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No shortage of activities for all ages in Charlottetown in advance of Christmas break

A little boy reads a book in a library. –123RF Stock photo
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Regular weekly programs will finish for the year on Dec. 14, but until that time the children’s library offers an exciting age range of options.

Starting with the youngest library patrons, on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. enjoy Wiggle, Giggle, Read! where babies and caregivers enjoy songs, tickles and rhymes. Toddler Time is held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, and Family Storytime for ages 3-5 (and their grownups) is Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Weekend warriors can enjoy the Comic Club meetings on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. or Sunday Lego Club at 2 p.m. On Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. drop in to the children’s library to help create the annual entry to the wreath contest. On Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m. enjoy the cool puppet stylings of the children’s library puppets with “King Midas and the Golden Touch” and “Little Blue Riding Hood”. Don’t miss the last chance this year to be a part of Craft Club on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Just remember – what happens at Craft Club, stays at Craft Club (just kidding, it usually ends up stuck on the fridge).

Teens can draw their heart out on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. with drop-in drawing.

To make a difference at the library, come to a meeting of the Teen Advisory Group on Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.

Holiday cards will be the order of the day on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m., so drop by and explore your crafty side by making cards for seniors in the community.

On Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m. everyone is welcome to the Friends of the Confederation Centre Public Library’s annual Music for a Winter’s Afternoon. Cian O’Morain and Mary McGillivray will be performing music with an Irish flair. Refreshments will be provided as well as information about the friends group, what it does and how to join.

On Nov. 29, be the star of the show at Open Mic Night. Singers, musicians and poets are invited to share their talents with the world (or at least the portion of the world at the library that evening). Come early, 6:30-7 p.m. to register to perform or just show up at 7 p.m. to enjoy the show

Those who prefer to show their creative side with the written word can catch the last two sessions of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Aspiring authors meet at the library on Sundays, 1-4 p.m. during November to work on their novels.

To hear from someone who has already met their novel writing goal, join author James MacNutt today at 7 p.m. as he launches his book “On Five Dollars a Day”.

To continue with the book-loving theme, the mid-morning book club meets Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. and will be discussing “Patient H.M.: A story of memory, madness and family secrets” by Luke Dittrich. Drop in to the library to register and pick up a copy.

With the holidays fast approaching you may be looking for a few gifts. Check out the Stratford Public Library’s book sale on Nov. 22 starting at 10 a.m. for some like -new (and some used) titles that may fit the bill. Or try out our newest program for adults and teens — Folded Book Art. On Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. learn how to re-purpose old magazines and books and make a lovely tree for yourself or others for the holidays. For some other library-inspired gifts to make, try these titles: “Crafts by the Sea: More than 30 creative projects for your beach house” or “Tomoko Fuse’s Origami Boxes”. Or check out a holiday magazine for cookie making and decorating ideas (BTW, your friendly library staff members are always an appropriate receptacle for gift cookies).

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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