Local library coming off of a busy summer season

Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 06:48

It has been a busy summer at the Parkland Regional Library in Dauphin.

Among the many things going on, according to library director Alison Moss, was the TD summer reading program, with drop-in activities every Thursday, including crafts for all ages.

“There were paper puppets every week, so kids could stop by and pick up a new one. We were encouraging people to come on down and use the puppet stage that we have set up in our children’s room,” she added.

There were also scavenger hunts, Indigenous art and colouring and poetry pages which were available every week.

PRL also hosted a story walk, which allowed patrons to get outside to enjoy a story.

“The film club was also back in action this summer. There were colouring contests, as well. And a really neat project in mid-August. We partnered to host a reel opportunity workshop. That was for young people interested in a career in film or TV. That was a virtual experience,” Moss added.

PRL also hosted a Manitoba Underground Opera production of Goldilocks and the Three Singing Bears, which proved to be a popular event.

Things will not be slowing down any time soon as PRL will remain busy through the rest of this month and into October.

Third Thursday Music returned with Copper Penny performing this past Thursday and author Audrey Lute will host a book reading, Sept. 22, for her book, “The Pond and Beyond.”

The film club will show The Workers Cup at 7 p.m. and a creative water colour class will be held, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“People can call the library for more information, but all supplies will be provided,” Moss said.

The Infant Rhyme Time is back in person, starting Oct. 6, running until Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., every Thursday.

PRL will team up with Culture Days to host an art challenge display in the library and there will be a Pecha Kucha presentation, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

The next Third Thursday Music will feature Johnny Pacey, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

Jan Jenkins, Moss added, had an art display in the library over the summer and the Quilters Guild has some of their talent on display until the end of the month.

Moss offers her thanks to the schools and local child care centres and summer camps.

“People brought groups in for field trips and tours and that’s such a great way to get young people connected with the library. And it’s just fun for everyone involved. We have fun and the kids have fun,” she said. It was hard, Moss said, to remember what it was like at the library pre-pandemic. “But I think it’s rivaling what it used to be like. There are some days that it is incredibly busy. And that’s great,” she said.

Staff are often wearing masks and it is encouraged, but Moss said, it is still a personal choice.

“Much like anywhere else these days,” she said.

People showed an interest in the library, which had a table set up at the recent Recreation, Health and Leisure Mart at the Parkland Recreation Complex curling rink.

“People from all walks of life and that’s exactly what we want to see,” Moss said, adding they were asking for suggestions on what patrons would like to see at the PRL, which also offers DVDs free to take out with a membership. “We also have Canopy, which is an online streaming service, so there’s movies, documentaries and classes for learning. So that’s really neat for all ages,” she said.

PRL also offers Creativebug, which offers instructional classes with instructors from all over on a range of topics, Moss said.

“From soap making to water colours to fabric arts. Just an incredible amount of creative possibilities,” she said, adding the library launched electronic magazines, which are on the Libby app, where ebooks and audio books can be found.

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