Library offering resources for learners of all kinds

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

Virtual schooling – homeschooling – in person schooling – unschooling – no matter what education looks like in your household the library is here to support you.

This year has been particularly challenging for students and teachers alike, especially those that have had to transition back and forth between in-person and online learning. We are happy that virtual visits to the library have been a constant that you can rely on. This service, which includes story time, coding, 3D modelling and design programs, and more, is open to homeschoolers, virtual school classes, and in person classes through Google Classroom video sessions. Teachers and parents can contact Julie Lane by email for more information, or visit

School classes and families can also request book bundles at any branch of the library. Call and give us some information about your children’s ages and interests and we’ll choose a selection of books for you. You can be as specific as you would like, or just ask for a surprise bag. “Whether you want books to support what your children are learning in school or just need some fresh new bedtime stories, give us a call!” explained Krista Richardson at the Wellington Branch Library.

Young readers of all ages are encouraged to join the Impressive Reader Society. Join the Society, share with us what you’re reading, and once a month Joanna Howard chooses the “Most Impressive” reader. It’s a great way to celebrate voracious readers, as well as to encourage reluctant readers as “Most Impressive” can be someone who has read a lot, or someone who has challenged themselves or read outside of their comfort zone. Homeschoolers are invited to join us on Zoom for a weekly Science Class for homeschoolers held via Zoom on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Participants try an experiment with the science of “how it works” explained. Registration is required and a weekly email gives you a list of materials you need to do the experiment at home (usually items found in your recycling bin)!

If you’ve got Lego fans in your home, register for an upcoming Lego Builder program which will be held via Zoom. Builders will be challenged to build various creations and have time to “show and tell” afterwards. The program will run on Wednesdays starting March 24 from 4:30-5:30 p.m, – register now as spaces are filling fast. Two sessions of a Minecraft Building program filled up immediately.

All of these afterschool programs connect to the Ontario curriculum to support learning and education while still being a fun, social time. Storytime is livestreamed on Facebook every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., and Baby Rhyme Time is livestreamed on Friday at 10:30 a.m. These fun programs are later uploaded to our Youtube channel, so if you miss the live show you can watch later at your leisure. Find it by searching Prince Edward County Library on Youtube.

-Liz Zylstra