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STEAM-Based Learning, Adult Programs

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Programs and challenges to
boost your STEAM-related skills

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Craft activities and other
ways to stretch your mind

Craft Activities
Virtual Quests

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Learn a new skill or hobby
and increase your knowledge

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STEAM Challenges

Discover an awesome STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activity with our staff!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube)

  • Teen Steam
    • Cold Packs (new!): Join Amy as she talks about Freezing Point Depression and the molecular stability of water while making DIY cold packs!
    • Saponification: Join Kim and learn how to make homemade soap while using a chemical reaction called Cold Saponification. It takes 4 weeks to set and will make a great holiday gift for friends and family!
  • Pendulum Painting (new!): Learn about physics and make art at the same time. Get ready, it's going to get messy!
  • Eggshell Geodes: Learn to make beautiful geodes out of an eggshell, salt, and hot water!
  • TD Summer Reading Club 2021:
  • Arm Knitting: Using one ball of yarn and just your hands, arm knit this wonderful scarf with Clarington Public Library staff!
  • Balloon vs Lemon: Lemons, balloons, and chemistry, oh my!
  • Binary Bracelets: This introduction to binary code is fun, pretty, and makes a great Valentine's Day gift for family members or yourself!
  • Bottle Raft: You'll be amazed what you can build with popsicle sticks, elastic bands, and empty bottles!
  • Bouncy Bubbles: Blow bubbles that you can bounce and learn why this fun trick works!
  • Earth Day Pinwheel: Make your own pinwheel and learn about wind!
  • Easter Egg Dyeing: Learn three methods for dyeing your own Easter eggs!
  • Easter Egg Hunt: Follow the trail of chocolate eggs, explore the library, and learn some interesting facts about rabbits!
  • Elephant Toothpaste: Don't brush your teeth with elephant toothpaste! Today's activity is pretty messy and requires adult supervision.
  • Fibonacci Art Project: Discover mathematical beauty. The Fibonacci sequence is found naturally in plants and animals. Great artists use it in their artwork and so can you!
  • Hidden Colours: Watch as Scientist Mackenzie uncovers colours in the most unexpected places with these two fun experiments!
  • Make Your Own Fossils: Calling all paleontologists! Create and dig up your very own fossils for this science STEAM challenge.
  • Math Magic Trick: Amaze friends and grown-ups with this cool magic trick using math!
  • Melty Crayon Art: Learn how to turn broken crayons into beautiful art!
  • Paper and Water Magic: This week's activities look like magic, but what you see is actually science!
  • Polar Bear Challenge: Learn how polar bears keep warm and dry in the winter! You can find the materials you will need for this activity around your home.
  • Whirlybirds: Make your own whirlybird and learn about wheels and axles!

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Fun & Games

  • I Spy Challenge (new!): Join Mackenzie in this live I SPY game. Look closely to see if you can find the secret word.


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Craft Activities

Go on a creative adventure and make some crafty masterpieces with our staff!
(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube)

  • Santa Advent Calendar (New!): Jen is here to show you how to make your own Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar! Fill in Santa's beard and count the days to Christmas with this fun craft. To help fill in Santa's beard, be sure to check out the Library's Advent Calendar this December!
  • Halloween Tube Monsters: Get ready for Halloween with this spooky craft. Join Mackenzie as she makes some fun creatures to decorate your house!
  • Thanksgiving Turkey: We'll be making a colourful turkey that will help us remember all the things we're thankful for.
  • TD Summer Reading Club 2021:
  • Easter Sock Bunny: Make your own Easter bunny with socks, rice, and a few more things you already have at home!
  • Father's Day Card: Tell your loved one they're the "coolest" with this fun Father's Day card craft!
  • LovebugsFor Valentine's Day this year, create your own lovebug with craft supplies you have at home. Make your lovebug unique, just like you!
  • Mother's Day Dandelion Card: Make a special and personalized "dandelion" craft for a beatiful Mother's Day card!
  • St. Patrick's Day: For Saint Patrick's Day this year, create your own pot of gold! Then, go on a leprechaun hunt!


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Virtual Quests and Escape Rooms

Test your knowledge and decision making with virtual quests and escape rooms!
(Please note that some links will take you to Google Forms)

  • TD Summer Reading Club 2021:
    • Pirate Island Treasure Hunt (new!): A family vacation to an island off the coast becomes far more adventurous than you imaged! Follow the clues on an old map and see if you can locate some pirate treasure!
    • Escape from the Library!: Nothing can go wrong playing hide and seek in the library.... Right? But what if it's a magic library?! Grab your favourite titles and see if you can solve the clues to escape the library!
    • CLOCA Adventure: Grab your kit and head out on a virtual bird-watching adventure with Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) in the woods!
    • Canadian Space Agency: Will you succeed in your mission? Everyone at the Canadian Space Agency is dealing with a looming security threat, and they need you and your bunkmates at space camp to perform a very important task! Can you deliver the information to the head of security in time? Will you save the network? Take the challenge!
  • Virtual Escape Room: Trapped in a Painting! Do you have what it takes to track down your missing friend, and solve the mystery of the mysterious paintings in the museum?
  • Virtual Escape Room: Escape Wonderland: Escape boredom and adventure through Wonderland with Clarington Public Library's digital escape room! Solve puzzles and riddles, and discover what's at the bottom of the rabbit hole. Can you make your way home, or are you stuck in Wonderland? Each choice you make is a new path!
  • Virtual Escape Room: On Your Own: Escape through your screen with a digital escape room just for TD Summer Reading Club members! Enter your name, choose your character, and you're off on an adventure! Players beware! Here, there be dragons...


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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube)

  • Indigenous Authors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (new!): Join bestselling, award-winning children’s authors David A. Robertson (The Barren Grounds, On the Trapline), Melanie Florence (Stolen Words, Just Lucky), and Jay Odjick (illustrator of Blackflies and Bear for Breakfast, written by Robert Munsch) for this special pre-recorded library presentation.

National Indigenous History Month

Durham Indigenous Voices Discussion Series

Every June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, which is an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions, and cultures of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities across Canada. 

The Durham libraries, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, DCSI, OTSU, and the Region of Durham, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, are launching a collaborative four-part panel discussion series with Indigenous peoples and First Nations from the Durham Region. Reconciliation, Resilience, Resistance, and Resurgence will focus on actions that support and amplify Indigenous Voices in our community as we move forward with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls-to-Action.

Join the discussion and learn how to become an ally to speak out against Anti-Indigenous Racism.

(Please note that all links will take you to YouTube)