Vernon library marks a milestone Saturday

Vernon librarians Stephanie Vollick (from left), Kristy Hennings and Tara Thompson plan the library’s first anniversary Plant a Seed celebration in one of the reading areas. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Vernon librarians Stephanie Vollick (from left), Kristy Hennings and Tara Thompson plan the library’s first anniversary Plant a Seed celebration in one of the reading areas.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Community excitement blossomed when Vernon’s new library opened and now there are efforts to deepen those roots.

Okanagan Regional Library will mark the 30th Avenue branch’s first birthday by hosting Plant A Seed In Your Garden and In Your Mind Saturday.

“We want to celebrate how wonderful our food system is and how great it is to live in this area,” said Kristy Hennings, reference librarian.

Tara Thompson, branch librarian, believes it’s appropriate for the first anniversary to follow a gardening theme.

“The branch just went through big growth into this big, beautiful building,” she said.

The event includes a special children’s program at 10:30 a.m. and the adult book club at 10:30 a.m. will discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.

For those interested in composting rain barrels, Gord Hiebert will host a lecture at 10:30 a.m.

At noon, there will be a birthday cake and speeches from local dignitaries.

That will be followed by Kathryn Hettler, an organic farmer and author, conducting a food demonstration at 1 p.m.

The event wraps up at 2:45 p.m. with a food demonstration by author and journalist Judie Steeves.

Hennings believes it’s important for the library to promote a number of topical subjects.

“We want people to view this space as their community space,” she said. “They can come and share their ideas and gather information.”

The move from the old site on 32nd Avenue to 30th Avenue has been a huge success.

“Circulation is up and there’s always a buzz in the building,” said Thompson.

It’s not uncommon to find students hanging out after school, either doing homework or looking for the latest in reading.

A large bank of computers is popular with those who don’t have access at home, while there is free training for people discovering eReaders.

Community groups are also taking advantage of meeting rooms.

“Scrapbookers are here and people who play chess,” said Hennings. “We welcome groups to come in. People can bring in a coffee and sit with their friends.”

Another popular amenity is the children’s area, which is designed specifically for kids.

“They can be themselves,” said Stephanie Vollick, youth services librarian.

Hennings wants a large turnout for the birthday bash Saturday.

“I’m hoping people who haven’t been into the library will come in and check it out,” she said. “We want them to own this space.”

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