Tell Us Your Stories

Awhile back, we put out a call asking for stories about your experiences during this pandemic. We are hoping that by sharing our stories, it will help our community heal a little from the loneliness that comes from self-isolation. So far, we haven’t received many stories, so I thought I’d get the ball rolling with a little icebreaker.

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but way back at the beginning of this whole thing – before March break – I was in a store where people were chitchatting about the impending “lockdown.” Remember when we thought it was only going to last for two weeks? Oh, the naiveté.

A woman ahead of me in line was dreading the thought of self-isolating with her family. Now, I don’t know her or her situation, but she was speaking with a good dose of humour. I chimed in that we have five kids and I expected to find the self-isolation challenging, as well. Her jaw dropped and she practically shouted, “Oh, my god, nope! Nope, nope, nope. I would poke out my own eyes and put myself in the hospital first.”

I laughed and assured her that they are good kids. She replied, “Doesn’t matter.”

Honestly, though, they are pretty wonderful kids. We have had some trying times, for sure, but I feel blessed to live where we do. While there was still snow on the ground, we could ride the snowmobile on our trails. Once spring arrived, we had the ATV, which also conveniently cleared a lot of trails. When the parks were closed, my partner built the kids an awesome play structure out of trees on our property. Then, the hot weather arrived and we received invitations to go swimming off of friends’ and neighbours’ docks.

Although the pandemic has kept the community separated, I truly feel it has also brought us together as we all do our part to protect the most vulnerable, to connect online and share a few laughs.

Don’t be shy! Let us know what it’s been like for you. Send us your stories through Facebook messenger or by emailing [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

What’s Your Story?

After so many months of isolation, we are thrilled to welcome our patrons, neighbours and friends back to the library.

How have you been? We’d love to hear from you!

Magnetawan locals, seasonal residents and visitors to the area, what has your Covid-19 experience in Magnetawan been like? Did you participate in the Facebook Wine Fairy games of the early spring? Do you have a fantastic
neighbour that helped you out when you needed it? Has this whole thing been particularly hard on you? We want to hear it all, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Sharing our stories, our triumphs and our tears is a way to bring us together before we can physically get together. Send us your stories through Facebook Messenger or email them to [email protected]. Pictures are welcome, too.

Curbside Pickup

The Magnetawan Public Library is pleased to announce that we are offering curbside pickup!

Check out our online catalogue and place holds using your library card.

You can also call (705) 387-4411 or email [email protected] to put in your title requests.

Limit of 10 items (may or may not include up to 3 DVDs). We will contact you when your items are ready and set up a pickup time during our curbside hours.

Hours of operation for curbside pickup:

Tuesdays 10-12  & 2-4
Thursdays 10-12 & 2-4
Saturdays 10-2

Need a library card?  Give us a call!

Book Club || March

During the dangerous days of World War II, Honey Deschamps is spending her days transcribing decrypted messages at Bletchley Park, when she starts to receive bizarrely coded packages. When everyone is keeping secrets, who can you trust?

Bletchley Park, 1942: As World War II rages on, Honey Deschamps sits at her type-x machine, tediously transcribing decrypted signals from the German Army, doing her part to assist the British war effort. Halfway across the world, Hitler’s armies are marching into Leningrad, leaving a trail of destruction and pillaging the country’s most treasured artworks, including the famous Amber Room – the eighth wonder of the world.

As reports begin filtering into Bletchley Park about the stolen loot, Honey receives a mysterious package, hand-delivered from a man that she has never seen before who claims that he works at the Park as well. The package is postmarked from Russia, and inside is a small piece of amber. It is just the first of several such packages, and when she examines them together she realizes that someone, relying on her abilities to unravel codes, is trying to tell her something.

Honey can’t help but fear that the packages are a trap set by the authorities to test her loyalties – surely nothing so valuable could get through the mail during a time of war. And yet, something about the packages reminds her of stories that her brother used to tell her about her absent father, and when her brother is found brutally murdered on his way to visit Honey, she can’t help but assume that the events are connected. But at Bletchley Park, secrecy reigns supreme, and she has nowhere to turn for help…

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