Summer at Your Local Library - theHumm July 2021
Summer at Your Local Library - theHumm July 2021
By Amanda Robinson is the CEO of the Lanark Highlands Public Library
Summer Readingat the Lanark Highlands Library
The Lanark Highlands Public Library has had a very busy spring. We have continued to work on improving access to our collections through amended records in our online database as well as relabelling all our library books with larger, more accessible font sizes. We have also made some changes in how we shelve our materials. As an example, we have shelved our board books on the bottom shelf wrapping around our children’s area on so that the whole collection is in full reach of babies and toddlers.
We were fortunate to receive funding from the Kimberley Foundation as well as funding support from the Emergency Community Support Fund via ConnectWell Community Health and Community Foundations of Canada, to offering a book delivery service for customers who found it difficult to get to the library for any reason due to Covid-19.
The Kimberley Foundation also generously donated $2,060 towards our Sensory Play, Every Day initiative. This initiative involves incorporating sensory/tactile activity boards into our children’s area. We also have more portable busy boards, dementia boards and sensory cubes that we will use in programming and outreach initiatives. The fidget cubes and dementia boards are also available for loan!
Throughout the pandemic we have been running a mask fundraiser and to date have sold over 700 masks. This is an ongoing fundraiser, and patterns and our current stock is available on our website. Our masks are 2-layer, made with 100% preshrunk cotton and latex-free elastic, and cost $10. All proceeds go to the revitalization of the library.
If you haven’t already signed up your kids for our TD Summer Reading Program, it’s not too late! As part of our incentives program, we have had a 4-foot tall PLINKO board made. The more books the kids read, the more chances they have to play PLINKO to win prizes along the way and increase their chances to win one of our end-of-summer prize packs.
For more information, follow our Facebook page, visit lanarklibrary.ca , or visit us in-person (hopefully soon) at 75 George Street, 2nd floor in Lanark. You can also phone us for information at 259–3068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
We really look forward to seeing everyone this summer!
Perth LibraryBuilds New Creative Space
While closed to the public, the Perth Library has been a bustle of activity. Notably, the non-fiction section was relocated downstairs, while teens have a redesigned space upstairs combining a lounge area, books, and a productivity centre.
This reorganization also offered the opportunity to revitalize the colloquially-known “Blue Room” as a creative space for all ages. This new space will house the library’s expanding collection of “things’’ and serve as a bookable room dedicated to creative ventures. The library is looking for help in creating a fun name for this new room that captures both its function as a makerspace and library of things. Ideas can be submitted throughout July at perthunionlibrary.ca/library-of-things .
“The library has a growing collection of ‘things’. You can borrow a Chromebook, WiFi hotspot, e-readers, museum and parks passes, even a Kill a Watt Meter!” explains Emily Smith, the library’s adult and senior services specialist. “This new room will house our library of things and be a place for creativity! In Step 3 of the provincial Roadmap to Reopening, we look forward to opening this new room for bookings. Anyone can book the room to use our in-house equipment, including a Cricut 3D printer, or a die-cutter, or bring your own project.” The new room can be booked through the library’s website at perthunionlibrary.ca .
Have a musical instrument you’re not using? Craft supplies gathering dust? Donations to the library of things are welcome. The library’s current wish list includes: a GoPro or comparable action camera, specialized craft equipment, knitting and crochet tools & accessories, snowshoes, an industrial grommet tool, binoculars, a sewing machine, sheet music, percussion instruments, a floor easel and a portable CD player.
The library is seeking individuals with knowledge and experience in the maintenance of musical instruments to volunteer in a casual capacity. The library also welcomes partnerships with community members who have something to share or teach to others. Visit perthunionlibrary.ca or contact email@example.com to inquire about the Library of Things!
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
“Nature is the place to be,” according to nature and wildlife photographer Danielle Barabé-Bussières. Danielle celebrates her love of the natural world by capturing stunning images and transforming them into works of art. She has a gift for composition, a talent for exploiting the extensive capabilities of current post-processing software, and the dedication and patience needed to create an extraordinary photographic work of art from an excellent photograph.
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Red TrilliumStudio Tour, July 3 & 4 - theHumm July 2021
The 43rd Red Trillium Studio Tour will take place over the weekend of July 3 and 4, showcasing the studios of some of West Carleton’s most talented artists and fine craftspeople. Just twenty minutes beyond Kanata into the scenic countryside around Carp, Dunrobin and Kinburn, you will be welcomed at studios featuring paintings, jewellery, sculpture, photography, woodturning, pottery, glasswork, designer clothing and fine art textiles.
