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New Branch Hours: Courtice, Newcastle

Sep 21, 2018 - Comments: 0

Clarington Public Library's service hours are changing in order to provide more programming opportunities and enhanced public service!

The Library will be offering extended public service hours at the Courtice and Newcastle Branches, starting Monday, October 22. The hours at the Bowmanville and Orono Branches will remain the same. 

Courtice Branch

The Courtice Branch is extending evening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

As of Monday, October 22, the new hours of operation will be:

Bowmanville Redesign Project

Sep 12, 2018 - Comments: 0
overlooking the interior of the Bowmanville Branch.

The project to redesign and refresh the Bowmanville Branch has begun! We want to create a more flexible space that better serves the needs of our community and members.

Public input will be an integral part of the design process. Members of the public, staff, Board members, Municipal Council, community organizations, and other stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to provide their suggestions and feedback. 

New Fall 2018 Guide

Aug 16, 2018 - Comments: 0
boy using Makey Makey kit.

The Fall 2018 Library Guide is now available electronically! Discover Author Encounters, Halloween and seasonal fun, stacks of STEAM programming, and more!

View the Guide online today! Printed copies are expected to be available in all branches by the end of August.

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!


CLOCA Community Pass

Jul 10, 2018 - Comments: 0
photo of marsh marigold flower and CLOCA logo.

Central Lake Ontario Conservation logo.The Library is excited to expand its Community Pass program! You can now borrow a parking pass for Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) nature areas across the Durham region, including the Bowmanville Westside Marshes, Enniskillen, Long Sault, and Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Areas in Clarington!

eAudio on the Go

Jun 28, 2018 - Comments: 0
viewing the road through a car windscreen.

Road-tripping this summer, driving up to the cottage, or just relaxing by the poolside? Take your Library with you!

You can download your next great read on your mobile device with eAudiobooks! No more scrambling for the next CD or cramming your glove box full of CD cases, just download and press play!

Fast Track your Skills

Apr 30, 2018 - Comments: 0
man sat a a desk and camera on a piano.

Refresh your skills, or fast track your career with self-paced online tutorials and micro-learning segments. is a leading online learning platform that helps users learn business, software, STEM, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. There are over 4,500 video courses for all skill levels, taught by recognized industry experts. All courses are broken down into short sessions, allowing you to focus on key topics of interest.

Visit our page to learn more!

Annual Report 2017

Apr 25, 2018 - Comments: 0
cover of annual report and featured images.

The Library’s 2017 Annual Report is now available! View it online or pick up a printed copy at any branch, available shortly!

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, Battle of the Books, the launch of our new catalogue, and our new partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)!

There's also a list of our most popular material, which includes Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar as the most popular junior picture book, and Trevor Noah's Born a Crime as the most popular biography!

Fast facts for 2017 include:

  • 38,530 members
  • 658,758 items borrowed
  • 1,771,981 visits, including
    • 925,646 website
    • 416,357 in-person
    • 429,978 app
  • 22,838 program participants in 981 programs
  • 899,488 social media reach


Elevator Accessibility Improvements

Mar 14, 2018 - Comments: 0
Accessiblity Committee.

The Municipality of Clarington officially unveiled accessibility upgrades to elevators at the Municipal Administrative Centre (MAC) and the Clarington Public Library Bowmanville Branch.

“We are continually striving to create a barrier-free community, where residents of all abilities have access to our buildings and services,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

The upgrades include audio announcements and Braille to allow those with visual impairments to access the elevators without assistance. The audio announcements let people know when the elevator has arrived and what floor they are on, while the Braille makes it easier to select the correct button.

The Municipality of Clarington received a $16,940 grant to renovate and make improvements to the elevators. The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund which provides funding for projects to ‘ensure greater accessibility and opportunity for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces.’

(Shared with permission from the Municipality of Clarington press release)

ReaCH - Read for Community Hours

Mar 09, 2018 - Comments: 0
stack of books and Read for Community Hours logo.

Read for Community Hours logo.Are you a high school student who loves to read? Earn your volunteer hours and write short reviews on unreleased books!

Drop by the Firehouse Youth Centre (132 Church St., Bowmanville) to grab the latest #ReaCH titles. New reads are available the first Thursday of the month!

Angus Mowat Award of Excellence

Feb 06, 2018 - Comments: 0
Angus Mowat Award Ceremony, with Board Vice Chair receiving the award rom the Minister.

We're incredibly proud and excited to announce that the Library has received a provincial Ontario Public Library Service Award, the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence, for the Winter WonderLearn Festival!

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