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PRINT ONLY — Online registration for fall library programs starts Sept. 1
There will be plenty of activities for kids at the NOTL library. RICHARD HARLEY/MIDJOURNEY

Fall is just around the corner and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library has a wide range of offerings for adults and children alike.

And this year, for the first time, on Sept. 1 the library will open registration for all programs with a virtual launch via @notllibrary on all its social media platforms.

Registration will be available via the website’s event calendar.

The library is “proud to present an exciting range of programs this fall, catering to diverse interests and ages,” said spokesperson Kasia Dupuis.

“From literary discussions to culinary exploration and from genealogy workshops to artistic endeavours, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Here are some of the adult and children programs available:

Book clubs: The library has three distinct book clubs.

Beer and Books returns this fall, hosted at the Old Winery Restaurant, where monthly meetings combine great reads with convivial conversations.

For daytime discussions, the Thursday Afternoon Book Club offers a warm and inviting atmosphere once a month at the library. This fall’s lineup includes “The Sleeping Car Porter” by Suzette Mayr, “Ducks” by Kate Beaton, “Moon of the Crusted Snow” by Waubgeshig Rice, and “On The Ravine” by Vincent Lam.

And Read It and Eat delves in to different cookbook series, authors, or chefs each month, discussing and savouring recipes. October’s spotlight is on Nick DiGiovanni’s “Knife Drop.”

The Great NOTL Library Bake-off: This monthly journey of delectable treats lets you showcase your baking skills and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Themes for each month include cookies (September), apples (October), tarts (November), and Christmas favorites (December). Share your creations over coffee and tea at the library.

Explore your heritage: The Family History with DNA program returns as genealogy expert David Hemmings holds interactive workshops exploring resources available through the library and online for tracing your family history and understanding DNA testing.

Unleash your inner artist: Paint Night @ NOTLPL is led by artist Kasia Dupuis and the September event helps participants create a stunning hydrangea painting.

Scrabble Club: Build bridges and embrace the power of words at the new Scrabble Club. Monthly sessions let you challenge friends, expand your vocabulary and enjoy the classic word game.

Experience Wine and Words: Adam Shoalts shares his latest adventure in his book, “Where the Falcon Flies” on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Caroline Cellars. It’s an intimate evening featuring captivating tales, a glass of wine and delightful treats.

Children’s Programs

From babies and toddlers to school-age kids, there’s something for every child to enjoy and learn.

Tumble Tots and Giggle and Grow: Parents of babies and toddlers are invited to drop-in every Monday at 10 a.m. for the interactive Tumble Tots program. It’s an opportunity for caregivers to bond, grow and connect with their children and fellow caregivers in the community. Little ones aged 2 to 4 can enjoy songs, stories, rhymes and games.

For caregivers and parents with babies aged newborn to 2, Giggle and Grow at 11:15 a.m. offers a quality one-on-one bonding experience. It features songs, rhymes, lap bounces, finger plays and brief storytimes.

Mindfulness, Creativity, and Imagination: Children ages 4 to 6 can explore mindfulness, creativity and imagination in Mindful Minis each Tuesday at 4 p.m. The mindfulness sessions integrate movement, stories and interactive activities, to nurture social-emotional development.

Creation Station: Little artists ages 4 to 6 can unleash their creativity in Creation Station, a captivating arts and crafts program Thursdays at 4 p.m. Children express themselves artistically with a variety of arts and crafts projects designed for little hands.

Captivating storytimes: Fall brings stories to wind down the day. Families are welcome to drop in for Bedtime Stories with Sharon alternate Thursdays at 6 p.m. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather and enjoy enchanting tales as a family.

Full STEAM ahead: School-age kids can delve into S.T.E.A.M. subjects (science, technology, engineering/environment, art and math) the library’s engaging programs. The Lego Club, Tuesdays at 6 p.m., offers kids ages 7 to 12 the chance to take on new building challenges, work on collaborative projects and open-ended activities with everyone’s favourite little plastic brick. Art Spark, led by Kasia Dupuis Wednesdays at 4 p.m., immerses young artists in various visual arts experiences, including painting and sculpture. Tech enthusiasts can join TechniCool bi-weekly on Thursdays at 6 p.m. to explore the worlds of technology and Lego, engaging in hands-on activities and problem-solving adventures.

PA and PD Days: Upcoming PA/PD days are set for Oct. 6 and Nov. 24 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on those days the library will be abuzz with drop-in activities including Lego, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, tech toys and more.

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