Monday, March 30, 2015

Film Society - Nearing the end of the Winter Season

Film Society shows its films the last Monday of the month, September, October, January, February, March, and April. Films start at 7:00 at Landmark Cinemas, located at 9 Beju Industrial Drive, Sylvan Lake, AB. 

Tickets are $8.00, available at the Library for pre-sale until 5:00 the night of the showing, or at the theater at 6:30. 

Proceeds from ticket sales go towards the Sylvan Lake Municipal Library.

We only have two more films for the Winter 2015 Season of Film Society! 

Tonight we will be showing Princess Grace! 

"Movie star, princess, icon: Grace Kelly was one of the most glamorous public figures of the twentieth century, her journey from a Philadelphia childhood to Hollywood stardom to Monaco’s royal palace the very embodiment of the modern-day fairy tale. Taking place in the years shortly after her 1956 marriage to Prince Rainier III, Princess Grace — which opened the 2014 Cannes Film Festival — goes behind the gilded palace doors to offer a revealing glimpse inside the private realm of this legendary woman. As a political dispute between Prince Rainier and French president Charles de Gaulle in the early 1960s threatens to spark a French military invasion of the tiny principality, the recently crowned Princess Grace was confronting her own private crises. Beloved by her subjects and idolized by millions around the world, she nevertheless finds herself questioning both her marriage and her very identity. As Hollywood royalty herself, Nicole Kidman (The Railway Man, Stoker) is pitch- and picture perfect as the late princess, bringing sophistication, glamour, and an intimate understanding of the weight of fame to her portrait of this enigmatic icon. Featuring a remarkable supporting cast — including Tim Roth as Rainier, as well as Parker Posey, Frank Langella and Derek Jacobi — under the direction of veteran filmmaker Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose), and shot on the grandest scale by cinematographer Eric Gautier (The Motorcycle Diaries, Into the Wild), Princess Grace reveals the humanity and vulnerability of a woman who always seemed to be larger than life." - Mongrel Media

April 27, 2015, we will be showing Boychoir

"From acclaimed Canadian director Fran├žois Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin) comes a drama that the entire family can enjoy. Boychoir is the story of a talented youngster struggling against the odds to find his voice.
Stet (Garrett Wareing) is an angry eleven-year-old who can sing like an angel. Left an orphan after his mother is killed in a car accident, Stet ends up in an East Coast musical boarding school — a place about as different from his small Texas town as can be. Feeling misunderstood, out of place, and frustrated with the cards life has dealt him, Stet finds himself at odds with Choirmaster Carvelle (Dustin Hoffman, also appearing at the Festival in The Cobbler), a disciplinarian of the old school. But Carvelle recognizes something in Stet's voice, and pushes the boy to put his troubled young soul into the music.
Boychoir will have you swooning as voices converge in hymns — and cracking a smile when a joyous rap breaks out in the bathroom. Supported by a star-studded cast that includes Josh Lucas, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger, and Kathy Bates (who nearly steals her every scene as the school's headmistress), Wareing makes a marvellous debut as a kid who's been through hell but has been granted a heavenly gift.
Boychoir is about the way that music can touch our lives — if only it's given enough encouragement to come out and play." -

Don't miss your chance to see this great films on the big screen!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Outreach Services - Books to Bethany

Those funky paw chairs aren't just for kids!

We had a wonderful tour today with some lovely Bethany residents, which brought about discussion of one of our fabulous outreach programs!

Did you know we bring books to Bethany and the Lodge? If you have a loved one in care who loves books, call us at 403-887-2130, or check in with us Tuesday mornings when we visit the Lodge and Bethany.

This outreach program is run by dedicated volunteers with Library staff assistance, who take the time to get to know each resident and their reading interests. They bring in books and audiobooks, large print and regular print, and even magazines! Anything you can sign out from the Library, we can bring to Bethany and the Lodge!

This program is completely free, and doesn't even require the resident to have a current library card.

So, what are you waiting for? Check us out!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Do You Accept the Challenge?

We're only three months into the year - there's still time to start our 2015 Community Reading Challenge! 

Check it out on our website here!  

This reading challenge is all about Canadian Literature! The checklist is as follows: 

2015 Community Reading Challenge Checklist
¨ A Scotiabank Giller Prize nominated novel
¨ A book set on the east coast
¨ A Canada Reads nominated book
¨ A book of poetry by a Canadian poet
¨ A book that was featured on Canada AM
¨ A Scotiabank Giller Prize winning novel
¨ A book set in the prairies
¨ A work of non-fiction by a Canadian author
¨ A book about a Canadian sports team
¨ A biography or autobiography of a Canadian celebrity
¨ A book by a Canadian author (but NOT Margaret Atwood)
¨ A book set in Toronto
¨ A book by Alice Munro
¨ A book by your favourite author
¨ A book by Margaret Atwood
¨ A book by an aboriginal author
¨ A Governor General’s Literary Award nominated novel
¨ A Canadian novel that was adapted for screen (TV/movie)
¨ A book with snow on the cover picture
¨ A book set in Alberta
¨ A book recommended by CBC
¨ A mystery or thriller by a Canadian author
¨ A book with a red & white cover
¨ A book by L.M. Montgomery

How does it work? SO SIMPLE! If you've already read a book with the above criteria this year, just check it off on the sheet provided on the website (or you can pick one up from the Library) and write the title in the space underneath. Once you've checked off four from the list, come in to pick a prize! When you fill the sheet, you get entered for the Grand Prize! Last year we had Sony Readers donated by Shoppers Drug Mart, Chapters Gift Cards, and more! 

This Community Reading Challenge is open to EVERYONE! That means YOU! Win prizes for reading, what would be better?