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Fantastic fathers find libraries fabulous

Library Corner for June 15, 2023

Happy Father’s Day to all you hard-working, long-suffering dads out there – you know who you are! We see you bringing your children to the library (or picking up books to bring home to them), reading to your kids, coaching your kids’ sports, and working to make a better life for your family. We appreciate you!

If you don’t yet frequent our library, come in for a free membership and check out our collections of all kinds of books, DVDs, audiobooks, and online resources. There’s bound to be something to suit your interests.


After a long school year of hard work in the classroom, is there any better way to wrap up the term than with a war? But don’t worry, these bullets are mostly painless. Mark your calendar for Fri, June 30 at 6 p.m. when you’ll arrive armed with your own Nerf gun (and eye protection), or borrow one of ours, and prepare to meet your nemesis in battle! We’ll enjoy free pizza once peace (and supremacy) is established. This is always a popular event so be sure to register early.

Plans are well underway for our annual Summer Reading Program for 5- to 17-year-olds. Stop by the library for all the details and to pick up a parental consent form. Sign up for a summer’s worth of free activities—crafts, games, cooking, gardening, and loads of fun!

At Something Cool After School this week, we’ll marvel at the magic of thermochromic playdough (heat changes the colour) on Thu, June 15 at 4 p.m. Then on Tue, June 20 at 4 p.m. we’ll get creative sculpting polymer clay ornaments. The kids will get to relax with snacks and colouring on Thu, June 22 at 4 p.m.

Free tutoring is still available until the end of the school year. If your child needs some individualized help, call for an appointment; available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Kids Coding Club is for computer fans who want to design games, movies, and stories using ScratchJr. Join us on Mon, June 19 at 4 p.m. No experience is necessary but please pre-register. Ages 6 and up.

Bring your little ones (0-5 years) to Read & Rhyme for stories, songs, and fun each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. And to keep the love of reading going, sign up for the free app 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. When you reach your reading milestones, come to the library and receive a small prize.

Teens &’Tweens:

Grab your friends and join us for Dungeons & Dragons on Tue, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. where imagination and strategy collide in an epic quest of heroes and monsters.

Our regular Teen Scene programming is over for the summer but will resume in the fall.


Yoga Nidra with Alicia Tate meets for a relaxing session via Zoom Thur, June 15, at 8 p.m. Call the library to request the Zoom link.

Afternoon Friends are a group of adults who meet Tuesdays for socializing, crafts, games, and other fun activities. We’ll be creating the cutest clay ornaments with polymer on Tue, June 20 at 1 p.m. Join us then!

There’s little we can do about a loved one’s over-consumption of alcohol but Al-Anon offers support, tips, and information to help you cope, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

You still have time to pick up a copy of this month’s Reader’s Circle Book Club novel, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. “But imagining what might happen if one’s circumstances were different was the only sure route to madness.” The Club meets Tue, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this memorable book.

All Ages:

Whether you are new to chess or experienced, join in on the fun at Chess Club on Sat, June 17 at 11 a.m. The chess boards will be out and ready for everyone interested in the game.

Challenge your friends to see who can last to the end in our Super Smash Brothers Tournament on Sat. June 17 at 1-4 p.m. Controllers will be available, but you can bring your own if you like. All are welcome!

Join other online gamers Monday nights at 8 p.m. to compete from the comfort of your own home. You’ll need to sign up for the Nintendo Switch Online service for some games. Call the library for the group chat link.

Don’t forget the many services we offer at the library—cleaning CDs and DVDs ($2/disc), resume revamp consultation (call for a Thursday afternoon appointment), language learning resources you can access for free with your library card, 3-D printing services, and so much more. Our friendly staff will be glad to help you!

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” – Maya Angelou

For more information or to register for any of the above programs, call the library at 403-742-2292.