Kamloops, BC—September 2, 2020—The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library is excited to release its plans for fall programs and events. There will be something for everyone, from early literacy programs to book clubs for all ages. While most of these programs will be virtual, a limited number will be hosted in-person following strict safety guidelines.
The ever-popular Parent-Child Mother Goose program will return virtually, along with a registered Tiny Tunes program, Virtual Storytime, and some Take-and-Make Craft programs.
“One of our more popular summer programs was DIY Dragons”, said Meg Ross, Coordinator of Children & Youth Services. “Families who registered for the program picked up a bag of craft supplies from their closest library branch. Then we all met on Zoom to build our dragons together. It was a lot of fun to see all the variations that our participants came up with.”
There will be two Take-and-Make Craft programs this fall, one for Halloween and one for Christmas. The library’s Tween Book Club and Dungeons & Dragons groups will also resume virtually in October.
Many popular adult programs will be returning as well, with virtual, teleconference, and in-person options available depending on location. Books & Brews, the casual theme-based book club that usually meets at local restaurants, will be moving online for the fall.
From September 3rd-17th, the TNRL will join nearly 2,000 public libraries and thousands of readers across Canada in offering patrons access to the latest Together We Read: Canada digital book club selection, Canadian author Missy Marston’s Bad Ideas. Readers can access the eBook and eAudiobook for free with no holds or waitlists through the library and then participate in an online discussion with other TNRD residents, hosted by library staff. Computer classes, tech talks, and one-on-one tech help will also be offered virtually.
This fall will also see some exciting programs happening in partnership with the Kamloops Museum and Archives and the Kamloops Art Gallery, as well as the continuation of the Silent Write program and author events in partnership with the Kamloops Society for the Written Arts.
The first of the author events for the fall will feature atmospheric/climate scientist and author Geoff Strong, whose most recent book, Inconvenient Pipeline, is set in the Merritt and Lower Nicola area. Join the library on Zoom or Facebook Live at 6:30 pm on September 2nd for this event.
For Women’s History Month in October, the TNRL and KMA will be collaborating to host two contests. HERstory will be a writing contest for children and teens where participants will submit a short write-up about their favourite historical woman. There are prizes for three age categories: under 5, 6-12, and 12-18. The all ages contest will see participants challenged to do some hands-on history exploration – either by making one of a selection of recipes from the KMA collection or by knitting something that contains a message in binary code.
In November, the Kamloops Library and the KAG will host the first session of Make Art Together, where children ages 6-12 and their accompanying adult can build a miniature, portable camera obscura.
Registration for all fall programs running in October, November, and December will open on September 21st at 10:00 am.
Geoff Strong, Author, Inconvenient Pipeline
Catherine Schmidt, Coordinator, Adult Services
Meg Ross, Coordinator, Children & Youth Services