERN HISTORY OF MUSKOKA series, author J. Patrick Boyer presents a parade of human endurance and ingenuity, the indispensable roles of First Nations, the role of military planners, treachery and betrayal, the aspiration of land developers, the relationship between First Nations and settlers, the unique Muskoka role of legendary Canadian map-maker David Thompson – and the mystery of his “lost” maps just when they were needed most for Muskoka settlement.

It is the full story, integrating global forces with local realities, including the tribulations of land surveyors endeavoring to subdivide raw Canadian Shield landscape into a neat grid, the challenges facing road-builders in the same terrain, governmental policies often in conflict, and the shift from logging and homesteading to a vacation economy which finally also put Muskoka on the continent’s social map.

Borrow the Book

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LitKit

The LitKit is an adult subscription box that you can register for bi-monthly. The box contains a craft & activity as well as a Library item from our collection for the user to borrow. Return the library item but keep everything else!

Inside the LitKit you will find a variety of materials curated especially for you! Each box has a specific theme, and there will always be a circulating library item based on the theme. In addition, there will be a craft kit containing the supplies and instructions you need to get creative, an activity to keep you busy and some treats. The contents of the box will be a surprise just for you!

October LitKit - Haunted Horrors
Registration opens September 1 for October 7 pick up.
*Registration is now full*

December LitKit - Let's Get Cozy
Registration opens November 1 for December 1 pick up.

The Minerva Street Muses

Welcome to The Minerva Street Muses. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for an hour of stimulating conversation on the book of the month. New members are always welcome! This is an in-person event held at the library.

We meet on the last Wednesday of each month from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

How to get books for the club
  1. Visit our online catalogue to find the book. Log in to your account and place the book on hold. You will be notified by our staff when it is ready to pick up.
  2. Order a copy through Interlibrary Loan. 
  3. Get an eBook or audiobook copy through the OverDrive or Libby apps. Visit our Read & Listen page for more information.
  4. Visit a neighbouring library in Muskoka to pick up a copy if it is available. You will need a library card from the respective library, and you will also need to return the book to the same library.

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Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

Wednesday, October 26 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM

About the Book

Kyoto, Japan, 1948. “Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist.”

Such is eight-year-old Noriko “Nori” Kamiza’s first lesson. She will not question why her mother abandoned her with only these final words. She will not fight her confinement to the attic of her grandparents’ imperial estate. And she will not resist the scalding chemical baths she receives daily to lighten her skin.

The child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori is an outsider from birth. Her grandparents take her in, only to conceal her, fearful of a stain on the royal pedigree that they are desperate to uphold in a changing Japan. Obedient to a fault, Nori accepts her solitary life, despite her natural intellect and curiosity. But when chance brings her older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him an unlikely ally with whom she forms a powerful bond—a bond their formidable grandparents cannot allow and that will irrevocably change the lives they were always meant to lead. Because now that Nori has glimpsed a world in which perhaps there is a place for her after all, she is ready to fight to be a part of it—a battle that just might cost her everything.

Spanning decades and continents, Fifty Words for Rain is a dazzling epic about the ties that bind, the ties that give you strength, and what it means to be free.

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Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

Wednesday, November 30 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM

About the Book

Set in 1980s London, the story revolves around Charlie: young and reckless, and in love with his upstairs neighbour, the enchanting Miranda whose hidden, murky past hangs between them. He has spent his inheritance on the acquisition of one of twenty-five highly developed new robotic humans--named Adam or Eve, each one beautiful, strong and clever--developed by Alan Turing after his success on the legendary WW2 Enigma codebreaking machine. As London is consumed by the huge protests over England and Argentina's Falklands War and Margaret Thatcher's jingoistic ambitions, Charlie courts Miranda, and his Adam finds himself, inevitably, central to their affair.

Great novelist that he is, McEwan pulls us into the question of what it means to love, what makes us human in our fast-changing times, what might follow if a machine understands too well the human heart, and how precarious a construct is the world we live in and think we know.

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Dot Painting with Pamela Tremblay-Hayes

Join Metis Artisan Pamela in a fun interactive Dot Painting Workshop. You will learn basic techniques in dotting and discover how creative you really can be. Let's have a good time dotting! No experience necessary. Great for beginners. Registration required.

Thursday, October 13 at 1:00PM - 3:00PM

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Bear Painting and Teachings with Pamela Tremblay-Hayes

Participants will join Metis Artisan Pamela in creating a Traditional Woodland Art Style Bear Painting. There will also be a basic introduction to the history of this form of Art and Bear Teaching. No experience necessary. Registration required.

Thursday, November 10 at 2:30 - 4:30 PM

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What is Smudging, Smokeless Smudge and Medicine Bag Making with Pamela Tremblay-Hayes

Kokum Pamela (Waabishka Ma'ingun Kwe) will introduce participants to the Indigenous practice of Smudging and Smokeless Smudge and will also create their own personal Medicine Bag from Authentic Deer Hyde and the Four Sacred Medicines. Registration required.

Thursday, December 1 at 2:00 - 4:00 PM

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