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BETH CLINTON: Events for children and adults in March

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Coding and computer skills among the programming offerings next month

If you’re between 13 and 18 years old and have superior detection skills, then sneak on down to the library for the March break teen program — Library Clue, today at 2 p.m.

Other programs for teens include the regular Saturday Drop-in-Drawing at 1:30 p.m. and the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meeting April 11 at 4 p.m. To have a say in events and activities at the library, call 902-368-4642 to join TAG.

March break is almost, but there’s still time to take part in “Travel around the world at the library” until March 24. Stop by the children’s library and receive a passport and travel around the library to collect stamps. The regularly scheduled school-aged programs are also still on the go. Comic Club meetings are on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday has Lego club at 2 p.m. Mosaic collages will be all the rage at Craft Club on April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

March 26 at 6 p.m., there will be a sensory friendly “Welcome to the Library” session. In partnership with the Autism Society, a calm zone will be created in the children’s library and Lego, colouring sheets, books, puzzles and sensory kits will be available.

We are goat-rageously excited to announce that Island Hill Farm will be visiting the library on March 27 at 11 a.m. and bringing some furry friends to enjoy storytime. We can’t make promises, but usually when IHF comes to the library there are all sorts of “kids” here (if you get my meaning). Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. Agriculture is also on the agenda for April 12 at 2 p.m. with the Seeds of Life PD program. Get ready for spring by planting some seeds that can be added to the garden later. Call 902-368-4644 to register for this program.

Regular programs in the children’s library are always available and offer an exciting age range of options. Starting with the youngest library patrons, on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., watch your step because there are babies everywhere for Wiggle, Giggle, Read!, where babies and caregivers enjoy songs, tickles and rhymes. Toddler Time is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, and Family Storytime for ages 3-5 (and their grownups) is Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. On April 17, we kick off our storytime with puppet excitement so drop in at the regular time to enjoy “Clover Meadow” and “The Three Bunnies Gruff”.

Adult programs this month cover a wide spectrum.

The April 30 income tax deadline is fast approaching, and the library is once again hosting some Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinics. On March 21 and 28 and April 4 and 11, 5:30-8 p.m., a volunteer is on hand to help fill out low income, simple tax returns. For details, call 1-855-516-4405.

P.E.I. music therapists will be in the house for a Chat and Sing on March 26, 6:30 p.m. They will provide some information and discussion on music therapy followed by some songs.

On the evenings of April 2 and 4, Code Mobile will be at the library with an introduction to HTML and CSS, which are coding languages used to build websites. More details will be available soon, so call the library or check out the Facebook page for information.

There may still be space in the six-week computer skills for seniors course to be held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. starting on April 3. Teen volunteers offer assistance and training to seniors on computers, tablets and other devices. Call 368-4642 to register.

The Island Entertainment Expo is March 30-31 at the Charlottetown Convention Centre. IEE is Prince Edward Island’s first full-scale popular culture fan convention focused on the entertainment industry, and the library is excited to take part. Be sure to visit the library’s table to check out some of the collection of graphic novels, TV series and movies (check them out on the spot if you have your library card). Find IEE at for more details and to purchase tickets.

Don’t miss the annual Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. This year there is an exciting new twist for all us bibliophiles — it’s a BOGO year. That’s right, buy one and get one of equal or lesser value for free. Drop in between March 29 at 10 a.m. and March 31 at 3 p.m. to check out the selection and take full advantage of this special offer. Hardcovers, paperbacks, romance, mysteries, cookbooks, romantically mysterious cookbooks — we’ve got a little bit of everything (even DVDs). Books are refreshed throughout the sale so drop in every day. All proceeds go to support the library’s equipment, furniture and programming needs.

Beth Clinton is the regional librarian with the P.E.I. Provincial Library Service. Her column appears in The Guardian once a month. Anyone who would like more information on programs should call the library at 902-368-4642.

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