Online library programming ramps up

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

To keep everyone safer, the library has returned to online programs only until further notice.

Although this is a COVID precaution, it’s also nice to know that you can join a library program without traveling through potentially snowy or icy roads!

Functional Fitness began at the library as an in-person program at the Picton Branch Library about a decade ago and continues to this day as an online program. Instructor Jennifer Cobb welcomes everyone to join the group for a chair based exercise class with a focus on increasing range of motion, building strength, developing balance, preventing falls and creating greater ease and independence. It was originally designed for older adults but is also enjoyed by people of all ages who need a mid-morning stretch. Jennifer has a knack for making participants feel welcome and encouraged and explaining the “why” behind the stretches in a friendly way. Join Jennifer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

You can register at peclibrary.org and receive the link to join by Zoom, which is a great way to “meet” other participants and ask questions if you have any. You can also watch the live broadcast on Facebook or catch it later on Youtube.

Another ongoing program, called the “Library Jam” features library staffer Ruth Dwight. Ruth brings her drum and welcomes everyone to drum along with her. This program also started as a program that would take place at local nursing and retirement homes, but we have discovered that Ruth’s catchy rhythms and cheerful program is appealing to children as well! You can find the Library Jam online at peclibrary.org/youtube. You don’t have to have any musical experience to get something out of her program – as Ruth says, if you can talk you can drum!

A new schedule of online programs for children is planned and will feature Book Talk Tuesday, Where in the World Wednesday, Minecraft Thursdays, Baby Bookworms Friday and Saturday Storytime. We’ll share more about these exciting programs on social media. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/peclibrary and Instagram @peclibrary.

If you received a new piece of technology – like a tablet or a cell phone – for the holidays, the library can help you make use of them. Call (613) 476-5962 and we’ll book an appointment to assist you and answer any questions you might have. You can also set up an appointment at techhelp@peclibrary.org . Have you tried the library’s new online catalogue yet? Find it at peclibrary.org. It’s user-friendly with enhanced search features to make it easier for you to find just the books or DVDs you want. We are busy creating lists of recommended titles for you, including one compiled by the Prince Edward County Archives highlighting a list of suggested titles relating to Prince Edward County history.

For the latest updates to library services, including hours of operation, visit peclibrary.org or call (613) 476-5962.

-Liz Zylstra