Take your pick from the Mitten Tree at the Cobourg library

By Cecilia Nasmith

Part of the holiday atmosphere at the Cobourg Public Library has been the Mitten Tree the Teen Advisory Group set up in the youth-services department.

This initiative will continue through January, with donations of winter hats and mittens for all ages gratefully accepted. However, January also is the time when members of the public who need this kind of warmth are invited to step inside and pick something out.

January programming is soon to begin at the library, and that starts with an opportunity for young people who would like to be part of the Teen Advisory Group. Their January meeting will take place on Jan. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. Come hang out, enjoy some snacks and share your ideas (and participants may also be eligible for Community Service hours).

For the younger library patrons – those up to age 24 months – a new Mother Goose series begins Thursday mornings starting Jan. 7. This is a weekly time for the little ones (and their care givers) to enjoy an hour of bounces, tickles, songs and rhymes. Registration is now being taken.

If you are interested in learning more about Cannabis in the Community, you are invited to the panel discussion of the same name planned for Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Adults are welcome to come get a look at expert opinion on the impact of this legislation.

The Bewdley Book Club has a meeting at the Bewdley branch Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. You can call the branch to register,

And the Cobourg Cougars have declared their Jan. 28 home game (at the Cobourg Community Centre) to be Literacy Night. Starting at 6:30 p.m., show your library card to spin the wheel, enter a draw, make a poster for the game or play air hockey (or apply for a card on the spot to join the fun).

Ongoing programs continue each week, such as the Needle Nuts Yarn Circle Mondays from 10:30 am. to noon, open to all knitters, crocheters and other needle nuts.

On Mondays and Fridays, movie time is 2 to 4 p.m. A complete listing of films is available at the library.

Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. is Family Story Time, with stories, activities, rhymes and a craft for preschoolers. January themes include Happy Birthday, Counting, Hats, Moonlight and Midnight, and Groundhog Day.

Thursdays feature the Needle Nuts Yarn Circle in Bewdley from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring your supplies and ideas – refreshments will be provided.

Also in Bewdley, Fridays are Family Story Time from 10 to 11 a.m., a time for preschoolers to enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and crafts that enhance preliteracy skills

Back in Cobourg, enjoy Tinker Table Fridays during library hours, with different hands-on activities each week.

To register for programming, call 905-372-9271 or visit