October is that month where parents and vehicles find their footing.
We accept the inevitability that winter weather is here (though, who knows, in October), and we’ve made the depressing transition from pavement-hugging summer tires to snow-gripping winter ones.
Parents are also finding their footing after the seasonal explosion of busyness: daycare, the return of school and associated extracurricular activities such as sports, music lessons, tutoring – you know, all those extras that summer gives us a brief respite from.
Soon, like the snow on the ground, the mad dash of the final months of 2019 will become routine.
Here at Airdrie Public Library (APL), we, too, are settling into a routine, though – with rising memberships and increased programming, it is considerably busier than last fall.
This week, for instance, on Oct. 16 we had a children’s author visit sponsored by Taleblazers and Airdrie Eyecare featuring a wonderful Alberta illustrator and author, Georgia Graham.
Graham’s colourful and engaging books are popular with children across the country.
There are also two teen events this week, Teen Gaming Oct. 17 at 6 p.m., and Teen Maker Night (DIY video games) Oct. 18, also at 6 p.m.
Tweens will be exploring a DIY project with Stepping Stones Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. for their last meeting before our regular two-week program break.
At 11 a.m. Oct. 19, we have another author reading – for adults, this time – with Calgary horror author and film critic, Mike Thorn.
Thorn is the author of two short story collections, Darkest Hours and Dreams of Lake Drukka & Exhumation, and his film critiques can be found in several publications.
The week wraps up with a screening of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 for our regular monthly Sunday Cinema.
And don’t forget to check out The Makerspace for drop-in programs such as robotics, circuitry, and VR/AR, as well as our regular digital literacy classes.
For more information on programs and resources, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca, call 403-948-0600 or drop by the library and get your free library card.