It’s not too late to participate
Summer reading programs at provincial libraries
It’s not too late take part in on one of the library’s summer reading programs with something for all ages.
The children’s library is right in the middle of the thrilling programs lined up for the TD Summer Reading Program. If you’re reading this first thing in the morning it’s not too late to head to library — programs are every Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. For the next few weeks there will be lots of animal topics covered: July 20 - Beaver Fever and July 21 - Awesome Animals with Parks Canada. And for extra excitement there will be actual animals at the library. July 27 will feature Island Hill Farm and Aug. 3 we will be hosting the P.E.I. Humane Society.
To help celebrate, the Humane Society visit, the library is holding an animal toy and treat drive. Drop off your toys and treats in the children’s library Aug. 3.
Other programs include ‘Can you paint like Emily Carr?’ on July 28 and ‘How Kind’ on Aug. 4.
Tuesdays at 2 p.m. will be Evil Genius Club where you will have the opportunity to make rockets, create circuit bots and learn other skills necessary to be a dastardly supervillain.
Be a folding fiend with Origami Club every Friday at 2 p.m., and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. there will be artistic fun with Drop-in Doodle. That perennial Sunday favourite, Lego Club, continues 2-4 p.m. each week.
Activities for families and children ages 1-5 are Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Drop in and enjoy a puppet play, story and craft. Exciting puppet drama like, “Little Late Riding Hood” and “Slurping Beauty” will amaze and amuse all ages alike. Check out library. pe.ca/events for a detailed listing of all events.
The Teen Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Register and read 15 minutes and participate in programs to earn ballots for the end of summer prize draw. Teen programs will be held Thursdays at 1 p.m. and run the gamut from ‘Exploring Nature’ to ‘Hidden Treasures’.
I promised something for all ages, so adults, this one’s for you. This summer, for the first time ever, we are offering Bookish Bingo. It’s more than just books — bingo squares include things like “visit a museum” or “explore a trail” along with reading tasks. Pick up your bingo card, complete a line or two and bring it back to be entered for an end of summer prize draw. Want some help filling in the “Visit a museum square”? The library is lending out Discover P.E.I. Heritage passes that give free admission to any P.E.I. museum or heritage site. Call the library at 902-368-4642 for more information.
If adults are interested in sticking with the kids’ summer reading theme of Celebrate Canada we have some new books for you. Check out “When you Find out the World is Against You: and other funny memories about awful moments” by Kelly Oxford or “You Might be From Canada If..” by Michael de adder. Great food is represented by “Flavours of New Brunswick: the best recipes from our kitchens” by Karen Powell and “Feast: Recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip” by Lindsay Anderson. For real life drama and tragedy try “Into the Fire: the fight to save Fort McMurray” by Jerron Hawley or “The Sea was in Their Blood: The devastating loss of the Miss Ally’s five-man Crew” by Quentin Casey. Go to library.pe.ca to request these and other great titles.
The library is part of this year’s Pride Week celebrations — July 26 is AIDS P.E.I.’s second annual OUTspoken Poetry Slam, 7-9 p.m. It will celebrate communities’ diverse sexualities through collaborative, inclusive, poetic storytelling. Folks from all decades, all genders and no genders are invited to join in listening to tales of blossoming desire, evolving emotions, clarity and confusion. Poetry slammers are still needed so contact Candace@ creativepei.ca if interested or check out the OUTspoken Poetry Slam Facebook Event for more details. Beth Clinton is the regional librarian with the P.E.I. Provincial Library Service. Her column appears in The Guardian once a month. Anyone who would like more information on programs should call the library at 902-368-4642.