Patron numbers up in new centre

Invermere Library monthly column

Staff at the Invermere Public Library have been busy settling in to the new space at the Columbia Valley Centre. During the month of October, the library registered three times more patrons for library cards than during the same time period in 2016. The new library space has certainly been a hub of activity since our move with a variety of workshops and programs taking place. The orientation to the Ancestry.ca website took place at the start of November and included the personal stories from two lovely volunteers, Liz and Dorothy, about their own family tree. Our new STEAM programming has been exploring science, math, and more with kids in Kindergarten through Grade 7. This initiative has been sponsored in part by the Panorama Foundation. Watch for new STEAM sessions and other community programming coming up in January 2018.

Preschool story times continue to run on Thursdays at 10:30 AM and Saturdays at 11:00 AM. Baby Rhyme Time is new to the library and has been a hit for families to have a chance learn new rhymes and songs and to meet up with other parents and their babies on Friday mornings at 10:30 AM. We hope our patrons find our new Children’s Area, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, to be an inviting space to enjoy an early literacy experience through story and rhyme. Programs like story time and rhyme time help children to develop early literacy, communication and social skills before entering school.

The Friends of Library have their annual Christmas Silent Auction on display at the library’s front entrance until December 9th. Be sure to stop by before 2:00 PM on Saturday to make sure that yours is the final bid on your favourite items. All of the funds that are raised by the Friends are used to support programming and services at the library.

With the holiday season fast approaching, we are planning a week filled with Crafternoons for kids. Come and go each afternoon between December 19th and 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM for our drop-in crafts and activities. The library will be closed from December 23rd through December 27th, reopening on December 28th with regular hours so make sure you stock up with plenty of holiday reads.

As part of a thriving community, the Invermere Pubic Library aims to create a vibrant space that encourages the love of life-long learning, a quiet space to study or work, and connecting people with knowledge and information. We hope to see you soon!

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