Book sale, food for fines library week highlights
COLLINGWOOD - Ontario Library Week comes only one a year but the Collingwood Public Library has three special events to celebrate.
The popular big book sale kicks off Friday morning and continues until closing while Food for Fines is a non-judgmental way to clear your conscience, return those late library books and help out the people at the local food bank. This tasty amnesty of sorts runs all next week.
“We have some really great books and in good shape from generous donations made to the library,” said Jocelyn Knoester of the Collingwood Public Library. “This is a fundraiser for the library, and pretty well everything on the tables will be $3 or less.”
Another program Food for Fines runs for the entirety of Ontario Library Week from Oct 15 to 21.
“What we are doing is trying to restock the shelves at the food bank, because following Thanksgiving as you can imagine after all of the hampers go out, the shelves are fairly empty,” said CPL Public Services Assistant, Lori Crossan. “So we are looking to help them out as well as our patrons can clear their fines here at the library.”
Crossan sees it as a win-win where people get to clear their fines and people who need help get food.
“Actually we have people who just see the bins out from and want to donate just to help,” Crossan said.
The third event takes place next Saturday at the Collingwood Leisure Time Club from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The event brings together five local libraries to celebrate Canadian authors. Clearview, Collingwood, Meaford, Springwater, and Wasaga Beach Public Libraries will be duking it out to see who will be library champion this year.
This year the defenders and the books are: from Clearview Public Library, Julie Pollock defending The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie by Cecily Ross, from Collingwood: Marianne McLeod, defending Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery. Meaford Public Library has Leslie Ransom, defending Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, Springwater Public Library’s Anne Arksey; book is Man in the Shadows by Gordon Henderson and finally Wasaga Beach Public Library with Cathy Turrie, whose book is We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones
The moderator is last year’s winner Julie LeBlanc.
Admission is free, but tickets are limited. Contact a participating library to reserve yours.