Perth & District Union Public Library
Contact: Erika Heesen, (613) 267-1224
Celebrating 30 years of Summer Literacy
The Summer Literacy Program is entering into its 30th year! Established in 1989, the program provides support to local children who struggle with reading and writing. Over the years, this community funded program has grown to serve more than 100 children each summer.
Join your library as we celebrate with the following events:
30th Anniversary Party
On June 28th from 1-4pm in Stewart Park, we'll be celebrating summer! Sign up for the all-ages TD Summer Reading Club, sing along with Gerry Mitchell (2pm), enjoy popcorn & lemonade, play games, get your face painted, and bounce on a bouncy castle! It'll be a party!
On Sunday, July 21st at 9am, we'll be running for reading! We're lacing up our runners on Stewart Park Festival weekend to have fun and get fit while also raising money for the Perth & District Union Public Library's Summer Literacy Program. Register for the 5k or Kids' Fun Run and enjoy free breakfast afterwards at the Crystal Palace. 5k Race is $25, Kid's Fun Run is $10. Register at the Running Room (https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=16402).
End of Summer Party
Join us in the library garden on Thursday, August 22nd for our end of summer party! We'll be celebrating all the reading we've done and the fun we've had with games, cake, and more!
About the Summer Literacy Program:
Every spring, the library works with local elementary schools to identify students in JK-Gr. 3 who would benefit most from the program. Children are then paired with trained post-secondary students for one-on-one tutoring; students and tutors work together for an hour a day over ten days to improve reading and writing skills.
One of the greatest barriers to children learning to read is low confidence. At the Summer Literacy Program, we aim to build confidence and change attitudes towards reading by making learning fun. Research shows that keeping students reading over the summer months makes a significant difference in terms of maintaining reading levels between school years.
This program offers vital support to children who face difficulties with reading and writing and is solely supported by grants and donations. Such community support has been critical in our being able to provide this valuable service to over 1,800 children for the past 29 years.
The Stewart Park Festival and the Perth BIA challenged our downtown businesses to dress up their front window, Caribbean style, and boy did they deliver! Seventeen businesses got in on the fun and let their imaginations go wild with painted windows, tiki huts, paper lanterns and whatever else inspired their creative inspiration.
Take a look at the lovely windows in downtown Perth that are sure to attract shoppers to tomorrow's sidewalk sales in celebration of Weekend in Margaritaville, tomorrow.
Thank you to all of the business that joined in on the fun!
The Winner of the Window Display contest is Spring Children!
The talented team at Spring Children accepted their prize, a $50 BIA Gift Certificate. Presenting the gift certificate on behalf of the Perth BIA, are BIA Board Directors Kerri Whan, and Angie Gilchrist.
Lots of stores joined the fun and decorated their windows
We ran into another familiar face in our downtown core, Daria Smolentseva, one of the owners of Artizen Kombucha. If you haven’t visited their space yet, make it your next stop! You will lose countless hours sampling all their flavours on tap and playing board games in their lounge area. Did we also mention they share the spot with Perth Pie Company? One stop shopping for so many local creations. #familiarfaces
Wonderful environmental initiative by Above the Rest Roofing!
They take the time and effort to make sure that their waste materials are sorted properly, before being taken to the local waste disposal facilities.
Replacing your roof is a big job. Why not hire a company who prides themselves in their environmentally friendly dumping services? Above the Rest Roofing keeps all garbage and debris from your roof separated, they bag all bundle wrappers and plastic, they separate metal and aluminum that can be used for scrap and recycled, as well as separate any wood from their load when they do your roof!
Go Green with Above the Rest Roofing!
We ran into another familiar face, as part of our Familiar Faces of Perth. Kassy Boulay, is one of the owners of Perth Pie Company located on Gore St. in Perth. As soon as you walk in the smell of freshly baking pies will have you running to pick your next indulgence. We challenge you to choose just one! Paired with an espresso, you will never want to leave their cozy couches. Did we also mention they share the spot with Artizen Kombucha? So much local talent in one place. Stay tuned! Learn all about Perth Pie Company in our short video being released tomorrow on our Facebook page. #familiarfaces
Norm Foster's comedy The Ladies' Foursome, originally scheduled to open at the Studio Theatre on May 30th, has been rescheduled to open on Thursday July 4th. We regret this date change, which was necessitated by circumstances beyond our control.
The Ladies' Foursome is the sequel to Norm Foster's wildly popular male version of the play The Foursome, and follows four women as they play their regular 18 holes. Early on, we discover that one of the original golfing foursome has recently died. At the funeral, the three survivors meet Dory, a long-time friend of the deceased, and invite her to join them as a fourth. Over the course of the game the four ladies discover the real score about each other's lives and loves. It's classic Norm Foster, in a setting that suits his humour to a tee.
The Ladies Foursome premieres at its new date of July 4th for seven performances. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no performance Sunday, July 7. It has been replaced by a 2 pm matinee on Saturday, July 6th. Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please (613 485-6434; ticketsplease.ca and at the box office on show nights. Students with ID pay just $10 at the door. Save $5 opening night. For full details and show dates please visit studiotheatreperth.com.