If you hear a hubbub at the Mill Street Park on Tuesday, August 15, don’t worry; it’s just one last hurrah for the TD Summer Reading Club. Starting at 10 am, kids who have been registered in the club this summer will get a chance to participate in drum circles led by William Laurin, who will be providing 25 instruments on which kids can go to town on. Then, at 11 am, Daniel “La Flèche” Richer, Ottawa’s Town Crier, will tell First Nations legends until noon.

Richer is Ontario’s only First Nations Crier, and has been the National Capital Region Crier for 36 years. Storyteller, actor and town crier, he shares his knowledge of Mother Earth, who is Turtle Island’s (North America’s) great teacher. His legends and stories speak of respect and harmony among all living things and demonstrate how the people around the world are part of the sacred circle of life. Not only has Richer won numerous championships such as the North-American Town Crier Championship and the Town Crier World Championship, but he has completed two national tours with presentations in every province and territory.
Registration is required to attend; visit bc-cl.ca/programs-and-activities/summer-reading-club/srceventreg or call 613-678-2216.

Later this year, on Thursday, September 14, the library will be hosting another, entirely different, event. Melanie Willard, professional speaker and author of the book “Dare To Be Raw,” will be giving a talk from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. “Dare To Be Raw” will be available for purchase, as well as signings by the author. Though there is no cost to attend, donations are welcomed. Register at bc-cl.ca/programs-and-activities/adults/adult-registration, by phone, or in person at the Champlain Library.