By Jaclyn Berry
The days have been hot, but Ponoka Jubilee Library has been keeping our cool as we make our way through summer and look to the fall programs ahead.
We are always looking for ways to make our programs more accessible to our patrons, and to that end there will be some changes come September with some of our regular programs.
Story Time will start up again on Monday, September 14, and will be meeting every Monday and Friday at 11 a.m. After much consideration, we have decided to change the previously scheduled Monday 2 p.m. time, since we know that a lot of little ones are sleeping then. Story Time will continue to focus on reading and crafting with children ages 3-5, with new programs every day. It is a drop-in program, no registration or fee is required and we’d love to see some new little faces being introduced to the library come September. We will also be changing LEGO Club to every second Friday from 3:30-5 p.m.; we hope this alleviates the confusion of switching back and forth between Thursdays and Fridays. And watch for our Makerspace days to start soon.
The Ponoka Library Book Club has chosen their books for the upcoming season (September-May). The first meeting will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 3:30-5 p.m. The book being discussed is Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsi, and copies are starting to arrive at the library for book club members to check out. Regular meetings of the book club are on the first Sunday of the month, unless changed due to a holiday weekend, and meet at the library. They are always looking for new members, so if you are interested in joining, please contact the library. For a full list of the books being read this season check out the ‘Events’ section of our Facebook page.
Our community garden is growing with gusto! The Summer Reading Club kids have already been out there picking the first crop of radishes, and soon we will have cucumbers, zucchini, acorn squash, peppers, lettuce, kale, Brussels sprouts, carrots, and lots of tomatoes, all of which will be donated to the Ponoka Food Bank. Thank you very much to the Ponoka Youth Centre for all their help with painting and planting, the Town of Ponoka for providing the water for the summer, Mrs. Hoffman’s class for donating plants to the garden, and our back neighbour Blair for all of his mowing, weed whacking and watering. If you are walking by and notice a weed that needs pulling feel free to do so, and see us inside if you have about 10 minutes to water the plants.
Please remember to stop by and wish Sharie Kuhl a fond farewell upon her retirement. We are hosting a drop-in tea for her on Tuesday July 28 from 3-5 p.m.
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