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The Repair Café on November 26th at the North Kamloops Library will host a children’s event to fix broken toys for and with children and their families

The Repair Café is hosting a children’s event in partnership with the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library to fix broken toys for and with children and their families.

On Saturday, November 26, between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., families can bring toys that need repairs to the North Kamloops Library to help with their first-ever family-friendly event.

“Fixing is becoming – not so much a lost skill – but people do feel intimidated by it at times and this is just an opportunity to show kids (how to take something apart) and play around with a screwdriver to see what’s inside.” ‘ he told Carl Gagnier, organizer of the Repair Café. “Taking something apart is easy. Putting it back together is the hard part.”

Participants must register at the library upon entering the program room and will be given an estimate of how long the wait will be for their items to be repaired from home. From there, people are encouraged to browse the books in the library while they wait in line.

There will be a limited number of workstations, including two electrical and mechanical tables, two sewing tables, a woodworking table, and a table for children and their families to take apart some items at this year’s venue.

“The Repair Café isn’t just about fixing things,” said Catherine Schmidt, adult services coordinator for the Thompson Nicola Regional Library System. “It’s about showing you how to solve the problem. The library is about teaching new skills and new learning opportunities, so the Repair Café really fits into that niche, and if parents bring their kids to the (event), the kids will learn a bit about what’s going on underneath the surface , and if it can’t be fixed, they can learn to take it apart and play with the parts. It’s all about a learning experience on top of that sustainability piece.”

The purpose of the Repair Café: Children’s Edition, offered as part of the Transition Kamloops Network, is to help local people build resilience and self-sufficiency while investing in a future of reduced consumption and dependency on fossil fuels. Their goal is to support a local economy, healthy ecosystems and building grassroots communities.

And with the holidays fast approaching, the Repair Café remains optimistic that families will be able to repair and give away lightly used toys this winter after their very first children’s event.

“It’s all about the three Rs,” concluded Gagnier. “Recycle, reuse and reduce. By repairing we reduce the amount of things that end up in the landfill and it’s an opportunity to teach some new skills and become a little more resilient to use the items we have instead of consuming new things. “

The North Kamloops Library is located at 693 Tranquille Road on the North Shore of Kamloops.

If you are interested in volunteering to help the Repair Café at upcoming events, send an email repaircafe@transitionkamloops.net to get more information.

Shupe’s Shop open to families

Terry Shupe’s wood workshop will be making a guest appearance in Repair Café: Children’s Edition this weekend.

With up to 30 handcrafted wooden cars in tow, the retired provincial judge-turned-toymaker will act as a fixer at the North Kamloops Library event, offering demonstrations to children and their families, with participants receiving a reward.

“I have a variety of models to choose from so the kids who attend can choose one [model] they want to work on it,” Shupe said. “Then they mount the wheels and take their car home.”

Shupe will provide each participant with a handcrafted wooden car, a cup of glue, a damp rag, dowels, and a toothpick during the activity.

He explains the toy car building process and helps families insert the rear wheels. Together, the participants will ensure that the axle on each toy car remains intact before it travels to a new home.

The free children’s toys in the library are made available to families on a first come, first served basis.

“I’ve been woodworking for over 20 years and in the past I’ve donated to Christmas Amalgamated and in the past (before the pandemic) I had the same exercise on Canada Day,” Shupe said.

Shupe has also donated wooden cars to families in need. both at home and abroad.

This winter, he plans to offer the workshop to immigrant and refugee families served by Kamloop’s Immigrant Services.

However, the lessons for families and the sustainability of the cafe appeal to Shupe differently on a personal level, as he appreciates the impact it could have on future generations in the community.

“This Repair Café concept is innovative and sounds exciting because, unlike repairing, we’re a throwaway society,” Shupe said.

“The idea is innovative and I find it very exciting.”

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