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Public library announces program options and events for Jane Austen month

LEGO Weekends: are open to children ages four and up during the library’s regular business hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Moose Jaw Public Library is located at 461 Langdon Crescent.

MOOSE JAW - The Moose Jaw Public Library is announcing its program lineup and the theme for July is Jane Austen based on Pride and Prejudice, the book club’s reading selection for the month.

Movie club

The library’s movie club meets twice monthly to watch a film and engage in short discussion starting at 6 p.m. in the library’s theatre.

  • Emma: is an “infectiously charming” modern version of the Jane Austen classic telling the story of Emma Woodhouse, a smug and conceited community matchmaker. Show date: Monday, July 22.

The library’s Documentary Night showcases documentary films that rarely hit theatres and takes place on the last Thursday of each month starting at 6 p.m. in the library’s theatre.

  • Minding the Gap: is a “stunningly human documentary” by acclaimed director Bing Liu who examines the relationship between himself and two friends growing up in the skateboarder community of Rockford, Il. Show date: Thursday, July 25.

A few movie matinees will be shown for audiences of all ages in the library’s theatre starting at 2:30 p.m. Admittance is free and everyone’s welcome.

Maker nights

Maker nights provide an evening dedicated to learning and creating with others. Register by calling 306-692-8210. The program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Herb Taylor Room for ages 13 and up.

  • Maker Saturdays: children ages eight to 12 will build and code a LEGO robot in the LEGO Spike Prime program on Saturday, July 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Children’s programming

LEGO Weekends: are open to children ages four and up during the library’s regular business hours on Saturdays and Sundays. In this self-guided activity in the Children’s Department, children can have fun building wild LEGO creations that they’re invited to put on display.

Children’s Storytime programs run on separate days in the Children’s Program Room starting at 10:30 a.m. Here, young readers can enjoy a short story, rhymes, and songs as caregivers learn ways to improve early childhood literacy.

  • Summer Baby Storytime: Tuesday, July 9, 16, 23, and 30.
  • Storytime in the Park: Wednesdays from July 3 to Aug. 28 in front of the library starting at 10:30 a.m.
  • Baby, Preschool, and Daycare Storytime: will resume in the fall.

Teddy Bear Picnic & Sleepover is a stand-alone program for children ages two and up to bring their favourite stuffy and join Miss A for a teddy bear picnic. Registration is required.

Eric Paetkau, also known as “Mr. Eric,” will be holding an interactive performance with music and story sharing at the library’s Performing Arts Theatre this summer. Mr. Eric was formerly a professional orchestra conductor with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and will be combining original songs and silly tales from his children’s book, The Big Book of Stuff.

  • Mr. Eric: will perform on Saturday, July 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Youth programming

The library’s Teen Anime+ Club meets every fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 to watch anime, read manga, draw, chat, and eat Asian snacks. Anyone ages 12 – 19 is welcome to attend in the library’s theatre and yes – cosplay is welcome.

The Teen Arts & Crafts program takes place once a month for youth ages 12 to 19 and runs 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Herb Taylor Room. The program features art, crafts, snacks, and the chance to meet new friends.

The Teen Gamers program provides an evening of video, card, and board games for youths ages 12 to 19. The program is held once a month in the Herb Taylor room with snacks provided from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and no registration is required.

  • Next Teen Gamers meeting: Wednesday, July 10.

Tabletop Tuesdays feature tabletop games and is open for participants of all ages. The program takes place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Herb Taylor Room.

  • Next Tabletop meetings: Tuesday, July 9 and 23.

Saskatchewan Science Centre workshops

On the afternoon of Monday, July 29, the Saskatchewan Science Centre will be holding free workshops from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library. Each workshop is one hour long and is intended for children ages six to 13. Advanced registration is required for each separate intake.

Jane Austen month

To end the library’s Jane Austen month, guest speaker Dr. Alexis McQuigge who specializes in Jane Austen at the University of Regina will be delivering a guest lecture with an opportunity for guests to have their questions answered.

Regular events

The Moose Jaw Chess Club provides bi-weekly chess games every second Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the South Meeting Room.

  • Upcoming chess games: Sunday, July 21.

Magic the Gathering is held on Saturdays at 2 p.m. in the Reading Room. No registration is required, and all experience levels are welcome.

  • Magic the Gathering: Saturday, July 6, 13, and 27. There is no match on July 20.

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is played through a current nine-week mini campaign from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Archives Room and players ages 12 to 16 across all experience levels are invited.

  • Camp Goodberry D&D: Group A (Tuesdays) will meet on July 9, 16, 23, and 30. Group B (Thursdays) will meet on July 11, 18, 25, and Aug. 1.
  • New digital D&D: will take place Fridays on the youth Discord channel from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tech Time: classes provide one-on-one instruction for modern-day electronic devices and are available by calling the library.

French-language programs

The library is now offering L’heure du conte, a French-language program for children ages five and under with their caregivers. The program is held in the Children’s Room starting at 10:30 a.m.

  • L’heure du conte: Monday, July 15 and 29.

The Summer Reading Club has resumed, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the season for three age categories: 0 to 12, 12 to 19, and adults (18 and up).

The Moose Jaw Public Library is located at 461 Langdon Crescent and can be reached online at, by calling 306-692-2787, or by emailing [email protected].