Inside The Library: Picton branch offers programming for all this month

You meet the best people at the library – in fact, you meet everyone at the library! Connect with your community by attending one of our many, many programs. Meet new people and learn new things. Try something that you have never tried before. Find out about that certain something you keep hearing about and can’t quite imagine. On any given day at the Picton branch something exciting is happening.

Programs For Children

On Saturday, Tuesday and Friday we offer early literacy programs for young children. Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a,m. is storytime for preschoolers, Tuesdays from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. is toddler time and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. is baby group. Your library with its early language and literacy development programs helps to set the stage for County children to succeed in school and connect with other families in the community. Working with our partners the HUB and County Kids Read these programs contribute to social well-being and community and cultural development.

Chances are you have heard the term STEAM, but do you know what it means? STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering arts and math. At the library, programming is designed to explore all aspects of each discipline. Each week our STEAM program explores a science experiment, building or engineering project, an art creation or … well let your imagination take over! Almost anything that you do or create falls into one of these areas!

Programs For Adults

In today’s economy we have witnessed growth in the creative and knowledge sectors. Workplaces are in constant transition, demanding employees to participate in continuous training. When local municipalities invest in their library they are supporting the development of human capital.

In March our information technology department is offering a free workshop on free and almost free websites. You can pay a lot of money to develop your web site or, with the help of library staff, you can create one for nothing and maintain it for next to nothing. Learn how to design a web site for your business at no charge and with little, if any, ongoing expenditure. Do you understand what a 3D printer is and what it can do? Our staff will teach you the basics, as well as how they can be used in practical, real-life situations.

If you are no longer in the workforce and have the luxury of spare time, here are some other examples of library programs: A seminar on income tax, two book launches (join us for the launch of Robin Timmerman’s new book – Out Of The Running, and Janet Kellough’s The Untoward Assassin), learn about essential oils (make a sugar scrub), ukulele lessons, conversational French and Spanish lessons, or join a song circle. All of these programs are planned for March in the Picton branch. These are learning opportunities available to everyone regardless of their socio-economic situation.

Programs For Seniors

Seniors who wish to stay physically fit and mentally agile will find programs at the Picton branch. Join Jennifer for Functional Fitness on Tuesdays or come to the branch on Friday to play Scrabble. Knitting, bridge, music programs, lectures on any topic … you can pass many enjoyable hours in the Picton branch. For those seniors who no longer are mobile – the library will go to them. Book delivery, drumming, reading circles … no reason to be bored!

The Picton branch offers many more programs, but I have not the space here to list them all. We would love to offer many more programs, but we have not the physical space to do them all! Pick up one of our newsletters or visit our website at to view our calendar of events. Contribute your suggestions for library programming. Finally, remember that your library is a resource free and welcoming to all and receptive and reflective of the community that you want to reside in.

– Barbara Sweet