The expanded Picton Branch Library has meant that we have the capacity to offer more programs than ever before. Some of these are organized by the library and others are led by community groups and individuals who simply need a place to gather.  This week we will share some of the upcoming events you can join, but there are many more you can find on or in the monthly Literally News available at every branch of the library.  If you would like to receive a weekly email with upcoming events and programs at the library as well as a list of the latest new books, visit or call (613) 476-5962 to register.

On Thursday, November 16, at 2 p.m. join us for “So, You Want to Write a Book?” Join Kathryn Whishlow, one of the published authors from White Pine Writers Inc. for an interactive discussion about the “Three Musts” for writing and publishing a book. Register at or call (613) 476-5962 for this talk.

On Saturday, November 18 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Blizzmax presents DimeStories.  Enjoy an afternoon of five-minute stories by a group of stellar Prince Edward County writers: Sarah Selecky, Andrew McLuhan, Jill Hill, Dawn Miller, Fiona Patton, Paulette Rothbauer, Dorothy Speirs, Debra Whittall, Sarah Williams, and Elis Ziegler.

Doug Parker will be starting a Jazz Listening Group on the first Wednesday of the month, next meeting on Wednesday, December 6 from 10 to noon. The group will listen to jazz music and make an introduction or presentation on the selection. All welcome.

On Saturday, November 25 Don Hinde and the Library Orchestra are planning an early Christmas concert, consisting of mainly carols. The group performed last week at the Community Care for Seniors Active Living Fair, and I was delighted to see them on stage after overhearing their rehearsals at the library for years.

At the Wellington Branch Library, Roz Bound has been organizing Open Floor for many years. Meeting on the first Friday of the month at 7 p.m., the group welcomes anyone to bring an original piece of writing: poetry, prose, article, essay, or song to share. Audience members are welcome as well. The group is not a critique group, though discussions do arise from the readings, on content and style, with conversation and laughter over refreshments.

If you are interested in using a library meeting room to host your event, drop by for a tour or give us a call at (613) 476-5962.  There is no charge for nonprofit or community groups.

-Liz Zylstra