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BETH CLINTON: Authors, poets to share their words during presentations at Confederation Centre Public Library this month

P.E.I. author and historian John Cousins holds a copy of his new book “New London: The Lost Dream” which details the Quaker settlement on P.E.I.’s North Shore from 1773 to 1795. The book is published by Island Studies Press at UPEI and is available at a number of book stores in P.E.I. including the Bookmark on Charlottetown.
P.E.I. author and historian John Cousins holds a copy of his new book, "€œNew London: The Lost Dream",€ which details the Quaker settlement on P.E.I.’s North Shore from 1773 to 1795. Cousins, who is one of the authors short listed for the non-fiction section of the P.E.I. Book Awards, will be among the authors reading from their works at the library Thursday at 6 p.m. . - Mitch MacDonald

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Spring is breaking out all over, and so is our excitement about the P.E.I. Book Award.

The authors short listed for the non-fiction section will be reading from their works at the library today at 6 p.m.

John Cousins will be talking about his book, “New London: The Lost Dream”, about a Quaker settlement on the north shore of P.E.I. Michael Conway will read from his book about growing up in Charlottetown and his life in the armed services: “Home Plate, Blue Helmet: From Charlottetown to the Holy Land and Back” In addition, James MacNutt will provide be providing information and some great pictures from “Historic Furniture of Prince Edward Island”.

On May 23 at 6 p.m. the authors who have been shortlisted for poetry will be reading at the library. Join us to hear from Jane Ledwell, author of “Bird Calls: The Island Responds”; Brent MacLaine with offerings from “Prometheus Reconsiders Fire” and Sean Wiebe and Celeste Snowber reading from “Blue Waiting”.

Most of the regularly scheduled weekly programs in the children’s library are winding down for the summer. Comic Club will continue to meet on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. but just until the end of May. Of course, at the library the Lego fun never stops and Lego club will continue to meet on Sundays at 2 p.m.

Don’t be sad about the other regular programs though. The time is being used to get ready for Summer Reading Club. This year’s SRC theme is “Feed Your Passions”, and the library has lots of ways to help accomplish that.

Events will be still happening for teens with the Teen Advisory Group meeting on June 14 at 4 p.m. and Drop in drawing on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.

As spring continues, people may be focusing on fixing up the yard and starting a garden. To help out eager gardeners, the seed library is available during regular library hours. Small packages of seeds are available, and gardeners who have extra seed can donate. Or check out some of the gardening books like “Garden Renovation: Transform your yard into the garden of your dreams” or “Love Your Plot: Gardens inspired by nature”.

And for those too busy in the yard to make it to the library, try the Overdrive service, a 24-7 online e-book and audiobook resource: https://peipls.overdrive.com/.

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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