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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


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.

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!

Tumblebooks Authentication

Feb 08, 2016 - Comments: 6
Tumblebooks logo.

Library Card Authentication Now Required

Clarington Public Library has been delighted to provide the online resource, Tumblebooks to our community and schools. Currently no authentication is required to use this service. Due to a contract change with this vendor, Tumblebooks now requires users to authenticate access with use of a Clarington Public Library card. Shortly, a Library card will be required to access Tumblebooks.

Library Card Registration

To minimize interruptions accessing Tumblebooks, we wish to assist with Library card registration. Access the Library Card Registration Form here, then submit it in person, via mail, or via email. Library cards will then be mailed out to registrants.

  1. In person: drop by any of the Library's four branches in Bowmanville, Courtice, Newcastle or Orono with your completed form, or fill it out on site.
  2. Mail: complete your form and mail it to:
         Clarington Public Library
         Attn: Sarah Vaisler
         163 Church Street
         Bowmanville, ON L1C 1T7
  3. Email: complete and email your form to:

"Get Carded"

For schools interested in participating in a “Get Carded” campaign for teachers and students, the Library would be happy to arrange a special visit to discuss Library online and in-house services and facilitate registration.

Already Have a Card?

Fantastic! Have your Library card number ready, and click on the button below to access Tumblebooks! If you have cookies enabled, you should only need to enter your Library card number once.

Tumblebooks with Library card button.

Book The Studio Today!

Nov 09, 2015 - Comments: 2 - Tags:
Courtice Studio graphic.

The Studio is now open for bookings at the Courtice Branch!

This high-powered digital media lab is equipped with a DSLR camera, green screen, and computers with advanced editing software.

What will you create in this awesome space? Book The Studio today and find out!


  • Nikon D5500 DSLR camera with 18-55 VR II lens and tripod;
  • Rode Videomic Go camera microphone;
  • Two uLite 85W flourescent lamps with 20" soft boxes and 6' stands;
  • Blue Yeti USB microphone;
  • Two Sennheiser HD Pro over-ear sound isolating headphones;
  • Three-walled green screen.


  • Adobe Audition;
  • Adobe Captivate;
  • Adobe Dreamweaver;
  • Adobe Flash Pro;
  • Adobe Photoshop;
  • Adobe Premiere Elements;
  • Adobe Presenter;
  • Audacity;
  • GIMP.

Guidelines for Use:
Please read the complete Studio User Guidelines.

Highlights include:

  • Studio reservations are for a maximum of 2 hours and are otherwise a first come, first served basis
  • Maximum of 4 people in the room at any given time
  • Primary member booking, or using the space, must leave their Library card and photo identification with Library staff
  • Primary member is responsible for damaged equipment
  • The Studio is open to Clarington Public Library members 14 years of age and older. Those under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Subscribe to our eNewsletter!

May 27, 2015 - Comments: 4
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Be the first to know! Subscribe to receive news about upcoming Library programs, events, and services, including when our new Library Guides are released! eNewsletters are sent approximately once a month.

To sign up, click on the Subscribe by Email link in the top menu and fill in the form!

Library Recognized as a Diversity and Immigration Champion

Apr 30, 2015 - Comments: 1
Diversity and Immigration Champion awards.

Clarington Public Library was proud to be recognized by the Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council as a Diversity and Immigration Champion.

Regional Councillor Lorne Coe attended the April 29, 2015 Library Board meeting as a special guest to present the certificates, recognizing the Library as a leader in diversity and inclusion, contributing to a stronger, more inclusive Durham community. The Library supports the Diversity and Immigration Community Plan, and is committed to continue embracing the principles of diversity and inclusion.

Thank you to the Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council and Regional Councillor Lorne Coe for this honour.

In the photograph are Clarington Public Library Board Vice-Chair Judy Hagerman, Regional Councillor Lorne Coe, and Library Director Linda Kent. For more photos, please see our Flickr album.


Dewey's Café Mugs

Sep 13, 2014 - Comments: 0
Dewey's Cafe Mug.

Dewey's Café in the Bowmanville Branch has new mugs! Purchase a mug today for $6, and your first coffee is free!

Dewey's Café is provided through a unique partnership between the Library and the Clarington Project, part of Community Living Oshawa/Clarington. Dewey's Café provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to gain work experience in a friendly and safe environment.

Visit the newly-renovated Dewey’s Café for great coffee, breakfast, soups, specialty sandwiches, and baked treats! Drop by for the daily specials! It is located on the mezzanine level of the Bowmanville Branch. You can reach the Café at 905-623-7322 x2721, or view the full menu online.

Clarington Public Library's New App!

Apr 16, 2014 - Comments: 0
Library's app on a smart phone.

Clarington Public Library just launched its free mobile app! Download the app now and use your mobile device to:

  • Search the catalogue
  • Renew items
  • Place holds
  • Explore eResources
  • View hours

Available for iOS, Android, Windows phone, and more. Visit from your mobile device to get started, or on your desktop for a demo!

As always, feel free to ask staff for assistance in person, by email, or by phone.


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