Readers have their say when it comes to programming

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

At the library we prioritize programs, books, and services that are requested by patrons.

This week we would like to tell you about a couple of community-led programs, an upcoming philosopher’s group you can join and our plans for a future youth program. Two community-led programs meet at the Picton Branch Library. The chess club meets Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. A Scrabble group meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Recently, a patron asked about starting a philosopher’s group. The group will be dedicated to reading about the history of ideas, in which members will read one text over several weeks. The group will involve close reading, critical engagement, and discussions of the cultural and intellectual impact of the texts. If this appeals to you, visit to see the list of books the group might discuss and vote for your pick. You can reach Adam at (613) 476-5962 if you are interested in joining.

Years ago, the library was fortunate to have guidance from local youth in the form of a Teen Advisory Board. The group decided things like the colour of the walls in the Teen Room at the Picton Branch Library, shaped programming plans and gave their opinion on the books that were purchased. With youth spaces coming at the expanded Picton Branch, we are planning to start the Teen Advisory Board again later this spring.

The work on this committee will qualify as volunteer hours and is a great way for high school students to have a meaningful impact on their library.

Did you know that the majority of books the library purchases each year are requests for purchase from the community? If your favourite author has a new book coming out, drop by any branch of the library and let us know you would like to read it!

While budget and space mean that we cannot purchase every single title requested, we have learned over the years that if one person is interested in a book it’s probable that others are too and we value these requests! If a book you request is ordered, we’ll place it on hold for you and notify you when it arrives.

If you have any suggestions or ideas about library service, drop by your neighbourhood branch or reach library CEO Barbara Sweet by email or call (613) 476-5962.

-Liz Zylstra