One library card unlocks millions of possibilities

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

Last week I received a message from a woman new to Prince Edward County. Angela moved from a city into a home in the County with a “Love Your Library” sign on the lawn, and remarked she felt at home right away when she saw that sign! She went on to join the library’s Conversational French and Newcomers groups to meet people and discover more about the area. These two programs are just a couple of the many opportunities provided through your library.

It all starts with a library card. The theme for this year’s Ontario Public Library Week is “one card – one million possibilities”. If you live, work or play in Prince Edward County, register for your card online at peclibrary.org or drop by any branch. There are six branches: Ameliasburgh, Bloomfield, Consecon, Milford, Picton, and Wellington, and you can use any branch you choose. Gisa, librarian at the Consecon and Ameliasburgh Branches explains: “We’re a six branch system, and we all work together to provide library services across the County!”

You might be surprised at some of the services available through your library. In addition to the latest books in print and ebook format, did you know that the library also lends musical instruments through the Musical Instrument Lending Library? Most of the instruments are at the Milford Branch Library, and you can call Aaron at (613) 476-4130 for more information. In addition to the MILL, Aaron is also part of the library’s tech help team, and he. David, and Michele are available to assist you with any tech questions you have. They run weekly workshops that are free to attend. Find the complete schedule at peclibrary.org.

Children find a lot to do at the library – Joanna and Julie plan programs for families and school classes, including special programs for homeschoolers. This week, the new Impressive Reader Society, which celebrates children for their reading, launched. You can also mark your calendar for an upcoming online concert on November 6 at 1 p.m. called “Chris McKhool’s FiddleFire!” which is being offered in partnership with the Regent Theatre. Reserve your space for this concert or find out more about any children’s programs by contacting Julie at jlane@peclibrary.org.

The County of Prince Edward Archives are also part of the library – if you’re researching the history of the area, Molly and Linda are available to help. Call (613) 399-2023 to find out more and book your appointment.

UPCOMING EVENT: Catherine Bush and Kathryn Kuitenbrower will join us on Thursday, November 13 at 2p.m. Kathryn Kuitenbrower will interview Catherine Bush about her new book, Blaze Island. The conversation will then branch out to a larger discussion of writing in relation to our new realities which include the climate crisis, ecological loss and figuring out a new relationship to the living world around us.

More information at peclibrary.org

-Liz Zylstra