Library has much to offer, curbside

 In Community

Although it is coming up to the start of Week 6 of the stay-at-home order, we are buzzing with activity here at the Clearview Public Library both curbside, in cyberspace and on the telephone line.
Compliments of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, we are now giving away free growing kits that contain wheat and soybean seeds, information and craft activities starting on Wednesday, May 19 at all three branches. Drop by and pick up your paper bag of gardening fun from our curbside pickup service tables. These Good in Every Grain Kits are available to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis and tell the story of the 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers in Ontario. 
Our new Adult Grab and Go Community Access to New Books Program also kicks off on Wednesday, May 19. Library staff are happy to surprise you with a selection of our new books in the following genres: mystery/suspense, historical fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy and nonfiction. This service promotes reading practices for learning, pleasure and wellness and it will be sustained throughout the changing stages of COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-book your grab bag by calling the Creemore branch at 705-466-3011, New Lowell at 705-424-6288 and Stayner at 705-428-3595.
The regular weekly Conversational Spanish Meet-Up will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday as well. This is a dynamic group of grounded travellers who are practicing their language skills in preparation of the time when they can start roaming the globe again. Register to join in the fun in this friendly and informal online environment with a native Spanish speaker, at www.clearview.library.on.ca.
Then later in this day at 6:30 p.m., it is the Star Wars Edition of Kahoot! You are invited to play with us via Zoom to test your general trivia knowledge (for ages 8 and up). 
We have now joined literary forces with eight other libraries to offer the free Simcoe Author’s Talk Series. On Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m., we will be talking with author Patti Murphy about The Kitchen Karma Sutra. Please register on our website in the Coming Events page to receive a Zoom invitation to attend this virtual free event hosted by our friends at the Ramara Public Library.
And speaking of book events, we will be “unboxing” the contestants in the 12th annual Georgian Bay Reads event during the week of May 25-29. Every night on our Facebook page at 6 p.m., a competing selection and defender will be revealed. This year’s lineup is impressive and the annual battle of the books will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23.  
Hopefully in October, this lockdown will just be a bad memory. We are so looking forward to opening the library doors and seeing you again. Until then, stay safe and read a good book!

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