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New Catalogue Launch!

Oct 16, 2017 - Comments: 0

Our online Library catalogue has launched, sporting a brand new look and easier navigation features! We want to make your Library experience even better with an accessible and simple way to search for the Library materials that matter to you. 

Some of the features you can now use are: 

  • Enhanced information about your physical and digital checked out and on hold items;
  • Item lists to quickly view new DVDs, fiction, YA, junior, and on order material in our collection;
  • Quick links to easily navigate to eResources;
  • Scrolling carousels of new items and special collections on the front page
  • Create personal lists of items of interest;
  • Accessible high contrast mode to make titles bolder and easier to see.

Explore our new and improved catalogue today and try it out for yourself! You can also download a handy Quick Reference Guide.

Features such as a mobile-friendly version of our catalogue, will be coming in the future. 

For more information and assistance, please call, email, or visit any of our branches and Library staff will be happy to help! 

Pump Up Your P.A. Day!

Oct 03, 2017 - Comments: 0
Mosaic of PA Day activities.

Make your P.A. Day on Friday, October 27 epic! Your children can create and trade masterpieces in Art: Got It, Keep It, Trade It; put their STEAM skills to the test with Bumblebots; and wrack their brains to Escape from the Library. Register now; space is limited!

Art: Got It, Keep It, Trade It

[Ages 6 and up]
Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Create and share your art with artist trading cards. Try out the style of a legendary artist or invent your own, then trade with someone else for their creation!

Eventbrite - Pump Up Your P.A. Day! Bookmarking Extravaganza!


[Ages 9 to 12]
Newcastle Branch, George and Kathleen Vice Community Room
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

What can you do with a micro motor, a battery, and some commonplace objects? Build a bumblebot, of course! Put your imagination and your technology skills to the test!

Eventbrite - Pump Up Your P.A. Day! Family Showtime Plus: Finding Dory

Escape from the Library

[Ages 12 and up]
Courtice Branch, The Great Room
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Solve the clues and break out from the Library! However, the code you need has been locked away... Will you find the answers you seek in time, or will you be locked in the Library forever?

Eventbrite - Pump Up Your P.A. Day! Family Showtime Plus: Finding Dory

Movie Madness!

Oct 03, 2017 - Comments: 0
Wonder Woman movie still.

Go mad for movies this fall! ​All movie showings are in the Newcastle Branch, George and Kathleen Vice Community Room. This quarter's line up is The Circle (September), Wonder Woman (October), Their Finest (November), and Going in Style (December).

October Author Visits!

Sep 28, 2017 - Comments: 0
Cover image of Joel Sutherland and J Torres works.

October has some amazing author visits lined up! See Joel Sutherland, author of the Haunted Canada series, and J. Torres, comic book artist extraordinaire!

Joel Sutherland

[Ages 12 to 14]
Newcastle Branch, Community Room
Thursday, Oct. 19th

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

Author, Ghost Hunter, Barbarian Librarian, Bibliophile! Joel A. Sutherland is the award-winning author of “Be a Writing Superstar,” “Haunted Canada” 4 to 7, and “Summer's End.” His new series, Haunted, has been praised by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, and is set in Courtice! Joel's short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and magazines alongside the likes of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. He is also the founder of the DarkLit Fest, and appeared as “The Barbarian Librarian” on the Canadian edition of the hit television show “Wipeout,” making it all the way to the third round and proving that librarians can be just as tough and crazy as anyone else! He lives in southeastern Ontario with his family, where he is always on the lookout for ghosts!

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J. Torres

[Ages 9 to 11]
Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Wednesday, Oct. 25th

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

J. Torres is a Filipino-born Canadian award-winning comic book writer, perhaps best known for his run on DC Comics' “Teen Titans Go,” the Eisner-nominated “Alison Dare,” and the Junior Library Guild/TD Summer Reading Club title “Bigfoot Boy.” He currently writes for Chirp comic in “Chirp Magazine.” Torres has worked with characters from A (Archies) to Z (The Mighty Zodiac) and many more in between (Avatar, Batman, Ninja Scroll, Simpsons, WALL-E, Wonder Woman, Yo Gabba Gabba, and X-Men to name a few). Get the background on how stories go from script to art to the printed book..