Artists will be on hand to discuss their wo......
Almonte Celtfest is Turning 25! - theHumm July 2021
By Makayla Moore
Celtfest is a free afternoon of Ottawa Valley and Celtic entertainment, typically performed in the natural amphitheatre of Gemmill Park in the heart of Almonte, that has moved online almonteceltfest.com for the 2020 and 2021 installments of the festival.
It is hard to believe that this long-running event has been bringing the community together in Gemmill Park (and online) to dance, sing, and celebrate all things Celtic for 25 years!
By Glenda Jones
My clothesline suffered a slow and painful collapse one day last fall, and after a couple of estimates I convinced myself I could use a lot of dryer time for what it was going to cost to erect a 14-foot pole and re-string that line. But every wash day through the winter I yearned for the fresh smell of frozen laundry. I was tired of lint on the dark clothes, jeans shrinking, socks disappearing, everything in a wrinkled tangle like day-old spaghetti. I needed that clothesline.
A casual c......
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Music at Daisy Dell Farm - theHumm July 2021
By Kris Riendeau
As we emerge from months of lockdown and take our first tentative steps back into the “real” world, one of the first experiences many of us are seeking is that of live performances. Remember that elusive but transformative feeling of sharing a great vibe with musicians and fellow audience members? Tapping your feet and grooving along, mouthing the words to your favourite songs? Fortunately for the Ottawa Valley, Barb (Mattiacci) McIlquham recalls all those great feelings, having experienced them both as......
By Miss Cellaneous
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Born in the historic Métis community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, Tony Belcourt’s career spans over 50 years of experience and significant achievement in Indigenous affairs, the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. As founding President of the Native Council of Canada (1971-1974), he was instrumental in creating a national voice for Canada’s Métis and Non-Status Indians, and his efforts were an important contributing factor in the Métis being recognized in the Constitutio......
Submitted by Carolyn Piche
It’s no secret that our forests and wetlands provide us with countless environmental and health benefits. Being in wild areas can lead to improved emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing, while Nature purifies our air and water. Wild areas are also a key resource in our efforts to slow climate change because they sequester large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.
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Bloomfest Garden Art Show and Sale - theHumm July 2021
By Suzanne Patry
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A Lifelong Learner, Still On the Go - theHumm July 2021
By Sally Smith
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By John Pigeau
With live music venues set to open outdoors again, I actually feel a little silly trying to write about the transformative power of live music. I can’t, really. Because that power comes from the genuine human experience between musician and audience — and that transformative power is created live. In the moment. With music and voice, spontaneous gestures and impossible-to-describe feelings. And anyone who loves live music knows that. They don’t need it explained to them; they merely need to he......
Submitted by Joanna Jack
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My name is Renée Kokonya Sullivan. I am from Kenya and have been living in Canada now for four years. I didn’t have a library growing up. I loved to read though. My only books were my textbooks from school. I loved reading through them, especially my English and Swahili books. The first time I entered a library was in university. I was in awe! So many books, such little time. I was hooked. Libraries and bookstores became some of my favourite places to hang out. I loved the smell of books, the qu......
How-Tos for Happier Hiking - theHumm July 2021
By Vickie Walsh
Are you prepared for emergencies while hiking? Is your child? Do you have supplies and know how to care for your dog?
Now that provincial restrictions are lifting (knock on wood), mud season is over, and maybe, just maybe, the worst of bug season is behind us — hiking is in full swing! Whether it’s inner-city trails or country escapes, there are plenty of trails (literally hundreds upon hundreds) for us all to enjoy. Safety is sometimes an afterthought when it comes to getting......
You can now declutter and support the Carleton Place hospital at the same time!
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Building for a Bright Future How our Expanding Rural Population Can Help with the Climate Crisis - theHumm July 2021
By Chandler Swain
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A volunteer group is collecting used bikes throughout Eastern Ontario to send to Cuba, and is asking local people for donations and help.
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Jul 8 - Sep 2 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans Trio
Jul 21 - Aug 2 Bloomfest Garden Art Show & Sale
Aug 2 The Co-conspirators
Aug 8 Henry Norwood
Aug 9 David James Allen
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