Watch a movie or buy a book: ways to support libraries this month

Also on the Friends’ fundraising agenda in October is the much-anticipated fall book sale from October 18 to 20.

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A would-be country singer dreams of leaving her dreary, workaday life for the bright lights of Nashville. No, it’s not a made-in-Alberta story. Wild Rose (14A), the upcoming REEL Wednesdays library fundraiser movie, is set in the unlikely venue of Glasgow, Scotland.

The film, slated for October 16 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Theatres in Spruce Grove, is an inspiring comedy-drama featuring Jessie Buckley as Rose-Lynn Harlan. She has dreamt of becoming a country music star for as long as anyone can remember. But Glasgow isn’t exactly Nashville, and, as a convicted criminal and single mother of two young children, Rose-Lynn is more country song than country star.

Just released from prison, forced to wear an ankle monitor and keep curfew, she can’t return to her job as the house-band singer at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry. Sporting her white cowboy hat and white leather cowboy boots, Rose-Lynn lands a new job as a housekeeper for a lovely and very posh family. After catching her singing on the job, the family kids quickly become Rose-Lynn’s biggest fans and the mom her enthusiastic patron, determined to help her get to Nashville.

“Buckley delivers a vivacious and unforgettable performance as Rose-Lynn, her voice a star of its own,” says the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) review. TIFF, through its Film Circuit, brings arthouse movies to smaller communities such as Spruce Grove.

Julie Walters, who plays Rose-Lynn’s mother, is no slouch either, as she helps her daughter realize her dreams while abandoning her own.

“Rose-Lynn’s story reminds us that taking responsibility doesn’t have to mean giving up hope,” says the TIFF review. “And sometimes when we’re chasing our dreams, we realize we were living them all along.”

REEL Wednesdays are organized by the Friends of the Spruce Grove Public Library, whose members raise funds and voices on behalf of a vital community resource. Proceeds go towards purchase of equipment, furniture and library items such as books and games.

Tickets, priced at $13, are available at the Spruce Grove Public Library, located at 35 5th Avenue, during business hours or at the door the night of the movie if tickets still remain. Some movies have sold out on previous occasions. Patrons are invited to attend the complimentary wine and cheese beginning at 5:30 p.m. at nearby Liquor on McLeod. Landmark Cinemas offers patrons a discount coupon on popcorn and soda.

Other community sponsors for REEL Thursdays include Zender Ford, John and Kim Acevedo (Royal LePage Realty), Main Street Law, Rotary Club of Spruce Grove, Kedra Transport, Jack’s Drive-In and Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. For further information, e-mail or join the REEL Wednesdays discussion group on Facebook.

Book Sale

Also on the Friends’ fundraising agenda in October is the much-anticipated fall book sale from October 18 to 20.

Cooler temperatures mean it’s time to curl up with a good read. And with the ability to ‘take what you want, pay what you can’, the book sale is a great way to stock your autumn book shelves without emptying your pocketbook, says Lesley Crawford, book sale organizer.

““There are sure to be items each member of your family would enjoy,” she says.

There will be hundreds of pocketbooks and hardcovers. There’s fiction and non-fiction, magazines, audio books, CDs and DVDs. Books are culled from the library collection or donated by the community. Funds raised from book sales are donated back to the library.

“Our volunteers are always amazed by the wide range of interests from our book sale patrons as well as their generosity in donating to the library cause,” says Crawford.

Raffle tickets on the Family Book Bag will also be available during various hours of the sale. Tickets are only $2 for the chance to win more than $165 worth of books for the entire family. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great way to get a head start on gifts.

The book sale runs during regular business hours on October 18 and 19. It runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. on October 20, allowing volunteers to pack up any remaining books for donation to local charities and smaller libraries.

For further information, e-mail