We are open! If all goes according to plan, we will stay that way. We are not quite back to regular hours as yet. Until the end of August, the library will be open from 10 am-5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 am – 8 pm on Wednesdays and noon to 5 pm on Saturdays. We are confident that we will be back to normal hours in September but please check our website for updates. The website (www.sheepriverlibrary.ca) is always more accurate than Google. At time of writing (Stage 2 of the Provincial Plan), masks, social distancing and limited numbers are still required in the building. However, we are ecstatic to have our patrons back. Our Reading Garden and front planters are joyously planted, so you can park yourself in the Reading Garden with a book and magazine and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful, fragrant flowers provided by Greenhouse Effects in Millarville. Further upgrades to this space -outdoor lighting and heaters are coming soon thanks to a New Horizons Grant received by the Friends of the Library.
Our Summer Reading Program will be running this year starting Wednesday July 7 (yay!) and Teagan is busy getting everything in place. There will be separate sessions for 4–6 year-olds, (10-11am) and 7-10 year-olds (11:10-12:30). Register by either dropping into the library or calling 403-933-3278. The program may have restrictions or cancellations at any time depending on AHS/Government orders.
Other programs will return as both facilitators and participants feel comfortable. Qi-Gong (Mondays 1:30 pm) and Poetry on the Patio (Last Thursday of the month at 10:30 am) have returned to meeting in person. We hope by September to have a full slate of programs running, including the Out Loud Series. This year, the series will be held in November rather than October, which gives us a few extra weeks as a safety cushion for those performers travelling from afar. Doris is on the ball, organizing a fantastic line up. Other programs that you can look forward to in the Fall are Library 101 – all the basics about how the library works including the Dewey Decimal System, how the collection is organized, and using the catalogue. Library E-Resources will teach you how to access and use all the free resources available through the library system such as e-books, audiobooks, newspaper, magazines and research materials. How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords will be back again in response to questions Jan received about the cryptic crossword that appeared in last month’s High Country News. These puzzles may be appearing more frequently and one evening is all it takes to understand how they work. If you can’t wait that long, there are tutorials on You Tube that can help you – think anagrams, hidden words and double meanings. A full list of our Fall programs will be available in next month’s issue, on our website, and in brochure format in August.
For now, we are so happy to see the upper part of your masked faces. We assume you are smiling underneath them. Please note- we will be closed July 1-4 for the Canada Day Weekend.