Canadian Library Month celebrations planned

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

October is Canadian Library Month and the third week of October is recognized as Ontario Public Library Week. We’re busy planning talks and workshops to celebrate libraries and library service.

The Picton Branch Library fundraising committee are planning a book sale for Saturday, October 9, weather permitting. Find great books at great prices while supporting your library!

On Tuesday, October 19 at 1 p.m. Discover the history of the library’s six branches and find out about library services in our presentation for Community Care for Seniors Virtual Activity Fair. Register by contacting Community Care for Seniors at (613) 476-7493. This talk will be held online. If you need tech help or would like to borrow a tablet to access online talks, call David at the Picton Branch Library (613) 476-5962. Tablets available for loan courtesy of Community Care for Seniors.

On Wednesday October 20 at 2 p.m. join us at the Wellington Branch Library for a workshop “Your library – on the go!” Learn about the surprising array of apps you can use to access the library, including a brand-new app to access your checkouts, search the catalogue and place requests. Bring your phone or your tablet and we’ll get you set up before you leave. Proof of Vaccine required for in person programs.

Thursday, October 21 at 2 p.m. Join author Gail Anderson-Dargatz online in conversation with Vicki Delany. Thanks to financial assistance from the Writer’s Union of Canada through the Canada Council. Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s books include A Rhinestone Button, The Cure for Death by Lightning and most recently The Almost Wife which is a psychological thriller. In the novel, Kira is engaged to the man of her dreams: he’s charming, handsome, wealthy, and a great dad to their baby, Evie, and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Olive. Having grown up with a troubled relationship with her mother and mostly estranged from her father, Kira craves a close family and secure home, and with Aaron, Evie and Olive, she almost has it.

The only problem is Aaron’s ex-wife, Madison, who’s out of control and trying to get to Olive. When Kira takes the girls out of town to her childhood summer home and finds out that Madison has followed them, she panics. Between the beach and the forest on Manitoulin Island, Kira fights to protect Olive, Evie and her fiancé, until a dark secret threatens to unravel the life that is almost hers. With the future she has built hanging in the balance, and her past haunting her at every turn, Kira must choose who to believe and who she wants to be.

Saturday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m. 1000 Books before Kindergarten Launch Party! Picton Branch Library. Reading with babies & toddlers is such an important first step in literacy development. More detail to come in future columns this program and the launch party but mark it on your calendars! Find out about more upcoming programs on the library’s website calendar at or ask at any of the library’s six branches : Ameliasburgh, Bloomfield, Consecon, Milford, Picton, and Wellington.

-Liz Zylstra