FSPL Adult Reading Group

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Two Steps

by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Books are available at both library branches.

"The Chemin will change you.  It changes everyone..."

The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is a centuries-old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain.  Every year, thousands of walkers - some devout, many not - follow the route that winds through quaint small villages and along busy highways alike, a journey unlike any other.

Zoe, an artist from California who's still reeling from her husband's sudden death, has impulsively decided to walk the Camino, hoping to find solace and direction.  Martin, an engineer from England, is road-testing a cart of his own design...and recovering from a messy divorce.  They begin in the same French town, each uncertain of what the future holds.  Zoe has anticipated the physical difficulties of her trek, but she is less prepared for the challenges, as strangers and circumstances force her to confront not just recent loss, but long-held beliefs.  For Martin, the pilgrimage is a test of his skills and endurance but also, as he and Zoe grow closer, of his willingness to trust others - and himself - again.

Smart and funny, insightful and romantic, Two Steps Forward reveals that the most important journeys we make aren't measured in miles, but in the strength, wisdom, and love found along the way.



Non-Traditional Urban Gardening Techniques

Learn how to grow more food in less space with raised box square foot gardens, pallet gardens, and straw bale gardens.

Raised box square foot gardening is the practice of planning small but intensively planted gardens.  It incorporates closely planted raised beds and biointensive attention to a small, clearly defined area.  It is particularly well-suited for areas with poor soil, beginning gardeners, or for those that have trouble bending down to garden.

Pallet gardening also uses planning small and intensively planted, but uses the spaces between the slats of a wooden pallet.  This method is for areas with poor soil, beginning gardeners, or for those that do not like to plow, till, or hoe.

And the advantages of straw bale gardening are many.  Great for areas with poor soil, excessive weeds, and drainage problems.

Presenter Alfred Hall is the co-founder and executive director of Hamilton Urban Garden Systems (HUGS).  He is a certified square foot gardener, a practicing urban farmer, and a much sought after guest speaker at gardening, arts, and cultural events.

Seating on first come basis.  Ages 16 and up.



FSPL Adult Reading Group

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Glass Houses


Louise Penny

Books are available at both library branches.

Adults ages 18 and up.

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious.  Then wary.  Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.

For the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Surete du Quebec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose.  Yet he does nothing.  What can he do?  Only watch and wait.  And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back.  More than the accused is on trial.  Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgement.


Multicultural Night for Teens and Families

 Everyone is invited!

(but we have a special trivia hunt just for teens, ages 11-18!)

With performances throughout the night, a craft, culture tables, and more, this is a night you don’t want to miss!

Registration not required!


6:30 pm: Doors Open, Bagpipe Performance by Greg Martin

6:40 pm: Chinese Brush Painting Demo by Yufeng Wang

7:00 pm: Philippine Dance Performance including Tinikling by Pamana Dance Group

7:25 pm: Northumbrian Folk Tales with Liz Archer

7:45 pm: Traditional and Pop Songs with Harmony of Japan







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