Introducing new Child and Youth Co-ordinator

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

Actress Julie Andrews once said, “”The world is full of magical places, and the library has always been one of them for me. A library can be that special place for our children.” Creating this magical environment requires library staff who are creative, friendly, and welcoming.

At the County of Prince Edward Public Library, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our new Children and Youth Services Co-ordinator, Mallory Dawson, who has all those skills and more! Bringing a wide range of experience in libraries big and small, Mallory has already jumped into planning summer programs with both feet! Stay tuned for information about programs where you can get outside and read, experiment with science, technology, engineering, arts and math, and more!

If you have noticed the large white cart outside the Picton Branch Library and wondered what we have in store for it, Mallory plans to put it to good use by filling it with books and bringing it to the park when library programs are held there. It will also function as the dropbox and curbside pickup. It was secured thanks to funding from the Ontario Government through the Inclusive Community Grants program and will help us make service more accessible. You will be able to request your books be set outside in the cart and not have to climb stairs to access them.

Throughout the school year we have been pleased to virtually bring five different authors to Prince Edward County schools! Students from Mass-Red, Sophiasburgh Central School, the Elementary Remote Catholic School, PECI, The HPEDSB Virtual School, and Athol South Marysburgh have been able to virtually meet authors through these programs. Dianna Wilson-Sirkovsky presented about her book, James’ Reading Rescue, which tells the story of a young boy who learns to read by reading to cats at a local shelter. For Canadian Children’s Book Week, we hosted Ginalina, author of The Lively Forest. Her presentation included a wonderful performance of her song, Small but Mighty that was dedicated to the Sophiasburgh Central School students as she was very touched that they chose that song for the CBC Music Class Challenge in the fall.

On Earth Day and as part of the Prince Edward County Authors Festival, Alma Fullerton presented about her book, No More Plastic, which tells the story of a girl who encounters plastic in the ocean. Nadia Hohn presented during Black History Month about her book, A Likkle Mis Lou, and Janet Wilson talked about her book Our Future: How Kids Are Taking Action, during Science Literacy Week. Julie Lane, the library’s educational resources contact, coordinates these visits and she can be reached at or by phone (613) 476-5962.

-Liz Zylstra