October is Canadian Library Month and the Hazelton District Public Library is running a series of events to highlight some of the free services it offers to the community.
The theme of the national event, which raises awareness about the valuable role that libraries play in communities, is “Libraries Connect.”
Librarian Tara Williston said it was particularly relevant to the Hazeltons, where there are limited public spaces where people can gather, connect and access free services.
“This is one of the only places in town where you can do that, whether you want to just come and hang out and read the newspaper and get out of the house, or whether you actually need to access information or use the computer or bring your child to a program,” said Williston.
Between Oct. 25-31 the library will be holding an Open House Week with free refreshments, library tours and demonstrations of the libraries e-readers, which are available to loan.
Wordsmiths can put their vocabulary to the test with a Scrabble tournament at the library at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22.
A new section for teen books will be launched with a contest and prizes.
Also starting in October, there will be a program through which library members can waive their fees in exchange for a food bank donation. The latter will run into December.
The existing Storytime Afternoon program for children aged three to five will continue to run between 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons.
For more information, contact the library on 250-842-5961 or visit their website at www.hazelton.bclibrary.ca.
— Alicia Bridges