Lots of things to do at the library

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Having fun isn’t hard when you have a library card.

That’s the case this summer at the local Ridgetown library branch.

This summer, the town’s local library is host to a wide variety of events and programming for people of all ages.

One of the more popular programs is the Lego club, which runs until June 14. Members meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday nights and let their creativity run wild. The Lego club requires registration due to a limit of Legos and space available.

“It’s been lots of fun. The kids do a small structured build and then have time to do their own free small build with the available Lego. That’s been a big hit,” said Amy Osborne, Branch Head.

Despite the Lego club coming to a close soon, Osborne said the Ridgetown Library branch has many new and exciting programs available.

The first new program is a basic to intermediate computer class giving hands-on training with a computer or laptop. The class is geared towards those who have questions about using their computer at home or the library.

“We’re going to go over some of the basics on a Windows computer, where to find things, how to locate a photo that has been downloaded, and how to change battery settings, so the laptop doesn’t keep going to sleep right away. Little things like that sometimes people still don’t understand,” said Osborne.

She added there would also be time to answer any questions that people in attendance may have. The class will be held Monday, June 20 at 1 p.m. and is open to all ages.

The Ridgetown Branch is also having a Paint Night on June 23 at 6 p.m. Those in attendance will learn to paint with acrylics, recreating their own version of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. While the program is best suited for ages 13 and older, all are welcome, and no experience is necessary.

“It’s just a fun adventure trying to paint something along with everybody else,” said Osborne.

Registration for this program must be done in advance, as spaces are limited. Supplies will be provided.

Those interested may register to attend this program by contacting the Ridgetown Branch at 519-674-3121.

The local library branch also welcomes the entire family for a fun night out to draw Disney’s Goofy.

“This is really a family-oriented tutorial on how to draw goofy from Disney. This is for all ages and all abilities. It’s really simple to follow along with, and we’re encouraging families to come out and do this together as a group,” said Osborne. “Supplies will be provided, so all you need to bring is your creativity.”

Osborne also mentioned the Ridgetown branch is home to a book club. The club will meet again on June 9 to discuss Five Little Indians by Michell Good. The following meeting will be on July 14, when the club discusses The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan.

Also upcoming is the Summer Reading Club. Registration will begin Saturday, June 25. Osborne suggests registering as soon as possible as there are prize packs to be won.

“You have from the 25th to the 30th to enter right away for our Summer Reading Club, and you have a chance to win one of six Ahcom Shriners prize packs. They include activities, toys and gift certificates for children. There are two different age groups. There’ll be three prizes for the younger kids and then three prizes for the older kids.”

Osborne said they ask people to remain six feet apart. The local library branch suggests wearing masks at programming, but they do not require them.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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