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New Logo Redesign, Strategic Plan

Jun 01, 2023 - Comments: 0
We need your help to design CPLMA logo.

We need YOUR help deciding on a new logo for the Clarington Public Library, Museums, & Archives! Vote on the logo you like best!

Voting will be open until Thursday, June 22. Don't delay, let us know your favourite today!

You can also download a PDF to view the options in a larger format.


National AccessAbility Week

May 25, 2023 - Comments: 0
National AccessAbility Week poster.

From May 28 to June 3, we’re highlighting National AccessAbility Week, a week dedicated to inclusion and accessibility in Canada. Find out more about accessible Library materials and services along with curated read lists and Storytime Shorts to share with your little ones!

Let's work together for a more Accessible Canada!

Library Collections

Search our Library catalogue for National AccessAbility Week materials!

Accessible Collection: Decodables
Decodable books and text passages are an important part of a structured literacy approach to reading instruction, using letter-sounds and spelling that have been explicitly taught. These books are especially important for students with dyslexia (or any reader in early stages of literacy) because they provide reading practice, help build fluency, and gain confidence as they become proficient with word-level reading. Explore our full Decodable collection via our online Library catalogue!
We’ll be expanding our Accessible Collection soon! Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for more details.

DAISY Readers
The Library is excited to offer a number of DAISY Victor Reader Stratus available for loan! These devices can play audiobooks (and music) via CDs, SD cards, USB flash drives, and Direct to Player for internet-enabled devices! DAISY (the Digital Accessible Information System) is an audiobook system and player for those with print disabilities. These “digital talking books” offer built-in text-to-speech capability, and allow users to search, place bookmarks, navigate line by line, and control speaking speed.
Place your hold on a DAISY Reader today!

eBooks and eAudiobooks are great options for people with visual impairments and print disabilities. We have many titles available in our eCollection, including your favourite magazines, newspapers and other non-fiction, and the novels on your TBR list! Some platforms offer text enlargement text to speech!

Large Print, Audiobooks
Library members with visual impairments or print disabilities can depend on our collection of large print and audiobooks to keep you entertained, informed, or enthralled in anticipation of the next plot twist! In addition to our eCollection, we offer print LP books and audiobooks on CD. Place your hold today!

CELA, TD Summer Reading Club
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) provides accessible materials for TD Summer Reading Club participants! For more information, please visit the CELA website, and keep an eye on our SRC page for more information about this year's line up of fun!

Library Services

Clarington Public Library is committed to providing accessible service. The Library provides:

  • Charging stations for mobility devices, including scooters and powered wheelchairs, available at the Bowmanville and Newcastle Branches.
  • Priority computer stations at all locations feature high contrast keyboards and adaptive mice with adjustable tremor settings, button delays, click timers.
  • Hearing loops at all service points send wireless signals from a microphone to hearing aids and cochlear implants, providing customised service to those experiencing hearing loss.
  • Service desks at the Bowmanville, Courtice, and Newcastle Branches that have a section accessible to persons who use a wheelchair or scooter.
  • Wheeled accessibility walkers (Rollators) are available for use by persons visiting the Library.

For more information about accessible Library services and resources, please see our Accessibility page.

More About National AccessAbility Week

Join us from May 28 to June 3, 2023 for National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) to:

  • Celebrate the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities;
  • Highlight the work of individuals, organizations and communities who are removing barriers; and
  • Reflect on our ongoing efforts to become a better, more accessible, more inclusive Canada.

Please see the National AccessAbility website for more information.

Scientists in School Workshops

May 24, 2023 - Comments: 0
Bee on a flower.

Take part in one of these fun virtual Scientists in School workshops this summer! Explore STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) at home, including surface tension, chemistry, pollination, seeds, colour, motion, light, solubility, absorption, and so much more!

Please limit your registration to one workshop per family, to ensure as many people as possible may enjoy these programs! Registration opens two weeks before each workshop.


Good Clean Fun!

Friday, June 9, 4pm

Fun with soap and water? You’ll be astonished when you investigate surface tension; explore the chemistry behind bath bombs; and make your own to use at home. It’ll be an explosion of chemical fun!

(Registration opens Friday, May 26, 10am)


Noticing Nature

Tuesday, June 13, 6pm

Chicka-dee-dee-dee. Who was that? Play a game to discover nature sounds around us. Buzz your newly created bee around flowers to pollinate them. Investigate seeds and make a seed caterpillar that will grow over time. Notice all that nature has to offer, big and small!

(Registration opens Tuesday, May 30, 10am)


Science Meets Art!

Wednesday, June 14, 4pm

Discover what happens when science meets art! Explore perception as you use shadows, colour, motion, and light to create art from science. You’ll make a puppet, a spinning top and a kaleidoscope, as well as design your own galaxy.

(Registration opens Wednesday, May 31, 10am)


Do You Like Da Vinci!

Thursday, June 15, 6pm

Da Vinci was an accomplished artist and skilled scientist and you can be too! Paint to explore solubility, absorption and surface tension. Weave a colourful pattern to model climate change. Create a pneumatic creature to investigate the power of air. Discover the joy of combining science and art!

(Registration opens Thursday, June 1, 10am)


Commitment to Inclusion

May 04, 2023 - Comments: 0
Board Inclusion Statement.

Statement from the Clarington Public Library, Museums, and Archives on Commitment to Inclusion:

Staff at the Clarington Public Library have recently found swastika graffiti in the children’s section of the Courtice Library Branch on multiple occasions. Each time the symbols have been successfully removed. However, library staff and members of the Board are concerned by the trend.

