It was another great summer for kids at the library. We are delighted to have offered 40 sessions of 15 different programs and to have welcomed more than 600 young people through our doors for free programs and events. I don’t know about you, but September always feels like the beginning of the year to me (and so it is in the Jewish calendar – Shanah Tovah). All those years of going “back to school,” equal parts dread and excitement. The year to come holds so much potential: Who will you be? What will you learn? What are you going to be for Halloween? (All the most important school-age questions.)
But whether you’re returning to school or not, the library offers opportunities for individuals of all ages to learn something new. Youth programming kicks off on Sept. 27 (Pro-D Day) with a special screening of “Aladdin” at 2:30pm (please call the library to register). Storytimes, Dungeons & Dragons nights, Teen Book Club, LEGO Builders and LEGO Robotics resume in October, while our adult programming is already well under way, including the monthly open mic (the last Wednesday of each month, 6 pm), French and Japanese conversation groups, ESL discussion group, LGBTQ2 Book Club and the long-running GDPL Book Club, knitting groups, writers’ group, beginner bridge club and more.
We continue to program numerous special events such as the screening of “Midian Farm”, the story of a back-to-the-land social experiment, documented by Liz Marshall 40 years after its collapse (Thursday, Sept. 26, 7pm). And, of course, we also have books, audiobooks, e-books, DVDs, CDs, and many databases to discover, from Ancestry Library Edition and Justice BC, to Mango Languages, World Book for Kids and many more. People sometimes express regret about having missed out on a library event. “I only just heard about this,” they say. To avoid this crushing disappointment, sign up for our monthly events newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or pick up an events brochure at the library.