New Cana­dian themed book col­lec­tion an­nounced at Drumheller Li­brary in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada 150

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

The Drumheller Li­brary So­ci­ety un­veiled a new col­lec­tion of Cana­dian themed books at the Drumheller Li­brary on Tues­day, May 30 at 5:30 p.m.

To com­mem­o­rate Canada’s 150th year since its con­fed­er­a­tion in 1867, the li­brary felt it was an ap­pro­pri­ate way to show their pride and en­thu­si­asm.

“I think it’s the op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus in on Cana­dian his­tory and au­thors and small presses in Canada,” said Linda Traquair, Chair of the Li­brary So­ci­ety. “It’s re­ally a way to rec­og­nize them.”

As well as the new ad­di­tion to the li­brary, a wall hang­ing was re­vealed in cel­e­bra­tory fash­ion of the 150th birth­day. Traquair’s niece from Beiseker made the out­line for the panel that’s in the mid­dle. Ini­tially, the books were pur­chased by the Li­brary So­ci­ety to help aid the li­brary it­self with the Cana­di­ana idea. Staff mem­bers then sorted through nu­mer­ous amounts of books to de­ter­mine which would be dis­played.

“The staff had put some of the books out and then Linda and I went through stacks and pulled as many of the books as we could find that were Cana­dian and pur­chased with the money,” said Nielsen.

Li­brary users were so ex­cited, they rented out the books from the col­lec­tion be­fore the un­veil­ing had even hap­pened.

“I came in this af­ter­noon and there were holes in the dis­play,” said Nielsen. “Peo­ple had been in and they thought that was a great book and they checked it out so I was go­ing back through the stacks to find books to put in the holes.”

The duo didn’t just find books but also videos like the Al­berta filmed TV show Heart­land. One of the hard­est items to find was a sim­ple Cana­dian cook­book within the books bought for the col­lec­tion.

They felt that Canada also needed a fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion from all coasts in­clud­ing Nu­navut, there­fore adding in more of a cul­tural side. One of the rea­sons be­hind the prob­lem was the leak­ing wall in the li­brary in 2015.

“We got re­im­bursed for it but it was an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther en­hance our col­lec­tion,” said Traquair.

“We hope peo­ple will come out and see the new book col­lec­tion and read about Canada as it cel­e­brates the 150th birth­day of con­fed­er­a­tion,” said Nielsen.

Vanessa Page, Ju­lia Field­ing, Linda Traquair, Mar­garet Nielsen, and Denise Lines un­veil a new Cana­dian book col­lec­tion as well as a wall hang­ing Drumheller Li­brary. for the

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