Double your poetry pleasure

Local poet Michael Reynolds and visiting author Ian LeTourneau, will be reading their work at the Whitehorse Public Library Sunday, August 12 at 7:30…

Local poet Michael Reynolds and visiting author Ian LeTourneau, will be reading their work at the Whitehorse Public Library Sunday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Ian’s first book — Defining Range, a chapbook of poems — was published by Gaspereau Press in the fall of 2006 and will soon be available at the library.

He is currently working on a kid’s book, a full-length poetry collection, the second draft of a novel, a translation of the complete poems of Emile Nelligan and a non-fiction book.

Reynold’s chapbook, Migrations, was published in the Yukon in 2001 by Linnaea Press. He is a past winner of the Ralph Gustafson Award for poetry, as well as a finalist in numerous other competitions. His first full-length book, Slant Room, will be published by the Porcupine’s Quill in 2009.

Join them for an evening of verse — and free refreshments too.

Lost Worlds

You can still visit lost worlds with the TD Summer Reading Club. Just pick up a reading kit at your local library. It includes a logbook, stickers and a poster.

If you think you can read nine books about pharaohs, pirates or pyramids, then this program is for you. Visit the reading club website at for more information.


Pirates in Watson Lake


Pirates set sail from the Port of Library in Watson Lake on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. until August 23. The program is open to children aged three and up.

We travel the high seas for adventure, danger, stories, crafts, games and fun, and let’s not forget snacks.


Bring your alter-ego


Would you like to create an alter-ego with awesome superpowers? Bring him or her with you to the manga and graphic novel program for teens 12 and up.

The program runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays at the Whitehorse Public Library.

We will be writing and illustrating a graphic novel ourselves. Bring your ideas and be ready to meet other manga fans. Phone 667-5239 to register.


Book Club Sets


Whitehorse Public Library has added seven new titles to its book club collection:

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Into the Wild by John Krakauer

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Reserve ahead to make sure the set is available for your book club.

It’s raining fish!

Enjoy stories, music, rhymes and crafts at Whitehorse Public Library’s weekly storytime for kids Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. right through the summer. Lift up your umbrella and catch a tall tale about fishing!

Storytime is geared to children three to six accompanied by an adult. Just drop in. For more information call 667-5239.

In Yukon communities, please call your local library for information about programs for children during the summer.


Write a review, win a prize


The website is up and running at! Join the online teen summer reading club for youth across Canada — and it’s being extended into the winter!

Yukon is participating for the first time this year — join in and you could win some great prizes!

It’s all about reading a book you really enjoy — or not — and then writing a review of it that will be posted on the teenSRC website for all to share.

Ever wanted to tell everyone what you really think of Harry Potter? Or let everyone know about a seldom-read gem you stumbled upon? Well here’s your chance if you’re between 13 and 18. Check the website to find out what to do.

There will be weekly draws for stunning prizes. Thanks to Titan Gaming and Collectibles, Well Read Books, Mac’s Fireweed Bookstore, the Chocolate Claim and Erik’s Audiotronic for their contributions.

And the grand prize … need a new MP3 player? Enter and it could be yours!


Books On The Air


Listen for local reviews of new (and old, but fascinating) books to be found at Yukon Public Libraries every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on CBC Yukon.

 This column is prepared by Yukon public libraries, Department of Community Services.