Berton House writer reads in Dawson City

Berton House writer James FitzGerald will present a reading at Dawson City Community Library on Monday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. FitzGerald is a Toronto-born journalist and author.

Berton House writer James FitzGerald will present a reading at Dawson City Community Library on Monday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

FitzGerald is a Toronto-born journalist and author. His first book, Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, is a controversial inside look at the attitudes and values of English Canada’s ruling class families.

Revelations of the sexual abuse of boys at the school, first published in the book in 1994, sparked the criminal conviction of three former teachers and a successful multi-million dollar class action suit against UCC.

James’ second book, What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past, is a multi-layered exploration of madness and high achievement within his prominent Toronto medical family.

Completing a trilogy of creative non-fiction, James is currently working on Dreaming Sally, a true story of first love, sudden death and synchronicity set in the summer of 1968.

This event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Dawson City Library at 993-5571.

Reading by Claire Eamer

In a presentation illustrated with pictures from her books, Whitehorse children’s author Claire Eamer will talk about writing both non-fiction and fiction for kids, and what both kinds of writing have in common.

Eamer is a full-time professional writer. She currently has six published non-fiction books to her credit, five for children and one for adults.

She also writes fiction and has had stories published in the Young Adult, science fiction and fantasy anthologies Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales and Polaris: A Celebration of Polar Science.

In addition, Eamer is a freelance writer and editor of science-based reports and publications, mainly for various levels of government and a number of international agencies.

Her talk is at Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Whitehorse Public Library. This free event will also serve as a farewell for Eamer, who is relocating to B.C. at the end of this year.

Story Time news

A winter Toddler Story Time session will be offered on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. starting December 4, 2013 and running until January 29, 2014 (seven sessions). Please note there will not be a program on December 25 or January 1. This fun program full of stories, music, finger plays and crafts is for children two and three years of age and their caregivers. Registration is necessary for the upcoming session. To register or for more information, please call Whitehorse Public Library at 667-5239. For story times in Yukon community libraries, please call your local library.

Babies Day Out

Caregivers and their babies are invited to come along to a fun presentation at the Whitehorse Health Centre on Wednesday, December 4 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Participants will learn about creative ways to promote infant language and learning through rhymes, songs, stories and more. Find out more about how babies learn and develop literacy skills during in the early years.

This is a free, drop in event and open to the public. For more information please contact at Whitehorse Public Library at 667-5239.

This program is presented by Whitehorse Public Library in partnership with the Whitehorse Health Centre, Department of Health and Social Services.

Fine Free!

Yukon Public Libraries will waive fines in exchange for overdue library materials returned from December 1 to 24, 2013. Please let a staff member know when returning overdue materials so the fines associated with the materials can be waived. For more information please contact the library in your area.

This column is prepared by Yukon public libraries, Department

of Community Services.