By Eric Pottie
In a breaking news story, this is a new year and the perfect time to try new things or learn something new - and the library is a great place to start. If you want to learn a new language, we have materials here, and if you’re interested in learning French, we have a conversation class every week on Saturdays at 11 a.m.
If you received a new piece of technology and need some help, we are offering tablet classes on Wednesday, Jan.17 and Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. But, we also have books full of tips and tricks to get the most out of it.
Perhaps you’d like to try sharing your tech skills. We are looking for a volunteer to help patrons with their device concerns. The ideal person would be someone patient and has knowledge of a variety of technologies. Previously, we held sessions once a week for two hours, but the schedule is flexible. If you are interested, you can contact the library and ask for me, or come to the library.
Want to learn how to work out? Our book display this month is on getting in shape. We have books on dieting and exercise. As well, we are offering a class on exercises you can do at home with just a chair on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
If you’re just interested in learning more on diverse subjects, we have classes on online banking (Wednesday, Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m.), Service Canada information classes (Jan 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 21 at 12 p.m.), Thursday trivia nights (Jan 18 and Feb. 22, 6 p.m.) and more. Check out our new online calendar or pick one up at the branch.
And if you’re like me and you want to learn how to do little things like whistle with your fingers or tie a bow tie, you can come in to research using our computers or bring your own device and use our Wi-Fi.
The important thing is that this is a great time of year to set goals and follow through with them to improve yourself, and the library is the perfect place to start. No matter what your goal is, you’ll be in a nonjudgmental setting with a staff that will work to get you the information you need.
The Thomas H. Raddall library is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays 12-4 p.m. and closed Mondays.
The Alean Freeman Library is open Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information about the library, you can find us on Facebook at South Shore Public Libraries, follow us on Twitter @ssplibraries or check our website at www.southshorepubliclibraries.ca. You can contact the Thomas H. Raddall branch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at