Lac La Biche County Libraries Closed Saturdays

With the rise in local COVID19 cases and to focus on keeping our library members and staff safe, Lac La Biche County Libraries will be closed Saturdays beginning November 28. Masks are now required upon entering the library and public computers must be reserved in advance by phone or using the online booking form.

RMBA Book Club

RMBA Book Club Slide with logo

The Rocky Mountain Book Award is a literary program designed for young readers in Alberta. This program provides children the opportunity to be involved, have fun, and see that their opinions matter.

Children aged nine to thirteen (Grades 4 to 7) read from a selection of twenty Canadian books chosen for their literary, cultural and enjoyment factors. The books have generally been published within two or three years of selection and include fiction and non-fiction.

The RMBA was established in Lac La Biche with young readers in mind and serves to achieve the following objectives:

  • to promote quality Canadian Literature;
  • to participate in and promote a regional program that will encourage young readers;
  • to promote literacy;
  • to foster a love of reading.

This program has been traditionally held at the Aurora Middle School in the library during recess/lunch hour but will now be 100% online. This allows for a wider range of participants including homeschooling or schooling at home students, as well as individual classrooms and community groups.

For individual registration fill in the following online form.

RMBA Registration Form

Reading Log

RMBA Intro and Book Presentation

There will be activity packages available, videos uploaded to our YouTube channel, prizes and much more. If you require additional information or wish to register your group, contact the Library Director at 780-623-7467.

Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

Photo of the cover of the book Beastly Puzzles

If you're given a list of features and characteristics, can you guess which animal they make? This might seem easy enough… But solving the puzzles in this book is deviously, outrageously, almost impossibly tricky! Though the thirteen animals included are easily recognizable --- such as a polar bear, a snail, an ostrich, a pufferfish --- the clues are unexpected, and the animals are wandering far from where you would expect them to be!  

Questions:  If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? Would you still live at home and sleep in your bed? Or wander far away?

Thematic Links List: Animals, natural history, biology, puzzles

Activities: Paper Plate Animal Mask

Bloom

Photo of the cover of the book Bloom

It was just rain. But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up. Suddenly—

They. Are. Everywhere.

They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed. Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secret? A week ago, they wouldn’t have thought they had one. But they’d better figure it out fast—the invasion has already begun.

Questions:  Do you believe in aliens? Who would you want with you during an alien invasion? Where would your home-base be?

Thematic Links List: Dystopia, thriller, aliens

Activities: Emergency Response Plan Activity Sheet

Broken Strings

Photo of the cover of the book Broken Strings

It's 2002. In the aftermath of the twin towers -- and the death of her beloved grandmother -- Shirli Berman is intent on moving forward. The best singer in her junior high, she auditions for the lead role, but is crushed to learn that she's been given the part of an old Jewish mother in the musical rather than the lead. Shirli decides to throw herself into the role, with the help of the most cute and popular boy at school. After searching in her grandfather's attic for some props, she discovers an old violin in the corner and the journey begins -- a long-kept family secret spills out, and Shirli learns the true power of music, both terrible and wonderful.

Questions:  Do you like to play an instrument or sing? What about your family or friends? How much do you know about your family’s history? 

Thematic Links List: family, relationships, history, holocaust, musicals 

Activities: Paper Puppets

Climbing Shadows

Photo of the cover of the book Climbing Shadows

These poems reflect children’s joys and sorrows, worries and fears, moods and sense of humor. Some poems address common themes such as having a hard day at school, feeling shy or being a newcomer, while others explore subjects of fascination — bats, spiders, skeletons, octopuses, polka dots, racing cars and birthday parties. Evident throughout the book is a love of words and language and the idea that there are all kinds of poems and that they are for everyone — to read or write.

Questions: How do you cope with hard feelings or rough days?

Thematic Links List: Poetry, expression, creativity, writing

Activities: Poetry writing Activity Sheet

Dog Driven

Photo of the cover of the book Dog Driven

McKenna Barney is trying to hide her worsening eyesight and has been isolating herself for the last year. But at the request of her little sister, she signs up for a commemorative mail run race in the Canadian wilderness—a race she doesn’t know if she can even see to run.
Winning would mean getting her disease—and her sister's—national media coverage, but it would also pit McKenna and her team of eight sled dogs against racers from across the globe for three days of shifting lake ice, sudden owl attacks, snow squalls, and bitterly cold nights.

