Rods for rent at local library

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Some of the fishing rods available for loan from the Ed Setek Collection at The Dryden Public Library. Staff Photo

Story bu Chris Marchand

Dryden residents now have a new recreational resource to draw from. Courtesy of a thoughtful resident, the Dryden Public Library is now playing host to a fishing rod collection that they will loan, free of charge.

The idea started with resident Gary Wearne. Wearne’s father-in-law Ed Setek left Wearne many pieces of fishing gear when he passed on, so much that Wearne could never make use of it all.

“He (Wearne) thought it should go to somebody who will use it,” said Dryden Public Library’s Mihaela Leutschaft. “He was looking for groups to try to place the equipment. He had heard something on the CBC about fishing rods in libraries. He has told us that he will do the maintenance on them. He said that will offer a sense of satisfaction for him, of giving back to the community.”

The Ed Setek Collection has five rods on display with two in reserve. There is no limit to the number of rods that can be loaned at one time. Loaning periods range from three days to one week, though Leutschaft says the library is willing to be flexible in some cases.

The Dryden Library reminds interested users that anyone between the ages of 18 and 65 years of age require fishing licences.

Library events coming up

The Dryden Public Library will be a busy place throughout October with Popcorn and Pyjama Story Time Oct. 21 and 28 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Children and their favourite adults are invited and pyjamas and teddy bears are optional. Also on Sundays, Story Time for kids aged 3-6 takes place from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Wednesdays feature Amazing Artists — kids can make crafts play games and have plenty of fun from 4-5 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the library will host a Just For Teens Night event with a Halloween theme from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the Library’s Open House in celebration of Canadian Library Month and Ontario Public Library Week. Join Library staff for cake and coffee from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information about these events or for more about the Dryden Public Library call 223-1475

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