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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.

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Annual Report 2017

Apr 25, 2018 - Comments: 0
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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


TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards

Apr 12, 2018 - Comments: 0
colourful summer reading club characters.

Clarington Public Library is thrilled to announce it has been shortlisted for the national TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards 2017!

These awards recognize and reward the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in each official language in local public libraries across Canada. Library and Archives Canada (LAC), along with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, manage the national TD Summer Reading Club and the awards.

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!

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.


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