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Winter WonderLearn

Jan 08, 2018 - Comments: 0
Winter WonderLearn banner featuring photos of Music by Jake and activities.

This Family Day, your family can enjoy a free day of fun at a festival designed to get you active, learn something new, and enjoy time together!

Make some noise! You and your family can enjoy interactive activities and learn about music and sound. Be sure to catch a musical show from special guest, Music by Jake!

Essential Skills Workshops

Dec 29, 2017 - Comments: 0
Four photos of professions.

Put yourself on the road to success with professional and certification courses! Gain the skills you need to meet the needs and challenges of your future academic and career goals.

All workshops are presented in partnership with Durham College, and are offered at no charge.

Advanced registration required; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone. Registrants must be 18+ years.

Safe Food Handlers Certification

Session 1: Bowmanville Branch; Monday, January 22; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
Session 2: Newcastle Branch; Thursday, March 8; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; or
Session 3: Bowmanville Branch; Monday, March 19; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Learn the safe way to handle and prepare food for a variety of kitchens and environments, including restaurants, take-out, catering, food trucks, or working directly with high-risk groups such as children and the elderly. 

Participants must complete one full six-hour course and an evaluation to achieve certification. The Food Safety Training Certificate meets the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and all Health Departments across the province.


SMART Serve Certification

Session 1: Bowmanville Branch; Monday, January 29; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
Session 2: Newcastle Branch; Thursday, March 15; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; or
Session 3: Bowmanville Branch; Wednesday, March 21; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to implement a responsible alcohol service and maintain a safe environment. 

Participants must complete one full six-hour course and an evaluation to achieve certification. The Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service Training Program is approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as a server training program for the Ontario hospitality industry.


Basic Health & Safety and WHMIS

Courtice Branch
Friday, January 19
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ensure the safety of employers and employees with WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System). 

Participants must complete the full six-hour course and an evaluation to achieve certification.


First Aid

Courtice Branch
Friday, February 23 AND Friday, March 2
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Keep your family and those around you safe. Obtain your Standard First Aid and CPR-C certificate. 

Participants must complete the full two-day course and an evaluation to achieve certification.


Computer Essentials

Courtice Branch
Thursdays, January 11 to March 1
12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Get a basic introduction to computers! Learn about operating systems, the Internet, email, keyboarding, and Microsoft Office in this eight-class workshop session.


More information about the Essential Skills Workshops:

For more information, please contact Jamie McAdam, Durham College Learning Facilitator, at 905-721-2000 x2504, or

Presented in partnership with Durham College. All programming is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.


Winter 2018 Library Guide

Dec 06, 2017 - Comments: 0
group of children participating in a library activity.

The Winter 2018 Library Guide is now available! Register today for Essential Skills workshops like Safe Food Handling, SMART Serve, and first aid; Career Coach; beginner and intermediate Ancestry courses; Pump Up Your P.A. DayBookmaking Extravaganza; French Language Game Nights; STEM Champions; and of course, March Break: Blowing Off STEAM!

View the Guide online today! Printed Guides are expected to be available at all branches by mid-December.

Don't miss the next Guide release! Sign up for our eNewsletter and receive notifications about our quarterly Guides and other great programs, events, and news!


TD Battle of the Books!

Nov 30, 2017 - Comments: 0
Battle of the Books logo.

Prepare for battle! The deadline to put together a team is fast approaching!

Battle of the Books will be waged with teams from across Clarington and the Durham Region in this annual book-based trivia tournament! In April, school teams compete at the Junior level (Grades 4 to 6), the Senior level (Grades 7 and 8), or both, testing their knowledge of the prepared reading list. 

New Dewey's Café Hours

Nov 27, 2017 - Comments: 0
Dewey's Cafee logo.

Dewey's Café inside the Bowmanville Branch is open Monday to Friday, and will be closing daily at 4:30 p.m. starting Monday, November 20th.

The Library's hours of operation are not affected.

New Catalogue Launch!

Oct 16, 2017 - Comments: 0

Our online Library catalogue has launched, 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 can now use 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 today and try it out for yourself! You can also download a handy Quick Reference Guide.

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! 

Summer Reading Club: Victoria Welcome!

Aug 25, 2017 - Comments: 2
Geoff Young and scene of Victoria.

Thank you to everyone who made the TD Summer Reading Club a huge success! We had 1165 members this year, the most we've ever had! Together we read over 7400 books! Way to go everyone! Every book read was a kilometre along the Trans Canada Highway; large maps were on display in all branches so everyone could track our progress and learn interesting facts about our pitstops along the way.

With over 7400 books read by eager club members on our Read Across Challenge, we officially made it all the way from St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia! ​Acting Mayor and City Councillor for Victoria Geoff Young was proud to to welcome us into his beautiful city in a video message! 

Mini-Maker Kits

May 18, 2017 - Comments: 0
Banana piano created with Makey Makey.

Boost your child’s skills and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the new Mini-Maker Kits!

Each kit contains everything you and your budding scientist or engineer need to complete fun STEM-based projects. Construct a door alarm or traffic light, explore creative computing with apps and games, or create a tinfoil dance pad or fruit piano!

Three of each type of Mini-Maker kit are available:

One of each kit is available for holds, while the other two are available in-branch on a first-come, first-served basis. Each kit may be borrowed for one week. 

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

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.

Book The Studio Today!

Nov 09, 2015 - Comments: 2 - Tags:
Courtice Studio graphic.

The Studio is now open for bookings at the Courtice Branch!

This high-powered digital media lab is equipped with a DSLR camera, green screen, and computers with advanced editing software.

What will you create in this awesome space? Book The Studio today and find out!


  • Nikon D5500 DSLR camera with 18-55 VR II lens and tripod;
  • Rode Videomic Go camera microphone;
  • Two uLite 85W flourescent lamps with 20" soft boxes and 6' stands;
  • Blue Yeti USB microphone;
  • Two Sennheiser HD Pro over-ear sound isolating headphones;
  • Three-walled green screen.


  • Adobe Audition;
  • Adobe Captivate;
  • Adobe Dreamweaver;
  • Adobe Flash Pro;
  • Adobe Photoshop;
  • Adobe Premiere Elements;
  • Adobe Presenter;
  • Audacity;
  • GIMP.

Guidelines for Use:
Please read the complete Studio User Guidelines.

Highlights include:

  • Studio reservations are for a maximum of 2 hours and are otherwise a first come, first served basis
  • Maximum of 4 people in the room at any given time
  • Primary member booking, or using the space, must leave their Library card and photo identification with Library staff
  • Primary member is responsible for damaged equipment
  • The Studio is open to Clarington Public Library members 14 years of age and older. Those under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.


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