MARGARET PROUSE: Swiss chard is great in many foods
CHARLOTETTOWN, P.E.I. - At the farmers market I can never walk past the Swiss chard with its big glossy leaves and crisp brightly coloured stems without picking up a bunch to take home.
Most of the regularly scheduled weekly programs in the Confederation Centre’s Children’s Library are winding down for the summer, but two weekly events will continue.
By Beth Clinton
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Most of the regularly scheduled weekly programs in the Confederation Centre’s Children’s Library are winding down for the summer, but two weekly events will continue.
Comic Club will continue to meet on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and at the library the Lego fun never stops as Lego club will continue to meet on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Don’t be sad about the other regular programs though — we’re using this time to get ready for Summer Reading Club. This year’s SRC theme is “Canada” to help celebrate our countries 150th. So polish up your moose, chug some maple syrup and get ready to get your Canada read on.
Summer reading is not just for kids. To help the adults celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation we have a few new titles. If you’re planning a road trip, check out the “National Geographic Guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada” or their “Guide to the National Parks of Canada” or even “Speaking in Cod Tongues: a Canadian Culinary Journey” by Lenore Newman. For an informative account about the significance of our most historic battle try “Vimy: The battle and the Legend” by Tim Cook.
A few special events will be happening in the children’s library. On June 1, we’ll be hosting a Kids Learning Code program at 4 p.m. This event is for kids ages eight to 12 to learn computer coding; registration is required and filling up fast. Thanks to the P.E.I. Business Women’s Association, the kids will have laptops to use while at the program.
On June 4 at 1:30 p.m., Joshua Giraffe will be in attendance with “Tall Tales & Wild Tunes” (‘tall’ tales, giraffe…get it? This guy is good!)
An Ocean Day storytime is on the agenda for June 8 at 11 a.m. with an ocean-inspired craft as part of the fun. Upstairs in the Teen Space, Drop-in drawing is on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and the Teen Advisory Group meeting starts at 2 p.m.
As we work our way slowly into spring the library’s focus is on gardening. To help out eager gardeners, our seed library is available during regular library hours with small packages. Gardeners who have extra seed can also donate.
On May 24 at 2 p.m., the Arthritis Society will talk about gardening with arthritis. Obviously, the library also has lots of books on gardening. If you’re a city dweller you should check out “Raised Bed Gardening: How to Grow More in Less Space” by Simon Akeroyd. Beginning growers may enjoy “Fine Gardening Easy-to-Grow Vegetables: Greens, Tomatoes, Peppers and More” and for people like me who are big poultry fans you have got to try “Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for you and your Hens by Lisa Steele.
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.