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BETH CLINTON: No more late fees

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Libraries also now offering bookable work space for individual use. - 123RF Stock Photo

Public libraries in P.E.I. have gone fine-free.

They will no longer charge fees for overdue items, and any past overdue fees have now disappeared. The P.E.I. Public Library Service wants to encourage as many people as possible to use libraries and borrow books – and DVDs, snowshoes, telescopes, play kits, musical instruments, radon kits and too many other things to list. Anyone who needs to renew, update or check on their library account can call 902-368-4642 or drop in.  

The library is now offering bookable workspace: a desk, chair, Wi-Fi access, an electrical outlet and some time to get work done. Currently, this is only individual desks with no groups at this time. Call 902-368-4642 to book a time or drop into the library for details. This service is also being offered at other libraries across the province, so check with local branches.  

While we’re still not doing in-person programming we are offering some great outreach and virtual programs in the next few weeks. Available right now (and going fast), the library is offering a craft to go kit for adult abilities and taste — macrame feather keychains. Drop into a local library to pick up a free ready-made kit while supplies last.  

In early November, the craft to go kit will be Kawaii sun catchers for teens and tweens.  

Speaking of sun, anyone who finds themselves missing the light, the library now loans out therapy lamps. Call 902-368-4642 or drop into the library to place a hold for a therapy lamp.

Coming up on Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., Smilin’ Ray MacLeod will be hosting another Virtual Book Chat. This month the theme is Canadian Authors so grab an Atwood, Wagemese, Ondaatje, Edugyan or any other great Canadian author and join in to discuss all things maple leaf lit from the comfort of home. The group will be using WebEx, so email plshq@gov.pe.ca to register. An invitation link and instructions will then be emailed out.  

For the younger crowd, there are some craft to go kits with a literacy theme — one on music and rhythm and one on numbers. These will be ready in late October so keep watching and check the library’s Facebook page for details. These kits are being supported by the Reading Street initiative that is funded by TD Bank.

On Oct. 26, watch the puppet drama being offering on Facebook and Instagram and on Oct. 31, try out a candy-themed digital escape room to celebrate Halloween.
People are encourage to follow on Facebook and Instagram for updates on library services and other fun stuff and drop in for a visit.

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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