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Holiday Programs

Happy Holidays snowflake banner.

Ho ho ho, the holidays are officially here! Sign the Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Holiday Card, drop by for Member Appreciation Day, and support your community with Food for Fines!

Browse through our holiday programs below, view them on our program calendar, or download and print our special holiday flyer


Special Events

mailbox icon.Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Holiday Card

Your Library is proud to partner with Lakeridge Health Bowmanville this holiday season with an over-sized community card!

We’re encouraging our members to sign, write messages, or even draw on the card, which will be given to the patients and their families that need to remain in the hospital over the holidays.

Follow the Library on Facebook or Twitter to find out when the card will be available at your local branch.


Thank you image.Member Appreciation

Bowmanville Branch
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We’re celebrating you, our wonderful members! Drop by to enjoy a warm drink and treats, and chat with members of the Library Board.

Also enter the prize draw for your chance to win! This is all part of our way of saying “thank you” for being such great Library members!


Food for Fines can icon.Food for Fines

All Branches
Saturday, December 1 to Saturday, December 15

Alleviate hunger in Clarington! Help a family and your community while reducing your fines.

Your Library will credit $1 of the amount owed in fines (up to a maximum of $5) for every non-perishable food item donated. Food donations will also be welcomed where no fines are owed! All food collected will be distributed across Clarington by local food banks.

Christmas tree.Dear Santa Notes

Look for “Dear Santa” notes you can answer on our Christmas trees for food bank donation requests, items most in need this holiday season! You can also download and print the list of most in-demand items.

Technology Programs

holiday card icon.DIY Holiday Cards

Courtice Branch
Session 1: Friday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. [REGISTRATION REQUIRED]; or
Session 2:
Sunday, November 25, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. [REGISTRATION REQUIRED]

Send out personalized holiday cards to family and friends this year, with help from our staff and The Studio in Courtice Branch! Book an appointment on Friday, November 23 or Sunday, November 25, then come dressed in your holiday best; we’ll take it from there!

Already have the skills to make an awesome card, but need the equipment or software? Book time in The Studio whenever works for you – we have a camera, backdrops, and variety of editing software for you to use! 


Children's Programs

All programs are all ages. Drop in; no registration required. No charge.

Yeti icon.Christmas Creatures

All Branches
Saturday, December 1 to Saturday, December 15

Reindeer, snowmen, and yetis, oh my! Visit any branch starting on December 1 and craft your very own Christmas Creature! (Hurry in while supplies last!)


Mrs Claus icon.Mrs. Claus Storytimes

Courtice Branch: Tuesday, December 4, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.;
Bowmanville Branch: Wednesday, December 5, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.;
Newcastle Branch: Thursday, December 6, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; or
Orono Branch: Wednesday, December 12, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Join Mrs. Claus at the Library for a very special storytime with festive stories and songs, and lots of holiday cheer!


Holiday goodies icon.Enchanted Evening

Courtice Branch: Thursday, December 66:30 to 7:30 p.m.;
Bowmanville Branch: Friday, December 76:30 to 7:30 p.m.; or
Newcastle Branch: Thursday, December 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Experience the smells, sounds, and sights of the holiday season with this special program for the five senses!


Christmas tree ornament icon.Santa's Workshop

Bowmanville Branch
Saturday, December 8
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Make a gift for someone special or glitz up your tree with a DIY Ornament from Santa’s Workshop!


dog wearing a Santa hat icon.Toque Tales

Bowmanville Branch: Tuesday, December 11, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.;
Newcastle Branch: Wednesday, December 12, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; or
Courtice Branch: Thursday, December 13, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Brrr! Warm up at the Library with a cozy storytime all about mittens, scarves, and toques! 


Gingerbread house icon.Gingerbread Adventure

Courtice Branch
Saturday, December 15
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Can you catch the Gingerbread Man? Hear stories and sing songs as you help decorate Gingerbread Man’s house for the holidays!

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