By Ian Croft
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
With summer now upon us and kids out from school many parents may be looking for activities that their kids could participate in. The Taber Public Library once again will be hosting a wide selection of events and Dawn Kondas, Program Coordinator at the Taber Public Library was able to give us the rundown.
“Starting July 6 we’re having our Lego Contest again and that runs until August 18 and there’s two age category 6 to 11 and 12,” said Kondas. “Once again we’re asking that they’re not any bigger 30 x 30 (cm) and no kits. So the kids have to use their imagination and that way there’s no barriers with some kids thinking that they’re not going to win a prize because they don’t have a kit. That’s usually very popular we get close to 40 entries so we’re going to run this contest again.” Entries for this contest must have a name, phone number and age on them they will be displayed in the lock cabinet until the end of the contest.
“The other thing I’m really excited for this summer is called circle time and what it is, is a low German story time. That’s going to be here for six weeks starting Wednesday, July 13 and it’s from 10:30 to 11, stories, and songs, and games, and everything are going to be both in English and in low German. I encourage everybody to come and please stay with your kids it’s not a drop off thing and it’s going to be in the kids area. That will be a chance to see the new and improved children area that we’re working on.” The other dates of the low German story times in July are on the 20 and the 27.
“On Thursday, July 14 we have a Smash Brothers tournament and there’s two groups. The ages 8 to 10 is at 10:30, 11 to 13 year-old is at 1 o’clock and that’s for six kids they do a round robin and then they get a little treat at the end whoever wins that.” If interested in participating in this tournament please register at the front desk of the library, and if you are later unable to make it please provide notification as soon as possible so spots can be filled. Snacks will also be provided for this tournament.
“July 20 we’re having Nerf gun wars in the evening (from 6:45 to 8:30) for 9 to 13 year olds and that’s always lots of fun. The last thing for July, July 28 we’re having donuts with dad‘s and there’s a special guest coming Taber police Cst. Neufeld is coming and he is going to do some stories and the kids get to have some donuts. We are hoping that the parents bring their kids in their pyjamas and then if they want to do a Q&A with Officer Neufeld they can as well.”
Beyond these events the library will also be holding another couple of rounds of open mic from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 9 and 23. Kondas also spoke on the renovations that are being done at the library.
“The other thing is we got some grants and we got some donations, and we have been working on renovating the youth area — actually upfront as well. We’re going to do a kind of open house when everything is done and that should be in a couple weeks. We will send out invitations for that but it’s also open to the public.”