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Spring is Finally Here!

Spring is here - a time to shake off our winter doldrums and try something new! Check out what our three branch libraries have to offer you coming up in April.

On Thursday April 5th, at the Hastings Branch, you are invited to join us for a Kombucha (fermented sweet tea) class at 7:00 p.m. Learn about the health benefits, how you can make it at home, and taste a sample. The following day, Friday, April 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., there will be a workshop on painting garden markers. Phone the library  (705-696-2111) for more information and to register.

The Warkworth branch has some exciting events lined up. On April 11th, there will be an Essential Oils Workshop starting at 5:30 p.m.  A Spring Cupcake Decorating Class will be held on Saturday, April 21st, from 10:30 to 12:00 noon and should be yummy! For both events, please phone the Warkworth library to register. 705-924-3116. Ongoing programs include Needlework on the last Wednesday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Reading Buddies every Tuesday, starting at 3:30 p.m.

The Campbellford branch is also starting some new programs. Kids, come and practice your reading with “Tanker” the dog on Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. For the adults, a knitting group beginning on April 27th will meet Friday mornings from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m. Bring your unfinished project with you or be a beginner. For both programs, please phone the Campbellford Branch at 705-653-3611 to register.

*Also, Campbellford Branch’s winter hours will end on March 31st. Regular hours resume on Tuesday April 3rd.*

Happy Easter!

Readers’ Advisory

There have been many changes in public libraries over the past twenty years but providing information services to patrons is still a prime goal. An important component of this public service is Readers’ Advisory. “Quite simply, it is the act of putting people together with the books they love”  (or need) — from Genreflecting. Or, in other words, suggesting the right work for the right person at the right time. Although it usually refers to works of fiction and leisure reading, Readers’ Advisory covers both fiction and non-fiction, and also different formats - print, electronic, audiobook and video.

Using their knowledge and experience, the librarians at the Trent Hills libraries are ready to assist patrons in finding materials to entertain, amuse, inform, challenge and inspire.

In upcoming months, I will be talking more about different genres and authors, as well as possible “read-a-likes”. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian at your branch for help in finding the perfect book for you.

Beat the February Blahs!

Wiarton Willie has made his prediction of 6 more weeks of winter. Brrr!!  But with all that’s going on at the Trent Hills Library branches, the time will fly by!

On Saturday, Feb. 10th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Friends of the Hastings Library are having their giant winter book sale, with a great selection of books (and DVDs) available.  On that same day, Warkworth branch library is having a Valentine’s card-making class for kids from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Please phone and register for the class, as it will fill up quickly!

Starting on Wednesday, Feb. 28th, and on every last Wednesday of the month, join the crafters at the Warkworth branch. Bring a project you’re working on (knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch) - and spend some time crafting and chatting. Coffee and treats will be served.

Interested in researching your family tree? For the month of February, you can book a session with a librarian at the Hastings branch library and get an introduction to genealogy research and the online Ancestry program which is available at all 3 branches.

New Year…New Reads

A new year is here and we look forward to some great new ideas at the Trent Hills Library in 2018. To start us off, the library’s Facebook page will feature a “Librarian’s Pick of the Month” book. This month’s pick is “The Little Book of Lykke” by Meik Wiking. Check the Facebook page and read what CEO Mary Jo Mahoney has to say about it.

We are also issuing a new challenge for 2018! Whether you read a book a week or a book a month, challenge yourself to try some new genres and new authors. There is a list at the branches with some suggestions eg. “a book set in a country you want to visit” or “a book that was once banned”. The possibilities are endless!

Congratulations to Mindy Macmillan, who is the new Assistant Supervisor at the Warkworth Branch. As well, Amanda Corbeil, Library Assistant, will be at the Warkworth Branch on a regular basis.


Cathy Firth is Retiring!

After a long (26 years) and varied library career, Cathy FIrth is retiring from the Warkworth Library, where she has been Assistant Supervisor for the last 16 years. She will be very much missed by both staff and patrons. If you would like to offer your congratulations, please drop in to the Warkworth Branch Library on Friday, December 29th between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and wish her a “Happy Retirement”.

Christmas Activities!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! The Trent Hills Library has a Santa sack full of fun activities that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

First off, there are Christmas card making classes at the Warkworth branch (on Tues. Nov. 14th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon) and at the Campbellford branch (on Thurs. Nov. 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.) Judging by how popular the card making class at the Hastings branch was this past Saturday, spaces will fill up quickly. Phone to register.

