Inside The Library: There are a few areas where we need your help

After a busy summer we are planning our fall programs and our ongoing fundraising efforts to support the “Time to Renew” project. There are a few things we will need help with.

We have an ongoing demand for conversational French classes and as well we have a number of people hoping that we can find someone to lead conversational Spanish. We are looking for two people to lead these classes. I want to stress that this is not meant to be rigorous and demanding, but relaxed and fun. Your prospective students are interested in learning the languages because they want to travel a bit, or because they want to challenge themselves and master a new language. It is not meant to be an onerous or taxing exercise and you don’t have to have teaching experience.

On another note, in this case we have the volunteer, but we don’t have the students. The library has run a free elementary school level tutoring service for years. This year we have an opening for two students. If your child could benefit from some extra help with reading or math our Tutor is here every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. Our hard working Friends of the Picton library are planning for their annual Better Book Sale on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They could use some strong backs to help set up. If you are available your help would be very much appreciated. The set-up with a half a dozen people takes less than an hour.

During Ontario Public Library Week in October the library and its fundraising committee will be going full tilt to take us closer to our goal of $2 million for the “Time to Renew” project. To help us achieve this goal we are planning a tag day. To that end we will need some help cutting out and stringing our tags and we will need volunteers to man key positions on Main Street to handle sales. If you can help with this project let us know.

Ontario Public Library Week this year is October 14 – 20. Watch for news of other October initiatives. As well as the Vicki Delany and Linwood Barclay evening on Friday, Oct. 12 and the Night at the Library gala on Oct. 28 we have a couple of other special evenings in the planning stages. If you have an organizational bent please join us on the committee.

The Night at the Library, headed up by Amy and Edward Shubert, is based on the theme of the Night at the Museum movie. They will need actors, ushers, and attendees. This promises to be a fun evening with wine and goodies served. Come dressed up as your favourite literary figure if you wish. The next planning meeting for this event is Sept. 4 at 4 p.m at the Picton library. Join us if you can.

Another way that you can support the library involves nothing more than expressing your interest and belief in the service that the library provides to the municipal candidates that will be knocking on your door looking for support. Municipal support constitutes 80 per cent of the library budget and Council is responsible for appointing the library board. Your voice in support of the library and its activities will help the new council to identify issues that are important to their constituents.

Finally, positions on the County’s library board will be opening up this year. This is a volunteer position appointed by County council for a four-year term. Ideally the board needs a mix of ages and background experience to bring enlightened, informed and progressive thinking to the table. The library is an organization that serves everyone in the community. Please consider submitting your application to council to offer your support to a vital organization at a pivotal time in its history. If you have questions, wish to help or have a concern please do not hesitate to contact me by calling 476-5962 or e-mailing [email protected].

– Barbara Sweet