Yesterday was a library visit, and Mrs. F.G. dropped me off and later picked me up. She had suggested that I go there once a week over the winter, just to get out of the house, and I'm happy to oblige! I'm very happy to have another thing to look forward to. The library building is as nice as it was last week, although they're still finishing things in some corners inside.
I spent my time well, first exploring my favourite authors of mysteries to get familiar with where those books are. There are about a dozen authors I read regularly, but for a few of them I've bought recent books during the wait for the new library to open. Now I can explore those books at my own pace.
Then I spent some time in the small Canadian history section, and found a good book on the history of indigenous peoples in Canada which I thought I'd like to read. Finally I headed for the reading room and looked through a couple of magazines, just relaxing.
I had bought Michael J. Fox's new book, No Time Like the Future, an Optimist Confronts Mortality and read it quite quickly. Since it was brand new, I donated it to the library. I did enjoy reading it and they appreciated the donation.
After that I went back to the Canadian history section and took that book on indigenous peoples over to one of the reading spaces and sat and read the first few pages. It's well done. I think I'll treat it like a reference book and try to read a little every time I'm in there. There's something nice about just sitting and reading while you're actually in a library.
I've been thinking I need some mental challenges over the winter, so I've been reading a bit online about indigenous peoples and about early Canadian explorers. I've also been watching a video series by Samuel Jackson entitled Enslaved. That's been very interesting too. So you may find some future far-too-intellectual blog posts on these topics.
Of course, having taught university I am used to spending time in libraries, some of them pretty big ones. My Ph.D. research on 19th century southwestern Ontario involved spending hours in the Ontario Archives in Toronto, reading old newspapers on microfilm. I have no desire to read anything on microfilm every again! But I did develop a deep interest in Canadian history.
So I have a new destination here in town, and it's one I can usefully visit throughout the winter months. Three cheers!