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School’s out, head to the library

While the Airdrie Public Library may be on a program break, there's still lots to do at the library. Photo Submitted

The Alberta Winter Games are behind us, the Airdrie Public Library (APL) is on a two-week programming break and thousands of Rocky View Schools students are likely driving their parents and caregivers mad.

If it’s the latter for you, please come by APL for some respite for yourself and some great literacy-based distraction for your rambunctious wards.

APL, of course, has lots of age-appropriate books, ranging from preschool to junior fiction to teen graphic novels. With lots of nice comfy places to curl up with any of these books, it just might be the perfect place to take your brood for a let’s-get-out-of-the-house day.

However, your library is more than just books. We have five dedicated Minecraft computers for ages 12 and under, so your young world builders can dive right into Biomes, Creepers and pickaxes.

These computers can be booked for 30-minute sessions, with the option to add time if there isn’t a lineup.

APL also has two preschool computers and a tablet loaded with early-literacy games in the Children’s Area. If you and your preschoolers have been to the library in the morning, you will be aware of these devices and, perhaps, have had to lay down some rules for who gets to use them and for how long – they are quite popular.

The Children’s Area has play carts, a puppet theater with some pretty cool hand puppets, and Gil-bert the Reading Fish, who loves to be read to.

We also have 15 PCs for adult and teen use, two of which are high-end computers designed for gaming with STEAM and a variety of popular multiplayer games. These computers have a one-hour limit, with the option to add time, if there isn’t a lineup.

So, even though APL is on a program break, there’s still plenty of literacy-based fun to be had.

For more information on all our programs and services, visit, call 403-948-0600 or drop by and get your free library card.

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