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BETH CLINTON: Craft kits for kids, virtual book chat and old movies all available at the library

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Hey students, the Friends of the Library group is hiring for a part-time position. Check the library’s Facebook page (PEI Public Library Service) or register for the Young Canada Works program and search for the job. And if you’re a little old-school, a paper copy of the ad is also posted on the front door of the library. The closing date is Sept. 20.   

The library is finding new ways to offer programs, and the latest one is Craft to go Kits. Drop into a library and pick up one of these free, ready-made craft kits. This month we’re catering to the kids with a monster haircut kit. In upcoming months we’ll add offerings for teens and adults. It’s available at public libraries across the province.

Coming up on Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m., the library is hosting a virtual book chat. Join other readers to get recommendations and share favourite recent reads from the comfort of home. This event will use WebEx, so email to register and an invitation link and instructions will be sent.  

Something else the library has lots of is movies, including old classics, which can be a bit harder to find. Want a fun comedy where everybody seems to fall/be in love with Katharine Hepburn?

Check out The Philadelphia Story. For a great courtroom drama there is Anatomy of a Murder, where a small-town lawyer defends an army sergeant accused of murder. If a little suspense is more your style, the library can offer Rear Window. It’s directed by Alfred Hitchcock and tells the story of a man in a wheelchair who witnesses what he thinks is a murder. Or try Rope, another Hitchcock thriller very loosely based on the 1920s Leopold-Loeb murder case. Fans of old westerns can try The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, where a very menacing Lee Marvin (Liberty Valance) terrorizes a frontier town and gets his come-uppance (not a spoiler — it’s in the title). But it’s really the story behind who shot Liberty that makes the movie so wonderful. For a sort-of Western, check out Shenandoah, a film about a Virginia man’s struggle to stay neutral and keep his family out of the American Civil War.  

Head to to place a hold, call 902-368-4642 or drop in (don’t forget the library is open for browsing now). For the movie buffs, I may have created this movie list with a hidden theme, so kudos to those who can figure it out without help.  

Follow the libary on Facebook (PEI Public Library Service) and Instagram for updates on library services and other fun stuff and drop in any time during opening hours.

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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