LEWISPORTE — While the Lewisporte Memorial Public Library is a great resource for interesting reading material, there is much more offered to patrons in the way of events and programs.
This past year was a successful year for the library with great attendance for a variety of sessions for everyone from those just learning to read, to seniors from in and around Lewisporte.
Librarian Gerri Boyd reviewed the programs in her annual report. Some of the successful areas she highlighted were the Story Time sessions for pre-schoolers held throughout the year and enjoyed by both children and their parents. Story time is held on Thursday afternoons from 1-2 p.m.
Another successful offering for young readers was the Summer Reading Program. Collette Vatcher was hired to present this program with a “Destination Jungle” theme. Ms. Boyd said there will be another Summer Reading Program this year, with the theme, “Splash! Celebrate Summer”. She reminds everyone to watch for details on the program dates and registration. Throughout the summer participants will take part in different activities, crafts and reading with a beach and sea life theme.
Throughout the year groups from local schools visit the library to listen to seasonal stories and participate in a related craft and 2010-11 was no exception to that.
There was also the annual Halloween party that was attended by 25 children. Another special event was a visit from children’s author Martin Springett, with 27 children and adults joining in on that opportunity.
The Winter Carnival Spelling Bee was another successful venture for the library. The event attracted 23 participants from Grades 4-6, with many parents, grandparents and friends in the audience.
Family Literacy Day was celebrated on Jan. 27 with a pre-school story time and open house. Another open house was held earlier in October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries.
Something new to the library that began in 2010 was Games Week at the library. Based on the success of that event further Seniors’ Games Afternoons were hosted.