Alkalinity: The Base-ics of Health!

If you’ve been to any of our Spring Health workshops with Laura Kissmann, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, you won’t want to miss this one–the last one of Spring!

On Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30pm, Laura will be offering an introduction to alkalinity, exploring PH balancing to promote healing and preventing disease. She’ll give a board overview of the subject and answer your questions, so get to ready to make some changes in your life.

Spaces are limited, so please call us to register at 257-2702. There are still spaces left, but this will be popular, so don’t wait. Reserve your space today!



Just a reminder, the library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 21st for the Victoria Day Weekend. Make sure to stop in today or tomorrow to get all those items you’ll need for the weekend.  If you forget, you can always access Hoopla or Libby online to download eBooks, Audiobooks and more with your library card and PIN.

And you won’t be charged fines for the extra day we’re closed. Just drop items in our blue return box, and we’ll get them on Tuesday morning.

Have a safe and happy long weekend!

Blue Spruce™ Winners coming soon!

This week, the official winners of Forest of Reading® will be announced in Toronto at the Festival of Trees. It’s like a rock concert for authors! Thousands of children will descend upon the festival, meet authors, listen to them speak, get books signed…and be in the audience as the awards are announced. It’s a big day for Canadian Children’s authors and illustrators.

We had our own voting night in April. Children who participated in the program at our library read books from December to April, and then voted on their favourites.  And on voting night, they made their decisions. We sent off our votes to Toronto, and we’ve waited for the last few weeks to see who would be the official winners. Will we have picked the same winners overall? Only time will tell!

Our picks:

Blue Spruce™ —

Silver Birch Express —

…..and (a tie)

Silver Birch Fiction™—–

Red Maple™ —- (a four-way tie for us…)

  We’ll announce the official winners early next week!

Thank you!

We’d also like to thank the Canadian Federation of University Women – Perth & District,  for their amazingly generous donation to our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Their continued support each year has helped us to expand from one tutor for 12 students, into two tutors and 24 students. And while we started our literacy tutoring program focusing only on Kindergarten and Grade 1 students, we now offer reading help for children up to Grade 3.

And we love that representatives from the CFUW visit us each year to hear about our plans, or talk about what we did during the summer with regards to our tutoring sessions. We’re excited to show them progress reports, photos, and statistics that exhibit exactly how much the program is helping these young readers.

The proof Summer Literacy is important? We start getting phone calls and emails from teachers and parents in early January, asking when they can apply, and how many children we’ll be able to work with this summer. We don’t want to turn anyone away, so donations such as this, enable us to continue to offer a program that will impact as many young lives as possible.

Thank you so much. You truly made a difference to our library!

Thank you!

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation Inc., for their extremely generous donation to our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Their support in our program means so much to us, and allows us to continue to offer tutoring for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 this summer.

The teacher referrals are starting to come in, and we’re expecting a full roster of children who need a little help over the summer to keep their reading skills fresh. Our two trained tutors will be gearing up soon, planning specialized individual lessons for each child, and working on ways to boost their love of reading. It’s so important to us to be able to offer this program, and with the help of groups like the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation, we’ll be able to tutor 24 children over the course of the summer.

Thank you so much. You truly made a difference to our library!


Royal Weddings

If you have May 19th marked on your calendar, you’re probably already planning for the wedding of the year. Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle, and the world will have a new royal couple to ooh and ahh over.

When Prince William married Kate Middleton, people around the world held Royal Wedding parties….some of them at 5am to watch the nuptials live on TV. (Okay, I’ll admit, I was one of them, and our party included royal scones, tiaras, and lots of British flags.) If you’re thinking of doing something fun with your friends or family for the special occasion this time, you might want to start planning. You only have 9 days left!

Good thing you belong to the library!  You can drop in and take out Hannah Schiedig’s FASCINATORS: 25 STYLISH ACCESSORIES TO TOP OFF YOUR LOOK, to get some inspiration. Your local dollar store is a great place to start, with cheap flowers, lots of bling, and feather boas to die for.

Or maybe you just want to read more about the newest member-to-be of the Royal family, Meghan Markle. Royal biographer Andrew Morton has put together his take on the actress turned (almost) Duchess, including plenty of photos from her childhood to the present. You can find MEGHAN: A HOLLYWOOD PRINCESS here at our library.

And if you don’t have quite enough inspiration yet, don’t forget, we have LOTS of great wedding planning books. You can get a few fun ideas for wedding parties/showers etc. to make your viewing party extra special. It’s going to be a fun day….we hope you enjoy it royally!