Library Moments: Summer Programs!

wild bicycle smallBessie Sullivan: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan 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 here!  Other than the fact that it is hot and sunny, we know this because our branches are full of people, be it the addition of school kids out for the summer, working people on vacation, our seasonal residents, or tourists, we are hopping!

To accommodate all the different people we see through the summer we have a full calendar of summer programming.  Activities are for young and old, low-tech to high-tech, with lots to make and do.

Today on Library Moments Sherrill Sherwood, Erin Kernohan-Berning, and I will each tell you about an aspect of our summer offerings.

34_TDSRC ENG Standard Fixed Digital Ad –Rectangle 300x250Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development Coordinator: HCPL’s summer story time and crafts programs are eagerly anticipated by past participants. The TD Summer Reading Club’s theme for 2016 is “Wild” and HCPL has joined in with a series of programs based on Wild About Reading. TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. This free program celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. It’s designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading their way – the key to building a lifelong love of reading. Dysart, Minden Hills, Stanhope and Wilberforce branches have hour long programs set up at various times during each week in July and August with different Wild themes used throughout – each session includes stories, games and crafts for your children to enjoy. There is no registration required, (did I mention it’s free), and everyone gets a TD Summer Reading Club notebook, bookmark and stickers to keep track of their reading. Completed notebooks can be handed in for a prize. For a schedule of story and craft times you can pick up calendars at each of the eight branches, check online on our News & Events page at or by clicking on the link to Fun For Kids. You can also call our admin office at 705-457-2241.

yogaErin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Many of our programs are driven by our branch staff – their ideas, skills, and creativity are what drive our programs all year round. This year, we have chair yoga in our Dysart and Minden branches. Chair yoga is for anyone – whether you are a senior looking for some gentle stretching, an office worker who needs to straighten out that hunch, or a family looking to do some quiet meditation together. Chair yoga is Mondays in Dysart at 11am, and Tuesdays in Minden at 11am for July. In August we’re switching it up a bit and doing Family Story Yoga, where you are lead through a story with yoga poses – so stay tuned for that.

At our Wilberforce branch we have a Junior Authors Club on Tuesdays at 1pm. If your child is an aspiring writer, they can spend the summer working on writing their first book – and what better place to do that than in our beautiful Wilberforce branch.

We also have some drop-in programs – you are welcome to drop into any branch with your children and read to them anytime, but we also have Family Story Circle in Wilberforce on Thursdays at 11am if you want to meet up with other parents and share in the love of reading. We also have board games at our Dysart, Minden, Stanhope, and Wilberforce branches for you to partake in anytime – great for a rainy day, or if you need a cool place on a very hot day. Wilberforce has a board game club as well if you want to meet up with other board game enthusiasts.

And finally, there’s a group of Ukulele enthusiasts who meet in our Gooderham branch on Thursdays at 2pm – so swing by there and join in the fun! You can find these and all of our programs on the New & Events page of our website at or give us a call at 705-457-2241.

appy hours slideBessie Sullivan, County Librarian: The term “maker” has recently been associated with high tech experimental production, but it really doesn’t have to be.  Making can be anything you create with your hands using old or new technology, or a combination of the two.  Our children’s story times always incorporate a craft, but now we offer crafts for Teens and Adults as well. Dysart, Gooderham, Minden, and Wilberforce are all hosting adults crafts of some sort or another.  Every branch features drop-in colouring, but if you go to Wilberforce on Saturdays as 1:00pm you can get a coffee while you are colouring.  At the same time in Wilberforce is drop-in lego club and Minden Hills Branch has one too.  

We have “Appy Hours,” but sorry they do not come with wine and cheese.  Appy Hours are basically a technology free for all and don’t necessarily concentrate solely on apps.  Come and learn about computers and technology in general.  Bring your own device or try one of ours.  From signing up for Skype to loading an ereader, you will learn collaboratively with our staff on topics that are suggested by you.

For a schedule of all our summer programming, you can pick up calendars at each of the eight branches, check online through by clicking on the link to News and Events or call the admin office at 705-457-2241. Don’t miss out this summer, come and see us at the library and yes, we still have books, lots of them. That’s it for this week’s episode of Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 CanoeFM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM July 10th – 16th, 2016.


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