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Pump Up Your P.A. Day!

May 18, 2017 - Comments: 0

Make your P.A. Day epic on Friday, June 9! Go Under the Sea with Ontario Early Years, or Design It! Build It! with UOIT!

Under the Sea

[Ages 6 and under]
Newcastle Branch, George and Kathleen Vice Community Room
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Drop in; no registration required.

Find out what’s under the sea! Drop in for briny fun with sea shanties and special activities designed to help develop early literacy and social skills.

Presented in partnership with the Bowmanville YMCA Ontario Early Years Centre.

Design It! Build It!

[Ages 9 to 12]
Courtice Branch, The Great Room
10:30 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m.

Registration required.

Every day we use objects that are automated, but how do they really work? This engineering workshop will explore the basic circuits hidden within our cellphones and computers then will give you an opportunity to test out your skills in designing an automatic pet feeder!

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

Book Club in a Bag Survey

May 10, 2017 - Comments: 3
Book Club in a Bag duffel with items.

We're expanding the Book Club in a Bag program, and we need your feedback!

Let us know what titles or authors you'd suggest for new sets, and what themes or genres you want to see more of, or any other improvements you can suggest for the program!

Take the Book Club in a Bag Survey! The survey will be open until late June.

For more information about the program, and to book your kit, please see our Book Club in a Bag page.

Enjoy the Trails with eAudio!

May 02, 2017 - Comments: 0
Green wooded trail.

Find that great new read or listen on the go with OverDrive!

Explore some of Clarington's many walking trails with your favourite authors and eAudiobooks. Wander the Bowmanville Valley Trail with Michael Connelly, or explore Courtice's Millennium Trail with Nora Roberts! Visit the Municipality of Clarington website for more information about our community's trails, including maps, descriptions, and access points for all trails.

Browse and download titles directly with your mobile device and the OverDrive app, then listen offline on the trail, during your commute, or anywhere!

To get started, visit the OverDrive site or drop in to any branch to speak with staff! View more eContent for on the go at our eCollection page.

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.

Infant Hearing Clinic

Dec 16, 2016 - Comments: 2
Child listening to teddybear's heart.

Attend a clinic to test the hearing of your little one, offered in partnership with the Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Children develop speech and language by listening and imitating those around them, but when there is a hearing loss, these skills may be delayed. Nearly four in 1,000 babies are born deaf or hard of hearing and more children develop hearing loss as they grow. 

To help identify children as early as possible and provide them with follow-up services, 15 minute infant hearing screenings will be available in partnership with the Markham Stouffville Hospital, the lead agency for the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program.

To learn more about the Infant Hearing Program, please visit their website.

Register through the Markham Stouffville Hospital at 1-888-703-5437 x4.


Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room

Monday, January 16th;
Monday, January 30th;
Monday, February 13th;
Monday, February 27th;
Monday, March 13th; or
Monday, March 27th

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Advanced registration required for each 15 minute session through the Markham Stouffville Hospital at 1-888-703-5437 x4.

No charge.

Intended for caregivers with children 4 months and under.

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!

New Library Card Designs!

Feb 13, 2016 - Comments: 2
Library Cards.

Show off your personality and Library love with one of these great new card designs! The cards feature fun and colourful designs promoting literacy, technology, and everyone’s favourite literary dog, Snoopy!

The new cards will be available starting Tuesday, February 16 at all branches. If you are a current member and want one of the new designs, the $2 replacement fee will apply.

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.


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