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Past Programs

Past Programs


 Author Visit: Linda Hutsell – Manning 


Linda will be discussing her book Fearless and Determined: Two Years Teaching in a One-Room School.

Part memoir, part creative non-fiction, Fearless and Determined, takes you back to life in rural southern Ontario in the mid 1960s. With one year’s training at Toronto Teacher’s College and no curriculum resources except a list of subjects, Linda Hutsell-Manning created and taught courses for eight grades. Built in 1860, the school had seen better days and resembled many one-room schools across Canada. With a wood stove, two pit toilets, a cold water tap, and no storm windows, many students experienced their entire elementary school education here. Linda’s memoir traverses the Kennedy assassination, the Beatles craze and smallpox shots. She worked ten-hour days and made on-the-spot decisions as teacher and principal. “Circumstance gave me this opportunity; time has deemed it to be one of the most challenging and great experiences of my life,” says Linda.

Short Bio

Linda Hutsell-Manning’s writing career spans over forty years with writing published in a variety of genres. Unaware she had writing talent, she attended Ryerson & Teacher’s College, then taught two years in a one-room school. Subsequently, while attending the University of Guelph as a 1970’s mature student, two Can Lit profs encouraged her to write. Her first book was published in 1981. Publications include: poetry & short fiction in literary magazines, eleven children’s books including five picture books, two juvenile time travel novels, three professionally produced plays, five Polka Dot Door scripts, a literary novel, That Summer in Franklin, Second Story Press, a two act comedy A Certain Singing Teacher, Playwrights Canada and a memoir, Fearless and Determined: Two Years Teaching in a One-Room School, Blue Denim Press. Upcoming publications include a picture book, Finding Moufette, Pandamonium Publishers, Sept 2023 and novella, Heads I Win Tails You Lose, AOS Publishers, March 2024. Over the decades, she has given countless library and school readings and taught Creative Writing in several Community Colleges. During Covid, she learned Power Point and gave readings and workshops to adults and children. She is currently working on a memoir An Occasional Chameleon, about her unorthodox childhood that began in 1940’s rural Charleswood, MB. For more info: www.lindahutsellmanning.ca



Kids Coding Club: This free, program is designed for ages 8 – 12 years old. The club will run once weekly, Thursday’s 5 – 6:30 pm at both branches. First session will run July 13th – July 27th, Second session will run August 3rd – August 24th. Pre-registration is required as we are limited to 5 spots per session. Code Club projects are freely available for anyone to use to start getting creative with code.

We are pleased to announce that we now have a Community Seed Library available at both branches. We bring you this program to help combat food insecurity and to revitalize our connections to the land.

Seed libraries work much like conventional public libraries. Patrons can “borrow” from the inventory of seeds to grow at home. We welcome donations of seeds to help keep growing for future seasons. The seed library is free for everyone with or without a library card.


Monday March 6th @ 6:30pm Whitney Senior’s Centre 9 Third Ave. Whitney, Ontario. Free Workshop. Facebook event page https://fb.me/e/2rVPhajxA

A territorial or land acknowledgement is an act of reconciliation that involves making a statement recognizing the ancestral territory of Indigenous peoples who live in a particular region, often since time immemorial. However, these acknowledgements can easily become a token gesture rather than a meaningful practice. We have a responsibility to consciously and continuously reflect on the fact that no matter where we are, we are on Indigenous lands. Further, we have a responsibility to not only acknowledge and learn about the histories and legacies of colonialism, but to take tangible action to contribute to Canada’s reconciliation process.
All are welcome to participate in this free workshop with Christine Luckasavitch (Omàmìwininì Madaoueskarini Anishinaabekwe (Algonquin) and mixed settler heritage), whose work centers around creating spaces for Indigenous peoples to share their knowledges, both in physical and digital spaces, and encouraging the re-emergence of ancestral kinship ties.
This workshop includes a discussion on the colonial impact on Indigenous territories and examines why it is important to know full, true histories in an effort to bring consciousness to the times we’re living in.

Canada Reads 2023

All Canada Reads shortlisted titles will be available at both branches mid February.



Author Talk & Self-Publishing discussion with Robert Bockstael. Featuring his debut novel Willow’s Run.  Sunday October 30th  –  1pm  –  Lester Smith Recreation Centre – 32 Hay Creek Rd. Whitney, On  This is a free program, hosted by The Township of South Algonquin Public Library

**Author Book Talk**  Kevin Callan will be discussing his book “Once Around Algonquin” Free public event – May 18th 2022, 7pm Madawaska Hall: 26 A Major Lake Rd. Madawaska, Ontario

Kevin (aka The Happy Camper) is the author of 18 books; his latest being Once Around Algonquin: An Epic Canoe Journey. He is an award-winning writer and a keynote speaker at outdoor events across North America. Kevin is also a regular guest on several television morning shows and CBC Radio. He has won several film awards, writes a column for Paddling Magazine and Explore Magazine. Kevin was listed one of the top 100 modern day explorers by the Canadian Geographical Society. He was also made Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada. Check out his web site at www.kevincallan.com and YouTube channel KCHappyCamper.

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