Summer at the Merrickville Public Library

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The Merrickville Public Library is gearing up for their Summer programs, which promise to be a blast for kids of all ages. As usual, the Library is offering their Summer reading program, where kids receive a ticket for every book they read. The kids can then use the ticket to enter a draw for one of 70 prizes available this year. “We have a lot of great prizes for the Reading Club,” says Librarian, Mary Kate Laphen.

The theme for the Summer at the Library is “feed your passions.” The Reading Club MakerSpace, on Thursdays at 2pm, will allow school age children to explore crafting, building, growing, magic, music, food and fashion, with a different activity each week. “Come find what you are passionate about,” Mary Kate says.

The Library is also running several clubs over the Summer, including the Tech Club on Saturdays at 10:30am, which focuses on the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). This club is also for school-age kids, and will include various levels of programming for robots, building with Knex and Lego, and other activities involving technology using iPads. “We have a mouse that you can program to go through mazes,” Mary Kate says. “It all interconnects so [kids] can pick and choose what they like.”

Every Wednesday evening in July at 6:30pm, a French teacher and francophone parent will be running a French Club, where kids can come and practice their French while doing all sorts of fun activities. This club is for children that already have a bit of French in their repertoire, as all the activities will be done en Francais. Artists from the Merrickville Artists Guild will be running the Merrickville Art Club for Youth (MACY) for youth twelve and up over the Summer, sharing their passion for art, photography and jewelry making. This year, the Drama Club is focusing on the big screen by running a movie-making club. Children ten and up will have the chance to write, edit, direct and star in their own short film, to be shown in a small festival at the end of the Summer.

The ever-popular Lego Club and StoryTime will continue to run over the Summer. Both are drop-in, with the Lego Club running on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm, and StoryTime starting at 10am on Friday mornings.

All Summer activities at the Library are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are free of charge. To sign up, or find out more about any of these clubs and activities, visit the library’s website, or call Mary Kate at 613-269-3326.

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