Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Hi, I’m Erin Kernohan-Berning from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
Summer is a great time at Haliburton County Public Library, with all sorts of activities planned for young and young at heart.
Today Sherrill Sherwood, Nancy Therrien and I will talk about what’s on for summer at Haliburton County Public Library.
Nancy Therrien, Branch Assistant: Summer is the time for fun and play, so this summer our family storytimes will encourage kids to see reading as play. Each family storytime will be offering songs, rhymes and crafts in addition to books. Singing and rhyming help children learn that words are made up of different sound combinations, so they will be better able to sound out words when they are learning to read. Also, each storytime hour highlights a different letter of the alphabet starting with A is for Airplanes on July 6th and 7th, and culminating in P is for Play on Aug 26th and 27th. I am thinking that D is for Dinosaurs and M is for Monsters will be especially popular with our young crowd!
Starting July 6th and running through August, Haliburton County Public Library will be offering family storytime Mondays and Wednesdays at the Dysart branch at 11am, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Minden branch at 11 am, Wednesdays at the Stanhope branch at 1pm, and Thursdays at the Wilberforce branch at 1pm.
This summer we are also offering something new for the adults: Appy Hour! No not happy hour, Appy as in Apps and Technology.
Session 1 will be all about ereaders, ebooks and using OverDrive to access them. Session 2 will be about the Internet, explaining the features of Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, such as changing your home page, how to manage add-ons or extensions, and getting rid of those annoying popups. Session 3 will be about email, specifically Outlook.com and Gmail. This is for all of you out there who have 3000 emails in your inbox and can never find the one you’re looking for. Session 4 will cover the basics of Facebook, things like how to find your friends and their photos, enhancing your own profile, and locking down those security settings.
Appy Hour will be offered in the Dysart library branch at 2 pm on Monday July 6th, July 20th, August 10th and August 17th. Appy Hour will be offered in the Minden branch at 2 pm on Tuesday July 7th, July 21st, August 4th and August 18th.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: The Dysart branch in Haliburton and the Minden Hills branch in Minden will be open 10am to 8pm Mondays in the summer, from July 6th to August 31st, with the exception of the the Civic Holiday on August 3rd. These Monday hours are in addition to Dysart and Minden’s regular hours of Tuesdays to Thursdays 10am to 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5pm.
The Haliburton County Seed Library will be holding a free workshop on Thursday August 27th in the Dysart branch between 6pm to 7:30pm. The topic will be saving seed to grow plants adapted to Haliburton County.
On Tuesdays in June, July and August you can have your overdue fines waived at any of the eight branches when you bring in a non-perishable food item or Superbucks™ – those coupons you get when you fill up at Loblaws’ gas stations, such as the Independent Gas Bar in Haliburton. Donations benefit local food banks and community support services. All branches are open at some point on Tuesdays – for branch hours please visit the library website www.haliburtonlibrary.ca or call the library office 705-457-2241.
Erin: What book should everyone in Haliburton County Read? Five dedicated readers endeavor to answer that question starting July 8th on Haliburton County Reads: The Summer Sessions. Over the course of five weeks, we will discuss the books brought to the table by our local readers, and vote each episode to put a book back on the shelf. The last book on the table is the book that everyone on Haliburton County should read, and will be a part of the Haliburton County Public Library’s One Book One Community programming in celebration of our 50th anniversary. This year’s contenders are All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews defended by Anne-Marie Borthwick, Fifth Business by Robertson Davies defended by Greg Roe, The Masked Rider by Neil Peart defended by Sean Pennylegion, Punishment by Linden MacIntyre defended by Jenn Watt, and Up and Down by Terry Fallis defended by Angus Sullivan. The hardest part, of course, is that all of these are books that all of Haliburton County should read, but our readers will have to choose only one. If you want to get reading, you can find the books, their descriptions, and bios of our readers on the Haliburton County Public Library website at haliburtonlibrary.ca – just click on the Haliburton County Reads link. All of the books can be reserved at the library, or purchased through Master’s Book Store. Tune in to Haliburton County Reads: The Summer Sessions on 100.9 CANOE FM starting July 8th, Wednesdays at 6pm and Fridays at 11am to find out which book all of Haliburton County should read.
There is lots going on for summer at the Haliburton County Public Library, so come out and play with us! Thank-you for listening to this week’s Library Moments, here on 100.9 CANOE FM.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, June 28th – July 4th, 2015.