Daffodils have appeared in my flower bed, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that spring is actually here.
As well as flowers, spring means the children’s library is turning towards summer and the Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is “The Natural World” so stay tuned for all the fun.
Most of the regularly scheduled children’s programs finish up on May 31. However, Lego fun never stops, so Lego club will continue on Sundays at 2 p.m.
There are also a couple of special children’s events planned for the next couple of weeks. On May 25 at 10:30 a.m., The Well Worn Trail (AKA Rob and Lillian) will be at the library with a Canadian Wildlife presentation. These two entertainers will present an hour of stories, music and puppets as they share facts and songs about Canada and the animals that call it home.
Craft Club is June 4 at 6 p.m. with a mystery craft to be the focus of the night.
Two rockin’ events are coming up for teens. On May 25 at 2 p.m. teens can make an Emoji stone with all supplies provided. On June 6 at 4 p.m., it’s Uke’n Play (say it out loud for the full, punny effect). Take a study break and learn to play “You are my Sunshine” on the ukulele. Regularly scheduled teen events include the Teen Advisory Group meeting on June 13, 4 p.m., and Drop in drawing, Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.
The library isn’t just for kids as there are two exciting events planned for adults today. At 2 p.m. the first Seniors’ Café will be held. Drop in for a social hour of coffee, tea and conversation. This is going to be a regular monthly program so participants will be asked what they would like to see and do in the future. At 7 p.m., Katie Morello from Cox and Palmer will present the Basics of Estate Planning: preparing a will; power of attorney; health-care directives and guardianship for minor children.
The library is closed on May 20 for Victoria Day (big shout out to my niece, Vicki, with a thank-you for the day off). However, put on some dancing shoes and head to the library on May 23 as Rod and Laura Weatherbie from Downstreet Dance Studio will be here at 11 a.m. to give a demonstration and a free dance lesson.
May 28 at 4 p.m. is the return of the Five Minute Book Club (warning – this book club will actually last longer than five minutes). Bring a book and be ready to give a quick talk about it and listen to other folks do the same. Fiction, non-fiction, graphic novel or audiobook – your opinion is the important part.
On June 5 at 6:30 p.m., bring a bike and join Geoff “P.E.I. Bike Guy” Murray for a free bicycle maintenance and safety clinic. He brings over 30 years of cycling industry experience. The clinic will cover basic maintenance, safe riding tips and cycling etiquette. This event will be held on the plaza in front of the library, so there is a rain date of June 12 in case of inclement weather.
Finally, during the spring season, don’t let the hard work of putting a yard back together after the winter cut into your reading time. Try the Overdrive service (AKA, the Libby app) for audiobook needs. Audiobooks are reading, too, and you can listen while you work. Check out this 24-7 resource from home at 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. For more information on programs, call the library, 902-368-4642.