Norfolk libraries say, ‘Happy Birthday, Canada’
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.
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.