Local branches gearing up for summer fun

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

At the County of Prince Edward Public Library, we always look forward to a busy summer and 2022 is no exception!

Mallory Dawson, our new children and youth services co-ordinator, is excited to launch her first summer season with us and has planned a terrific series of programs. In fact, you don’t have to wait until summer to get started having fun and learning at the library. Mallory is launching a new babytime which will start in June. Babies and their caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, stories, and bounces, to help develop their early literacy and learning skills in a relaxed and welcoming environment. After storytime, families are invited to play together at Benson Park, weather permitting.

This will take place every Tuesday from 10:30–11:30 a.m. at the Picton Branch Library. Family Storytime welcomes children of all ages for literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing together.

Drop in to this 30-minute storytime and we’ll play together outside after.

Drop by Wednesdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. at the Picton Branch Library (and Benson Park), Saturdays, 10:30—11 a.m. at the Picton Branch Library (and Benson Park), Saturdays, 10:30—11 a.m. at the Wellington Branch Library and Saturdays, 10:30–12 p.m. at the Bloomfield Branch Library.

The fun starts June 25 when you can join Mallory at the Revel Festival at Macaulay Heritage Park between 12-4 p.m. A Theatre troupe from Queen’s University, the Barefoot Players, will be there at 12:15 p.m. for a performance of their original musical “Just Can’t Wait”, which explores the hopes, fears, challenges and opportunities that the pandemic placed in front of us all, and the exciting things that await in the future!   Throughout the summer you’ll be able to join in on a wide array of programs, including the popular TD Summer Reading Club. Drop into any branch of the library to try weekly activities and challenges, all inspired by myths and fairy tales. Three week-long half day camps are planned: STEAM, Camping and Ukulele. For children ages 6+, STEAM camp will explore storytelling, experiment with green screen technology, coding, and more! This half day camp will run for a week at the Wellington Branch Library.

We are thrilled the popular “Learn to Camp” series will return at the Ameliasburgh Branch Library. Children will learn how to identify plants, bugs, and pitch a tent, as well as other essential camp skills (yes, there will definitely be marshmallow roasting!) We are also planning a ukulele camp for aspiring musicians. A new Code Club will start in August and will include an introduction to coding and focus on how coding can relate to nature, Canadian animals and the book “Nibi’s Water Song”.

-Liz Zylstra