New children and family programs available

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

At the County of Prince Edward Public Library, we have an exciting new schedule of new and returning programs for children and families. To see the complete calendar of events, visit or drop in to any branch of the library. Proof of vaccine is required for in-person programs for anyone who is eligible.

For our youngest library patrons, Baby Bookworms is held weekly on Thursdays at the Ameliasburgh Branch Library and Fridays at the Picton Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. This friendly group is a great way to weave early literacy into your week and is a great way to meet other people with small children.

Toddler Time, held on Tuesdays at the Picton Branch Library and Wednesdays at the Wellington Branch Library, at 10:30 a.m., is a lively and fun program that promises lots of learning and laughing for everyone.

Children who are interested in exploring topics of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), can join us for MakerClub at the Wellington Branch Library after school on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Currently the MakerClub participants are exploring fibre arts, and mid November they will explore and learn about winter holidays celebrated all over the world. Creative Kids, held Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. at the Picton Branch Library, will explore a variety of creative endeavours limited only by the imaginations of the attendees! We might use some of the Library’s Community Makerspace’s tools and supplies to get crafty too – from button making to paper craft using the electronic cutting machines – all led by the creative ideas of participants. Last week, the library welcomed excited groups of children to storytime to celebrate the launch of a new program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Mayor Steve Ferguson and Councillor Kate MacNaughton joined us as special guest readers! Babies, toddlers & their grownups can register at any branch of the library to become part of the program. After they start kindergarten, children can become a member of the Impressive Reader Society. Each month, children share what they are reading with the library and one “most impressive” reader is chosen. This can be someone who has read out of their comfort zone, read a lot, or something else entirely. For more information about any of the library’s children’s programs, visit or contact Whitney at (613) 476-5962.

You can help support youth spaces in the Picton Branch Expansion – and it does not cost anything!The library has submitted an application to The Commonwell L.E.A.F. Initiative. This project, “The library: a place for YOUth”, will add innovative and meaningful youth spaces to the expansion project. We’re asking people to visit and share what the library’s expansion project means to you.

-Liz Zylstra