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Family Day: Courtice Branch Modified Hours

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The Courtice Branch is open modified hours, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Be sure to drop by the Courtice Branch between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for Winter WonderLearn!

Bowmanville, Newcastle, and Orono Branches are closed for Family Day.

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Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Winter WonderLearn

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Winter WonderLearn banner.

Event Details

Clarington Public Library, Courtice Branch
Monday, February 17th, 2020 (Family Day)

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Activities

Enjoy a free day of family fun at the award-winning festival designed to get you active, learn something new, and enjoy time together!

Go WILD this Family Day holiday! Your family can discover fun and interactive activities about wildlife, nature, and conservation! Take in an interactive show with special guest, the Animal Ambassadors of Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue!

A list of participating organizations will be posted soon!

 

Special Guest: Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue

Take part in a fun and educational show with Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue and their Animal Ambassadors! Pick up your ticket on the day of the event.

Durham Region's only wildlife rehabilitation centre, Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry and Canadian Wildlife Services to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured, abandoned and orphaned wildlife.

Soper Creek's WILDLIFE Detectives presentation will have you dancing, participating in guessing games, interacting with our Animal Ambassadors and listening to stories about wildlife rehabilitation.

Children put on their "listening ears", and use their "owl eyes" to uncover and discover unique adaptations that native species have to survive in WILD Ontario and its four seasons. Does a porcupine really shoot their quills? How far can skunks spray? Is it true that a bear slows down its heart beat and doesn’t go to the bathroom for 5 months in the winter!?

Also be sure to visit their WILDLIFE Detectives learning display! This interactive and engaging display is comprised of skulls, pelts, bones and more to offer memorable learning experience. Through games, tactile animal artifacts, colour sheets, stickers and activity books children are able to continue learning about Ontario Wildlife. At the Wildlife Rescue First Aid Station, children can bring a stuffed animal to learn how to fix/wrap a broken leg or arm.

Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue logo.

 

Free Swim

Bring your bathing suit! A Municipality of Clarington free swim at the Courtice Community Complex will be available from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. during the festival! The main pool, tot pool, and slide will all be open.

 

Sponsorship

A big thank you to our key sponsor of the event, Ontario Power Generation!  Without your support, this wonderful festival would not be possible.

Ontario Power Generation logo.

 

About the Festival

Now in its seventeenth consecutive year, Winter WonderLearn is a day of free family fun! Children and their families can enjoy Family Day together at an event that celebrates Clarington and the family learning opportunities that thrive here. Shake off the winter blahs at this interactive learning festival. Local organizations offer demonstrations and workshops in literacy, arts, sports, history, science, nature, safety, and health.

Throughout the event, families can explore interactive activities, make a craft or two, and have fun together. The festival allows people to learn about the local organizations that make up our community, learn something new, and spend time together as a family!

 

Angus Mowat Award

We're incredibly proud and excited to announce that the Library has received a provincial Ontario Public Library Service Award, the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence, for the Winter WonderLearn Festival!

Managed by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ontario Public Library Service Awards identify and promote creative public library service ideas. The Angus Mowat Award of Excellence recognizes a commitment to excellence in the delivery of public library service.

Clarington Public Library received the award for its well-known annual Winter WonderLearn Festival, which has showcased community partners and focused on free educational and interactive family activities for the past fifteen years.

This year’s Festival, which celebrates the theme of “Music and Sound”, is right around the corner for those who want to experience it for themselves. Children and their families can shake off the winter blahs, enjoy interactive demonstrations and activities offered by local organizations, and catch a show with special guest, Juno-nominated Music by Jake. The Municipality of Clarington is also offering a free swim at the Courtice Community Complex from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Festival is made possible through the generous support of Ontario Power Generation.

For more information, please see the Library's press release.

Angus Mowat Award Ceremony, with Board Vice Chair receiving the award rom the Minister.

The photo shows Clarington Public Library Board Vice Chair Judy Hagerman (right) receiving the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence from the Honourable Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (left) at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Public Library Awards Gala Reception on February 1, 2018 in Toronto (photo courtesy of the Ontario Library Association).

 

Contacts

General Information:

Clarington Public Library
905-623-7322 x2712

Event Coordinator:

Lisa Dyche,
Marketing Librarian, Clarington Public Library
905-623-7322 x2722

 

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Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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Rudolph’s Tales

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[Families]

Courtice Branch
Tuesday, December 17th 
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Drop in; no registration required. 
No charge.

Join in all the reindeer games, sing some songs, listen to tall tales, and enjoy a special holiday craft!

​See a full list of holiday programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
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Mrs. Claus Storytime

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[Families]

Courtice Branch 
Wednesday, December 11th 
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Drop in; no registration required. 
No charge.

Join Mrs. Claus at the Library for a very special storytime with festive stories and songs, and lots of holiday cheer!

​See a full list of holiday programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
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Frosty’s Forest Adventures

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[Families]

Courtice Branch
Wednesday, December 18th 
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Drop in; no registration required. 
No charge.

Frosty is having an adventure in the forest – what will he see? Find out in this woodsy storytime, then decorate your own tree

​See a full list of holiday programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
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Winter Wonderland

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[Families]

Courtice Branch 
Tuesday, December 10th 
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Drop in; no registration required. 
No charge.

Celebrate the best (and most fun) things about winter, and make a snowflake ornament to hang up at home!

​See a full list of holiday programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
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Holiday Bookworms

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[Ages 18 months and under]

Courtice Branch 
Thursdays, December 12th and 19th 
10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Drop in; no registration required. 
No charge.

It’s our Baby Bookworms program, but with a holiday twist! Join us for songs, rhymes, fingerplays and more.

​See a full list of holiday programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 

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Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Dec 19 2019.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am
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Holiday Pajama Party!

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[All ages]

Courtice Branch
Wednesday, December 11th 
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Drop in; no registration required. 
No charge.

Drop by for a special evening pajama party. We’ll have games, songs, activities, and a scavenger hunt to get you in the holiday mood!

​See a full list of holiday programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Dear Santa

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[All ages]

Courtice Branch 
Monday, December 16th 
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

Drop in; no registration required. 
No charge.

Write and decorate your Dear Santa letter, and get on the nice list! Pop them in our North Pole Mailbox. 

See a full list of holiday programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 

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Monday, December 16, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Courtice Literacy Ship Launch

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Join Clarington Public Library for the grand launch of the Courtice Literacy Ship!

The Ship is an architectural furniture piece designed to attract families to the Branch’s children’s area. It features interactive play stations that help build children’s early literacy skills.

The Library will be celebrating the launch of the Literacy Ship at a special event and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 23 at the Courtice Branch (2950 Courtice Rd.). The event starts at 4:00 p.m., with an official ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

The Literacy Ship would not have been possible without the generous support of numerous sponsors, including Ontario Power Generation (OPG), LiUNA Local 183, and Veridian Connections/Elexicon Energy.

For more information, please see our recent press release.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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