Up first before any talk of events and exciting happenings at the library is a reminder of our new open hours.
Those are extra exclamation points because we are very excited to be open a half hour earlier every day. Our hours are now: Sunday,12:30-5:00 p.m.; Monday, 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. That’s around 150 extra open hours a year for you to enjoy your library.
Our regular programs in the Children’s library offer exciting activities to a range of ages. Starting with our youngest library patrons, on Thursdays,1:30 p.m., the library is full of babies for Wiggle, Giggle, Read where babies and caregivers enjoy songs, tickles and rhymes. Toddler Time is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Family Storytime, for ages 3-5 (and their grownups), is Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Other weekly programs include Comic Club at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Lego Club on Sundays at 2 p.m.
There is a special program in the Children’s library to celebrate Mi’Kmaq History month on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. (PD day). Enjoy Traditional Singing and Storytime with Julie Pellisier-Lush. Learn about the rich history of the MiKmaq through songs and the sharing of legends from long ago.
For teens, our popular Drop-in Drawing program continues on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. The Teen Advisory Group meets Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. is the first session of a six-week Code Club for Teens. There is limited space so call to register (902-368-4647).
For an exciting author opportunity (if you’re not going to get a chance to see them at HalCon) YA fantasy authors, S.M. Beiko and Kristen Ciccarelli will be at the library on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. for a dual book launch and signing. Beiko’s newest title is “Children of the Bloodlands” (sequel to “Scion of the Fox”) and Ciccarelli is launching the “Caged Queen”, a companion book to her best-selling, “The Last Namsara”.
Can’t get your fill of authors? Popular Nova Scotia author Lesley Crewe will be at the library on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. to launch her 10th book, “Beholden”, a novel set in Sydney, Cape Breton. Also, the P.E.I. Public Library Service is celebrating Book Love P.E.I. with a presentation and author meet and greet on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. This year’s Book Love event will feature well known Indigenous author, Eden Robinson. Robinson is the author of “Monkey Beach, Son of a Trickster” and the just-released “Trickster Drift”.
Of course, October is the time for scary stories and we have some for adults (no, they are not about being audited or having your mother-in-law move in). Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m., the library presents Thrilling Tales, a spooky adult storytime with local presenters Ivy Wigmore, Gordon Cobb and Becca Griffin reading short works of horror. As well as scary stories, October marks Bat Week (who knew? I bet Batman did!) and the library is taking part by giving you the information you need to be a Bat Hero (no, not like Batman, more like David Suzuki). On Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Parks Canada will be talking about what is being done for bats on P.E.I., white nose syndrome and how you can help the bat population.
November special events include NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month, where participants are encouraged to write an entire novel in the month of November. A weekly meeting time for folks who would like to participate will be announced soon. Also, Nov. 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. the P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women will be at the library to host their annual Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee. Be a part of the solution to end violence against women by joining others to pin ribbons to be distributed to schools, community groups and individuals across P.E.I.
The library will be closed on Nov. 11 in honour of Remembrance Day (we will be open Nov. 12). A few recommended reads for Remembrance Day: “The Secret History of Soldiers: how Canadians survived the Great War” by Tim Cook and “Dam Busters: Canadian airmen and the secret raid against Nazi Germany” by Ted Barris.
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.