Being Thankful

Thanksgiving comes in one of my favorite seasons: Fall. My other favorite season is Spring, and I realize these preferences probably puts me in a minority of some kind. Fall brings us gorgeous colours – yellow, rust, orange, gold, red, and scarlet backed by solid greens.

We drove to West Hawk Lake the last weekend of September to spend some time with friends. Driving down the highway, bounded on each side by trees, provided us with a never ending variety of scenery. Aspens and birches with their yellow and gold leaves, and white bark, a few splashes of red from the low bushes, and in between pines, firs and spruce with their greens. The road-side forest is never the same, with here a large patch of aspen and just a bit of green, and there less aspen, firs and some patches of red. And when the sun shines it turns some of the yellows to bright gold and red to blazing scarlet. I often want stop and take a picture, but it is difficult to capture that exact beauty digitally, and the best we can do is feast our eyes on the scene while it lasts.

Thanksgiving is always a wonderful chance to have a long weekend, get together with family, and feast on turkey. Beyond just the holiday, I believe it is important to foster a habit of thankfulness. We know that there is much of evil and dark in our modern world, but we, in Canada, and Steinbach, have much to be thankful for. We have just had the marvelous freedom of participating in an exercise that allows you and me to choose who governs us. We need to remember that millions of people that share this world have never had that freedom. Perhaps if we really understand the true value of that exercise we would have a voter turnout of 80-90% instead of 50%.

As a Library staff, we would like to express the following Thanks-giving list:

  • We are extremely grateful for a large hole and big pile of dirt beside our building – they are the promise of things to come. Such as more community space with another multi-purpose room; more space for shelves for more books, and properly spaced collections; and improved working space for the staff
  • We are grateful to the City Council for their support to make the expansion happen.
  • We are grateful for the Library Board that supports us, listens to us, praises us, and provides thoughtful leadership
  • We are grateful for our Volunteers – you quietly come in, start putting books away and help keep the shelves tidy. We appreciate your help VERY much.
  • We are grateful to you – our Patrons – it is you that makes us successful. You believe that reading and literacy is important and you check out books, you read to and with your children, and you participate in our programs. THANK YOU!


The big hole No more back door!

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.