By Cecilia Nasmith
With Spring creeping back, the Cobourg Public Library announces the return of their CPL Seed Library April 14.
Visit the Cobourg branch at 200 Ontario St. or the Gore’s Landing branch to see what’s on hand and arrange a check-out.
Plenty more is in store, both in Cobourg and Hamilton Township, for the month of April.
In Cobourg, young people aged 13 and up are invited to the young adults section April 3 to 8 to enjoy some pop-up teen crafts. Families are also welcome to enjoy Robot Crafts April 9 to 15.
The Teen Advisory Group is going strong, and young people aged 13 and up are invited to register for the next sessions (April 10 and 24 at 4:30 p.m.).
A new Mother Goose series begins April 19. On Thursdays at 10 a.m., parents and care givers can bring their children aged two and under for an enjoyable time of rhymes, songs and stories that not only build a network of support and friendship but also develop social, cognitive and pre-literacy skills.
PA Day April 20 brings an invitation to families to register for the PA Day movie – Despicable Me 3 – plus popcorn and drinks.
Two April 28 programs target different age groups. Adults are welcome to register for the 2 p.m. reading and conversation with Brad Smith about his new book The Return of Kid Cooper. Young people aged six to 10 are invited to register for Ninja Mania at 11 a.m., a program of games, headbands, stories and more to test your knowledge, skills and abilities in all things ninja.
Ongoing programs are a staple enjoyed by many:
Mondays – The Needle Nuts Yarn Circle gathers at 10:30 a.m. to work on their own projects or one for a local organization. Also at 1:30 p.m., the book club for intellectually challenged adults meets, with guest readers and new members welcome.
Mondays and Fridays – Report to the library’s Rotary Room at 2 p.m. for a free movie and refreshments. A complete listing of these films is available at the library.
Wednesdays – Family Story Time at 10:30 a.m. invites families for stories, songs and fun with a different theme each week. As well, Homeschooling Friends welcomes families at 2 p.m. for stories, activities and snacks.
The library is also proud of its book clubs, and the Cobourg branch has several. These include the Boomers Book Club and the Cookbook Club.
The Boomers club focuses on an author each month, as opposed to a specific book. They pick the author, you pick one of his or her books, then come prepared for a chat. This month, the author is David Baldacci, and the meeting is at 10 a.m. April 13.
With the Cookbook club, they pick the food themes and you pick the cookbook to go with it. Then bring your creation to share, and it should be extra fun for the April 4 meeting at 1 p.m., as the theme is Candy, Candy, Candy!
In Hamilton Township, the two satellite branches are preparing for fun. For instance, at both Bewdley and Gore’s Landing, young people aged six to 13 are invited to drop in between April 16 and 21 to create a travelling tic-tac-toe game bag.
On the April 20 PA Day, families are invited to Bewdley at 10 a.m. to have some creative fun with a program called Lego and Little Bits.
Ongoing activities include Family Story Time Fridays at 10 a.m. in Bewdley, Yarn Circle for adults Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Bewdley, and book clubs at both branches that you can register for. The one in Gore’s Landing meets at 1 p.m. April 3, and the one in Bewdley meets at 6:30 p.m. April 25.
Also in Hamilton Township, look for the Breakfast, Books & More program at the monthly pancake breakfast at Harwood Community Hall. Drop in on April 7 from 8:30 to 11 a.m., get your library card and check out materials on the spot from their mobile library service.
For more information on any programming, or to register, visit calendar.cobourg.ca/library.