Summer programming at Whistler Public Library will look a little different this year: all programs will be offered virtually, and the team is introducing a new series called Explore Your Inner Universe. For seven weeks, starting on Sunday, July 5, the Library will be sharing activities and resources on their website and Facebook page to encourage the public to celebrate and explore mental wellness. Each week will focus on a different theme, including Rest & Relaxation, Creativity, Social Connection, and more. Participants will also have a chance to win prizes every week by completing an activity and reporting back to the Library team. Although summer programming in previous years has targeted school-aged children, Explore Your Inner Universe is for all ages, and children, teens, and adults are all welcome to participate.
The first week of Explore Your Inner Universe (from July 5 to 11) will recognize the importance of Mindfulness & Meditation. Participants will be encouraged to incorporate mindfulness practices into their routines; activities include taking part in Movement & Mindfulness with Heidi Whent, signing up for Whistler Meditates with Susan Reifer, or simply taking 5 minutes each day to sit quietly and focus on your breath. The weekly resource list will include books, apps, podcasts, and more to help you commit to a realistic mindfulness practice.
Explore Your Inner Universe was designed to parallel the BC Summer Reading Club theme of Explore Our Universe. The BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program designed to engage school-aged children with libraries and reading throughout the summer; this program has gone virtual with the all new BC SRC app. With the help of a caregiver, children can register on the app to track their summer reading goals and unlock fun badges all summer long.
Physical reading record booklets are also available for pick-up at the Library. Parents can pick them up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please line up in the Holds Pick-Up Line and let the greeter know you are looking for a reading record when it is your turn to enter the lobby.
“I am delighted at the creativity of our team for taking this opportunity to prevent learning loss, but also to support the wellness of our community during the pandemic; something that is needed for all ages now more than ever”, said Library Director Elizabeth Tracy. “Whistler Public Library is also grateful to the BC Library Association, with financial support from the Province of British Columbia, for coordinating the BC Summer Reading Club virtual platform to support summer reading in BC”.
The Library will also be offering a more familiar line-up of children’s programs focusing on reading, writing, crafting, and music; these programs will be offered virtually, and have been designed for families to enjoy at home or physically distanced in nature. Community members who are curious about the entire line-up of programs being offered this summer can explore the Library’s event calendar.