The Ponoka Jubilee Library has been busy with programs from winter and will soon slide into its spring programming.
Library manager Dan Galway explained that its winter selections are still operating while one of their more popular early spring programs is nearly over.
“We are still running all of our programming from winter, which includes adult art experience, crafty Saturdays, Thinkers and Tinkerers and The Young and the Restless,” he said.
“Spring Into Green — where we offer practical and hands-on gardening — will end at the end of month.”
He added the adult art experience was increased to twice a month following its success last time, while the craft class has become extremely popular.
“That’s in no small part because of the effort of programmer Tiffany Toma, with participants exploring sustainability through use of recycled materials to create new, beautiful and useful creations,” said Galway.
“As well with Thinkers and Tinkerers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based program kids ages 9 to 14 are exploring the inventions of Da Vinci.”
The Young and the Restless is a program for socialization of caregivers and infants while exploring early childhood literacy through stories, songs and games.
Meanwhile, work continues on the library’s spring line-up of programs, but Galway explained two events remain on the horizon.
The library is still conducting its film screenings monthly, focusing its three Thursdays on a series of film classifications — Indigenous filmmakers and relevant topics, documentary films and film classics.
In addition, FANFEST is making a return this year, but in a new venue.
“This year we have outgrown our space at the library and, due to an in-kind donation, will be hosting the event at the Ponoka Drop-In Centre,” Galway said of the sci-fi, amine and manga convention.
“We expect the event to be even better.”
He added that more details about the event are being finalized and will be released when available.
The summer reading program is being prepared for its start in June and one promotion that Galway is proud of that just wrapped up is the Food For Fines February.
“Users were given the opportunity to have all of their late fees waived by donating to the Ponoka Food Bank,” he said.
We collected six large bins of donations for the food bank and waived $1,584 in fines for our patrons.”
All programs are offered for free, although donations are accepted.
More information on programs and services can be found at www.ponokalibrary.prl.ab.ca.