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Kids ‘light up’ at the library

Kids ‘light up’ at the library

arsenault columnThe dark, wet season is upon us, which means it is an especially great time to visit the library with your kids.  It is warm and quiet here and there are lots of activities to enjoy together.

As the Young People’s Librarian, I see children of all ages light up when an adult settles into the giant cushions with them, making a priority of simply enjoying a book together.  There are also board games and puppets available to play with, as well as children’s games on our iPads.

Our winter programs also offer lots of great reasons to come in out of the cold.  Join us every Wednesday at 11am for Preschool Storytime; stories, songs and rhymes for children aged 2.5 – 5 years old and their caregivers.  Bouncing Babies is a similar program for younger children (0 to 2.5 years old) and takes place every Thursday. Both are are free drop-in programs.

This fall the Library is offering two programs for older children. The Storytelling Jam program runs for three Wednesdays in November and is for kids aged 8 and over. Come play with a professional story teller and be enchanted by her stories and have fun learning to tell your own. Starting Nov. 19 join us for a four-part Learn To Knit a Hat workshop. New knitters welcome. Both programs are free but pre-registration is required.

Tweens (grade 4 and up) will be welcomed into the library after-hours on Friday Nov. 25 to enjoy a screening of the film “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.  Doors open at 6:30pm and pick-up needs to be arranged for 8:30pm.

Finally, on Tuesday Nov. 29 the Library is hosting the monthly Teen Book Club. This month teens (grade 8, 9 & 10) will gather at the Library to discuss the book “Scorpion Rules”.

So consider making the library a regular part of your family routine this winter.  It is a great place to slow down together and starting in December the Library will be open additional hours making it even easier for families to enjoy the Library. As of Dec. 5, Monday hours are extended to a full day; open from 10am to 5:30pm.

For more information on these programs or any other library service call or visit the Gibsons Library at 604-886-2130 or

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