Since moving into its current location at Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex (999 Sargent Ave.), the West End Library has experienced a steady increase in circulation and visitations.
According to Joey Olafsson, the library’s branch head: "The number of books — circulation — is going up every year, and there are more people coming in every day. There are also more electronic choices than ever before. We have many families coming to the library, but also people of all ages."
The library has pre-school, school-aged, and family programs, as well as an independent, summer reading program (in which kids get great support, including incentives for each time they read as well as tips and encouragement).
The TD Summer Reading Club is in full swing at the library.
For pre-schoolers (three to five-year-olds) there is Monster Mash (which is just winding down) and Hocus Pocus (a magic stories, activities, tricks, and crafts program).
For school-aged kids (six to 12-year-olds), the library is offering All Us in Wonderland (a glimpse into the wonderful, wacky world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland on Tues., July 31 from 7 to 8 p.m.), Legopalooza (a Lego Block Party on Fri., July 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and Graffiti Gallery (in which participants will turn recycled books into piece books on Wed., July 25 from 2 to 3 p.m.).
Family Literacy Fun Day is coming up on Tues, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. (with no sign-up required). The whole family is invited to explore various activity stations that encourage reading, writing, and language skills.
A drumming workshop featuring drummer George Spence and elders Barbara and Clarence Nepinak will showcase the basics of First Nations drumming and singing on Tues., Aug. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Using a variety of music styles, Jake Chenier will be facilitating a program that will include storytelling, sing-along action songs, and onstage audience participation on Tues., Aug. 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Another program offered at the library is WELL, an adult literacy program in which participants can upgrade their skills to be able to further their learning.
To register for any of the programs, call 986-4677 or visit the library.
"This is a wonderful location, and a great place to hang out in air conditioning," Olafsson said.
"There’s Internet access, great tables, comfortable chairs, computers, huge sunny windows, and an excellent selection of reference material. You can come for the day, teaming it up with some swimming or fitness at the Cindy Klassen Complex."
The library is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday from 1 to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will also be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. following the Labour Day weekend.
Rebeca Kuropatwa is a community correspondent for the West End. You can contact her at beca72ca.yahoo.ca.