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New programs coming to library this fall

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By: Anne Beaty

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 10:23 am

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The weather is hot, iced tea is the nectar of the gods, the swimming pool and sprinkler call and it seems as if school’s a million years away.

But fall is rapidly approaching, and Airdrie Public library (APL) is busy with planning for a whole slate of new and returning programs.

Our preschool literacy programs continue to be one of the mainstays of the library. With so many young families in the city, it’s great to be able to offer a lineup that takes children and their parents/caregivers from birth up to age five. Our registered programs – BabyTime, ToddlerTime (both offered in partnership with Community Links Parent Centre) and Step to Storytime – as well as the drop-in programs – StoryTime, Creative Hands and Minds, and Rhymes and Songs – are always popular. New this year is Spanish Step to StoryTime, a great way to introduce preschoolers to a new language. Travelling Tales and Tunes will also be running at various venues through the city and rural area.

For families and children, author Maureen Enns and illustrator Lorna Bennett will be visiting to share their creative visions. Enns will stop by on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. and Bennett will drop in on Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. Our regular Free Family Fun Saturdays will also be running once a month, with Stories & Crafts and L’heure du conte being joined by La Hora del Cuento to offer families an hour of seasonal tales and crafts in three languages. Other monthly programs include Sunday Cinema and Junior Artists, which are always great choices.

Because of the positive response to our inaugural Family Fun Night, held July 25 as part of the Summer Games celebrations (we hosted between 160 and 185 people that evening), another Family fun Night is scheduled for November.

And for teens and tweens, our regular Teens in the Library and Tween Zone programs will be offering plenty of fun and interesting activities on a monthly basis.

Our fall brochures will be available later this month with all the details of this fall’s programs, so drop by the library to pick them up, or visit


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