Still time to get in on library’s Funday Mondays

By Ken Kellar

Staff writer

If you’ve missed out on Funday Mondays so far, never fear; there’s still plenty of fun to be had at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre (FFPLTC) before the series is over.

FFPLTC children’s service clerk Miss Sam Manty says the series has been a lot of fun for all involved, and now that it’s past the halfway mark, there are only three opportunities left to join in on all the excitement before it comes to an end.

“We’ve been thrilled with the participation that we’ve been having with the Funday Mondays so far,” Manty said.

“We’ve had a lot of different families coming out to the different shows and enjoying the different things the entertainers have had to offer. We’re really excited. We’re about halfway through the series, we still have three shows remaining and I think they’re going to be really fun.”

The next show lined up for the series is called Science with Aria, planned for Monday, April 25, and while Manty said that it will be just as fun as previous shows, families should make sure to register ahead of time if they want to get a little extra out of the show.

“The description is kind of like this: ‘How did they do that? Does your child ever wonder how things happen? Join Aria, a joyful and fun science expert to take your child through exciting interactive experiments,'” Manty said.

“We’re planning on doing three experiments with the science expert, and the big message I’m trying to get out right now is that I’m hoping people will register, because if they do then I am able to send them a list of household materials, and if they gather them up they’ll be able to do the science experiments alongside Aria.”

Manty explained that most of the items required for the experiments should be things already around the house, such as food colouring, dish soap and shaving cream, but registering ahead of time will ensure that families get the complete list and can have things ready to go for the science show on April 25. Anyone having difficulties finding some of the items can give the library a call, where Manty said they will do what they can to try and help.

Starting back in February, the series has been made up of a number of different virtual performances from entertainers and educators working with a company called JoJoFun. the idea was to have a number of fun dates lined up so that children and their families could get together and have an evening of fun together. The series thus far has included things like circus performances, a St. Patrick’s Day magic show, and a visit from Frozen’s Elsa, which Manty said was a big hit.

“I’ve enjoyed all of the shows equally, but Elsa was really special,” she said.

“We had a lot of children dress up like Elsa, they did a little show and tell and the kids were just so thrilled to ask her questions and interact with her. It was so much fun.”

While the events so far have been entirely virtual, owing to COVID-19 regulations, Manty said she’s hopeful that some of the final shows will be able to be held in person at the library.

“We’ve been getting anywhere from 15 to 25 participants, it would be nice to have a little more but we’re really happy with the numbers we’ve had so far,” she said. 

“I’m hoping by the time the Disco Dancing show rolls around in May that we’ll be able to do it in person. I think both May shows we’ll be able to do in person.”

Registration for the Funday Monday Science with Aria show can be done on the FFPLTC website, under the Funday Monday banner, or by going directly to The remaining shows will be Disco Dancing on May 16, which is hopefully going to be in-person at the library, and the final show will be the Bubble Show on May 30.