Your Library – A New Year with new ideas

Kim Freeman and Margaret Richard helped at the Cookie Walk in December. Submitted jpg, DN

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Now that things have settled down after the festive season, NCPL and the Friends of the Library have a number of new ventures to offer in 2020. But first, we must thank you for your support in our end-year endeavours, in particular, your enthusiastic response to our Christmas Basket Penny Sale. The workshops and the cookie walk were also well attended and a lot of fun.

Our Reading Garden privacy fence was installed before winter set in and now we are planning the completion of the garden with the pergola, memorial benches and plantings to be added in the spring. Now, let’s look at some upcoming events.

Get your pencils out, be creative and compete for a Norfolk Literary Prize! All members of NCPL have until Friday, March 27 to submit either a short story or a poem in one of four age groups. Contest details, rules and submission forms can be obtained at the branch or on the website (see Current Events). The awards will be presented on Friday, May 7.

At the Delhi Branch only, “Sensory Sundays”, a new program to open the library for families dealing with autism is available on the last Sunday of the month in January, February and March. Two sessions for different ages are being offered from 1-3 pm and 3-5 pm. Lighting will be subdued and a calm, quiet atmosphere will be provided for the comfort of the attendees. You can discuss details and registration with Katie.

In conjunction with the preparation of a new NCPL strategic plan, you have the opportunity to complete a form with your answers to the question “What more can your library do for you?”. If you would like to meet and share your ideas in person, Heather King, our CEO, will be at the branch in a “Hello, Heather” session on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 3 p.m. to p.m. Here’s your chance to tell us and talk about what you would like to see happen in the library.

Make a “Date With a Book” from Feb. 11-15. Sign out an unidentified book and enter your name for a chance to win a Chapters gift card. Each “mystery” book taken qualifies as one blind date and one chance to win.

Be sure to mark Wednesday, March 4 on your calendar for our second Soup and Sandwich Luncheon at the branch. As before, take-out and delivery can be arranged. Here come more of those great desserts!

In closing, don’t forget technology assistance is available at the branch on the first Friday of every month from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. Bring any device that you need help with. Too, income tax help will again be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February and early March.