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Happy Holidays!

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Ho ho ho! Discover holiday fun with your Clarington Public Library and Clarington Museums & Archives!

Holidays icon, Letters to Santa.

Letters to Santa

All branches
Sunday, November 13 to Sunday, December 4

Write your letters to Santa, family, or friends, either in branch or take the it home! Be sure to provide any letters for Santa to Canada Post before December 9, so they can get to the North Pole in time!

Holidays icon, Tree Lighting Craft Nights.

Tree Lighting Craft Nights


Newcastle Branch
Friday, November 18
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Bowmanville Branch
Friday, December 2
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Drop in; no registration required. No charge.

Get into the holiday spirit with your Clarington community! Visit the Newcastle BIA Community Town Hall Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 18 and the Moonlight Magic and Christmas Market on Friday, December 2, then drop by the branch for crafts and hot chocolate! The branch will be open special evening hours!

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Donation Station

All locations
Thursday, December 1 to Thursday, December 15

Help alleviate hunger in Clarington! Your Clarington Public Library, Museums, & Archives is collecting donations of food and hygiene items at all locations.

All items collected will go to local organizations: The Clarington East Food Bank, The Salvation Army, and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Holidays icon, Card Making.

Card Making


Courtice Branch
Thursday, December 1
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Advanced registration required;  space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone. No charge.

Show someone you care with a handmade card. Learn some simple card making techniques then have fun creating your own designs.

All supplies will be provided.

Sign up today!

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DIY Gifts

[Grades 7 to 12]

Courtice Branch
Thursday, December 8
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Advanced registration required;  space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone. No charge.

Just for teens! Learn how to make beautiful gifts using simple supplies and ingredients, then wrap them up so they are ready to give.

All supplies will be provided.

Sign up today!


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Fireside Fables

[All ages]

Courtice Branch
Tuesday, December 13
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Bowmanville Branch
Wednesday, December 14
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Newcastle Branch
Thursday, December 15
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Drop in; no registration required. No charge.

Join us by the fireplace in your comfiest pajamas. Cuddle up while you listen to a cozy story then jingle along to some favourite songs. Finish the night off with a wintry craft!

Holidays icon, More Winter Fun.

More Winter Fun!

Saturday Storytimes

[All ages]

Bowmanville Branch
Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17
10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Drop in; no registration required. no charge.

The whole family can enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and playing games! Children of all ages will develop important early literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Stay & Play

[Ages birth to 4]

Bowmanville Branch
Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Courtice Branch
Wednesdays, December 7, 14, 21
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Drop in; no registration required. No charge.

Have fun at the library and make new friends! Children and their caregivers will have an opportunity to play, explore and socialize. This is a casual program, please feel free to arrive late or leave early.

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Family Fun at Home or Outside!

StoryWalk: The Salamander Room

Stay tuned for exact dates!
Enniskillen Conservation Area
(7274 Holt Rd., Hampton)

Enjoy The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher while exploring the Cedar Trail at CLOCA's Enniskillen Conservation Area!

A boy finds a salamander in the woods and imagines the many things he can do to turn his room into a perfect salamander home. A story filled with colourful and imaginative illustrations, The Salamander Room brings readers on an adventure to the woodland paradise that any salamander would love to share with a child.

©1991, Dragonfly Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.

Board and Card Games

The perfect way to relax with your family and loved ones, or the start to a friendly battle royale! Borrow a selection of board and card games from your Library!

Compare Apples to Apples, explore Candy Land, watch out for Exploding Kittens, build your settlement in Catan, improve literacy skills with Scrabble, or watch it all come tumbling down with Jenga!

See the full list and check the catalogue!

Home Theatre Kits

Host a special movie night on the big screen at home with your family and friends! Borrow a Home Theatre Kit with a projector, screen, and DVD player!

Check the catalogue!

Holiday Hours

Please note the following holiday hours at all locations of the Clarington Public Library and Clarington Museums & Archives:

  • Modified Hours: Library branches open 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Museum locations closed
    • Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24)
    • New Year's Eve (Saturday, December 31)
  • Closed
    • Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25)
    • Boxing Day (Monday, December 26)
    • New Year's Day (Sunday, January 1)

Regular hours will be in effect on Tuesday, December 27 and Monday, January 2.

Have a wonderful holiday season!