Deb Plestid shows off her Maud Lewis inspired folk art fabric design she will use as an example during workshops at the Tatamagouche Library for children and adults. Raissa Tetanish photo

The library in Tatamagouche is about more than just books these days.

The Colchester East Hants Public Library’s Tatamagouche branch is expanding on their borrowing library, as well as programs being offered to the public.

“We feel the library is not just about books and we’ve been looking at ways to better serve the community,” said Desiree Jans, the manager of the branch. “We’re trying to work as facilitators, linking the community to the library as much as possible.”

The library has a number of new programs being offered over the coming months, for children through to seniors.

For children, the library has preschool storytime led by Amy West, while Deb Plestid is leading a folk art fabric collage – inspired by Maud Lewis’s art.

In partnership with the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre, Kathleen Hicks is hosting a ‘Behind the Mask’ mask-making and theatre workshop. Activities over March Break will see children create slime with Gracie MacLean, and Katie Levy will lead a tote bag painting workshop.

“Kathleen from The Grace has been interested in getting The Grace more involved in the community, so we’re partnering with her so kids can create their mask and work on a skit. They will finish with a public performance at The Grace,” said Jans.

For adults, including seniors, the library is partnering up with the Colchester Adult Learning Association and the North Shore Seniors Association.

“When it comes to seniors, it was part of a conversation we had with Sherril Benoit and Reverend Penny Nelson,” explained Jans, adding a village supper is being re-started in the community.

“We’ve created a Fun Friday here at the library – seniors will lead this social time, and we’ll have a craft on the go.”

The fourth Friday of the month will see Fun Friday, where participants will have the chance to do things such as ceramic mug painting, or planting an herb garden. Supplies, snacks and tea will be provided for Fun Friday. Pre-registration is appreciated, however drop-ins are also welcome.

Adult programming also includes Simplify Computing where participants will learn about using Google apps, a folk art fabric collage workshop with Plestid, and Jans leading a wax food wrap session. Volunteer income tax services, provided by Joanne Hauser, will also be available.

The library’s winter reading program for all ages will continue until March 22. Participants will receive a ballot when checking out an item, for a chance to win a gift card from Tatamagouche Home Hardware or a children’s gift pack, which includes a Peaceable Kingdom game, books, and an hour of bowling at Ocean Lanes.

On the technology side of things, the library is expanding its lending library thanks to some grants.

Through @NS Community Technology, the library will have new items added to its in-house usage, such as an Oculus Go Virtual Reality headset, Augie – a coding robot with augmented reality technology, a graphics drawing tablet, and Circuit Maze board game.

The North Shore Community Health Board also provided the library with a grant, which they have used to purchase items for its lendable library – musical instruments, including two ukuleles, a mini keyboard, and djembe; two fishing rods; and two light therapy lamps.

For more information on the programs at the library, including if registration is required, call the library at 902-657-3064, or follow the branch on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cehpltata).