Membership has its privileges for ten new members of the library in Falher.
They get to spin the gift-laden wheel of fortune after signing up during the recent membership drive.
Louise Roy won a crocheted doll. Hugette and Fern Turcotte of Jean Cote bought a $15 family membership but have yet to spin. Aline Houle picked up the $10 single membership and will spin sometime very soon. Lillian Bourgeois paid $8 as a senior.
They join over 250 members in getting a library card to access over 15,000 titles locally and from other libraries in the region.
Tuesdays are the busiest, after the weekend, as was obvious last week.
Youre 40 cents overdue. We dont fool around. We need the money, smiled librarian Rita Brodeur to Jocelyne Rochon who was signing out a couple of books that day.
Most of the books are tracked on the computer now. There are two computers also available for non-members, anyone, to access the Internet for 45-minute sessions.
Yet the books rush out.
Heres a Western youll like, the librarian said to Rodolphe Gariepy as she hands him Blood on the Plains by Walter Lucas.
Usually she keeps me going, smiled Gariepy.
Gariepy remembers when he used to buy pocket books for 35 cents at a confectionary store that used to be in the Radio Shack location.
He now reads year round since he retired.
He doesnt encourage his relatives to buy him books as gifts because he once received a book he had already read.
A book the public may or may not have read, but may want to buy, is the 75th Anniversary history of Falher book, going for only $2 because the librarian wants to move an entire box of them out.
It could make a stocking stuffer, suggested the librarian.
Also to be sold off are the remaining copies of Leurs reves; nos memoires (region Peavine Creek), going for $10, much less than the $50 previous price for the 1979 French editions.
Therese Moulin bought several of the books on Falhers history while she signed out some books.
She had just returned a couple of interesting books.
One was a brand new book donated by Atco Electric, the latest in the Alberta in the 20th Century series.
Since the librarys outdated books were sold off in the last year, the librarian encourages sponsorship of new or donation of nearly new books and magazines.
The second book Moulin returned was on Bin Laden.
I didnt learn anything I didnt know from the National Geographic, she said of the November issue of the magazine she signed out recently.
The librarian said theres at least four regulars who sign out that magazine, keeping it much less than the three weeks one is allowed.
The library keeps current issues of Consumer Report, Popular Science and fashion magazines like Elle and Clindoeil as well as craft magazines.
Some people donate Macleans and Readers Digest after only a week of reading the new issues.
If Tuesdays are relatively busy, then Thursdays are real slow.
Especially in the evenings, until 7:30 p.m., when she only sees three regulars.
Where are all those Thursday night shoppers? The librarian wonders if a year from now she should change when she works her 22.5 hours a week.
The librarian will open the doors in January for a regular meeting of moms and playgroup for ages 2 to 4 to fill a need locally for preschoolers.
Shes thinking of having the kids sing songs like Baa baa black sheep and Jack and Jill.
Shes not sure when the open playgroup meeting will be held but she encourages those interested to call the library 837-2776.
The librarian is also planning an Easter bonnet-wearing contest to encourage old-fashioned hats to be worn to the Easter bake sale next year.