Public stepping up to support branch expansion

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

A lot of people have stepped up to help the Picton library expansion effort in many different ways.

On Aug.17th, four year old Dahlia Donovan and her mother ran a lemonade stand on Bloomfield’s Main Street. Dahlia, a summer resident of the County and frequent attendee of the summer programs, had always wanted to have a stand and the fact that the library was in need of funds gave her a cause. Mother Tarayn Hiddink assisted and the two raised $505.00 in the rain on that Saturday morning. Many, many thanks to Dahlia and her Mom. The story thrilled and inspired our overworked fundraising committee!

Bloomfield is the location for another fundraising event planned for the library, at the Hatch Gallery on Stanley St. Stacey and David Hatch attended one of the previously held fundraising dinners and indicated they would like to come up with a unique idea to help in some way with the library expansion. The unique event they came up with promises to be memorable. Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah Slean, acclaimed Juno nominated singer-songwriter are coming to Hatch Gallery to perform. Their musical collaboration will serve as accompaniment to their visual art. The event kicks off Hatch Gallery’s exhibition of their art work The concert and gallery opening will feature hor d’oeuvres by chef Elliot Reynolds of Bloomfield Public House and cocktails by Old Salt. Tickets for September Island: The Art and Music of Kevin Hearn and Sarah Slean are $120 available at and at the door.

On Wed., Sept. 25th join Sarah Hall as she leads a Stained Glass Walking Tour. The tour will commence at 1:00 pm at Glenwood Chapel. It moves from there to the Sarah Hall studio at 29 Ferguson St. The participants will pause at the studio where Sarah will talk about bird friendly glass, show a solar glass panel, and demonstrate glass cutting techniques, silver stain, painting and leading. Following the gallery visit (where Sarah will provide refreshments) the group moves on to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and finally to the Town Hall. At every stop Sarah will explain the unique and interesting features of the building’s stained glass windows. Anyone who attended Sarah’s talk last year at the library will know that this world-renowned stained glass artist has a wealth of knowledge to impart. While visiting the final stop of the tour – the Town Hall, tour participants will hear details about the expansion. Tickets (proceeds to support the expansion) are $25, there are a limited number available, so to ensure your spot go to to reserve.

It is evident the library is a highly valued community institution. Community support for our project has been astounding, but also individuals from outside the community have rallied to our cause.

Doug Gibson, former president of publishing house McLelland and Steward is travelling to the County on Sept. 17th to speak for the benefit of our fundraising effort. His talk on the history of place names in Canada will take place at the Wellington branch at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 available online at

Please join us.

-Barbara Sweet