Public Library returns to pre-COVID hours; stuffed animal slumber party March 10-13 – Moose Jaw Today

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The Moose Jaw Public Library (MJPL) will have evening hours again starting March 14. It has been two years since the library reduced its hours in response to the pandemic.
“Starting March 14, we’re going back to regular hours,” said Naiomi Setter at the MJPL. “We’ll be open evenings. So that’s exciting, we haven’t had evening hours since COVID hit.”
The library’s new hours will be:
March is Saskatchewan’s One Book, One Province month, which aims to increase literacy in the province and help create a reading culture. Once a year, the Saskatchewan Library Association highlights a single book they hope as many people as possible will read.
There will also be community and local library events throughout the province, including two virtual cooking classes hosted by Schoolhaus Culinary Arts in Regina. The classes will be on Zoom on Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m.; and on Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m.
To register for the classes, find them on the Regina Public Library programs page at reginalibrary.ca/attend/programs.
This year’s book is Arab Cooking on a Prairie Homestead: Recipes and Recollections from a Syrian Pioneer by Habeeb Salloum. It has recipes interwoven with a memoir of growing up on a Saskatchewan farm as the son of Syrian immigrants.
Habeeb Salloum (9 March 1924 to 4 Dec. 2019) was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, and had a 36-year with the department of national revenue.
He was also a prolific author and freelance writer who wrote at least 2,000 articles on food, history, and travel. Salloum authored or co-authored 14 books and 20 chapters in various books.
Some of Saskatchewan’s most important pulse crops, such as lentils and chickpeas, were first grown by Syrian homesteaders who used them to survive the 1930s dustbowl. Salloum wrote that “today people stare in disbelief when they hear that Arabs homesteaded in Western Canada.”
Among other events at the library in March is a children’s stuffed animal slumber party from March 10 to March 13.
Drop off a stuffed animal on either March 10 or 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and staff will post pictures of your pal’s adventures with library mascot Marty the Monkey on Facebook.
Pick-up is on March 13 from 1 to 5:00 p.m.
“So Marty the Monkey is hosting a slumber party for any stuffed animal kids want to drop off,” Setter explained. “And we’ll take some pictures with them and share those with the kids, and they’ll get a free book when they pick up their stuffed animal.”
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