Parade day BBQ to benefit Ponoka Jubilee Library

This week's library column looks at a fundraising BBQ for the library on Stampede parade day.

Giddy up cowboy, it’s almost time for the 80th annual Ponoka Stampede.

It’s usually pretty quiet here during Stampede, but hopefully not this year. On Parade Day, Thursday, June 30, we will be having a fundraiser BBQ in front of The Brick, which is luckily right along the parade route. We will be selling hot dogs, burgers, and cheeseburgers along with pop, water and coffee, with all of the proceeds going directly to the library. Andrew Middleton at The Brick has been so kind as to offer us the spot in front of his store, as well as purchasing all of the BBQ items for us, so the library simply provides the volunteers, but pays none of the cost. When we did a BBQ like this back in April, our community was fantastic and came out in droves to support us, and we’re hoping you wonderful people will do the same for us again. We understand how the economic downturn has affected people here, so we really appreciate it when our community is still willing to support us, we can not thank everyone enough.

And for those of you who have guests staying with you during the Stampede, or know someone who is camping around town, remind them that if they need to check their email, or see what’s new on Facebook or even use some WiFi to download a movie to watch in their trailer, it’s available for free at the library. With the addition of our four new public computers, we have a total of 10 for people to use, and our WiFi is available 24 hours a day and has no password; it can even be picked up in our parking lot when the library is closed. Also, for anyone with a valid library membership at any library in Alberta, they can come into our library and borrow our items, which can then be returned to either us or to their own home library. So send them our way, we love to meet all of the people visiting Ponoka, and hearing about where they’ve come from and what they think of our great little town.

Don’t forget, this Friday at 2 p.m. is our free family movie afternoon. This month we are showing ‘The Land Before Time’, a beloved classic originally released in 1988. Join Littlefoot and his friends as they journey their way to the Great Valley. For anyone who is a dinosaur fan, this is sure to be a hit. We will provide snacks, you should bring blankets and pillows to make the floor comfy.

Also a reminder that our regular programs like Lego Club, Makerspace, Story Time and Book Club are all on hold for the summer, but will be returning in September.

Coming soon: For fans of ‘Orphan Train’ and ‘Water for Elephants’, comes ‘The Tumbling Turner Sisters’ by Juliette Fay, a compelling historical novel, set against the turbulent backdrop of American Vaudeville.

 

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