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Pages and Pints: Library’s latest outreach a hit with young and old

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Pages and Pints: Library's latest outreach a hit with young and old

Not your mother’s book club.” That’s how it’s promoted, and for sure the Kawartha Lakes library’s “Pages and Pints Book Club” has unexpected features calculated to draw young and young-at-heart adults — not the least of which is its location.

Held upstairs at the Pie Eyed Monk, beginning at 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, tippling of beer and consumption of bar snacks is certainly an option.

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Boys and Girls Club set to mark 50 years with slate of youth awards

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The Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards are at the centerpiece of the club's 50th year.

This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes and to mark this important occasion, the Club is planning a year of events and activities that will honor the past, build awareness about the present, and build towards the future.

The Club was started by Ron Kennedy who spent a lifetime dedicated to working with disadvantaged and disabled youth. Kennedy’s contributions to our community were extensive, including the formation of Kawartha Youth Incorporated in 1970. While Kennedy sadly passed away in 2000, his sister, Lynda Howe, and her family are supporting the Club’s plans for the anniversary celebration. Keep Reading

Literacy in the library — it’s about more than just books

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A father and son reading.

When you consider the word ‘literacy,’ you mostly likely think about reading, but did you know that literacy encompasses so much more than that? There is digital literacy, financial literacy, community literacy…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Schools are designed to teach students all sorts of literacy as they progress through the grades – preparing children for the ‘real world.’

Can you think of another institution that has similar goals? If you guessed the local library, then you are absolutely correct.

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Lifelong learning at your local library

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Mother Goose Program presented by EarlyON at Lindsay branch.

You’re never too young to learn, and with older kids back in school and settled into their classroom routines now is a good time to think about the resources on offer for pre-schoolers at that other educational institution, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library, where lifelong learning happens.

As Lyndsay Bowen, the library’s outreach and community engagement librarian (and a qualified teacher), notes, “children’s brains develop most rapidly between 0 and 5,” so it’s a crucial period and any young parent will tell you those first years are a challenging and constantly shifting terrain to navigate.

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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

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Call them ‘presents’ of mind, and an opportunity to start a new holiday gift-giving tradition at your home.

Local families are encouraged to include a gift-wrapped book among the presents that children will open this holiday season.

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