The Whitchurch-Stouffville Library has something for everyone throughout the month of September from Stouffville Reads to STEAM camp, to cybersecurity and behaviour management courses and storytime fun.
Stouffville Reads returns for its fifth year on September 26th and this year’s theme is Great Inventors.. It’s an evening celebrating the library, reading, and community. The event takes place at the Stouffville Legion at 150 Mostar Street and starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the library or online.
Five book champions from the community will extol the merits of five different books to event guests over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. After these presentations, event attendees will vote. The results will be tallied and the 2019 Stouffville Reads book will be announced.
Each book champion is an active member of the community. MPP Paul Calandra will defend Walter Issacson’s The Innovators. Local illustrator Jan Dolby will defend Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo by Stephanie Storey. Community activist and teacher David Parmer will defend The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science by Julie Des Jardins.
Cybersecurity expert Claudiu Popa will defend Champion of: The Ingenious Mr. Pyke: Inventor, Fugitive, Spy by Henry Hemming and author Marissa Stapley will defend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Residents wanting to celebrate the release of the Downton Abbey film with tea in the library should mark their calendars for Sept ember 14th and plan on attending from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress in their finest as the event celebrates the Crawley family with refreshments, socializing and Downton Abbey trivia. Tickets are $5 per person.
The library also has Drag Queen Storytime with Fay and Fluffy which takes place September 21st from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Drag stars Fay and Fluffy have been doing drag storytimes since June 2016. Based in Toronto, they have been fortunate to do so many local events, as well as hit the road to adventures beyond the city. Their special events focus on books, songs and include lots of laughs to show that reading is FUN-damental.
Camp season continues with the library’s STEAM PA Day Camps. Intro to STEAM takes place September 23rd. Each PA Day camp focuses on a different STEAM aspect. Children learn science, technology, engineering, arts, and math concepts through creative, engaging programming. Camps count towards STEAM certificate requirements.
Camp sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first STEAM PA Day for the school year offers a sampling of STEAM activities including coding, robotics, crafts, and more. Cost per child is $35 per day.
The month wraps up with two free programs, one on behaviour management for parents and another for kids on cybersecurity.
Behaviour management training takes place on September 28th and October 5th from 1 to 3 p.m. This training is open to parents who have children ages two to 10. This program is designed to teach parents to understand, recognize, and maintain functional behaviour patterns in their children.
The library partners with KnowledgeFlow CyberSafety Foundation to offer a Cybersafety@WSPL workshop series. Workshops are led by cybersecurity expert Claudiu Popa, CBC/CTV contributor and author of The Canadian Cyberfraud Handbook. Your kids will learn how to stay safe online through a fun, interactive workshop. The Cybersafety Champion session takes place September 28th from 10:30 to 11;30 a.m. and is for grade 5-8 students.
Learn about the best ways to be anonymous online and make your smartphone bulletproof, help others to stay safe with 12 important tips for becoming unhackable, and get free apps and tools that will make web surfing safer. Participants in this program receive a certificate of completion.
Visit wsplibrary.ca for more details.
Photo: The Whitchurch-Stouffville Library gets ready for fall with lots of programs and activities.