Drop-in games nights will be the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Radium library, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Fall fun at the Radium library

Storytime returns; October Food for Books initiative, and more

Now that summer is winding down, we are turning our focus to our Fall programs and events.

We are happy to announce that Wednesday Story Time has returned: it will now run weekly from 10:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m. There will be a song, story and craft – with a new theme every week.

October is a busy month, and we have a lot coming up at the Radium Library. First and foremost, we will be hosting our annual Food for Books initiative. Leave a can, take a book! Starting October 1st, the Radium Library will be accepting non-perishable food items in place of monetary donations for any of our book sale books. This food drive will wrap up on the 15th of October, and the non-perishable items will be taken to the Columbia Valley Food Bank.

Also beginning on October 1st, the library will host its first ever Drop-in Family Games Night. This program will run on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Bring the family by for a fun evening with nostalgic board games.

Are you an avid romance reader? Thinking about writing a love story? Or adding a touch of romance to your existing idea? At 11 a.m. on October 5th, multi-published romance author Roxy Boroughs will explain the basics of the genre with helpful tips to get you started. There will be giveaways, treats and a book signing.

Also on October 5th we have our annual Thanksgiving Craft at the Library from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Later in the day we will be bringing back our first Stitch and Chat of the season. This program will run every Saturday from 1 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. *Please note the change in time and day for this seasonal knitting program.

The Radium Library has partnered with Dr. Rod Martin, a retired member of the RCMP and a Canadian History professor from Calgary now living in Invermere, to put on another free Canadian History course called The North-West Mounted Police: A Brief History, 1874-98. This three-day course is an introduction to the endlessly exciting and surprising early history of our national police force which has jurisdiction throughout Canada and its territories. Admission is free and there are no examinations or quizzes! The lessons will be from 2 p.m. -2:45 p.m. on October 12th, 19th and 26th in the Radium Centre multipurpose room.

Our children’s STEAM program is back on the third Saturday of the month. The next session will be held on October 19th from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Join us the following week for a two-part craft on October 22nd and 29th for a spooky spider papier mache craft. The papier mache projects will take time to dry, so we ask that participants attend both dates to finish their project. This program is for ages 8 + only. The annual Halloween craft will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

We would like to take a moment to remind parents and guardians that our library policy requires children under the age of 12 to be accompanied by an adult at all times in the library facility. Despite our best efforts to create a safe public space, we cannot guarantee the safety of young children who are left unattended in the library. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

This week’s column was written by Jacqueline Wagner, director of the Radium Public Library. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.

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