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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.

Youth Employment Workshops

Apr 05, 2018 - Comments: 0
group of students sat on a wall.

Accelerate your job search this summer with Youth Employment Workshops, offered in partnership with Community Employment Services! Get assistance with building your resume, finding summer or post-graduation employment, preparing for interviews, and meeting employer expectations.

All programs are drop in, with no registration required, and are no charge! Programs are intended for youth aged 13 to 18 years old.

Presented in partnership with Community Employment Services. Program funding provided by Employment Ontario.


How-To in 10

Mar 19, 2018 - Comments: 0
How-To in 10 logo banner with stop watch.

Got 10 minutes? Learn something new!

Learn new skills in a way that’s fun, easy, free, and fast! Local organizations will host booths set up around the Library, each teaching you an amazing new skill in 10 minutes or less! 

Clarington's festival is on Saturday, April 28, from 10am to 2pm at the Bowmanville Branch.

You could learn how to:

  • Create a picture with different paint strokes with 55+ Active Adults
  • Help your kids develop financial literacy with Alexa Allison, youth author of "You're Too Young!"
  • Make natural bathtub teabags with Body and Soul Wellness Co.
  • Get fit with ZUMBA with Bowmanville Older Adult Association
  • Join a drumming circle with Bowmanville Older Adult Association
  • Host tea with Clarington Museums
  • Make your own Mother's Day card with Clarington Public Library
  • Be the boss of a robot with Clarington Public Library
  • Do a card trick with Clarington Public Library
  • Get your teen working with Community Employment Services
  • Play "Magic: The Gathering" with Courtice teens
  • Snapchat​ with Courtice teens
  • Help your pet in an emergency with Dr. Ashley Loftus, DVM
  • Boost your day with time busting tips with Ella Bates, Efficiency Educator
  • Improve your health with Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi
  • Add physical fitness into your pregnancy with Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies Coalition
  • Create an artisan cheese board with Loblaws PC Cooking School
  • Leave a room full of smoke with Municipality of Clarington, Emergency and Fire Services
  • Get fit with Municipality of Clarington, Fitness Services
  • Give your eyes and lips a new look with Shoppers Drug Mart, Bowmanville Mall
  • Perform CPR and save someone from choking with St. John's Ambulance
  • Set up, maintain, and remember passwords with Staples Business Depot, Bowmanville
  • Use smart LEDs with Veridian

Check back often to see new skills added to the list!

To see all participating Durham Region libraries and for more information on how to sign up if you have a skill to share, visit!

This event has been generously sponsored across the region by Veridian Connections and Ontario Power Generation.

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)

National Canadian Film Day

Mar 14, 2018 - Comments: 0
Scene from Parvana and logos for National Canadian Film Day.

Célébrez la Journée du Cinéma Canadien avec Canadian Parents for French!  Passez à la succursale de Newcastle le jeudi 19 avril, à 18 h 30 pour une projection du film animé Parvana (the Breadwinner), basé sur le roman de meilleure vente par Deborah Ellis.

Quand son père est soudainement arrêté par le Taliban en Afghanistan, Parvana, une fille d'onze ans, doit s'habiller comme un garçon afin de travailler pour subvenir aux besoins de sa famille et elle découvre un nouveau monde de liberté -- et danger.  Avec du courage, de l'imagination et de l'espoir, Parvana embarque sur une quête pour trouver son père et réunir sa famille.

En français avec des sous-titres en anglais.


Celebrate National Canada Film Day with Canadian Parents for French! Drop by the Newcastle Branch on Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m., for a showing of the feature animated film, Parvana (The Breadwinner), based on Deborah Ellis' bestselling novel.

When her father is suddenly arrested by the Taliban in Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana is forced to dress as a boy so that she can work to support her family, discovering a new world of freedom--and danger. With courage, imagination, and hope, Parvana embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.

French with English Subtitles.


Presented in partnership with Canadian Parents for French and REEL Canada.

Spring 2018 Library Guide

Mar 10, 2018 - Comments: 0
Little girl with a Lions Foundation Dog Guide in the Library.

The Spring 2018 Library Guide is now available! Browse our featured services and upcoming programs, including Essential Skills Workshops, What's Your Ancestry?, family literacy workshops, Pump Up Your P.A. Day, and STEM Champions - Codemakers Edition!

View the Guide online! Printed copies are now available in all branches.

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!

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! 


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