Ponoka Friends of the Library Society needs you

This week's library column offers the Friends of the Library Society as a way to get involved.

Ever thought to yourself, ‘I sure do love my library, I wonder how I can help them out?’ Well, why not join the Ponoka Friends of the Library Society?

Friends of libraries are non-profit, charitable groups formed to support libraries in communities. They are often involved in fundraising, advocacy, volunteerism, public awareness campaigns, and literacy programs. What that means in our friends group is meeting three or four times per year to come up with exciting new ways to fundraise for the library, and lend a helping hand at existing fundraisers like our annual used book sale. Our friends are always looking for new members, people who are passionate about the library, and are willing to give a little of their personal time and creativity. We have our first meeting of 2016 tomorrow evening, Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the library. We would love to see some new members and get your input.

Also tomorrow is our first Makerspace of 2016. We have so many interesting technological items to try, so we hope to see lots of people come on out. Our regular Makerspace meetings run the last Thursday of each month, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and we have lowered the age range to 10+. Drop in and see what we have to offer.

This Friday is our regular Lego Club meeting. We had a tonne of very creative items built at our last meeting, so we are really excited to see what everyone comes up with this time. For anyone who has never been to Lego Club before, the concept is very simple; we dump a pile of Lego on the floor in the back of the library, and you get to build anything that you can come up with. When you’re done building, you bring it up front to one of the ladies who works at the library, and we will put it on display for everyone who comes into the library to see. Everyone is invited to take part, we have the bigger blocks for the really little kids, and grown-ups are invited to get down on the floor and build, too. The only limitation is your imagination. Regular Lego Club meetings are every second Friday, from 3:30 to 5:00. Check out our Facebook page or online calendar to make sure of the dates.

We are offering another non-restricted and restricted firearms safety course on April 10, starting at 8 a.m. Go to www.albertafirearmscourse.com for more information or call Luke Peters at 403-741-9898. The last one filled up very quickly, so make sure you save your spot soon.

Coming soon: From Tracy Chevalier, the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous novels, including ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, comes ‘At the Edge of the Orchard’ a fierce, beautifully crafted story of a family fighting their demons in the time of the settlers.