The sound of the library

submitted by Tracey Reed, Warminster Library Director

Several times over the past couple weeks, I’ve mentioned to people that libraries are no longer quiet.

I might have even mentioned it in this column once or twice.

I keep stressing this – especially to people who haven’t been to a library recently – because it’s part of what libraries are now.

Libraries are gathering spaces, communal spaces, places for you to meet and discuss things, learn things, explore things.

The things we offer aren’t just the tangible.

Yes, we have books, magazines (though fewer are being printed and are only available electronically; have you tried rbDigital? (, and the other things you think of.

But we also offer meeting rooms, space to knit and play games, places to gather.

Given all this, we’re not quiet.

But I’m excited to announce that later this fall, the Warminster Library will be adding a new study room.

Capable of seating 1-5 people, it’s designed to be a space where small groups can meet and people can have a quieter, separate space to use within the library.

The table in the room has a whiteboard surface for collaborative work. This new space costs just $5/hour (our other meeting rooms are $15 and $30/hour), and will be available for booking as soon as it’s finished.

So, for those who need a break from the wonderful hubbub that is today’s library, we’ll have it for you.

As I write, Miss Ann is doing a storytime in the children’s area, singing “Baby Shark.”

While that particular earworm isn’t a favourite of mine, I can guarantee that everyone here will remember all the kids signing along with her, doing the hand motions and laughing.

That’s the sound of the Library today.

Upcoming Program Highlights – Adults:

*Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 6:30pm – One in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Stewards of Children is a two-hour facilitator-led training which teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Registration required.

*UnBook Club Saturday, Nov. 16th, 10:30am – Looking for a good discussion but don’t have time to read a full book a month? Drop in for a discussion on Happiness. Watch the video “Secrets of the World’s Happiest People”

Youth Programs:

*Fun Feats of Science Monday, Nov. 18th, 4:30pm – Get your science on in this monthly program geared for children in grades K-3. We’ll introduce a scientific topic or principal through books, demonstrations, and a hands-on activity. Registration required.

*Thanksgiving Fun with Foods Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2:00pm – An interactive story time about the 1st Thanksgiving followed by an edible Thanksgiving craft! For children in grades PreK-2. Registration required.

To register, and for a complete list of library programs, visit