“I am deeply dismayed that recently symbols of hate have been found at a branch of the Clarington Public Library. Libraries are for everyone. There is no place for hate here,” said Steven Cooke, Board Chair of the Clarington Public Library, Museums, and Archives.

While there is no threat to public safety, the Clarington Public Library takes these incidents exceptionally seriously. Video from the library’s security cameras has been reviewed, and a meeting was held with experts from Durham Regional Police Services to discuss ways to discourage future displays of intolerance in the library.

“Libraries support inclusive access for all. This is a space where all cultures and beliefs are celebrated,” said Monika Machacek, CEO of the Clarington Public Library, Museums, and Archives. “Everyone of all backgrounds and beliefs should feel safe and welcomed.”

Moving forward, we continue to encourage library users to inform staff if they experience any issues so that immediate action may be taken.


  • In 2018, Clarington’s Diversity Advisory Committee was created to promote a “welcoming and inclusive Clarington, where differences are celebrated, and the voices of all peoples are heard.”
  • In 2022, Clarington developed the Inclusive Spaces Policy in partnership with its Diversity Advisory Committee to create an open environment where everyone is welcome to freely enjoy municipal facilities and spaces without fear of harassment, racism, and discrimination.
  • The swastika is a symbol of Nazism associated with racial hatred after the Second World War. It should be noted that the equal-armed hooked cross is also an ancient holy symbol in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism


Steven Cooke
Chair, Clarington Public Library Board

Monika Machacek
Chief Executive Officer, Clarington Public Library, Museums & Archives

In the Know, Summer 2023

May 03, 2023 - Comments: 0
family singing at campfire.

Cover of Summer 2023 edition of In the Know.Stay In The Know with what's happening at Clarington Public Library, Museums, & Archives with our quarterly program guide! Get all the information you need for upcoming programs and events in June, July, and August, including the Library of Things, the TD Summer Reading Club, Ancestral Voices, and more!

New Community Pass: Canadian Automotive Museum

Apr 27, 2023 - Comments: 0
Canadian Automotive Museum front facade.

Borrow our newest Community Pass and discover Canada’s automotive history! Explore the Canadian Automotive Museum’s extensive collection of Canadian cars, along with fan favourites like Herbie the Love Bug, the 1983 DeLorean, and Lightning McQueen!

The pass provides general admission for 2 adults and 3 children, and may be used multiple times during the 7-day loan period. Please note the pass is not valid for special events and/or programming. Please contact the Museum directly at 905-576-1222 or their website for full hours of operation.

Ancestral Voices: Belonging and Identity in Canada

Mar 30, 2023 - Comments: 0
Ancestral Voices text.

Discover our shared histories, our unique lived experiences, and the past, present, and future of storytelling in this conversation series hosted by Kim Wheatley and Maxine Gordon Palomino. Meet and learn from established and emerging artists and authors who represent diverse Indigenous, Caribbean, African and Black communities.

All programs are held live online via WebEx. Registration required; no charge.

  • March 8: Tending to the Fire: An Offering for Storytellers (Heather O'Watch)
  • April 12: Celebrating Stories and Storytellers with Nadia Hohn
  • May 10: Celebrating Stories with Shani Mootoo and Pamela Mordecai
  • June 14: Contemporary Indigenous Storytelling with Drew Hayden
  • July 12: more information coming soon
  • August 9: more information coming soon

 Presented in collaboration with York, Durham, and Peel Libraries.

StoryWalk: The Great Eggscape

Mar 25, 2023 - Comments: 0
Great Eggscape.

Enjoy The Great Eggscape by Jory John and Pete Oswald throughout Historic Downtown Bowmanville, just in time for Easter!

Pick up your map at the Bowmanville Branch, with the first page at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre! Explore the many businesses of downtown Bowmanville while you enjoy a story! The StoryWalk will be available starting Friday, March 24!

Already on the urban trail, or want to prepare at home? Access the route on Google Maps or download the print-ready PDF!

Uh oh, Good Egg and his pals have escaped their carton! Find out if the friends will ever be reunited in this hilarious egg hunt adventure that reminds us to break out of our shells and help our friends in need! You can also read the book in print, as an eBook, or listen to the eAudio!

Presented in partnership with Historic Downtown Bowmanville.

©2020 Harper.

Clarington Crafters

Jan 10, 2023 - Comments: 0
craft supplies.

Bring your own hand-held craft project to work on while getting to know other crafters at the library. Have fun socializing and sharing your work with others. Drop in, no registration required!

Clarington Crafters is held at:

Charles Bowman and Family Painting

Nov 24, 2022 - Comments: 0
Charles Bowman and Family Portrait.

Clarington Public Library, Museums, and Archives would like to share an update on the Charles Bowman and Family painting and provide a sneak peek behind the scenes of this exciting conservation project!

As possibly one of the only surviving images of Charles Bowman and his family, this portrait is important to the history and artistic heritage of Clarington. Clarington Public Library, Museums, and Archives is pleased to be working in conjunction with leading industry professionals to conserve, display, and interpret the Charles Bowman and Family painting for future generations.

As this work of art is over 170 years old and has passed through several generations of the Bowman family, it requires conservation care that is different than most museum artifacts. The Clarington Public Library, Museums, and Archives have taken extra measures for the work’s safety by commissioning a specialty case which will provide proper environmental controls to ensure the painting remains stable while being displayed.

The painting is currently with a professional painting conservator, who is working on repairing, cleaning, and framing the canvas. We are happy to share these photos of the progress being made below, as the Clarington Public Library, Museums, and Archives understand the community’s vested interest in this project.

Please see the full blog post for more information.


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