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The land and its people

Country books are a pet peeve of mine. Canada, in particular, has been suffering the indignity of having some seriously outdated materials stuck in Michigan libraries. (You know who you are.) We should be showing some respect. After all, they are our neighbors. I can already hear the judgmental sighs from my Canadian friends all the way to Ottawa.

Go weed the country books. Do it for Canada.


For all you library nerds, I urge you to check out the Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Derby Line, VT and Stanstead, QC. This public library that has the unique distinction of having the US-Canadian border running right through the library’s reading room.

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  1. I don’t see the problem. Every Canadian’s day starts at 7:00 with a portable radio serenading some dentures.

  2. “For all you library nerds, I urge you to check out the Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Derby Line, VT and Stanstead, QC.”

    Do you need to show your passport to get from one section of the library to the other?

    BTW, I visited Derby Line a long time before the current increased border security while vacationing at Holland Pond, actually a lake but still too small and remote to appear on most maps. I smuggled meat from Quebec by walking a few blocks away from the security checkpoint.

    1. As far as I know, you’re free to cross the line while you’re in the building. You just have to exit to the same country you entered from.

  3. I’d be happy to update if I could find some newer Canada books. I did update a few months ago (and BTW though we did have this one at one time, it was long gone). I had a terrible time finding books from this century let alone completely up-to-date.

  4. And, of course, the inevitable Dudley DoRight Canadian Mounted Policeman in full regalia. Do they still have them in Canada?

    1. Mounties still exist and are an integral part of Canada’s law enforcement system, but they only wear the red jackets for things like parades, ceremonies, etc. They have another uniform that looks pretty much like a normal police uniform in any other country, and I’m pretty sure some of them work in plainclothes, too.

    1. Don’t you like the bald men outdoors in what seems to be their underwear? Oh, those frisky Canadians!

  5. The security checkpoint is very tight since 9-11, but no passport is required to straddle two countries inside the beautiful Victorian-era library and opera house. I think you can walk around the grounds of the library, but make no mistake–you are observed!

  6. I love the fact that average Canadian workday is only from 11am to noon, from the looks of that schedule cartoon; I’m packing my bags now!

  7. As a Canadian, I’m a little unclear on what’s wrong with the book. The illustrations clearly show my day including staring at my phone from 11-12, having my child put the baby to sleep while I watch tv and leaving my husband in front of the television at 11pm.

  8. How cool is this (I live really close to Derby Line and had to do a library history report when studying for my MLIS) : In the 70’s, the US adopted daylight savings time, and Canada didn’t. So half the clocks in the building were set to one time, and the other half to another!

    Another fun fact about the Haskell: The Beatles toyed with the idea of doing a reunion show there (at the opera house), but word got out, and they couldn’t play at a venue that small unless pretty much nobody knew about it.

    And no, you do not need your passport to go to the children’s section.

  9. Oh my gosh! My school library had a whole set of “The Land and Its People” country books! They were recent then, of course. The world’s changed a little since then.

  10. Mounties don’t always “look like that”, we don’t say “eh” nearly as often as Americans think we do, it doesn’t have snow all year round, the whole country is not covered in tundra, and our money isn’t a rip-off of Monopoly money. There is no such language as “Canadian” or “American”, and we don’t own the North Pole. Nobody owns the North Pole!

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