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BETH CLINTON: Countdown to the holidays


If you can afford it, purchase new books on summer reading lists and donate them to the school library. (123RF)
If you can afford it, purchase new books on summer reading lists and donate them to the school library. (123RF)

Confederation Centre Public Library will be open regular hours except for Dec. 24, 25, 26 and Jan. 1

To help staff celebrate the season, the library will be closing at noon on Dec. 24 and will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 and also on Jan. 1.

So, before the library drought, be sure to stock up on reading material, DVDs, audiobooks, ukuleles, yoga mats, snow shoes and other things.

All other days we are open regular hours so if you need to get out of the house, read the newspaper, use wi-fi or the computers, play a game or just hang out—we’re here for you. Please note, anytime your physical library is closed our online Overdrive service means you can check out e-books and e-audiobooks 24/7.

Or you can learn something new with Rocket Languages, download music with Freegal or have TumbleBooks read a story to the kids. All you need is your library card. Drop in to the library, check out our website or give us a call for details.

In the Children’s Library regular programs are on a holiday hiatus for December but all your weekly favourites will be back in 2019. Regular programs will re-start Jan. 6. First up is Lego club—every Sunday at 2 p.m. Family Storytime will undergo a time change with Tuesday Storytime moving to 3:30 p.m. (after nap time) while Wednesdays will remain at 11 a.m. Toddlers get their own special time at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. is all about babies with Wiggle, Giggle, Read. Budding artists can attend Comic Club on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

Some special Tuesday night events are coming in January. For crafty kids (you know who you are), Craft Club will be Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. You’ll be making time capsules to celebrate the New Year. On Jan. 15 at 5:30 p.m., join us for Bedtime Stories. Wear your pajamas and bring your teddy. Kids can drop in anytime on Jan. 19 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. There will also be a special craft time on Jan. 16 after Storytime (11:30 a.m.) to make these Valentines.

For teens, our popular Drop-in Drawing program continues on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. The Teen Advisory Group meets Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. Give us a call if you’d like to join and help with volunteer projects and give your feedback on teen library programs.

It’s biography month for the mid-morning book club which meets Jan. 9 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.

Stormy weather caused us to cancel Open Mic Night in November. So, your chance to be a star of the library stage now is Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Singers, musicians and poets need to come early (between 6:30 and 7 p.m.) to register to perform.

You still have a chance to drop in to the library and find some holiday DVDs to help celebrate. From classics like “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and the original (and kind of creepy) “Christmas Carol” with Alastair Sim to kids’ specials – from “Fraggle Rock” to “Shaun the Sheep” to “Peppa Pig”.

If you’re already thinking ahead to 2019 resolutions, we can help. Going to organize your home? Try, “Real Life Organizing: Clean and clutter-free in 15 minutes a day”. Thinking of getting more exercise? Check out a pair of snow shoes or a fitness kit. Going to break into the literary world—get advice from “Your First Novel: A top agent and a published author show you how to write your book and get it published”. My resolution is to spoil my cats more. I’m taking home, “DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs” and “Cat Castles: 20 cardboard habitats you can build yourself”. Or I might even get all fancy and try “Cat Lady Embroidery: 380 ways to stitch a cat”.

Happy Holidays and try and find a chance to spend some relaxing time with a book (and a cat) if you can.


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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