8th Annual Haunted Library in Review

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On Friday, October 27 the Library held its 8th Annual Haunted Library Event! It was our biggest year yet with just over 420 people in attendance. We had a lot of fun putting on the event, and now that the last of the decorations have finally been put away in the closet until next year, we want to take a look back at the big night!

This year the event took place on both the Main Level and the Lower Level of the Library. Entry was through the Main Level doors of the Library where tickets were handed out and entertainment was provided while groups waited for their turn to tour the Haunted Lower Level. One of the main attractions was our Library House Band: Bruise Springscream and the Eek-Street Band!

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Families could work on a Hallowe’en Scavenger Hunt on the Main Level, and there was also a Guess How Many Candies in a Jar contest and a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin contest, run by these two charming Spice Girls:

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The Library was also a stop on the Downtown Development Board’s Pumpkin Prowl this year, so Prowl participants were able to get their passports stamped at our event, even if they were just stopping in!

For those brave enough to ride the elevator down to the Haunted Pumpkin Kingdom on the Lower Level, a tour of delightful horrors was waiting.

 

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The greeter!
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These spooky characters were playing a theremin at the entrance to the Pumpkin Kingdom.
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Dr. Jekyll’s Laboratory

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If you made it past this last terrifying character, you made it to the end!

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The hard work of Haunted Library is largely done by the Library’s Teen Advisory Board, or TAB. The characters are all TAB volunteers and all the props and the story line is put together by TAB! They put many hours of work into the event every year and it’s a great way for them to give back to the community. TAB members also earn community volunteering hours for all the work they do for us here, and they develop great skills in areas like event planning, group work, and interacting with the public! Here they are in their post-event group shot:

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We had a great time this year, and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2018!

Free Income Tax Clinics 2015

It’s Tax Time!stopwatch

If your income is low* and your tax situation is simple, volunteers from the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency, may be able to help you free of charge. Now with convenient evening hours! (See below.)

No appointment necessary – just drop in!

St. Thomas Public Library | Carnegie Room | Lower Level

*(“Low income” is classified as $20,000 to $25,000 if you are single, and $30,000 to $35,000 if you are married.)

Please bring a copy of your 2013 Return and your Assessment Notice (for comparison purposes, etc.)

March 2015

  • Mon. March 2       9:30am-2:30pm
  • Tue. March 3         2pm-6pm
  • Mon. March 9       9:30am-2:30pm
  • Tue. March 10       2pm-5pm
  • Mon. March 16      9:30am-2:30pm
  • Tue. March 17        2pm-6pm
  • Mon. March 23      9:30am-2:30pm
  • Tue. March 24        2pm-6pm
  • Mon. March 30      9:30am-2:30pm
  • Tue. March 31         2pm-6pm

April 2015

  • Tue. April 7             2pm-6pm
  • Mon.  April 13        9:30am-2:30pm
  • Tue. April 14           2pm-5pm
  • Mon. April 20         9:30-2:30
  • Tue. April 21           2pm-6pm
  • Mon. April 27         9:30am-2:30pm
  • Tue. April 28          2pm-6pm

Or if you need to see it written differently…

Mondays in March

  • 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesdays in March

  • 3, 17, 24, 31, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesdays in April

  • 7, 21, 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mondays in April

  • 13, 20, 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information about Income Tax, call 1-800-959-8281 or visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/nd-eng.html. This service is provided by CRA and volunteers in this community.

Reason #101- Making a Difference: Teen Advisory Board

Reason #101 - Teen Advisory Board

How does our Teen Advisory Board make a difference? They help us with all sorts of things around the library! Teen volunteers helped us paint faces for our Culture Days program in September. They volunteered their time in the summer to help staff run Summer Reading workshops for younger kids. They will be running our popular annual Haunted Library event on October 17th. Also, our TAB members provide input into how we cater to teens as a library by helping us pick books for our collection, helping us make their space more appealing and by representing the library out in the community.

Teens are powerful members of our community and it is crucial for the library to reach out to them. Their creativity and spirit keep our programs interesting and keep our teen services dynamic! They make a real difference around here, we simply couldn’t run some of our programs without their help!

Personalized Service in the Digital Age

The Virtual Library is here.  The technology of personal computers and the internet allow library users to access many of our resources 24/7.  They visit our website to find out what is going on at the library, to browse the catalogue, and to request materials.  They correspond with library staff via email and download electronic books.

However, not everyone is able or wants to connect to their library in this manner and we have not neglected these users.  Our Home Library Service is available to individuals who, due to physical reasons, are not able to visit the library.  Typically, the users of this service are seniors who have been life-long readers and who have supported the library for years.

 The Home Library Service operates at a very personal level.  Individuals are contacted to assess what types of materials are appropriate for them.  We are able to provide books in regular print, large print or in an audio format on compact disc.  These various formats address conditions such as failing eyesight and arthritis.  The second consideration is the interests and likes of the individual.  Staff members talk to the users to find out what authors, genres, and subjects they like.

 Based on the input from the users, a staff member will prepare a selection of materials specialized to their needs. Some individuals have a family member or a friend who is willing to exchange their materials.  If the user cannot make such an arrangement, we have a dedicated and caring group of volunteers who we contact to do this.  Our volunteers are essential to this service and many take a personal interest in the welfare of their “new friends.”  They will often stay and visit when they deliver the new materials.

We have had a very positive response to this program.  The users are pleased that we have not forgotten them.  They love this “wonderful service” and since they are largely homebound they are happy to have books to pass the time, to learn from, and to enjoy.  We also provide reference service to this group and there is no charge for this personalized and valuable service.

If you could use this service or know anyone who could, please contact Adult Services at the St. Thomas Public Library (519-631-6050).

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Income Tax Clinics 2014

It’s Tax Time!stopwatch

If your income is low* and your tax situation is simple, volunteers from the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency, may be able to help you free of charge. Now with convenient evening hours! (See below.)

No appointment necessary – just drop in!

St. Thomas Public Library | Carnegie Room | Lower Level

*(“Low income” is classified as $20,000 to $25,000 if you are single, and $30,000 to $35,000 if you are married.)

Please bring a copy of your 2012 Return and your Assessment Notice.

March 2014:

  • Every Monday – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 4, 18, & 25 – 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 11 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

April 2014:

  • Every Monday – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Please note the library is closed on Monday, April 21)
  • Tuesday 1 – 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 15 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 22 – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 29 – 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 30 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information about Income Tax, call 1-800-959-8281 or visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca. This service is provided by CRA and volunteers in this community.

Free Income Tax Clinics – 2013

The people who need help completing their tax return can get it for free – thanks to kindhearted and knowledgeable volunteers!

If your income is low* and your tax situation is simple, volunteers from the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, on behalf of the Canadian Revenue Agency, may be able to help you free of charge!

When:Monday, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, Thursday, April 4 (since the library is closed on Easter Monday), and Monday, April 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2013

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: St. Thomas Public Library, Carnegie Room, lower level

No appointment necessary! Just drop in!

Please come prepared with all relevant documents. Bring a copy of your 2011 tax return and Assessment Notice. This program continues through to the end of April and meant for people who are unable to complete their own tax returns.

The first few weeks and first thing in the mornings tend to be a little busier. Please be prepared to wait.

For more information about Income Tax, call 1-800-959-8281 or visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca. This service is provided by Canada Revenue Agency and volunteers in the community.

* Low income is classified as $20,000 to $25,000 if you are single, and $30,000 to $35,000 if you are married.