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Port Hope library to celebrate Farley Mowat in October

Bree Nixon, Margaret Scott and Lou Pamenter are pictured at the Port Hope Public Library.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Bree Nixon, Margaret Scott and Lou Pamenter are pictured at the Port Hope Public Library.

A decade ago a permanent monument dedicated to Port Hope resident and author – the late Farley Mowat – was built on private land.

Commonly known as the boat roofed house, this structure is considered to be the largest monument in the world dedicated to this renowned author. It will be dismantled and reassembled at its new location in Eastside Ganaraska Park during Thanksgiving weekend. More information regarding this event can be found at

In an exciting collaboration between the Port Hope Public Library, Furby House Books, the Rotary Club of Port Hope and the Rotary Club of Cobourg, copies of two of Farley Mowat’s best loved children’s novels are being donated to schools. Each classroom in Port Hope and Cobourg have received a copy of either Owls in the Family or Lost in the Barrens.

“We want local children to become familiar with Farley’s works and give them a point of reference about the Thanksgiving weekend celebration and the importance of the monument” explains Margaret Scott, chief librarian and CEO of the Port Hope Public Library.

Adds Lou Pamenter, owner of Furby House Books, “our bookstore is more than happy to contribute to this project. Farley and the bookstore had a wonderful relationship. Furby House Books was his bookseller for years and we feel this is a great way to keep his legacy alive with a new generation of readers.”

As part of the celebrations, the library will be hosting the following special events: Farley On Film, Oct. 3 to 6, at Mary J. Benson Branch – Monday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., The Snow Walker; Tueday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m., Ten Million Books; Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Lost In The Barrens; and Thurdsay, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Never Cry Wolf.

Also, Saturday Oct. 8 at Mary J. Benson Branch:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., activities for kids in partnership with Port Hope Parks & Recreation

1 p.m. live owls and other birds of prey presented by Ontario Falconry Centre

2 p.m. author readings by Anna Porter, Ken McGoogan & Claire Mowat, Silver Donald Cameron

3:30 p.m. unveiling of the Farley Mowat bronze bust donated by the Mowat Family

Sunday, Oct. 9 at Mary J. Benson Branch, there will be a special branch opening 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. there will be a Farley Mowat Hike with the Pine Ridge Hiking Club. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a Farley Mowat display in the branch's program room.

For more information about the Port Hope Public Library, call 905-885-4712, e-mail or visit

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