Family Sundays a hit at Picton Branch

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

At the County of Prince Edward Public Library we’re always thinking up new ways to serve children and families.

Most recently added, “Family Sundays” welcomes children and their grown ups to the Picton Branch library on Sunday afternoons.

This is a test program to help us assess the interest in continuing Sunday hours, recognizing that for children who are in school it is often difficult to make it to the library in our current limited hours. Krista Richardson is working hard to develop fun and exciting programs on topics as varied as dinosaurs, winter festivals and more. She will offer these programs on a one-on-one basis, meaning that she will work with each family individually to offer stories, activities, homework help, crafts and more. She explains that parents and caregivers will need to stay in the library while their children are participating in the programs, but that it could be a good opportunity for parents to put their feet up and read a book for a little while, while the children are occupied! Contact Krista by email (krichardson@peclibrary.org) to book your time for a program. Families can also contact her to book a time for Sunday visits, or take your chances dropping by – though of course we will need to continue limiting numbers in the building at any one time.

For December, you will also be able to pick up “Grab and Go Mystery Craft Bags” at the library. They’ll be chock full of a surprising mix of craft supplies, in part so that children can make their own holiday gifts independently! To reserve yours, call your local branch library. The library’s online programs continue, including Saturday storytimes streamed on Facebook (facebook.com/peclibrary) at 10:30 a.m., and Baby and Toddler Rhyme time on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. While weather permits, children can also join us for an outdoor Adventure League program at the Wellington Branch Library on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Joanna is also organizing a new weekly Minecraft program in which children will play together and build a community, which will start on January 6 at 4:30 p.m. Starting January 8 at 11:30 a.m., homeschoolers will be invited to join a weekly group Science Class over Zoom. Using hands-on experiments as a starting point to explore concepts from the Ontario Curriculum, this program will be a fun way to learn together. To register for Adventure League, Minecraft, or Science class, contact Joanna by email jhoward@peclibrary.org or call (613) 476-5962.

If you have an Impressive Reader in your home, encourage them to join the Impressive Reader Society. This program invites young readers to join, and tell us what you are reading. Each month, one child will be named Prince Edward County’s “Most Impressive Reader” and, thanks to a generous donation from a parent who wishes to remain anonymous, will receive a $10 gift certificate from Books and Company as well as get their photograph published in the newspaper.

-Liz Zylstra