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Pump Up Your P.A. Day!

Nov 13, 2017 - Comments: 0
image of PA Day activities.

Pump Up your November 24 P.A Day! Tackle a unique engineering project in Design It! Build It!, create your own books in Bookmaking Extravaganza, or discover historical storytelling with Kamishibai Jam! All programs are no charge.

Technology and craft supplies.Design It! Build It!

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

Engineers are responsible for solving problems, whether trapping an invasive species, designing a building to withstand earth’s natural forces, or coding a circuit that keeps your house safe! Participants will have the opportunity to put their math, science, and technology skills to the test through a unique engineering project!

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

Eventbrite - Pump Up Your P.A. Day! Bookmarking Extravaganza!

Bookmaking supplies.Bookmaking Extravaganza!

[Ages 6 and under]
Newcastle Branch, Community Room
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
 Drop in.

Take part in a bookmaking extravaganza! Homemade books can tell stories about a vacation, a family event, or a child’s imagination. You and your child will create fun and unusual books with everyday materials, and share a story while building your child’s fine motor, reading, and writing skills.

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


Kamishibai story.Kamishibai Jam

[All ages]
Bowmanville Branch, Children's Area
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
 Drop in.

Japanese storytellers have used Kamishibai to spin their yarns since the early twentieth century. Kamishibai uses a miniature stage and sets of illustrated boards to tell a unique story. Sit back and experience some new and some old stories in a very different way!

Counting Week 2017

Oct 25, 2017 - Comments: 0
book heart.

Show your support, and get counted when it counts!

As part of the information sent to the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Clarington Public Library has designated its Counting Week as Wednesday, November 8th through Tuesday, November 14th.

It's easy to show your support! Drop by any Library branch to attend a program, borrow books or movies for your family, or use the quiet study space. You can also show your support from home by downloading an eBook or eMagazine, or accessing an eResource like Mango Languages or!

Statistical information sent to the Ministry includes:

  • Circulation of materials, including books, magazines, movies, eBooks, etc.;
  • In-library materials use;
  • Use of eResources and database searches;
  • Use of public computers and WiFi;
  • Reference inquiries; and
  • Visits to the Library, including walk-in and electronic.


More Information about the Ontario Public Libraries Annual Survey Week

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport requires all public libraries in the province to measure their activities during a typical week in the month of November. During this week, libraries are required to record statistical information at each service point to help create a representative picture of public library usage, both locally and throughout Ontario. Statistical data includes but is not limited to: visitors, items circulated, website hits, eBook and eAudio checkouts, and program attendees. 

The gathered data is vital in providing a representative snapshot into a library’s daily use, and helps identify usage trends and opportunities for growth or new initiatives. The measures are similar from year-to-year and the same for all public libraries, allowing for a comparison of performance measures and overall use of the library’s materials, resources, and services over time, and with other libraries across Ontario.

November Author Visits!

Oct 20, 2017 - Comments: 0
artwork by Melanie Florence and Helene Boudreau.

Join us for some awesome author visits this November! Discover Aboriginal themes and characters with Melanie Florence, and dare to yawn with Hélène Boudreau!

Artwork from Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence.Melanie Florence

[Ages 8 to 10]
Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room
Wednesday, Nov. 22nd

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 

Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto with an interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of the award-winning "Missing Nimama" and is a Forest of Reading Golden Oak Finalist. Her other books include "Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools" and the YA novels "He Who Dreams," "The Missing," "One Night," and "Rez Runaway."

In her spare time, Melanie watches Doctor Who and Harry Potter with her daughter, discusses the DC vs Marvel Universes with her son and makes her husband sit through scary movies with her. She shares her home with her family, their two dogs, two cats, an ever-increasing number of aquarium creatures, and according to her daughter, a house elf who refuses to help with chores.

Check the Library catalogue now to place holds on books by Melanie!

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Artwork from I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helene Boudreau.Hélène Boudreau

[Ages 4 to 9]
Bowmanville Branch, Mezzanine Room
Thursday, Nov. 30th

10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Hélène Boudreau is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults with a focus on humour! Her picture book, "I Dare You Not to Yawn," is a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner and a Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Honour title.

Hélène Boudreau grew up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean but now writes from her land-locked home in Ontario, Canada. She has never time-travelled or saved an endangered bird, nor has she ever spotted a mermaid in the wild, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as sea horses, flying fish, or electric eels.

Check the Library catalogue now to place holds on books by Hélène!

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We acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts.

Advanced registration required for each class visit; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone. Class visits and groups welcome!
No charge.

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! 

Movie Madness!

Oct 03, 2017 - Comments: 0
movie still from Their Finest.

Go mad for movies this fall! ​All movie showings are in the Newcastle Branch, George and Kathleen Vice Community Room. This quarter's line up is The Circle (September), Wonder Woman (October), Their Finest (November), and Going in Style (December).

Money Intelligence Series

Aug 26, 2017 - Comments: 0
piggy bank.

Join family wealth architect and estate planning expert David Duong for these engaging and educational financial fitness workshops!

Presented in partnership with David Duong, CPA, CMA, CIM®, B.Comm.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Savings

Courtice Branch, The Great Room
Thursday, Nov. 16th

6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Start the conversation about money with your children! Today’s world offers real challenges to children when it comes to saving their hard earned cash. Learn how to instill good habits in your kids and help them to be financially responsible.

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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! 

Fall 2017 Library Guide

Aug 17, 2017 - Comments: 0
little girl stood with Mountain.

The Fall 2017 Library Guide is now available!

Register today for Brain Health and the Money Intelligence Series, including Wealth Management for Older Adults, Identity Fraud, and Kids and Savings. Youth can also become STEM Champions this fall! They can master the skills of coding, circuits, and electronics, or take those business ideas and become budding entrepreneurs at the NEET Youth Incubator! Your little ones can create, escape, and investigate at the Library's P.A. Day programs on Fridays, September 29th, October 27th, and November 24th! This September, drop in to Crime Scene or Pirate and Princess Adventure, or sign up for Design It! Build It! There's also information about the Library's great French eResources!

View the Guide online or pick up a printed copy in any branch!

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!


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.

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.


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