Nor­folk li­braries say, ‘Happy Birth­day, Canada’

The Delhi News-Record - - NEWS - DANIEL R. PEARCE DPearce@post­media.com

Nor­folk County’s five li­brary branches kicked off a year-long cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary with a se­ries of fun events on Satur­day.

Par­ents and chil­dren went to the Sim­coe branch where they took part in crafts or made a red and white toque us­ing cloth and a do­nated sew­ing ma­chine.

The events will con­tinue over the next 12 months and in­clude guest speak­ers. Each month an im­por­tant Canadian – an au­thor, ath­lete, or sci­en­tist will be high­lighted.

Or­ga­niz­ers are promis­ing “at least” 150 events.

“The rea­son we are do­ing 150 rea­sons to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150 is to let the pub­lic know there are lots of re­sources at the li­brary to let them know about our­selves as Cana­di­ans and how we be­came a coun­try,” said Heather King, CEO of Nor­folk’s li­braries.

The em­pha­sis will be on both learn­ing and fun.

On Satur­day, a vote started in the lobby of the Sim­coe branch to de­ter­mine whether but­ter tarts with raisins or with­out raisins are bet­ter. (Canada’s first prime min­is­ter, Sir John A. MacDon­ald, loved but­ter tarts).

There was also a hockey shoot­ing game us­ing mini- hockey sticks, and an event where par­tic­i­pants were asked to try to drive a screw into a piece of wood us­ing a Robert­son screw­driver, a Canadian in­ven­tion used around the world.

Com­ing soon to Port Dover will be a Canadian doc­tor talk­ing about how to strengthen your im­mune sys­tem to with­stand a Canadian win­ter.

The li­brary 150 events are an in­ter­ac­tive af­fair ( you can drop off your favourite recipe for but­ter tarts when you cast a vote for or against raisins). The Sim­coe branch has a model train set so you can build your own in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal rail­way.

“We’re look­ing for feed­back from the pub­lic to let us know what you want,” said Bev­er­ley Slater, man­ager of pro­grams and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Nor­folk’s li­braries.

Those who took part in Satur­day’s events were given bal­lots to fill out. Draws will be held through­out the year for prizes.

The grand prize is a two-night stay for two at Long Point Eco Ad­ven­tures. Other prizes in­clude a free copy of the new book by hockey great and Nor­folk na­tive Red Kelly.

Jodie Lloyd of Sim­coe, who brought her 9-year-old son Ju­lian to the Sim­coe branch on Satur­day, said her fam­ily will cel­e­brate with a trip this sum­mer to the east coast.

“We want to ex­plore Canada,” she said.

The li­brary’s event, of­fi­cially called “150 Rea­sons to Cel­e­brate Canada’s 150,” is one of a num­ber of cel­e­bra­tions that will take place in the county this year.

The first big of­fi­cial event of 2017 was the mayor’s levee, held Wed­nes­day night at the Vit­to­ria Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Com­mu­ni­ties through­out Nor­folk are ex­pected to hold their own events.

DANIEL R. PEARCE/ DELHI NEWS-RECORD

Kim Free­man, li­brary as­sis­tant at the Delhi li­brary, says Canada 150 events will be “mod­i­fied” to fit into the li­brary's tem­po­rary space in a store­front on Main Street. All five branches of the county li­brary sys­tem will hold events over the next year.

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