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How-To in 10 Festival

Apr 03, 2017 - Comments: 0
How-To logo.

How-To in 10 logo.Learn new skills in a way that’s fun, easy, free, and fast! Drop by the How-To in 10 Festival at the Bowmanville Branch on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.!

Local organizations will host booths set up around the Library, each teaching you an amazing new skill in 10 minutes or less!

You could learn how to:

Pump Up Your P.A. Day!

Apr 02, 2017 - Comments: 0
Kite flying, circuit board, and Pete the Cat.

Make your P.A. Day on Friday, April 28 epic! Enjoy Up in the Air stories and songs, get your groove on with Pete the Cat, and Design It! Build It! with UOIT! 

Up in the Air!

[Ages 6 and up]
Bowmanville Branch, Children's Area
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Drop in

It’s spring! The birds are migrating back home, the warm winds are starting to blow, and the sky is a perfect blue. Drop in for a fun storytime about things that are flying around, and make an easy-to-fly kite!

Pete the P.A. Day Cat

[Ages 6 and under]
Newcastle Branch, Community Room
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Drop in

Who loves their white shoes? Pete the Cat does! Drop in for stories, songs, and special activities designed to help develop early literacy and social skills.

Presented in partnership with the Bowmanville YMCA Ontario Early Years Centre.

Design It! Build It!

[Ages 9 to 12]
Courtice Branch, The Great Room
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Registration Required

Every day we use objects that are automated, but how do they really work? This engineering workshop will explore the basic circuits hidden within our cellphones and computers then will give you an opportunity to test out your skills in designing an automatic pet feeder! 

Presented in partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Annual Report 2016

Mar 23, 2017 - Comments: 0
Annual Report cover.

The Library’s 2016 Annual Report is now available!

The Report contains a message from our Board Chair, the Library's economic impact for our community, a brief look at our finances, and highlights from the past year such as Winter WonderLearn, author visits, and our new LEGO Robotics League program!

Highlights for 2016 include:

  • 39,930 members
  • 732,518 items borrowed
  • 1,661,477 visits, including
    • 439,648 website
    • 745,927 in-person
    • 475,902 app
  • 23,340 program participants in 996 programs
  • 801,293 social media reach


Regional Child Care Survey

Mar 16, 2017 - Comments: 0
small child using a computer.

Help improve early learning and child care in Durham Region! The Regional Municipality of Durham Children's Service's Division is collecting feedback from parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 12 on how to improve Ontario Early Years Centres and other child care programs throughout the region.

Spring Library Guide

Mar 08, 2017 - Comments: 0
Father helping his two daughters with a craft at the Winter WonderLearn festival.

The Spring 2017 Library Guide is now available online! Mark your calendars for How-To in 10 and Get Your Summer Read On Day, register for the Tax Clinic, and drop in to one of our Pump Up Your P.A. Day programs!

Don't miss the next Guide release! Sign up for our eNewsletter and receive notifications about our quarterly Guides and other great programs, events, and news!

Printed copies should be available in all branches by mid-March.

Book Club in a Bag

Feb 07, 2017 - Comments: 0
Book Club in a Bag duffel.

Simplify your book club selection with Book Club in a Bag! These kits contain 12 copies of book-club-worthy titles, from biography to historical fiction to suspense, along with a discussion guide.

You may book a kit up to a year in advance, and pick up from any branch. For more information, or to request a kit, please visit the Book Club in a Bag page.

Infant Hearing Clinic

Dec 16, 2016 - Comments: 2
Child listening to teddybear's heart.

Attend a clinic to test the hearing of your little one, offered in partnership with the Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Children develop speech and language by listening and imitating those around them, but when there is a hearing loss, these skills may be delayed. Nearly four in 1,000 babies are born deaf or hard of hearing and more children develop hearing loss as they grow. 

To help identify children as early as possible and provide them with follow-up services, 15 minute infant hearing screenings will be available in partnership with the Markham Stouffville Hospital, the lead agency for the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program.

To learn more about the Infant Hearing Program, please visit their website.

Register through the Markham Stouffville Hospital at 1-888-703-5437 x4.


Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room

Monday, January 16th;
Monday, January 30th;
Monday, February 13th;
Monday, February 27th;
Monday, March 13th; or
Monday, March 27th

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Advanced registration required for each 15 minute session through the Markham Stouffville Hospital at 1-888-703-5437 x4.

No charge.

Intended for caregivers with children 4 months and under.

Join Toastmasters!

Oct 19, 2016 - Comments: 0

Discover if Toastmasters is right for you!

Speak with confidence! Toastmasters is a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your public speaking and leadership goals at your own pace. Toastmasters has the ability to change the lives of its members. 

Visit a meeting to learn more about the club and membership!

Chose the meeting time that fits your schedule! Clarington Toastmasters meets from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, and Bowmanville Toastmasters meets from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. Both clubs meet in the Mezzanine Room of the Bowmanville Branch.


Drop-ins welcome; no registration required. Fee for six-month or annual membership.

Presented in partnership with Clarington Toastmasters Club and Bowmanville Toastmasters Club.

Get Carded!

Feb 24, 2016 - Comments: 2
People holding up Clarington Public Library cards.

Calling all teachers, organizations, and local community groups! The Library is currently running a "Get Carded" campaign, encouraging people to sign up and become a member of the Library. 

Library staff can arrange for a special visit at any of our branches, at your classroom, or other location to discuss Library online and in-house services and resources, and help facilitate registration for your students or group members.

You can download and ask your members to pre-fill our Library Card Registration Form, or we can help sign everyone up during your visit!

Please contact Ray Robinson at or 905-623-7322 x2719 to arrange for your customized Get Carded visit!

New Library Card Designs!

Feb 13, 2016 - Comments: 2
Library Cards.

Show off your personality and Library love with one of these great new card designs! The cards feature fun and colourful designs promoting literacy, technology, and everyone’s favourite literary dog, Snoopy!

The new cards will be available starting Tuesday, February 16 at all branches. If you are a current member and want one of the new designs, the $2 replacement fee will apply.


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