Picton Gazette

JUNE 21, 2019

Every summer the library and Friends of the Library organize a number of book sales.

The Picton Friends organize two, one in early summer and one late in the season in front of the Picton branch. The Wellington Friends hold an annual July 1st book sale inside the library on Canada Day in the Dianne Cranshaw meeting room, with another to follow at Pumpkinfest in October. The Consecon/Ameliasburgh Friends plan one for Consecon Day and for the Ameliasburgh Fall Fair. This year the Milford branch Friends of the library are planning a children’s book sale for the Milford Fall Fair. With the help of library staff they will also be running some wonderful children’s activities in their tent.

That is the usual schedule, but this year in Picton we have changed things up a bit. Doug and Evelyn Sloane, the mainstays of the Pop-Up Shop group, have been busy helping to man and move that retail enterprise. When we called it “The Library Pop-Up Book Store” I don’t think we quite envisioned just how much popping up it would do.

For those who have been following it, it has now been moved from the Atrium of the Armoury to downstairs near the rear entrance (behind the Wooden Spoon), after a previous recent move from 188 Main Street. The shop will remain behind the Wooden Spoon until after the “Art in the County” show is over on July 8th. It is somewhat reduced in size but there are books to be purchased and an honour jar to pay by donation. The weather has not been kind to us this year and the usual book cart that sits in front of the Picton library has been parked inside more often than not. However, it is at the back door of the children’s room and your beach reads are available for purchase there.

Due to the landscaping work next door at the Armoury that abuts the west wall of the library, the day lilies that were in that side garden have been removed and we now have a quantity for sale. All the rain has been good for them and they can be found where the book truck often sits in front of the branch.

Make a small donation to “Time to Renew” and load your car.

On the subject of plants, we are excited to have Master Gardener Alex Wiens at the Picton Branch this Saturday at 11am, to talk about garden design. Bring in a sketch of your current garden to get her expert advice! If you are passing through Bloomfield and the library “open” sign is out you can pop into the “Bloomfield Booktique”.

That is our year-round book store located in the back room of that branch. You will find a great selection of paperbacks, and hardcover fiction and non-fiction, DVD’s and books on CD. The price is always right. Book sales, talks (Dave Meslin last week raised $2,000), dinners, shows, and gala events – all of these are bringing us closer to our $2 million goal. The Time to Renew fund sits at $1.589, 791 so please consider helping.

Every dollar donated through Canada Helps on our website enters us to win a prize of $10,000. Support from this community has been fantastic. Together we will make this expansion happen – grand opening 2020.

Barbara Sweet