The summer has flown by and I don’t have a single blog entry to show for it. I would like to take this opportunity to summarize the several community initiatives that the Shawnessy Library has been involved with throughout the summer months.
For children living in neighbourhoods without a library nearby, we have been taking library service into the community. We have been visiting the Cranston Day Camp every Thursday this summer. Our staff brings books to circulate to the campers so they have access to summer reading materials. The younger campers also receive a weekly program of stories and songs. At Cranston this summer, we have signed up over 75 kids with library cards cards and loaned out hundreds of books.
Meanwhile, over in Mahogany, we have continued our Mahogany Beach storytime for the second year in a row. We see about 25 parents with young children at this outdoor storytime during the summer. We have had a perfect weather streak so far (fingers crossed that it stays that way).
New this year, also at the Mahogany Beach, has been the Family Games Night. Every Thursday evening, library staff have brought board games to the Mahogany picnic tables. The goal of this program is to build community (neighbours getting to know neighbours) in Calgary’s newest neighbourhood.
We are also excited to be visiting the South Health Campus YMCA Day Camp on a weekly basis. Working with the SHC staff, we crafted a customized storytime focusing on different health and wellness topics: nutrition, exercise, going to the hospital, etc. We were delighted to have SHC staff and a SHC volunteer participate in reading stories to the campers in the unique environment of the Patient and Community Resource Centre at the hospital.
Stay tuned for my next blog post when I provide some lessons learned from my summer programming experience at a Calgary Housing complex in South Calgary.