S.T.E.A.M. Adventures

For S.T.E.A.M Adventures this month, the children and parents explored with Ozobots, Lego, Keva Planks and Magformers. A good time was had by all, and some marvelous problem solving and creative thinking occurred.

Next month’s S.T.E.A.M. Adventures gathering is on Thursday, February 22 at 3:00PM. Registration opens two weeks before.



Book Launch: Arrows, Bones & Stones by Donna White

Don’t miss out on this amazing presentation by Donna White!

When: Saturday, February 3 at 11:00am
Where: Salmon Arm Branch of the Okanagan Regional library.
Cost: Free
Drop-in event.

Due to the theme of this presentation, it is advertised as ages 13 and up (yes, that means adults, too), but children under 13 are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult.  Donna White will talk about the experiences of child soldiers as well as post traumatic stress disorder.


Unplug & Play 2018

It’s Unplug & Play week in Salmon Arm, and we are all having a marvelous time getting out and playing together. Leif David did a magic show at the library yesterday evening, and the turn out was amazing! Thank you LASS (Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society) for sponsoring this event!

Hope to see you all at other events throughout town!

Teen Book Review

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~Review by Ardent Book Lover

Wonderland Creek, by Lynn Austin, is a book that all bookworms can identify with. Set in the time of the Great Depression, this story about a girl who seeks to find a purpose for her previously boring life is full of great surprises. When I read Wonderland Creek, it astonished me because it was so like my life. I absolutely couldn’t put the book down! I was so glad to discover this author, and thankfully she wrote several books, all directed at my age level–mid to late teens, because I simply can’t believe how great her books are! So, for all teenagers looking for a story they can immerse themselves in, I definitely recommend Lynn Austin’s repertoire.

Teen Book Review

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The Betsy-Tacy Series

The Betsy-Tacy books, by Maud Hart Lovelace, are unique in that the reader can actually grow up with them. For instance, the first three books, about Betsy from age five to ten, are directed towards a younger audience, while the last couple books are meant for an older, teen audience. There are about ten books in total in the Betsy-Tacy series, and I am fortunate to own almost all of them.

Are you still reading this? Then seriously, stop reading and go check out these books! They are definitely worth your while!


It has been a fun filled summer. So fun, in fact, that I haven’t had time to update the blog. Here are some pictures of what we’ve been up to in the Salmon Arm branch these days.

Before you look at the pictures, though, I first want to acknowledge our Salmon Arm Friends of the Library group. without our Friends, summer programs wouldn’t be nearly as fun. Thank you Friends!!! (If anyone is interested in joining our Friends group, contact the library for more information. They are always eager to have more people join.)

Outrageous Origami:

We always have a great time doing origami with Eiko. Thanks for sharing your amazing skills with us, Eiko!

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CSISS: What’s Invading Your Neighbourhood?

Thanks CSISS for coming and teaching us about invasive species and how to prevent them from spreading. That bullfrog and tadpole where incredible to see!

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STEAM Adventures:

We had 2 STEAM programs this summer, and both were a tremendous success. A lot of imaginative thinking, building and creating occurred. Who knew Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math could be so much fun?!

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Book Smack & STEAM:

Book Smack & Marshmallow Toss is a ton of fun, but when you add STEAM Adventures it’s an even bigger hit. I tip my hat to all the kids who got up, at the risk of being hit by marshmallows, and talked about a book. You all did a wonderful job!!

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SPCA: Bite Free & Talk Dog:

Thanks Evelyn and Ginger for teaching us how to be bite free and talk dog. We always enjoy learning from and visiting with our SPCA friends.

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Some very creative and fun puppets were made at our Mixed-Uppet program. Well done everyone!

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SRC Celebration: Pirates vs. Sea Creatures

It looks like Pirates won!

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Thanks for all the fun everyone. Keep reading and don’t forget to bring in your completed Reading Record so you can get your Summer Reading Club medal. You have until September 4 to earn your medal and September 12 is when we do the draw for the Challenge Tracker prizes.