The dedicated staff at the North Grenville Public Library (NGPL) are gearing up for their summer programming and, if their enthusiasm is any indication, it promises to be a fun and interesting summer.
Children Team Program Coordinator, Sue Bergeron (Library Sue), is planning lots of activities to keeps kids busy and active over the summer. As usual, the library will be running their TD Summer Reading Club, which encourages literacy for kids of all ages. Participants explore recommended reads, track their own reading, connect and share with others across the country, join in activities, collect reading incentives, and much more, all supported by the program which has engaged almost 720,000 participants across the country to date.
The Pop-up Library will also be back up and running this summer, bringing books, activities and refreshments to parks and other outdoor spaces in North Grenville. Sue has seen the impact of this program, not only for kids, but also for the parents, who make connections and forge meaningful friendships because of Pop-up Library. She says it also attracts people who wouldn’t otherwise have come to the library.
On June 22, the library will be running the annual Sam’s Fishing Derby, named for a local boy, Sam Tobias, who passed away when he was eight. The derby will start at 10am, with a free BBQ lunch following the morning of fishing.
The North Grenville Public Library will also be hosting the area’s first ever Seedy Saturday on April 27, from 11am-3pm. The event, organized by local gardening enthusiasts, will include seed and seedling swaps, gardening information, kids craft table and refreshments. NGPL CEO Rachel Brown says they are also looking at this event as a possible catalyst to have their own seed bank at the library.
Supporters of the library can also look forward to the Friends of the Library fundraising event which will be held on the evening of June 22. The event will include local wine and beer, a silent auction and presentations made by local authors. All money raised will be going towards the library’s new digital literacy program. This program is meant to help children and adults alike learn basic programming and other computer skills. “We need equipment and to build expertise,” Rachel says.
This is just a sprinkling of what is in store at the Library for the spring and summer months. Manager of Service Delivery, Sierra Jones-Martel, keeps on top of the NGPL’s Facebook page, and it is a good place for interesting facts about authors, to learn about new books, and to keep on top of everything that is going on at the library.