Princess Amelia’s 240th birthday feted with Royal Procession Aug. 5

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

We’ve had an exciting summer at the library so far!

Ezra M. was named our first Impressive Reader. As part of the TD Summer Reading Club we’re encouraging all readers to share their reading with us weekly and one reader is chosen each week to win a prize and be celebrated in the newspaper. Find out more by dropping by any branch of the library. Have you ever been to a 240th birthday party? This summer you have your opportunity!

Princess Amelia, the youngest child of King George III, would be 240 years old this year and we consider it a great opportunity for a party! Organized by the Ameliasburgh Heritage Hub, organizations across the village will be celebrating on August 5th from 12-3 p.m. Drop by the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village for a Royal Procession at 12:30 p.m. and photos, then head down the road to the Ameliasburgh Branch Library at 1:30 p.m. for a princess themed story time.

“Princess Amelia was the youngest child of the King,” explains Archivist Krista Richardson, “and like a lot of youngest children, she was known to be a bit of a wild one!” In her honour we’ll read the Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Find the Ameliasburgh Heritage Hub on Facebook for the complete schedule of the day. The Friends of the Ameliasburgh and Consecon Branches of the Library will have their annual book sale the same day. You will be able to find great deals on gently used books and support the Friends at the same time. “The Friends of the Ameliasburgh and Consecon Branches are a great support to the library. Come out and find some fantastic reads,” said librarian Gisa Iannaci.

They aren’t the only “Friends” who are hard at work this summer. The Friends of the Welllington Branch Library’s annual Canada Day book sale raised over $1000, and the Friends of the Milford Branch are holding a book sale on July 22. Our thanks to all the hard-working volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the library. A new group of volunteers, the Teen Advisory Board, is busy working to organize a book sale on Saturday, August 12 at the Picton Branch. They are fundraising to help make the Picton Branch Library programs and services for teens better. They have already given us some great advice on the programs they would like and helped us choose some new VR games. These are just a few of the upcoming events at the library.

Check out our website at or call (613) 476-5962 to find out what else is coming up, or best of all – drop in!

-Liz Zylstra