Parents and caregivers, rejoice, regular weekly programs in the children’s library are in full swing.
For the ever-ready-to-read preschool crowd, Family Storytime is Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m., and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Please note the time change on Tuesdays to avoid conflict with naptime. For littler ones, Toddler Time is Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., and Wiggle, Giggle, Read is at 1:30 p.m. March 13 is a special date, with s puppet drama up first at 11 a.m. and Storytime following at 11:30 a.m. Featured puppet shows this month are “The Luck of the Irish” and “The Rhyming Dust Bunnies”.
For the school-aged crowd, Comic Club meetings are Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday Lego club is at 2 p.m. March 2 will be exciting for all ages as SuperNOVA from Dalhousie University will be on hand for an interactive technology demonstration. Program, code and engage is 1:45-3:15 p.m. Craft Club is March 5, 6 p.m., and beading will be on the agenda. Make a keychain or a necklace or bracelet or anything else for yourself or for someone else (I never say no to presents).
There is no school on March 8 so drop into the library for Harry Potter’s Potions. Mix up potions with a pinch of this and drop of that. Call to register for this PD day program at 902-368-4644.
Since this article covers events right up towards the end of March, it’s time to talk about March break. All March break activities are for ages 5-12, and they all require registration. Drop into the library or call 902-368-4644 to register. Monday to Thursday programs are at 2 p.m. March 18 features a Construction Challenge. Build a masterpiece out of the provided surprise bag of materials — tallest, strongest and most creative may be in for a prize. Parks Canada will be here March 19 to talk about Island animals and vegetation. On March 20, we’ll be breaking out the Ozobots for Robots to Code, Create and Connect, and on March 21 there will be experiments to try to prove once and for all magic…or is it? March 22 is a special Escape Room Challenge — find clues, hidden objects and solve puzzles to escape (and if you can’t escape, we’ll keep you here forever to shelve books). This program will run all afternoon, but you will need to register for a time.
Upcoming programs for teens include Saturday Drop-in-Drawing at 1:30 p.m. and March Break Library Challenges. Pile balloons, stack popsicle sticks — amaze your family and test yourself against your friends. Also, on March 21, 2 p.m., Library Clue is happening. Can you solve the mystery? Side note—have you ever read The Mystery of the Missing Shoes by I.C. Toze?
For adult programs we’re highlighting Psychology Month with an opportunity to boost mental health and learn about mindfulness strategies. Magdelena Pietruch will be at the library today, 7 p.m., to offer this program. Not sure if mindfulness and such are for you? Try this book – “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” by Dan Harris (available in print, audio and e-book).
On March 9, 1-3 p.m., Seedy Saturday, features a workshop on how to save seeds at 1 p.m. followed by a seed exchange, 2-3 p.m. Bring seeds to share and a container to take new ones home. Or take home one of the many great books on gardening.
Coming up in the spring is computer skills for Seniors, a six-week course where teen volunteers offer assistance and training to seniors on computers, tablets and other devices. Registration starts on Feb. 25 at 902-368-4642.
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.