Special Halloween edition of Storytime this Saturday

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

Attention all tiny ghosts, superheroes, and other costumed characters!

Join us at the Picton Branch Library for a special edition of our regular Saturday Storytime on October 29 at 10:30 a.m. The storytime will be held outdoors rain or shine (we’re not afraid of a little rain!) and costumes are encouraged.

We’ll read stories that are not too spooky, play games and more. Older children (ages 8+) are invited to join us at the Wellington Branch Library, starting October 25 on Tuesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. for a new session of Maker Club.

We’ll explore earth sciences, experiment with volcanoes, erosion and more. Register by calling Michele at (613) 399-2023. In addition to the regular Tuesday 10:30 a.m. Baby Storytime program at the Picton Branch Library, we’re delighted to announce that starting November 2 a new Baby Storytime will start at the Wellington Branch Library on Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. Led by Nancy and Maureen, members of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten committee, this program will feature stories and songs, nursery rhymes and more. All are welcome!

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program invites all children who have not yet started school to tackle the challenge of reading 1,000 books before starting school. Just like using a fitbit or other pedometer can encourage you to take just a few more steps, tracking how many books you read can encourage you to sneak in just one more book before bedtime! You can register to join the program at any branch of the library and we’ll celebrate with you along the way. Older children can join the Impressive Reader Society.

Each month they are invited to share their reading with us (at any branch of the library) and we’ll choose one “Most Impressive Reader”.

We believe that reading is worth celebrating. The “Most Impressive” Reader can be someone, for example, who has read more books than usual, taken on a new challenge, or finished a beloved series. The library has applied for funding from The Commonwell L.E.A.F. program for new furnishings to be used in the children’s room at the Picton Branch Library when the expansion opens.

If you are willing to visit their website (thecommonwell.ca/leaf) and search for our project (you can search for the key word Picton), you’ll have the opportunity to leave a comment in support. We know that having a welcoming and fun children’s library can help start children on a lifetime of learning and use of the library. If you are interested in staying updated on all the programs happening at the library, find us on facebook at peclibrary.org/peclibrary or Instagram @peclibrary.org

-Liz Zylstra