When the Weather Warms and Exciting Programs are Created

We are having an Ice Cream Social Fundraiser this month! Join us at either branch on Saturday, May 11th from 12:30-2:00pm to enjoy a delicious treat for Mother’s Day. We will have ice cream, cones, and a variety of toppings to choose from. The cost for each person will be $5.00 and $15.00 per family.

We are starting to request that participants register for some events – this allows us to ensure the correct amount of food, supplies and even staff are available to make sure our programs and activities run as well as possible. Many of the posters and advertising that we are using for the CMLibraries have QR codes on them which provide direct access to our registration forms. QR codes are the checkerboard squares on our posters. They contain embedded code that, when scanned with the camera on a smartphone or tablet, provide information such as direct links to websites. Not sure how to use a QR Code? Stop by the CMLibraries with your smartphone and we will show you how.

Starting in May, we will be offering Tween/Teen programming every month. On Tuesday, May 14th, join us at the Bruce Johnston Branch from 4:30-6:30pm as Andréa teaches us how to needle felt. As it is spring, we will be making felted flowers. No experience is necessary, and all supplies will be provided. We will be offering a variety of activities and workshops every month for Tween/Teen programming in the coming months, so stay tuned for more information!

As part of our Seniors Community Grant, we have a great lineup of workshops and Lunch & Learns coming up in May and June. On Wednesday, May 8th, join us at the Millbrook Branch from 1:00-3:00pm as we welcome back Jan Stirling-Twist for a Memoir Writing Workshop. On Wednesday, May 22nd, our Lunch & Learn will feature Kim Blackwell (4th Line Theatre Managing Artistic Director). Kim will be discussing what goes into creating a play at the 4th Line Theatre and the work that she is a part of with Volunteer Peterborough.

While we continue to host workshops and Lunch & Learns, we are also in the process of collecting stories. With the help of our volunteers, we have several stories from the residents of Centennial Place, home visits from those who live in Millbrook, a story by Clarke Mayhew about the inception of the Millbrook Food Share, and many more! If you have a story, poem, or drawing that you would like included in our final copy, please contact Courtney at tutor@cmlibraries.ca

As part of our adult programming at the CMLibraries, we have a variety of activities that you might find interesting. Join us at the Millbrook Branch every second Wednesday at 3:00pm for a Creativebug Workshop. On Wednesday, May 8th, our workshop will be on vision boards. Vision boards are a collection of images and words which represent a person’s wishes or goals, intended to serve as inspiration or motivation. *Please pre-register to ensure that we have enough supplies. *

On Saturday, May 18th (the third Saturday) from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Bruce Johnston Branch, join us for Community Crafters: Paper Quilling. Hosted by Judi, learn the art of paper quilling while also learning how to make a daisy fridge magnet. Afterwards, we have Cook & Tell at 1:30pm. To represent spring, our theme for May is outside! Make a recipe that you would eat while outside enjoying the fresh air. Check out our newsletter for more information and to learn about our other adult programs.

We have a new children’s program! Join us at the Millbrook Branch every Wednesday at 11:15am for Junior STEAMticians! STEAM learning has a lot of benefits for children, such as critical thinking and better problem-solving skills. It also creates transferable skills, including creativity, curiosity, resourcefulness, and confidence. So, join us on Wednesday mornings for a variety of exciting activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math.

For more information on all our programs and activities, please see our newsletter and social media pages or email Courtney at tutor@cmlibraries.ca

By Courtney Spence, CMLibraries

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