Board book update for Ponoka Jubilee Library

This week's library column looks at strong partnerships with community development groups.

We want to say a huge thank you to the Ponoka Early Childhood Development Coalition for their generous donation of $500 towards the refreshment of our board book collection. With their donation we have been able to purchase almost 100 of the hard cardboard-like books that are geared towards babies and toddlers. The Ponoka ECMap Coalition is a group of local citizens and agency representatives who work collaboratively to support and improve the healthy development of our children at very young ages, to ensure success in later life. You’ll see them partnering with Parent Link for programs such as Art Attack, or attending events like the community wellness fair. Any child who attended the Bright Futures pre-k information session would’ve received an awesome backpack stuffed with items to prepare them for the school days ahead. And now they are providing the children of Ponoka with another great resource to help them develop their language and thinking skills, one of the key pillars that the ECMap coalition is trying to improve. To learn more about the Alberta early childhood mapping project please visit, or check out the Ponoka Early Childhood Development Coalition Facebook page.

The Ponoka Stampede is coming up soon, and there are a couple of things that we want everyone to know about. First off, on Parade Day, Thursday June 30, the library will be closed until 1 p.m. But that doesn’t mean you can’t come see us, because we will be having a BBQ fundraiser in front of The Brick! They have been so kind as to arrange another BBQ for us; they purchase all the supplies and we keep all the proceeds. We’ll be right along the parade route, so come on by and grab a hot dog, burger or cheeseburger, along with a pop, coffee or water and support your library.

We will also be closed on Friday, July 1; Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 for the Canada Day long weekend. We hope everyone has the chance to enjoy some fun down at the midway or rodeo grounds, or a weekend away. We will be back open on Monday, July 4, to finish off the prep for our ‘Wild’ Summer Reading Club.

Registration for the Summer Reading Club started on June 13 and runs through until June 30. Come on down to the library to register your children ages five to 12. The programs run Tuesdays and Thursdays, with children ages five to eight meeting from 10:30 to 11:45, and ages nine to 12 meeting from 1:30 to 2:45. Children will be doing crafts, playing games and having adventures with Ms. Emma, as well as keeping track of their reading minutes to win prizes. Keep your children engaged in reading over the summer months and watch how it helps them greatly when they head back to school in September.

Coming soon: From Laura Griffin, comes ‘Deep Dark’, the 10th novel in the New York Times bestselling Tracers series, a well-crafted, gripping, and suspenseful romantic thriller.


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