Thankful for thoughtful Library goers

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

This weekend is American Thanksgiving, and while we aren’t American, we ARE feeling quite thankful at the library!

We recently applied to the Commonwell L.E.A.F. program for youth spaces in the expanded Picton Branch. A requirement for this funding is a demonstration of community support and once again, Prince Edward County came through! We were humbled by the passionate answers to the question, “Why does the library expansion matter?”

It’s clear that you really love your library and share the vision for a future library with space for everyone. “The Picton Branch has exceeded anyone’s expectations of a typical library through its creative offering of programs and services,” said a user.

This was a thread woven throughout the comments – people recognize the library’s efforts to be creative, innovative and to meet the needs of our community and visitors. We asked groups and organizations, including the municipality, Prince Edward Learning Centre, book clubs and more to share the message about our application and we appreciate all those who took the time to do so – it truly made a difference. We won’t know the results of our application for a little while, but we are grateful to everyone who took the time to help us put our best effort forward!

Our thanks also to Saint Mary Magdalene Anglican Church who recently made a gift to help us purchase books for the children’s collection. Throughout COVID-19 it has been more essential than ever that the library’s collection is clean and attractive to ensure people feel comfortable borrowing from the library, and this contribution will help us ensure that the books available are new and attractive to children. This gift was delivered by Martha Riddell who is new to the Ministerial team. Martha recently completed her Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity College, University of Toronto. In her role over the next two years, she will engage in all aspects of parish ministry with the support of the Rector, Venerable Charles Morris.

One area of focus will be reaching out in the community to connect with families and community partners. Thank you, Saint Mary Magdalene Church and parishioners.

The children’s book collection has also received a boost from people who have purchased books at Books and Co for the library. In partnership with Books and Co, you can now purchase books for the library and place a bookplate honouring a loved one. If you shop at Books and Co, you will know that you receive “points” with every purchase which can be used for a discount on future purchases. You have the opportunity to donate your “points” to the library which we can use to purchase additional titles. Thank you to the many people who have purchased books and donated points to help us build the children’s collection. The most exciting part of these new books has been the delighted children’s faces when they see them!

Drop by any branch of the library to browse and borrow.

-Liz Zylstra