Inside The Library: Wellington, Picton branches busy on Canada Day

Sunday openings are a go at the Picton branch this summer! The library, by popular demand, opens its doors from 1-4 every Sunday until September. This additional day will appeal to those of you who enjoy sitting in quietude. There is a different atmosphere on Sundays. There is not the usual work-a-day hustle and bustle. Sundays, the library offers peace and quiet and air conditioning for those who like to sit surrounded by books, magazines and newspapers and absorb!

All is not entirely peaceful however, as the downstairs meeting room is the site of the Sunday afternoon drop-in comedy improv group, organized by Library board member and Councillor Lenny Epstein with Prince Edward County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe: Taste That! If you have an interest in participating or just want to observe or want a change from the peaceful floor upper head downstairs at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Canada Day falls on a Sunday this year. It also promises to disrupt the serenity of Sunday in the library. Picton and Wellington branches will be participating in the July 1 celebrations in their respective communities.

The Wellington Friends of the Library are running their annual book and greeting card sale. This year it will be bigger and better as it spans two days, Sunday and Monday. On July 1, join Gaby outside from 9-11 a.m. to blow bubbles with a 3D-printed, original Canada Day bubble blower, make a button, or play giant Jenga and just generally have fun.

In Picton you can participate in these same activities from 1-4 p.m. We will also have book sale tables and we will be for the first time revealing the new library mugs, designed by popular local artist Tim Snyder. They will be available for sale and the profits are directed toward the Picton expansion. Tim himself will be out in front of the library drawing caricatures of you and your whole family for the afternoon. Visit the library and get this unique Canada Day 2018 memento.

It will be hard to fit everything in on Canada Day as the joint efforts of the BIA, The Canada Day committee, local merchants and of course the library promise many activities. In front of the library the street will be closed off. This will be the location of the BIA’s Community Interactive Stage.

Over the afternoon from 12-5 p.m. there will be demonstrations including the library’s own Ruth Dwight. Want to try drumming in a drumming circle? Ruth will be demonstrating and asking you to join in. We will have an assortment of drums and percussion instruments and you can find out what is involved to become a member of the circle. Or think about letting her know that day if you are interested in visiting with her and the instruments on one of her visits to the local retirement and nursing homes. If the ukulele calls to you our uke group will be playing. You are invited to join in and pick up one of the library’s ukes to get a rudimentary first lesson and give it a whirl.

Lastly, if your interest is acting, Epstein and his Sunday improv group will be demonstrating their techniques. Join them or one of our other demonstrations to decide what your next new hobby is going to be.

Don’t forget that the following Sunday, July 8 the library will be open from 1-4 p.m. and once again it is probably safe to promise a place for peaceful reflection – upstairs at any rate. In fact you’re a welcomed every day at the County of Prince Edward Public Library – there is always something new whatever day or days you choose.

-Barbara Sweet