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We acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts.

Check the Library catalogue now to place holds on books by Joel Sutherland and J. Torres!

Advanced registration required for each class visit; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone. Class visits and groups welcome!
No charge.

DRPS Fraud Workshops

Sep 06, 2017 - Comments: 0
shadowy hand writing a signature.

Learn about the steps you can take to protect yourself from fraud with workshops presented by the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS).

Fraud Awareness

Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room
Wednesday, October 11th

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fraud is a serious crime and can happen to anyone. Criminals have created elaborate schemes to separate you from your money or property, but there are ways to protect yourself. Learn how to avoid the many scams out there with Durham Regional Police Service’s Major Fraud Unit.

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Power of Attorney

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Tuesday, November 7th

6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Power of attorney and a last will and testament may be some of the most important documents you obtain. Before you sign on the dotted line, inform and protect yourself and your estate from becoming a victim of fraud. Learn about the Continuing Power of Attorney for Property, Power of Attorney for Well-Being, and The Last Will and Testament documents before you sign them.

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Also be sure to check out our Money Intelligence Series workshops with family wealth architect and estate planning expert David Duong, CPA, CMA, CIM®, B.Comm.:

Money Intelligence Series

Aug 26, 2017 - Comments: 0
piggy bank.

Join family wealth architect and estate planning expert David Duong for these engaging and educational financial fitness workshops!

Presented in partnership with David Duong, CPA, CMA, CIM®, B.Comm.

Identity Fraud and Protection

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Thursday, Oct. 12th

6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

From suspicious phone calls to strange online notices, don’t fall victim to scammers and thieves! Learn how to protect yourself and your family from fraud, and how to keep your finances, identity, and information safe in the digital age.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Savings

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Thursday, Nov. 16th

6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Start the conversation about money with your children! Today’s world offers real challenges to children when it comes to saving their hard earned cash. Learn how to instill good habits in your kids and help them to be financially responsible.

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Become a STEM Champion!

Aug 26, 2017 - Comments: 2
electronic crystal ball read out.

UOIT logo.Become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Champion with UOIT technology workshops!

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

Summer Reading Club: Victoria Welcome!

Aug 25, 2017 - Comments: 2
Geoff Young and scene of Victoria.

Thank you to everyone who made the TD Summer Reading Club a huge success! We had 1165 members this year, the most we've ever had! Together we read over 7400 books! Way to go everyone! Every book read was a kilometre along the Trans Canada Highway; large maps were on display in all branches so everyone could track our progress and learn interesting facts about our pitstops along the way.

With over 7400 books read by eager club members on our Read Across Challenge, we officially made it all the way from St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia! ​Acting Mayor and City Councillor for Victoria Geoff Young was proud to to welcome us into his beautiful city in a video message! 

Fall 2017 Library Guide

Aug 17, 2017 - Comments: 0
little girl stood with Mountain.

The Fall 2017 Library Guide is now available!

Register today for Brain Health and the Money Intelligence Series, including Wealth Management for Older Adults, Identity Fraud, and Kids and Savings. Youth can also become STEM Champions this fall! They can master the skills of coding, circuits, and electronics, or take those business ideas and become budding entrepreneurs at the NEET Youth Incubator! Your little ones can create, escape, and investigate at the Library's P.A. Day programs on Fridays, September 29th, October 27th, and November 24th! This September, drop in to Crime Scene or Pirate and Princess Adventure, or sign up for Design It! Build It! There's also information about the Library's great French eResources!

View the Guide online or pick up a printed copy in any branch!

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!


Mini-Maker Kits

May 18, 2017 - Comments: 0
Banana piano created with Makey Makey.

Boost your child’s skills and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the new Mini-Maker Kits!

Each kit contains everything you and your budding scientist or engineer need to complete fun STEM-based projects. Construct a door alarm or traffic light, explore creative computing with apps and games, or create a tinfoil dance pad or fruit piano!

Three of each type of Mini-Maker kit are available:

One of each kit is available for holds, while the other two are available in-branch on a first-come, first-served basis. Each kit may be borrowed for one week. 

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


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