Your library – A cool place to be in the summer

Illustration of the Reading Garden pergola planned for Delhi Branch of the Norfolk County Library. Darren Oostdyk / Contributed graphic

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ANNE DAVIDSON

With school out, Delhi Branch of the Norfolk County Library is humming with activities for children.

The summer reading program kicked off on July 2 when kids registered to be “Time Travellers” and received their logbooks to record books read and earn points by August 17.  Every week, they can partake in a craft, story time, or party. The first “Time Trip” on July 9 was to the Jurassic period (and its dinosaurs) followed by experiencing the 70’s tie dying and a 50’s sock hop on July 16 and 18. Medieval Times was examined on July 23.

Still to come,; Ancient Egypt will be explored on July 30 (papyrus and hieroglyphics) and August 1 (ancient engineers and pyramids).  August 6 looks ahead with “Banking on the Future” followed by a visit to the Wild West on August 13 (bolo ties and cattle rustling) and August 15 (rodeo of fun things to try). Movies are also scheduled for July 25 and August 8.  Dressing up for the period visited is definitely encouraged. What fun!

I attended the unveiling and dedication of the new plaque that celebrates the history of multi-cultural organizations in Delhi. Colourful flags, led in by a piper, were on display during the ceremony which brought back many memories.

As children (long ago!) my friends and I used to see who could list the most ethnic halls and churches in Delhi; that was always a very special feature of the town.

Delhi branch, partnering with the Delhi Multicultural Association, has two showcases displaying collections from various cultural backgrounds. Delhi branch is also the repository for the multilingual collection of books for NCPL.

Are you aware the library offers access to learning new languages? Most learners take 20-40 minutes to complete one lesson and about three months of daily study to complete a unit. To find this resource, on the NCPL home page click “all online resources”; then click “literature and language arts”; scroll down to Mango Languages, click “view resource” and enter your library card number. Once you enter the identification requested, you will automatically connect into Mango the next time you visit. This is only one of the many resources available through the NCPL web site. We’ll explore more another time.

The Friends of the Library’s current major project (others are in store) is to install a Reading Garden at the back of the library.  Proceeds from recent and planned fundraisers are earmarked for this. We plan to begin construction this fall and add low maintenance and fragrance-free plantings next spring. The illustration (viewed from the back door of the library) shows that both sunny and shaded areas will be provided to read and relax in a garden setting with a wall for privacy.

Anne Davidson is the member of Friends of the Delhi Library.

 

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