Plenty happening in Ameliasburgh this weekend

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

At the County of Prince Edward Public Library, we’ve had a busy summer at each of the library’s six branches.

We’ve read stories, learned to camp, registered new members and more. The excitement continues through August. On Friday, August 12 at 11 a.m. at the Ameliasburgh Branch Library, local musicians Roper & Roper will help us celebrate summer with a family friendly concert. Armed with just a banjolele, a kazoo and an empty tin of pineapple juice, Roper & Roper’s show promises to be fun for everyone! As you might guess, a banjolele is a mix between a banjolele and a ukulele! As long as the weather permits the show will be held outside and all are welcome.

On Saturday, August 13, the popular Consecon Day festival returns. At the branch we’ll have a book sale, and you’ll be invited to create a postcard or drawing for our sister library in Seba Beach, Alberta. They sent us bookmarks created by children which we’ll be giving out on the 13th in Consecon while supplies last.

Do you have a child starting kindergarten in September? Kindergarten Readiness will be held at the Wellington Branch Library Tuesday through Friday, August 16-19 at from 10-12. Practice social skills, practical skills like putting on your shoes and more. We’ll pack in lots of stories and songs too! Register on the library website or call (613) 476-5962 to reserve your spot.

One of the parents who brought their child to last year’s session said, “The Kindergarten Readiness Program was such an aid to our son that he walked into his first day of school with full confidence in himself that he could do anything. That he could make friends, be independent, learn and thrive.” Storytime continues at the library throughout the summer.

Babytime at the Picton Branch Library is on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Family Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m, and Saturday storytime at 10:30 at the Picton and Wellington Branches. When the weather permits we hold storytime outside.

Discover YOUth, a drop-in group for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth (That’s two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual – and the plus represents the other identities that could also be included) is meeting weekly at Benson Park on Friday. Check out for the details. We’re also busy behind the scenes at the library planning for the fall. We’ve got author visits, writing workshops, the Newcomers club and more on the horizon. Are there programs you’d like to see? Chat with us at any branch of the library or reach Barbara Sweet at with your ideas.

We love to hear from you!

-Liz Zylstra