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New Catalogue Launch!

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space scene with ship.Our online Library catalogue will soon be 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 will soon see 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 on Monday, October 16 and try it out for yourself! 

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! 

Location: 
Date: 
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
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Author Visit: Hélène Boudreau

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[Ages 4 to 9]

Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room
Thursday, November 30th
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Hélène Boudreau is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults with a focus on humour! Her picture book, "I Dare You Not to Yawn," is a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner and a Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Honour title.

Hélène Boudreau grew up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean but now writes from her land-locked home in Ontario, Canada. She has never time-travelled or saved an endangered bird, nor has she ever spotted a mermaid in the wild, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as sea horses, flying fish, or electric eels.

Check out our full line up of amazing author visits!

  • Joel Sutherland (ages 12 to 14, Newcastle Branch, October 19)
  • J. Torres (ages 9 to 11, Courtice Branch, October 25)
  • Melanie Florence (ages 8 to 10, Bowmanville Branch, November 22)
  • Hélène Boudreau (ages 4 to 9, Bowmanville Branch, November 30)

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

Canada Council for the Arts.

Check the library catalogue to place your hold on books by Hélène Boudreau!

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

 

Registration

You may register in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am
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Author Visit: Melanie Florence

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[Ages 8 to 10]

Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room
Wednesday, November 22nd
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto with an interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of the award-winning "Missing Nimama" and is a Forest of Reading Golden Oak Finalist. Her other books include the YA novels "He Who Dreams," "The Missing," "One Night," and "Rez Runaway."

In her spare time, Melanie watches Doctor Who and Harry Potter with her daughter, discusses the DC vs Marvel Universes with her son and makes her husband sit through scary movies with her. She shares her home with her family, their two dogs, two cats, an ever-increasing number of aquarium creatures, and according to her daughter, a house elf who refuses to help with chores.

Check out our full line up of amazing author visits!

  • Joel Sutherland (ages 12 to 14, Newcastle Branch, October 19)
  • J. Torres (ages 9 to 11, Courtice Branch, October 25)
  • Melanie Florence (ages 8 to 10, Bowmanville Branch, November 22)
  • Hélène Boudreau (ages 4 to 9, Bowmanville Branch, November 30)

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

Canada Council for the Arts.

Check the library catalogue to place your hold on books by Melanie Florence!

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

 

Registration

You may register in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Date: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Author Visit: J. Torres

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[Ages 9 to 11]

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Wednesday, October 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.

Check out our full line up of amazing author visits!

  • Joel Sutherland (ages 12 to 14, Newcastle Branch, October 19)
  • J. Torres (ages 9 to 11, Courtice Branch, October 25)
  • Melanie Florence (ages 8 to 10, Bowmanville Branch, November 22)
  • Hélène Boudreau (ages 4 to 9, Bowmanville Branch, November 30)

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

Canada Council for the Arts.

Check the library catalogue to place your hold on books by J. Torres!

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

 

Registration

You may register in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Location: 
Date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Author Visit: Joel Sutherland

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[Ages 12 to 14]

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Thursday, October 19th
1:15 to 2:15 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.

Check out our full line up of amazing author visits!

  • Joel Sutherland (ages 12 to 14, Newcastle Branch, October 19)
  • J. Torres (ages 9 to 11, Courtice Branch, October 25)
  • Melanie Florence (ages 8 to 10, Bowmanville Branch, November 22)
  • Hélène Boudreau (ages 4 to 9, Bowmanville Branch, November 30)

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

Canada Council for the Arts.

Check the library catalogue to place your hold on books by Joel Sutherland!

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

 

Registration

You may register in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Location: 
Date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
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Build and Program your Own Crystal Ball

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[Ages 12 and up]

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Saturday, November 4th  
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Advanced registration required; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone.
No charge. 

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

Using the open-source electronics platform Arduino, participants will learn how to create every day systems, and ones that hide behind the scenes! This workshop will allow beginner programmers to develop their skills and have a lot of fun along the way.

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

Registration

You may register your child(ren) in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Location: 
Date: 
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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Creating Circuits with Makey Makey

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[Ages 5 to 14]

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Saturday, October 21st 
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Advanced registration required; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone.
No charge. 

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

Who knew you could make a piano with bananas? Makey Makey works by opening and closing circuits, just like any other switch. But instead of the switch being on your computer, or your wall, the circuit is closed through the objects you connect with alligator clips, like some tinfoil, or your hand... or your lunch. See what you can do with this cool technology!

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

Registration

You may register your child(ren) in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Location: 
Date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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At Home On My Own

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[Ages 10 to 12]

Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room
Saturday, October 28th  
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Advanced registration required; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone.
Cost $55; includes participant manual.

This Canadian Safety Council course gives your pre-teen the tools and information they need to stay at home alone for short periods of time. The course is facilitated by Red Cross certified instructors from React Right Safety Services. 

Topics include:

  • Looking after the house key (make a key chain); 
  • Preparing healthy snacks;
  • Walking home;
  • Appropriate activities when home alone; 
  • Electrical/fire safety; 
  • Basic First Aid; and 
  • Problem solving (house broken into, severe weather). 

Note: A healthy snack will be prepared during this program. Please advise staff of any allergies at time of registration.

Caregivers and support staff for people with disabilities are admitted free of charge.
Presented in partnership with React Right Safety Services.

Registration

You may register your child(ren) in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Date: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:30am to 3:30pm
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Babysitting Course (Session 3)

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[Ages 11 to 15]

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Saturday, November 18th   
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and
Sunday, November 19th 
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.​
Please note the different course times on each day.

Advanced registration required; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone.
Cost $55; includes participant manual.

Note: Recommended that attendees bring a lunch or snack.

This course teaches your teen the fundamental skills they need to start their own babysitting service. A Red Cross certified instructor from React Right Safety Services teaches the class.

Topics include:

  • How to give appropriate care for infants, toddlers and school-aged children;
  • Dealing with basic First Aid emergencies;
  • How to recognize potential hazards;
  • What parents expect of a babysitter;
  • How to safely find customers; and
  • Rural babysitting.

Note: Bring a teddy bear to practice on!

Caregivers and support staff for people with disabilities are admitted free of charge.

Presented in partnership with React Right Safety Services.

Other sessions of the Babysitting Course are offered on:

Registration

You may register your child(ren) in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Location: 
Date: 
Repeats every day until Sun Nov 19 2017.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 11:30am to 3:30pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 11:30am to 3:30pm
Audience: 

Babysitting Course (Session 2)

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[Ages 11 to 15]

Newcastle Branch, George and Kathleen Vice Community Room
Saturday, October 21st 
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and 
Sunday, October 22nd  
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.​
Please note the different course times on each day.

Advanced registration required; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone.
Cost $55; includes participant manual.

Note: Recommended that attendees bring a lunch or snack.

This course teaches your teen the fundamental skills they need to start their own babysitting service. A Red Cross certified instructor from React Right Safety Services teaches the class.

Topics include:

  • How to give appropriate care for infants, toddlers and school-aged children;
  • Dealing with basic First Aid emergencies;
  • How to recognize potential hazards;
  • What parents expect of a babysitter;
  • How to safely find customers; and
  • Rural babysitting.

Note: Bring a teddy bear to practice on!

Caregivers and support staff for people with disabilities are admitted free of charge.

Presented in partnership with React Right Safety Services.

Other sessions of the Babysitting Course are offered on:

Registration

You may register your child(ren) in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Location: 
Date: 
Repeats every day until Sun Oct 22 2017.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:30am to 3:30pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:30am to 3:30pm
Audience: 

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