list of the greatest Canadian novels of all time because of the strong character of Hagar Shipley and important lessons that she shares. However, in 1987, the book came under attack from a parents group in Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes region. After a board committee was set up to review the challenge, the school board refused to remove the books from the curriculum. It is still a part of the education system as part of the grade twelve curriculum in many schools.
Margaret Laurence is one of Canada's most esteemed and beloved writers. She is best known for her Manawaka novels – The Stone Angel, A Jest of God, The Fire Dwellers and The Diviners – which are all considered classics of Canadian literature. She was also a founder of the Writers' Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that encourages Canada's writing community. Senior citizens are an important part of a community’s demographic. They have faced plenty of challenges from which we can learn as a society. Winston Churchill said that “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it”. What better way to learn from the past than to listen, and learn from people who have the experience? Take some time this month and listen to some of the stories and experiences of our local senior citizens – they are golden.
The library catalogue is available on the internet at www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca Stephanie McPherson is an avid supporter of the City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library.
The Stone Angel