An adventure about living with disability and surviving the wilderness, Dog Driven is the story of one girl’s self-determination and the courage it takes to trust in others.

 Questions: What would be the hardest part of your day if you lost your eyesight? Can you list four diseases that create disabilities in Canada? What do you think it would be like to lose one of your five senses or your ability to move?

Thematic Links List: Disability, Canadian wilderness, dog-sled, racing

Activities: Snowflake Craft

Ghost’s Journey: A Refugee Story

Photo of the cover of the book Ghost’s Journey: A Refugee Story

When life in Indonesia becomes too dangerous for LGBTQ people, Ghost and her two dads are forced to leave their home and escape to freedom in Canada. Ghost’s Journey was inspired by the story of two gay refugees, Rainer and Eka, and their cat Ghost, with illustrations created from their photographs.

Questions:  Do you know what all the letters in LGBTQ stand for? Do you know any refugees or descendants of a refugee family? Why do you think it’s important to read stories about diversity and adversity?

Thematic Links List: LGBTQ, refugee, new Canadians, diversity

Activities:Follow the instructions on the video to make your own Ghost.

Kitty Cat Tutorial

Printed Craft Instructions

Harvey Comes Home

Photo of the cover of the book Harvey Comes Home

A dog’s world is a world of scents, of adventure. When a runaway West Highland Terrier named Harvey wanders out of his old life guided only by his nose and his heart, lives begin to converge.

Austin, a young volunteer at Brayside retirement home, quickly finds that the audacious Harvey inspires Mr. Pickering, a bitter resident coping with memory loss, to tell stories of his childhood. Moved by the elderly man’s Dust Bowl recollections of grinding poverty and the perseverance of his friends and family, Austin begins to trade his preconceived notions for empathy. But is it enough to give him the resolve to track down Harvey’s original owner?

Questions:  Do your grandparents and parents tell stories about their childhood? Can you think of some stories you would like to tell children when you get older?  

Thematic Links List: Dogs, memories, human nature, multi-generational

Activities: Draw a map of Harvey’s journey from home.

Home Sweet Neighborhood: Transforming Cities One Block at a Time

Photo of the cover of the book Home Sweet Neighborhood Transforming Cities One Block at a Time

Picture a busy avenue. Now plant trees along the boulevard, paint a mural by the empty lot, and add a community garden. Set up benches along the sidewalks and make space for kids' chalk drawings, and you've set the scene for a thriving community. Placemaking―personalizing public and semi-private spaces like front yards―is a growing trend in cities and suburbs around the world, drawing people out of their homes and into conversation with one another.

Questions:  What is your favorite shared space to visit? It could be places like the park, the library, and even the spaces that you share with your family and friends, like the living room. Does your home, community, or school have any public spaces with art or community gardens?

Thematic Links List: Positivity, shared spaces, expression

Activities: Homemade Magnets

How to Become an Accidental Genius

Photo of the cover of the book How to Become an Accidental Genius

This book is full of inspiring tales of famous and lesser-known inventors who have changed the world, from George Washington Carver, Mary Anderson (inventor of the windshield wiper) and inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr to Frank Epperson (of Popsicle fame) and Mary Sherman Morgan (The Woman Who Saved the U.S. Space Race). Readers will be amazed at the inventiveness of these geniuses. The book focuses on inventors from North America but includes stories from around the world. Organized into eleven chapters that highlight the qualities inventors have in common, the book also features profiles of inventive kids and teenagers.

Questions:  Name 6 inventions that you use everyday. What are your 3 favourite out of those 6 and why? Can you think of an invention that hasn’t been made yet? 

Thematic Links List: Inventions, inventors, technology, history

Activities: Fun Trivia

Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, & Murdered Through History

Photo of the cover of the book Killer Style How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed,  & Murdered Through History

The clothes we wear every day keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and express our unique style—but could fashion also be fatal? As it turns out, history is full of fashions that have harmed or even killed people. From silhouette-cinching corsets and combustible combs to lethal hair dyes and flammable flannel, this nonfiction book looks back at the times people have suffered pain, injury, and worse, all in the name of style. Historical examples like the tragic “Radium Girl” watchmakers and mercury-poisoned “Mad Hatters,” along with more recent factory accidents, raise discussion of unsafe workplaces—where those who make the clothes are often fashion’s first victims.

