||March 14, 2008
Heritage News & Views
Patron of PALS Program
On February 29 former Lt. Governor
James Bartleman became the Patron of the PALS
program where members of various local libraries can acquire free library
privileges at Nipissing
University at no cost. PALS is an acronym for Public
and Academic Libraries Sharing. Various people from libraries in
Bonfield, Mattawa, North
Bay, Powassan, Temagami
and West Nipissing have taken advantage of the
Barleman speaks to guests at
Nipissing University –
Brian Nettlefold, Nipissing
library CEO and Helen McDonnell, Powassan
Library CEO on left. D. Mackey photo.
A large group of
Canadore and Nipissing staff and Board
members and members of the Blue Sky Region Community Network met to hear
Bartleman speak. He was the former Lt. Governor of
Ontario from 2002 to 2007.
Bartleman, a member of the
Mnjikaning First Nation grew up in Port Carling and went on to a 35 year
career in the Canadian Foreign Service in many senior positions. He is the
author of four books.
As Lt. Governor he had several
objectives including getting Native children to read. His book drive collected
1.2 million good used books for Native Friendship Centres across
Ontario. A second drive brought in 90,000. He also started
several literary summer camps in First Nation Communities.
In his talk
Bartleman told how he learned to read by scrounging comic books from the
garbage dump at Port Carling – a story that had the audience smiling. Helen
McDonnell CEO of the Powassan and area library and
chair of the Library Network and Bruce Nettlefold
presented Bartleman with a certificate of
appreciation. Bartleman has taken on other duties
since the end of his previous role and is now the Chancellor of the Ontario
College of Art and Design.
To become a PAL take your library
card and go to the front desk at the Library at Nipissing
and their full library is available to you whatever your interest may be.
As mentioned last week CBC Sudbury is
running its Northern Ontario Reads program to highlight recommended books.
Gilles Blunt’s detective story based on
North Bay called Forty Words of Sorrow and Mary
Lawson’s novel The Other Side of the Bridge are two novels recommended, as was a
book of short stories called Outcrops. Suzanne Brooks at
Gullivers Books North Bay recommended my book The Kiosk Story. You can
vote by calling 1-800-461-1138 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Voters are included in a draw for copies of the
books. The competition ends at the end of March with the winner announced April
The old Hummel School,
outside of Trout Creek (SS#3 South Himsworth)
held a reunion last October and had a large display of
memorabilia. These items are now on display in The Downstairs Galley in
the Powassan library during March so you can get in
touch with the way schools were in those days. The Reunion donated
a nice check for the purchase of books after the event. Library closed Wednesday
photos at Powassan Library Downstairs Gallery
Exhibition. D. Mackey photo
There is a lot to see this month in
North Bay including the Ice follies which ends
on the first day of Spring , March 20th.
Have a look at the Bridges to Home Art & History exhibition – a cultural exhibit
on immigrant women in Canada (Tues-Sat – North Bay Museum). There
is of course the fine exhibitions at the White Water
and the Kennedy Gallery and at Art on Main, etc. What a great way to spend a
Two Ice Follies constructs on
North Bay Waterfront. D. Mackey photo.
New Book on CN Railway in Area
Ian Wilson who has written several
books on the CNR has a fine new one Steam in
Northern Ontario. It is a hard cover book of 192 pages with numerous photos,
maps, area photos, timetables, etc. – 8 pages in colour. A real treat for train
buffs and others connected to the CNR. More information
online. The North Bay Library has a copy in their Reference Section and
one in circulation.
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