New Newcomer Group starts today at Picton Branch

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

Are you new to the County?

The fall session of the library Newcomer group is starting and you’re welcome to join! Discover some of the groups, clubs and organizations that you can become involved with, and meet new people.

The first session will be Thursday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Picton Branch Library. As the library is under construction, after the first week we’ll take the group “on the road” and visit some Picton locales for the remaining five sessions. The group size is limited, and masks are preferred. To receive the list of locations, register by calling me at (613) 399-2023 or email

Even if you missed the first session, you can contact me to find out if space is available. The Newcomers group has been running for several years and we have received feedback from previous participants that it was a great introduction to the services and groups in the County. Tim Huxley, who coordinates the group, started out as a “newcomer” himself and now shares his expertise with others who have recently moved to the area.

Of course, you don’t have to be brand-new to the County to join – just interested in learning about the area and meeting new people. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about life in the County! Previous groups have discussed everything from septic tanks to the best wineries and beyond. Our thanks to Tim for leading the group and to the organizations who have graciously welcomed us to visit for this “on the road” series – Prince Edward County Museums, County Kids Read, The Municipality of Prince Edward County, Community Care for Seniors and the Prince Edward Learning Centre. If you are a member of a local group and would like to speak to the next session of Newcomers, you can reach me by email at to get on the list.

PICTON BRANCH LIBRARY UPDATE Have you dropped by the Picton Branch Library recently?

If you have, you will have noticed some exciting new changes. A new wall has been added in the nonfiction section, creating the first of the new meeting rooms that will be available with the expansion.

It’s not yet operational as a meeting room, but it’s so exciting to see the build come together. The elevator and washrooms remain unavailable, and we apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like to receive books by mail or curbside pickup while the elevator is unavailable, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

If you have a cell phone, you can also park outside the library, phone us from outside we will run your books out to you.

-Liz Zylstra