BETH CLINTON: Looking ahead to January programs
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CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – The holidays are fast approaching and I bet your most pressing question is what days the library will be open. The library closes at 12 noon on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day and Boxing Day, but reopens at 9:30 am on December 27th. It also closes on New Year’s Eve but reopens on the morning of January 2nd.
Regular weekly programs for the youngest library visitors are on holiday break but will return to usual times in the New Year. On Wednesdays at 10 a.m., the one to three-year-olds and their caregivers can look forward to infancy – stories, songs, rhymes and lots of movement. Children ages three to five and accompanying adults are invited to Family Storytime on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. For the extra little ones, the Wiggle Giggle Read program for children up to 12 months takes place on Thursdays at 2pm
The homework club on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will also be restarted this week. And every Thursday, 3-5 p.m., the VR headsets for children aged 10 and over are available in the Rotary Auditorium.
Monthly events include Yoga Stories for children ages 3-5 on January 17th at 6pm with songs, stories and gentle stretches (bringing a towel or yoga mat is recommended). The Craft Club for kids ages 6-12 is January 2nd at 6pm and everyone will be making clear ribbon bookmarks.
Valentines for Vets runs throughout January. People of all ages are invited to come to the Makerspace to create a handcrafted Valentine to bring joy to a Canadian Veteran this Valentine’s Day. There is also a change in Makerspace opening times – open daily from 2pm to 5pm from January.
Also starting in the new year, the library is offering some new weekly programs for adults. Come to the Fiber Arts Club on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. Bring a project and meet up with other knitters, crocheters, rug hookers (or bring anything else fiber-related) for crafts and socializing. Visit the Mur Club Games Night on Thursdays between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and get to know the strategic board game. Technical assistance is available every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Bring a device (or use one of the library’s computers) and be matched with one of the teen volunteers for support. The library also hosts a seven-week book club in which participants read a long book (400+ pages) in sections and discuss one section each week. This book club will be held on Wednesdays at 1pm starting January 18th and registration is required. Call 902-368-4642 to register.
For ongoing adult monthly programs, the Crafternoon program is January 18 at 1:00 p.m. Make a Snowy Mason Jar Tealight Holder. Call to register (902-368-4642). On January 19th at 1:00 p.m., seniors are welcome to the Seniorencafé for gentle yoga for all skill levels. Some refreshments and time to chat will follow.
Unique information and fun sessions are also on the calendar. Check out the library’s Libby and Flipster apps on January 11 at 1 p.m. to access the library’s online e-books, e-audiobooks, and journals. On January 12th at 7pm local artist Julie Bull will give a spoken word workshop. Learn how to find a voice when writing and speaking spoken word. Space for this program is limited, so call 902-368-4642 to register.
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Beth Clinton is the Regional Librarian at PEI Provincial Library Service. Her column appears once a month in the Guardian. Anyone wanting more information on programs should call the library at 902-368-4642.