What’s Happening in May
Call of the Forest (May 3 & 4, 7:00 pm) – FULL:
The library will be screening Diana Beresford- Kroeger’s new documentary “The Call of the Forest”, which follows her exploration of the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of the forest eco-system – and Diana will share her thoughts after both screenings. Seating is limited. Contact the library to reserve your space. SORRY, THESE SCREENINGS ARE FULL.
Garage Sale Fundraiser (Sat, May 6):
The Friends of the Library will be a part of the big Merrickville Garage Sale. Drop by their location at 217 Colborne St. E (not at the library!) for some great bargains.
“Rideau 175” Lectures (Thurs, May 11, 7:00 pm):
As part of the celebration of Canada 150, the library will be screening the Merrickville & District Historical Society’s “Rideau 175” Lectures (from 2007). We’ll be kicking things off with “The Historic Rideau” by Brian Osborne.
Off the Shelf! (Mon, May 15, 7:00 pm):
Off the Shelf continues to delight audiences with short stories and other literary gems for adult listeners. Last month our female readers wowed the crowd; this month the gentlemen will be doing their best to impress. Expect the unexpected!
Plant Sale Fundraiser (Sat, May 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon):
The Friends’ Bring & Buy Plant Sale is back beside the Royal Bank. Come by for a wide assortment of great plants at great prices! This is a Bring & Buy event – the Friends gratefully accept donations of plants for the sale. If you have plants you would like to donate, pick-up can be arranged. Thank you to everyone who has donated plants in the past. For more information, contact the library.
Brenda Carter Memorial Art Workshop for Kids (Sat, May 27, 1:00 pm):
Gloria Stowell & Kathy Brown continue to lead our young artists in creating art that celebrates Canada. This month our artists are heading to the west coast. Look for mountain ranges and Haida-inspired animals. For ages 8+. Registration required. Registration required.
Summer Youth Theatre (Play Reading, Mon, May 29, 7:00 pm):
After the success of last summer’s play, the library will be partnering with TNIM to stage Baldoon and the Blockhouse by Eleanor Glenn during Canalfest in August. The cast is 6 youth (3M, 3F), and 3 adults (2M, 1F) in supporting roles. Director Timothy Molloy will be holding a read-through on May 29 at the library. Contact the library for more information.
BabyTime (Thursdays, 1:00 pm):
Parents and babies (birth to 12 months) are invited to a fun, interactive story, song and rhyme program.
Friday Movies at the Library (Fridays, 2:00):
Check our homepage to find out this month’s featured films for adults. Bring a friend and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of big screen entertainment.
Afterschool Youth Group (Wednesdays, 4:00):
This month we’ll be making movie trailers and hanging out with friends.
StoryTime (Fridays, 10ish):
Is your child starting school this fall? Our weekly StoryTime is an excellent way to help your child get ready – by participating in group activities, practicing listening and pre-literacy skills, and developing enthusiasm for books. The library also has concept books (letters, numbers, colours, shapes, etc.) and books with rhyme, repetition, phonics activities, and more to encourage language skills and early learning. Research shows that early literacy programs improve school readiness. Join us Fridays at 10(ish) for stories, songs & rhymes and a simple craft. New StoryTimers are always welcome.
LEGO Club (Saturdays, 10 – 12):
Bring a friend and come for brick-building fun at our Saturday mornings.