PA Day events scheduled in Picton, Wellington

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

Today we have two exciting PA Day events for children. At 11 a.m., the Paddling puppeteer will present The Big History Mystery at the Picton Branch Library.

Join Glen as he travels in a time machine back to many interesting eras in the Earth’s history. This musical colourful puppet show is full of interesting creatures including an “aquatic dinosaur”.

At 2 p.m., drop by the Wellington Branch Library for Bubble Fun. We’ll meet at the library and walk to the park to make giant bubbles together. We’ll also release our schedule of summer programs and people attending these programs will find out first! For more information contact Michele at (613) 399-2023.

For adults, author Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer will join us on Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m. at the Picton Branch Library. She will discuss her latest book, Wait Softly Brother. Author Shani Mootoo will moderate the conversation and Books and Company will be selling copies of the book.

Wait Softly Brother is described by the publisher: “From lost siblings to the horrors of war to tales of selkie wives, Wait Softly Brother is filled with questions about memory, reality and the truths hidden in family lore. After twenty years of looping frustrations Kathryn walks out of her marriage and washes up in her childhood home determined to write her way to a new life. There she is put to work by her aging parents sorting generations of memories and mementos as biblical rains fall steadily and the house is slowly cut off from the rest of the world. Lured away from the story she is determined to write – that of her stillborn brother, Wulf – by her mother’s gift of old, crumbling letters, Kathryn instead begins to piece together the strange tale of an earlier ancestor, Russell Boyt, who fought as a substitute soldier in the American Civil War. As the water rises, and more truths come to the surface, the two stories begin to mingle in unexpected and beautiful ways. In this elegantly written novel Kuitenbrouwer deftly unravels the stories we are told to believe by society and shows the reader how to weave new tales of hope and possibility.”

Don’t miss the chance to hear the author in conversation with Shani Mootoo. PICTON BRANCH LIBRARY UPDATE: Elevator now available! Enter through the children’s room door and use the stairs or elevator to access the top floor. This is temporary while work happens in the original library.

Meeting rooms and flex space are now available for use – call (613) 476-5962 for info.

-Liz Zylstra