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January 2021

Christmas Silent Auction Total

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the auction! It looked a little different this year with everything moving online, but the community did not disappoint and the auction raised over $6,000 for the library!! 

A huge thank you to all of the Friends of the Library for your hard work and innovation to make the auction such a success this year!

One eRead Canada

Beginning January 1, 2021 you can be part of a cross country reading experience! Download the eBook or eAudiobook of Kim Thúy's celebrated novel, Vi, in English or French, on Libby through the whole month of January with no waitlists and no holds.
Share in the discussions about the book on
One eRead Canada Facebook group and join live virtual conversations with Kim Thúy on January 19 in English and January 20 in French.

Brought to you by public libraries across the country.
RB Digital materials moving to Libby 

You may have noticed that ebooks and audiobooks are no longer available on RB Digital. They have been moved over to Libby! Find all your regular titles and more on the Libby app! Magazines are still on the RB digital database but will also be moving to Libby early this year (should be moved over by the end of February). 
If you're having problems with the RB Digital website or app, please head over to Libby to find what you are looking for! 

Q & As about the switch over or give us a call if you have any questions. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have not been charging late fines as people were making fewer trips out of the house. The library has decided to continue going fine free in order to reduce barriers and promote equitable access for all members of the community. There will still be charges for lost or damaged materials.

Fines will be waived when we next open your account, so please do not worry if you still see fines on your end if you haven't signed anything out lately. We will clear them when we see you next. This does not apply to charges for lost or damaged materials. 

Please continue to return materials on or before the due date so that others can have access to them. You can renew items online, by phone or by email as long as there are no holds.


Curbside Book Pickup! 

Even though our doors are open, we are continuing with curbside pickup. If you'd prefer contactless pick up, simply call or email and we will place your books outside on the book cart by the front door. 

Click here for details
Now available to checkout: Mindfulness Kits!

The world is a very stressful place and kids are feeling more stress and anxiety than usual, so the library has created mindfulness kits to help calm our minds and let go of stress. The kits are full of great books and activities to help identify and deal with different stressors in your lives. 

Designed for elementary age, but beneficial for all!

We have 3 kits available to checkout with different books and activities.
Find them on the wooden cart beneath the TV in children’s area.


Beanstack is a website and app where you can track your reading and participate in reading challenges for all ages! Click here to learn more and register for Beanstack!
It is completely free to use, does not require a library card, and will help you reach new reading goals (and win prizes)!


January prize raffle: Guess which age group will read the most & estimate how many books they'll read for a prize!

Place your guesses in the raffle jar by the front desk or find the online raffle form on the Beanstack page of our website.
Pre-register for the challenge beginning Jan. 15!

Our other challenges that are live now: 

A free drawing tablet and all you have to do is read?! 

Want to work on anti-racism as part of your 2021 resolutions?

Use the Beanstack Read Woke Challenge to guide your reading towards diverse voices.

This challenge is open to all ages with different title suggestions from our shelves for each age category. You will find the suggestions in the activity badges.

“Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or colour.

I concluded that a Woke Book must:• Challenge a social norm • Give voice to the voiceless • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised • Seek to challenge the status quo • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group”
– Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

We have 2 Kobo H20 Libras available to check out!

Kobo H20 Libra: We have two (2) Kobo e-reader devices available to sign-out.

Create a Kobo account with an email address and password, and then log into Overdrive to access free library ebooks.

Once signed in, do not click “buy” title, instead tap the "…" image next to to the “buy” button for the Overdrive option.

Lending period: 3 weeks

Let us know right away if you'd like a copy of Hurry Home for the Jan. 26th meeting so we can get it to you as soon as possible!

Email us for the Zoom link for the writing class! Those who participated in past classes have really been enjoying building new writing skills!

Please contact us ASAP if you'd like a copy of Restart so we can order it in with enough time for you to read it. This meeting is open to all Gordon Korman fans, not just teens! 

Tune into our Facebook page on Friday mornings at 10:30 AM for live virtual story time! Find a craft kit by the front door shortly after. You can access the videos anytime afterwards if the time slot doesn't fit your schedule.

2021 Story time will begin on January 8th!
Find past story time videos here

Place a hold on our website or call/email us to add your name to the holds list. Unfortunately, holds made on the kit before March 2020 have not been saved, so you will need to add your name again.

Passing along false content can be like passing on Covid-19 itself. And that can be deadly. Before you share, pause, check the source, and make sure it's legit. Check First. Share After. Go to the MediaSmarts website for details. 

Come buy some great and cozy socks from Blue Sky Clothing. We have merino wool socks in ladies and men's sizes available.
All proceeds help fund literacy programs in our community!
 $7/pair for adult wool socks.
$5/pair for adult bamboo socks & $4/pair for bamboo ladies ankle socks
There are also a few ski socks for $15/pair. Cash only please. 

Limited stock! Come pick up a pair while supplies last! 
Free Ancestry Access from Home!

With this time at home, why not discover more about your family history and genealogy?
Remote access has been extended until March 2021! 
Ancestry has temporarily expanded its Library Edition database so that patrons can access it from home! Email us ( for the login info and click the link below for access. You can also DM us on Facebook or Instagram to get in touch!

The office is open to the public on Thursdays. Please contact us by Tuesday at the latest to get your books on Thursday that week.

Printing and Fax services available

While we are now allowing computer use, if you just need to print, please email us the documents and we will print for you to help limit contact as much as possible. We are also happy to scan, photocopy and fax documents for you.
See printing & fax costs here (cash only)
Connect with folks in the Kootenays either through email or snail mail. We are still looking for participants, so please spread the word!
Email or call us if you'd like to participate and we'll find a match for you.

*It might take a while for a match to be made, thank you for your patience!

Masks are now mandated inside the library for your entire visit (for everyone 12 or over). We appreciate you keeping everyone safe and our doors open. If you are unable to wear a mask, we are providing curbside book pick-up service and our online resources are available 24/7. Please give us a call if you have any questions. Please bring your own mask whenever possible. We do have some available if needed. 

Invermere Public Library Hours

Monday 10-5 
Tuesday 10-5
Wednesday 10-6*
Thursday 10-6*
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-2*

CLOSED Sundays and Holidays

*Slightly reduced hours due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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