Library incubates local learning in 2021

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

If you’re interested in learning something new this New Year, the library can help.

We’re planning a series of tech workshops, a talk on genealogy and DNA, and continuing our author conversations online. Find us at to view the complete schedule of events.


Have you resolved to learn more about technology? Join us for weekly tech workshops, and boost your skills. The tech workshops are held on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. They’re held using Zoom, which means you can ask questions as you go, just like in our in-person workshops. If you have never used Zoom or need a refresher, give us a call at the Picton Branch Library (613) 476-5962. We’ll help you feel comfortable on Zoom before the workshop. On Wednesday, January 20 at 2 p.m., join us for Android Basics. If you have a Google, LG, Samsung or other Android phone or tablet, this workshop is for you.

You can learn how to personalize your device, how to set the security settings, and how to download apps to make your device work for you. Join us on Wednesday, January 27 for a workshop all about Home Entertainment set-ups. Learn about HDMI, A/V Cables, SmartTVs and more.

You can bring any specific questions you may have. If you are an iPhone user, on February 3rd we’ll cover iPhone Basics and address many of the frequently asked questions about iOS. Other upcoming topics include Digital Wellness, Parental Controls and Photoshop and Alternatives.

You can view the complete schedule of workshops at by clicking on the events calendar. If you have specific questions or a frustrating technological issue in your life, don’t forget that one-on-one appointments are available too. We’ll meet with you by phone or through video chat for an hour of focussed help.


When Ian McKelvie’s father Nelson passed away in 2007 he left stacks of genealogical paperwork and a mystery he thought would never be solved. Nelson’s Great-Grandfather, John McKelvie was born illegitimate at Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1856. John’s mother, Elizabeth, returned home with her newborn baby to live with her parents. To add to the mystery, the 1881 Census indicated she was now blind. Ian will present how he combined traditional genealogical research with his DNA test results to discover the identity of his Great-Great Grandfather and solve this 150 year-old mystery. Thursday, January 21 at 2 p.m. Register at


Join us for a virtual event to celebrate internationally best-selling author Ian Hamilton’s latest book, Fortune, a riveting new novel featuring fan-favourite Uncle Chow Tung.  Thursday, February 4 at 2 p.m. Register at or call (613) 476-5962. We have Fortune on order at the library, so give us a call to get on the list for this title that is sure to be popular!

-Liz Zylstra