Top tips for beating the winter blahs

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

This week we would like to share with you five top tips for making use of your library to stay active, entertained, and informed during these cold winter days!

Tip one: Try out our brand new snowshoes! Thanks to the Picton Recreation Committee for their donation of two pairs of snowshoes. Debbie Rankin, chair of the committee, explains that the group is “committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and recreation opportunities within our community.” You can request to borrow them from any branch of the library.

Tip two: Borrow an Adventure Kit. Each kit includes a pass to a Quinte Conservation Area. Some areas are open through the winter, and you can check their website at to find a new area to try. The Adventure Kits each have a different activity, including some that are great for the winter. Try a telescope or the scavenger hunt game.

Tip three: Try a new musical instrument. For a small fee ($10 for two years) you can become a MILL member and borrow from an incredible array of instruments, all housed at the Milford Branch. Aaron, the librarian there, is happy to share his expertise and help you choose the best instrument to try. You can also request instruments be shipped to any of the library’s six branches.

Tip four: The winter is often a bit less busy for many people. If that’s the case for you, it might be a good opportunity to tackle some of the computer projects you have been putting off – like backing up your photos, figuring out how to get rid of the annoying popup window you keep meaning to solve, or learn how to make the font size on your phone large enough to read comfortably. No matter what your query, the library’s team of IT helpers are available to assist you. Just call (613) 476-5962 to book your free appointment.

Tip five: Curl up with a good book. (You had to know I was going to mention this one!) You can browse any branch of your library, or use the new online catalogue at to place your requests.

At the library, we are always trying to think of new ways to better serve you and to make it easy to use the library. One thing that often worries library patrons is meeting due dates! Starting this week, if you haven’t returned your book by the due date, we’ll renew it for an additional three weeks automatically. If someone else is waiting, we’ll phone you to let you know that we can’t renew it and ask that you return it. This will apply for books and DVDs, but not items requested through Interlibrary Loan, as the due date is set by the lending library.

If there is anything that could make library use more convenient for you, let us know. You can chat with your local librarian or email CEO Barbara Sweet at

Mark your calendars for County Reads and the Author’s festival– April 21, 22, and 23 2022.

-Liz Zylstra