Questions: What is your favorite piece of clothing? What is it made of and where did it come from? 

Thematic Links List: Fashion, dark history, workplace safety

Activities:

The Next Black
Fast Fashion: Teen Vogue
CBC recycle clothing

Meet Elsie MacGill

Photo of the cover of the book Meet Elsie MacGill

Elsie MacGill worked on the Canadian-made Hawker Hurricane fighter, which helped the Allied forces to victory in World War II.

Elsie was born in 1905 to a mother who was a feminist pioneer in her own right. Elsie grew up fully expecting to follow her dreams. And she did. Elsie was the first woman to graduate from the University of Toronto's electrical engineering program. Elsie went on to earn a master's in aeronautical engineering ―but contracted polio the day before her convocation. She battled back, and a storied engineering career followed, including being in charge of the tooling and manufacture of the famous Hawker Hurricane. Later in her life she was a champion of women's rights and her work shaped many of the protections we now enjoy.

Questions:  Do you have a dream job? How do you think Elsie felt being the only woman in her engineering program? 

Thematic Links List: Aeronautical engineering, feminism, history

Activities: Paper Airplane Activity Sheet

Nevers

Photo of the cover of the book Nevers

Resourceful fourteen-year-old Odette is on the move again, traveling as a stowaway on a cheese cart with her hapless mother, Anneline. They are in Burgundy, France, in 1799, fleeing yet another calamity caused by Anneline (who is prone to killing people accidentally). At dawn they find themselves in a town called Nevers, which is filled with eccentric characters, including a man who obsessively smells hands, another who dreams of becoming a chicken, and a donkey that keeps the town awake at night, braying about his narrow life. As Odette establishes a home in an abandoned guardhouse, she makes a friend in the relaxed Nicois and finds work as a midwife's assistant. She and Nicois uncover a mystery that may lead to riches and, more important for Odette, a sense of belonging.

Questions: Have you ever found yourself in a new and strange place? Do you think it is important to have a home and a community around you?  

Thematic Links List: Quirky, fantasy, community, French Revolution      

Activities: Draw your favorite scene or character.

Sergeant Billy

Photo of the cover of the book Sergeant Billy

During World War I, a goat named Billy was adopted by a platoon of soldiers and made his way across the ocean to be part of the war effort.

Billy . . .

  • Trained with the soldiers
  • Was smuggled across the ocean
  • Got snuck into the frontlines in a box of oranges
  • Ate some secret documents and was arrested for treason
  • Got trench foot
  • Head-butted soldiers into a trench and saved them from a shell
  • Came back home a decorated war hero

This true story follows Sergeant Billy from his small prairie town to the trenches of World War I and back, through harrowing moments, sad moments, moments of camaraderie and moments of celebration.

Questions: What do you think was the bravest thing that Billy did while overseas? What do you think would’ve been the hardest part for you?  

Thematic Links List: World War I, history, war animals

Activities: Using clay, make a Sergeant Billy based on the illustrations from the book.

Stand on the Sky

Photo of the cover of the book Stand on the Sky

She had always heard that the eagle chooses the eagle hunter. She wanted that. She wanted her eagle to come to her. To choose her.

It goes against all tradition for Aisulu to train an eagle, for among the Kazakh nomads, only men can fly them. But everything changes when Aisulu discovers that her brother, Serik, has been concealing a bad limp that risks not just his future as the family's leader, but his life too.

When her parents leave to seek a cure for Serik in a distant hospital, Aisulu finds herself living with her intimidating uncle and strange auntie -- and secretly caring for an orphaned baby eagle. To save her brother and keep her family from having to leave their nomadic life behind forever, Aisulu must earn her eagle’s trust and fight for her right to soar. Along the way, she discovers that family are people who choose each other, home is a place you build, and hope is a thing with feathers.

Questions:  If you could be any animal, what would you be? Would you live nearby or somewhere far away in the world?

Thematic Links List: Self-discovery, community, adventure  

Activities: Paper Eagle Wings Activity

The Canadian Kids Guide to Outdoor Fun

Photo of the cover of the book The Canadian Kids Guide to Outdoor Fun

Filled with hundreds of ideas for games with friends, solo activities, DIY projects, recipes and fascinating fun facts, this book will teach kids just how much there is to do when the screens are turned off.

