The Rossland Public Library (RPL) is pleased to begin regular submissions to The Rossland News, featuring book interviews with local readers and library events and information. In the interview portion, called “Books of My Life,” RPL will ask trustees, staff, and patrons to answer questions about significant books at various stages of their life. There are ten questions and interviewees can answer as many as they like.
Books of My Life
Q&A with library board co-chair Jeff Ross.
1. My favourite childhood book is Little Black Goes to the Circus by Walter Farley. I knew the words by heart and would be angry with my dad when he skipped over words or pages when reading this book as the bedtime story.
2. The book I enjoyed most in school is William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
3. A classic I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read is Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
4. A book I’ve pretended to have read is Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. I’ve tried to read this several times, but for some reason can’t get through the first 50 pages. A lot of people seem to like this book, so I just agree and pretend I’ve read it.
5. The last book that made me laugh is Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler. I read this with my seven-year-old nephew recently and we had to take lots of wrestling breaks while reading.
6. The last book that made me cry is No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod.
7. What I’m reading now is Lies, Damned Lies and Cost Accounting by Reginald Tomas Lee. A great book about the limitations of cost accounting techniques.
8. The book that changed my life is The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton. This is how I first learned to manage my money and I still apply many of the same ideas today. This is the book that sparked my interest in personal finance and led to my career in accounting.
Library Info and Events
Did You Know
• that the library is now open until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays
• that the library offers free online courses
• that free Acorn TV is available
• that the library is happy to continue selecting books for patrons — this is perfect for homeschooling families and anyone who would like book recommendations
• that the library will print or scan documents for a fee
• that a family pass to the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre is available with your library card
More information is available at the library or on the RPL website.
“Letters to Santa” will be coming soon. You can pick up your paper and envelopes at the library and mail letters from a special box in the library as well. You can phone the library at 250-362-7611 for details.
Place your returnables in the charity bin at the Trail Bottle Depot during the month of November to support local artists in the library.
The Library Book Club will meet in the library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. This month’s selection is Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts. Copies will soon be available at the library. Register online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is limited to six.