Fundraising update for Picton expansion project

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

The October “I Love My Library” campaign demonstrated there is indeed a lot of love out there for the library. I am happy to report that donations poured in and our matching goal of $100,000 was met and then some. Tag day alone on Oct. 19 raised $2,587 Fundraising Committee Chair Alexandra Bake commented after her shift at Sobey’s that Saturday: “Everyone I encountered had such wonderful things to say about the library and were so generous. I was inspired and reminded why we are all working so hard to improve our Picton branch.” On Sun., Oct 27 the Comedy Night In the Library was a huge success, with over 60 people attending to enjoy the ever-popular Frere Brothers and the Taste That comedy troupe. That event raised over $4,000 and gained us a new volunteer for our fundraising committee.

We have two upcoming fundraising events this month, but before I mention those, I am excited to announce a new lecture series. The statue of Sir John A. MacDonald will soon be established in front of the Picton branch library. We will be offering a series that will give historical context to our first Prime Minister that reflects his legacy in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation. In partnership with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we will welcome Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, of the Anishinaabe people and son of Dr. Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Niigaan is an associate professor at the University of Manitoba teaching courses in Indigenous literatures, cultures, histories and politics. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues for CTV, CBC, and APTN. His work is published in The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. We are very fortunate that he has graciously agreed to speak in Prince Edward County after a day with teachers and students in Belleville and share with us his perspective on this historic figure. Niigaan joins us on Nov 12 at 7 p.m. at the Picton Library.

On Sat., Nov 16 at 2:00 p.m. join us to hear Mark Bourrie, author of the recently published Bush Runner. He is the author of four other books: Kill the Messenger, The Killing Game, Canada’s Parliament Buildings, and The Fog of War. For anyone interested in Canadian history, Bush Runner chronicles the life of the colourful Pierre-Esprit Radisson, co-founder of the Hudson’s Bay Company. In the book he elaborates on the treatment and interactions of French settlers and the Indigenous peoples in the 17th century. Mark will discuss this latest work with lawyer and Queen’s University adjunct professor Tom Harrison. Tickets are $25 and available online at or at the library.

The second fundraising event in November is one being organized by local mystery writer, Vicki Delany. Vicky is pulling together a panel of local authors whom she will be interviewing about theirs works and the writing experience. This diverse group of writers, some of whom you may know well and others you may yet to have had the pleasure of meeting, will represent all literary genres. Each author is donating one of their books to be drawn as a door prize. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained as previously mentioned online or in the Picton branch. This fun event takes place Thurs., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m in the Picton branch.

Please join us for this sure to be enjoyable event that will help us to achieve our library expansion.

-Barbara Sweet