October is Canadian Library Month

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

October is Canadian Library Month. In this province we celebrate Ontario Public Library Week from October 16-22.

This year’s theme is “One Card, One Million Possibilities.” This theme, which will be used all across the province, is a nod to the nearly limitless ways libraries help inform, educate, connect and inspire people of all ages. One way that libraries bring people together and get us thinking is through hosting author events, guest speakers and lectures.

Thanks to the Friends of the Wellington and Milford branches of the library, we’re excited to announce that Dan Needles will join us at St. Mary Magdalene Church Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. as part of our Public Library Week celebrations.

Free tickets are available on the library’s website at peclibrary.org or by calling the Picton Branch Library at (613) 476-5962.

Registering for a ticket allows us to know how many people to anticipate and also to contact you in the event of an unforeseen change to the schedule.

Dan Needles is best known as the playwright behind the popular Wingfield Farm stage plays which are the longest running series in Canadian theatre history and have played in virtually every English-speaking theatre in the country. The Stratford Festival and Mirvish Productions have hosted his work in several of their seasons. A Wingfield television series ran for many years on CBC, Bravo and PBS . Dan’s play The Team on the Hill had a sellout run at the Blyth Festival in 2019. The Last Christmas Turkey, a musical he wrote with composer Clive VanderBurgh, set a new box office record for Theatre Orangeville in December 2016 and returns to the theatre in December. He continues to write columns for farm publications and is touring a new show A Guide to Rural Living with folksinger Ian Bell.

In 2015, Needles was appointed to the Order of Canada. You can visit his website https://danneedles.ca/ to find out more about his work. Did you know that most of the events the County of Prince Edward Public Library & Archives plans originate as suggestions from our patrons? We reached out to Needles way back in 2020 when a library patron suggested him and although we had to reschedule until now, we’re pleased to be able to host him now. If there is a Canadian speaker or author you would like us to consider, chat with your local librarian or connect with library CEO Barbara Sweet by email ceo@peclibrary.org or at the Picton Branch Library.

Many of our most successful programs have started with a library patron making a suggestion or request.

-Liz Zylstra