Trivia night returns as part of exciting February programming

It’s always our goal to offer programming for everyone, both bookish and otherwise, and this month, we’re looking forward to several events which together showcase the breadth of the Library’s programming.

In celebration of Library Love Month, three of these programs are fundraisers. First, we’re excited to announce that Trivia Night is back!

This year, the Picton Library expansion fundraiser is part of Flashback February, and the theme is County History. Test your knowledge of PEC’s past while contributing to its future! Tickets are $10 per person for teams of 4. The evening will be held at the Waring House on February 19th at 7 p.m. For tickets, go to

Make sure to get your ticket for An Afternoon At The Movies, an organ concert like no other! Another chance to donate to the Picton Library expansion, as well as to the Hospital build, tickets are $20 and are available at and at the door. The concert will be held at Picton United Church on February 16th at 2:30 p.m. We are grateful to both the Waring House and the United Church for taking up our cause and supporting us.

To help with our theme of Library Love, reflexologist Suzanne O’Connor returns to lead a special workshop just in time for Valentine’s Day. Three couples will get the chance to learn the art of foot massage in a two hour session at the Wellington Library, Thursday February 13th, from 3-5 p.m. The $35 fee (per couple) will be donated to the Picton Library expansion. Sign up soon! We have equipment for three couples only!

Finally, we will be joined at the end of the month by two authors to talk about their time in the foreign service. Gary Smith and Alena Schram join us to sign their books and share the ups and downs of diplomatic life. Career Diplomat for over 30 years, Gary served as Ambassador to Indonesia and in a variety of assignments abroad at the United Nations in New York, Moscow, NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Israel, India, and Germany and as an International Affairs Fellow at Harvard University. He co-authored Not Mentioned in Dispatches, a series of vignettes detailing the experiences of several retired diplomats. Alena is the author of The Opinionated Old Cow: Ruminations from the Field, a wry commentary on baby boomer issues (chin hairs, colonoscopies, sell-by dates, grandchildren, etc.). She lived with her diplomat husband in Nigeria, Philippines, England, Ghana, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. She has written columns in the National Post, Globe & Mail, Chatelaine, Ottawa Citizen, Financial Post, Kingston Whig Standard, and the International Herald Tribune (now the International NYT), and others. The two will be signing their books at the Picton Library February 28th at 2 p.m., following their interview with Lynn Pickering on 99.3 County FM. Stop by for this free event!

We hope to see at one or all of these events, or in one of our branches this month.

Don’t forget to get your Love Your Library lawn sign by making a donation of $5 or more.

-Halliday Reynolds