Technology petting zoo at Ponoka Jubilee Library

This week's library column looks at a Technology Petting Zoo and the Makerspace program.

Spring has arrived, and that means soon it will be gardening season! We have a huge number of books at Ponoka Jubilee Library about gardening, to answer all your questions. There are books about pruning, composting, flower, food and herb growing, solving deer issues, small-plot and container gardening, perennials vs. annuals, the benefits of insects, how to care for your lawn, and my favourite, the lazy gardener books. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we have a book that will help you out.

One of the other great things about spring arriving is that it means that camping season is almost upon us. There’s nothing I like better than to sit around a campsite on a beautiful day, enjoying the sun and a good book on my eReader. If you’ve ever been curious about getting an eReader or tablet for yourself, but didn’t really know what you wanted, or how they work in ‘real life’, feel free to come to the Technology Petting Zoo on Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8 p.m. Ponoka Jubilee Library and Ponoka Adult Learning staff will be available to answer question as you do some hands-on learning with a wide array of different items. Find out which item best serves your needs, whether it be a simple eReader or a high-end tablet. This is a drop-in activity, so come on down to see what suite you.

We also want to remind everyone about Makerspace, our place to explore creativity using technology, happening next Thursday March 31, from 3:30-5 p.m. We have a number of items available for anyone 10+ to come and play around with.

We’re also excited to let you know that we are planning a ‘May the 4th Be With You’ evening on (shockingly), May 4. We will be showing ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, as well as chopping the mop that our Library Board chairman Jerry Siemens has been growing the past couple of years. We’ll be having popcorn and other treats, as well as a costume contest, and it will all be a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. We’ll be providing details soon about times and how you can donate, but in the meantime, be sure to keep your calendar open.

And don’t forget about our ‘Board Games & Pizza’ afternoon for ‘tweens and teens (9-14) on Saturday May 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. Games will be played, pizza and pop will be served, all for a very small fee. Everyone who plans to attend must be registered by May 27, so that we can ensure that we have all the supplies we need. Please contact the library for cost information, or about any dietary concerns at 403-783-3843.

Coming soon: From Rhys Bowen, one of the great mystery writers working today comes ‘Time of Fog and Fire: A Molly Murphy Mystery’, an atmospheric, tightly plotted, heart pounding new novel.

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