The Niagara Falls Review

Library hosting author of The Fifteenth of June

- AMY ROEBUCK Amy Roebuck is the community services coordinato­r at the Fort Erie Public Library


Local author Brent Jones has written a book that is both compelling and heartbreak­ing. He will be at the Centennial branch of the Fort Erie Public Library on Wednesday evening, May 31, beginning at 7 p.m., to read from his debut novel The Fifteenth of June. The protagonis­t of this contempora­ry literary fiction is 28-year-old Drew Thomson, who struggles with addictions, relationsh­ips, work and family issues, and loss, but who sees the funny and the ironic in the absurd turns of his life. Even if you haven’t read Jones’ book yet, come to hear him speak, ask him questions, and learn about the writing process. We’re sure you’ll enjoy his visit, then you can purchase The Fifteenth of June for the special price of $10, or borrow a copy from the library collection.

Saturday, May 27 will be a busy day around the library. There are ukulele lessons for ages 7 – 12 at the Crystal Ridge branch; call ahead to ask if any spaces are left. The Centennial branch will play host to Kinsmen Pool registrati­on during the morning, and the Friends of the Library are providing a barbecue at Sobeys from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with donations requested for their fundraisin­g for library projects.

Young Writers Club, an active and growing group of 7- to 15-yearolds, will gather on Monday, May 29 at the Centennial branch. Besides the fun you have and the help you get at these sessions, there are dozens of wonderful books in the library with more tips and inspiratio­n for tween and teen authors. Ask at any branch, or browse online by typing ‘writing’ in the search bar, and asking for juvenile books.

Very Basic Computer Basics for Adults. Does this sound like help you could use? On Tuesday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at the Centennial branch, there will be a free afternoon session for people who are feeling left behind in the online world, who may be wondering how to “Google”, or even how to turn on a computer or use a mouse. Please call ahead to register, as space is limited. If you are further along the digital highway, ask about our monthly Tech Help drop-in afternoons.

It is just starting to feel like summer, but at the library the staff is ready to share activities, projects and programs for all ages. Pick up a June newsletter at any branch, or find a PDF version at the bottom of our website, Throughout the month, there will be Wednesday afternoon programs of special interest to seniors, but open to all. The Summer Reading Launch Party for children and teens will take place all day long on Saturday, June 17 at the Centennial branch. Adults won’t be left out of summer reading fun and challenges, either — watch for your own challenges to begin on June 24.

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SUPPLIED PHOTO Local author Brent Jones
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