Next up, our very own library baker-in-residence, Cathy, will be demonstrating how to decorate Christmas goodies for the holidays. She will be at the Campbellford branch on Mon. Nov. 20th, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Later that afternoon, Mon. Nov. 20th, Cathy will be at the Hastings branch from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The following day, Tues. Nov. 21st, she will be decorating goodies at the Warkworth branch, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Again, space is limited, so please call to register. Phone numbers are as follows: Campbellford 705-653-3611  ;  Hastings 705-696-2111 and Warkworth 705-924-3116.

On Saturday, Nov. 25th, it will be “Twas the month before Christmas” Party at the Warkworth branch. Join us for a fun morning of facepainting, stories and treats.

Hastings branch will be having an “Art Workshop with Jeanette” on Friday, Dec. 1st from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Take the opportunity to create a unique gift - for yourself or for someone special - using plaster, paint and imagination! This workshop requires registration. Please call 705-696-2111 during open hours.

Finally, the Campbellford branch presents “Pre-school Christmas” on Fri., Dec. 15th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.. There will be story hour with Santa and “Trace’s Faces” will be there to do some fun face painting.

All activities are free (including materials) but remember to sign up soon!


Card-Making Workshop

The Hastings Branch Library will be holding a card-making workshop on Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  A variety of cards for different occasions will be made and taken home. Supplies are provided - you just need to bring your enthusiasm and imagination! This promises to be a fun class!

As spaces are limited, registration is required. Phone 705-696-2111 during open hours or email us at

Ontario Library Week – What’s happening?

Celebrate Ontario Public Library Week 2017 with a visit to your local library. It will get you thinking about all the services that your library has to offer and the valuable role that our libraries play in Canadians’ lives. From October 15th to 21st, there will be special events (all free) at all three branches.

At the Campbellford Branch, Sarah Gale will talk about using and tracing your family history on Tuesday Oct. 17th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required. Join the Book Breakfast Talk on Oct. 18th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - an informational talk about joining Campbellford Book Club. Then on Oct. 19th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m,. kids can participate in the popular Paws for Reading. For more information, call 705-653-3611.

Hastings Branch has a special “Pirates” Storytime, with stories and crafts, on Tues. Oct 17th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. On Wed., Oct. 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Genealogy Club celebrates both Ontario Library Week and Family History Month with an Open House. Access the Ancestry program to start your family research and check out the many books on genealogy available at the library. “Talking Textiles” with Dr. Skye Morrison, is on Friday Oct. 20th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Registration for this event is required). For more information, call 705-696-2111.

Interested in promoting your local library? In being involved in creative projects and events? The Warkworth Branch will be holding a special meeting (new start-up) of the Friends of the Warkworth Library on Wed., Oct. 18th, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. On Saturday, Oct. 21st, the library will partner with Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre to present a second “Textiles Talk” by Dr. Skye Morrison. Participants are asked to bring a favourite textile or a story about one. Registration is required. For more information, call 705-924-3116.





Author’s Night

On Friday, September 29th, at 7:30 p.m., the Friends of the Hastings Library are hosting their annual Author’s Night at the Hastings Civic Centre.  This year, we are fortunate to have Janet Kellough - a novelist, storyteller, playwright and performer. Her novel “Wishful Seeing” has been shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur Ellis Award in the Best Novel category. Equally exciting, the 4th Line Theatre will be adapting this historical murder mystery for the stage. Admission is a freewill offering, which will benefit ongoing programs at the Hastings Library. Please come and meet Janet!

Ontario Library Week is next month - Oct. 15th to 21st. All three branches will be celebrating with some special programming, so stay tuned!

Warkworth Branch Celebrates!

This coming Saturday, September 16th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Warkworth Branch Library is celebrating the grand re-opening of their newly decorated Children’s area. Including a chalkboard wall and the cutest children’s chair ever, the space invites you to relax, do some reading, play and discover new ideas. Wear a costume and be entered in a draw to win a prize!

Then, on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.there will be a hands-on Portrait Drawing Workshop with local artist Jim Dumka featuring discussion, demonstration, advice and information. Jim has previously done workshops at the Campbellford and Hastings Branches which were very popular. Spaces are limited so sign up as soon as possible. Phone 705-924-3116 during open hours or email