It’s not too late to par­tic­i­pate

Sum­mer read­ing pro­grams at pro­vin­cial li­braries

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY /FOOD - Beth Clin­ton Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre Pub­lic Li­brary

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.

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