BY BETH CLINTON
SPECIAL TO THE GUARDIAN
The holidays can be a busy time for everyone and the library is no exception. We are so busy making the library look great that we have had to close for a day and a half to move some of our shelving.
If you’re reading this first thing on Dec. 21, we won’t be open until 2 p.m. Come in anytime after that and check out our new layout. And maybe check out a few holiday magazines for last-minute gift, craft and baking ideas (feel free to drop us off some cookies).
To help staff celebrate the season, the library will be closed on Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1 (so stock up on reading material as necessary). All other days the library is open the usual hours for all of your book, CD, DVD, newspaper reading, hanging out, wifi and computer use needs. And while the physical library is closed, the online Overdrive service means you can check out e-books and e-audiobooks 24/7. All you need is a library card — drop into the library or call for details.
In the children’s library all weekly favourites will be back in 2018. Regular programs will re-start Jan. 14: Lego club is every Sunday at 2 p.m.; Family storytimes are Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; toddler time is Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; wiggle giggle, Read is Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. And, for a great way to end the week, comic club is Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.
Kids can drop in anytime on Jan. 6 and 13 for Valentine’s for Vets. Held in conjunction with the Military Family Resource Centre, children have the opportunity to create home-made valentines to send to veterans.
For the bendy type of kids, yoga stories returns on Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
For teens, the popular drop-in drawing program continues on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. On Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. drop by the teen space to make a confetti bowl. We’ll provide the supplies but things may get messy so make sure to wear an old T-shirt.
It’s biography month for the mid-morning book club which meets Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. Members are asked to read a biography, autobiography or memoir of choice to discuss at the meeting. Feel free to grab someone’s life story and join the club.
As everyone gets ready for the new year, some resolutions for 2018 may come to mind. Thinking of getting more exercise? Check out some of DVDs: “Jillian Michaels: Killer Cardio” or “Personal Training with Jackie”. If your plan is to get your finances in order in the coming year, look for “Burn your Mortgage: the simple, powerful path to financial freedom for Canadian” or “Your Money’s worth: the essential guide to financial advice for Canadians”. If you’re like me and practical resolutions never seem to work out, you might just want to try something fun like “Eat Delicious: 125 recipes for your daily dose of awesome” or “East Coast Crafted: the essential guide to beers, breweries and brewpubs of Atlantic Canada”.
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.