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NOTL pop-up library returns for another summer of reader’s delights
Kids stopped by the town's popup library at Centennial Park and learned to make buttons. (Maddy Gordon)

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library is bringing back its outdoor pop-up library this summer.

The event is headed all across NOTL, most recently stopping at Centennial Park in Virgil this past Monday.

Kids’ activities such as arts and crafts, potting seeds and story times are happening from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays at different locations around town.

This is part of the library’s busy calendar of family-friendly programs for the summer months that all ages can enjoy.

Books for both children and adults will also be available to take out from the portable library.

Seven-year-old Lily, who is visiting NOTL from Texas, said the button-making craft was the best part.

The crafts are part of a passport program where kids can collect new stamps and new buttons every week at pop-up locations.

The library’s “Sunny With a Chance of Adventure” is open for registration for children aged four through 12. The summer reading program is completely free and already has over 70 kiddos signed up. 

Those of us older than 12 can join in on the fun too, with the Rainbow of Reading project. For every book read, fill out a colour tile to add to the library’s front window. 

The library has also teamed up with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum this year, to present the “tiny museum” featuring historical NOTL artifacts.

The “museum” is a portable house on wheels modelled to look like the museum, with an interior exhibit.

“It’s so important having free programming,” said museum coordinator Karlene Ouellette, such as the tiny museum.

“You don’t find accessible summer camps anymore. This offers people who might not be able to do summer camps the ability to mimic that experience.”

Next week, the pop-up library will be arriving at the Community Gardens in Newark Park on Niven Road on July 24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

More information on summer programming is available at the library website notlpubliclibrary.org

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