Kids will learn:

  • How to catch a fish
  • How to crack a code
  • How to master canoe strokes
  • How to make fresh lemonade (complete with an economics lesson)
  • How to put on a play
  • How to do rock art
  • How to make a tie-dyed shirt
  • Games for surviving car trips

And so much more!

Questions: What do you do like to do for fun? Can you think of 2 activities that the guide didn’t mention? 

Thematic Links List: Crafts, cooking, kids guide, outdoor

Activities: Choose an activity to do with your family or friends.

The Copycat

Photo of the cover of the book The Copycat

Ali and her parents have moved at least once a year for as long as Ali can remember, but her parents say living in Saint John, New Brunswick, will be different. To Ali’s surprise, things are different this time- just not in the way she hoped! Ali has always acted like a copycat to make friends, but when she unexpectedly inherits the ability to change her appearance at will, fitting in seems impossible! Luckily, with the help of her family, new friends, and a touch of magic, Ali might just survive middle school after all. 

Questions: Are there times when you act like a copy cat? Who would you like to be for a day?

Thematic Links List: Magic, identity, relationships, Eastern Canada  

Activities: Paper Fortune Teller Activity

The Ghost Collector

Photo of the cover of the book The Ghost Collector

Shelly and her grandmother catch ghosts.
In their hair.

Just like all the women in their family, they can see souls who haven’t transitioned yet; it’s their job to help the ghosts along their journey. When Shelly’s mom dies suddenly, Shelly’s relationship to ghosts—and death—changes. Instead of helping spirits move on, Shelly starts hoarding them. But no matter how many ghost cats, dogs, or people she hides in her room, Shelly can’t ignore the one ghost that’s missing.

Why hasn’t her mom’s ghost come home yet?

Questions:  Do you believe in ghosts? Why do you think Shelly collects ghosts? Would you collect ghosts if you could? 

Thematic Links List: Ghosts, grief, First Nations

Activities: Draw one of the ghosts. 

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden

Photo of the cover of the book The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden

When the tsunami destroyed Makio's village, Makio lost his father . . . and his voice. The entire village is silenced by grief, and the young child's anger at the ocean grows. Then one day his neighbor, Mr. Hirota, begins a mysterious project--building a phone booth in his garden. At first Makio is puzzled; the phone isn't connected to anything. It just sits there, unable to ring. But as more and more villagers are drawn to the phone booth, its purpose becomes clear to Makio: the disconnected phone is connecting people to their lost loved ones. Makio calls to the sea to return what it has taken from him and ultimately finds his voice and solace in a phone that carries words on the wind.

Questions:  Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? How do you stay connected with those that are far away?  

Thematic Links List: Tsunami, Japan, grief, family

Activities: Origami Flower Activity Sheet

The Very Very Far North

Photo of the cover of the book The Very Very Far North

In the Very, Very Far North, past the Cold, Cold Ocean and just below the hill that looks like a baby whale, you’ll find Duane and his friends.

Duane is a sweet and curious young bear who makes friends with everyone he meets—whether they’re bossy, like Major Puff the puffin, or a bit vain, like Handsome the musk ox, or very, very shy, like Boo the caribou. For these arctic friends, every day is a new adventure!

Questions:  What do you think would be the hardest part about moving somewhere new? Would you ever want to live in the arctic? Why or why not?  

Thematic Links List: Arctic, community, adventure, animals

Activities: Inukshuk Craft
Inukshuk Video

Inukshuk Activity Sheet

What The Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewa

Photo of the cover of the book What The Eagle Sees

What do people do when their civilization is invaded? Indigenous people have been faced with disease, war, broken promises, and forced assimilation. Despite crushing losses and insurmountable challenges, they formed new nations from the remnants of old ones, they adopted new ideas and built on them, they fought back, and they kept their cultures alive.

When the only possible “victory” was survival, they survived.

What the Eagle Sees shares accounts of the people, places, and events that have mattered in Indigenous history from a vastly under-represented perspective—an Indigenous viewpoint.

Questions:  How much do you know about the indigenous nations in your community?  

Thematic Links List: Indigenous, Canadian history, social justice

Activities: First Nations of Canada Map Activity