Branches open during parades, festivals

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

At the County of Prince Edward Public Library, we always welcome the opportunity to join in community events – festivals, parades, and other places where people gather.

At the Consecon and Ameliasburgh Branches. Librarian Gisa Iannaci is delighted to be participating in two of the winter’s events in the north end of the County. The Consecon Christmas Parade will be on Sunday, December 4 at 1 p.m. and, as you will know if you have attended in past years, the whole village turns out to celebrate! At the library, Gisa and volunteer Ena are busy planning a book sale and craft sale to be held in the library.

In Ameliasburgh, we always look forward to participating in Christmas in the Village on Saturday, December 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. We’ll set up a photo booth with our green screen to take holiday portraits and will have a craft for children.

In Wellington, we are looking forward to the return of the annual Friends of the Wellington Library “Christmas in Wellington” on Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. This long-running event is organized by the Friends and features seasonal readings, music and treats. This year’s guest reader is Corey Engelsdorfer, and music by pianist Andrew Tibbets . Admission is by free-will offering to the Friends and/or a food donation to the Storehouse Foodbank. It takes place at the Wellington United Church, 243 Main Street in Wellington. Thanks to the Friends for their continued dedication and enthusiasm.

We’re also working with one of the County’s favourite arts organizations, the Department of Illumination to plan something special for the Bloomfield Festival of Lights on November 25 in our outdoor space. This is made possible by the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator program, delivered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), —a two-year, $23.25-million investment by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), delivered by CUI and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO). More details to come, but if you’re planning to attend the parade, drop by the library!

If you are organizing a community event this winter and you think that the library could add something to what you are planning, drop by your local branch and chat with the librarian.

PA DAY program: Friday, Nov. 25 from 1 – 3 p.m., join Michele at the Wellington Branch Library for “Take Flight!” Discover Aviation at the Library! Watch a virtual presentation featuring pilots, play flight games & more, and then try your hand at paper airplanes in our championship race. Best for ages 5 – 12. Call Michele (613) 399-2023 to register (or drop in!)

-Liz Zylstra