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Orillia Public Library sharing the love with February events

Yoga, ancestry workshop, Queer Book Club offered at library this month
Jayne Turvey is leading an 101 workshop at the Orillia Public Library.

Even if romance novels don’t make you weak in the knees, the Orillia Public Library is offering plenty of heart-filled February programming to sweep you off your feet.

They say you’ve got to learn to love yourself before you can truly love another, and a great way to start that self-love journey is through meditation and yoga. Drop in to the library’s program room every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. throughout February to tap into the well-being and calm that result from practising meditation. Each session will include a short sequence of mindful movement and discussion about the basics of meditation.

Whoever came up with the maxim “no pain, no gain” clearly hadn’t tried yoga from the comfort of a chair with certified hatha yoga instructor Melanie Rimkay. This new session of four weekly classes begins on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and runs until March 7. This class is ideal for anyone with knee/hip replacements or balance issues. Please register online and bring your cash payment to the first class.

Love is a many-splendoured thing, and we celebrate it in all its forms. We are excited to offer a new Queer Book Club in partnership with Lake Country Pride. The group will meet the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Brewery Bay beginning March 16. Email [email protected] to register. The first selection, The Air You Breathe, by Frances de Pontes Peebles, is available now at the checkout desk.

If you’re more of a ‘no-strings-attached’-type person, perhaps our Funtastic Friday Drop-in Family Storytime is just the thing for you. Join us for stories and fun at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in February in the family department — no registration required.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. discover if you have any romance in your roots, or love in your lineage, through our 101 workshop. Learn step-by-step instructions on how to research your family history using (Library Edition). Please register.

Spice up your life and join Natasha Tashlikowich, Ayurvedic wellness coach, on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. as she shares her knowledge, including the three pillars of creating a happy and healthy life. Everyone welcome. Please register.

If you’re a teen who’s attracted to books that like to play “hard to get,” then come grab one of our free Teen Banned Books Take-Out Bags, which come with young adult books, activities, and snacks. Ask for one to sign out at the checkout desk beginning Friday, Feb. 17.  No registration required. Available while supplies last.

And finally, for those who are enamoured with electronics and deeply moved by making, we invite you to our Makerspace grand opening. Learn what the Makerspace has to offer, including a 3D printing station, sewing machine, vinyl cutter, laser cutter, VHS conversion station, and so much more. Also enjoy free giveaways and try out some of our equipment. Plus, the first 15 people to arrive will receive a free tote bag full of library swag. We would love to see you there.



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