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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

Coming soon!

The 8th annual Hastings Founders Fibre Festival will be at the Hastings Civic Centre on Friday August 18th. As part of Canada 150, the village of Hastings has a reason to celebrate the textile arts ; in the 19th century, cotton, wool and leather were all produced in the village. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Hastings Library, there will be displays of knitting, weaving, quilts, etc. In the afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Dr. Skye Morrison will be doing a free workshop on “Textiles and Memory” - for all ages. Don’t forget to visit the alpacas outside!

Want to learn to use your camera better to take great pictures? Discover some tips and tricks for special effects? Then join Bonnie Edwards and the Hastings Library on Friday Aug. 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hastings Civic Centre. The workshop is free but please register at the Hastings Library @ 705-696-2111. Please bring your camera and, if you have them, your camera manual and tripod.

With September around the corner, thoughts will soon be turning to “all things school”. If your child is starting Kindergarten this Fall, help get them ready with the Campbellford Branch Library’s “Get ready for Kindergarten” session on Thursday August 31st, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. They will be reading school related books, doing a fun school craft and taking a ride on the school bus! Registration is required. Phone 705-653-3611.

Like to draw? Would like to learn to sketch portraits? The Warkworth Library invites you to attend a free portrait sketching class with artist Jim Dumka on Saturday Sept. 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Spaces are limited and previous classes held at the Campbellford and Hastings Branch Libraries proved to be very popular, so phone early (or drop into the library) to book your space. For more information, call 705-924-3116. Basic materials will be supplied.


August Activities


 Summer is not over yet! There are still lots of fun things to do at the Trent Hills Library. The TD Summer Reading Club continues for two more weeks, with stories and exciting crafts. Everyone is welcome!

All three branches are participating in a Reading Contest for Children for the month of August. Do you think you can read the most books? Sign up and then read, read, read! Results will be calculated based on your library card loans. The last day to read is Thursday August 24th.

On Friday, August 11th the Hastings Branch Library will be hosting “Tech help” from 1-5 p.m.and 6-8 p.m. Do you have an iPad or tablet that you’re not sure of how to use? Do you need help in figuring out how to check email, Facebook or how to download an ebook? Come to the Hastings Library - no appointment necessary - for help with your technology related questions. Bring your device or use one of our computers.                    

Small Towns, Big Futures

Interested in changing small town attitudes to entrepreneurship? Wanting to make positive changes in your community or the communities you serve by building more small innovative businesses? You need to come to “Gather Your Crowd” - a presentation showing how seven towns gathered volunteers to get things done in their communities. Brought to you by the Hastings Public Library and Bootstrap Local Marketing. This free event is on Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hastings Civic Centre. Hope to see you there!

TD Summer Reading Club

School will soon be out and summer holidays will start. That means time to register for the much anticipated TD Summer Reading Club, which is being offered at all 3 branches of Trent Hills Public Library. This free reading program has been popular at libraries across Canada for many summers and this year’s theme of “Canada” - to tie in with Canada 150 celebrations - should prove to be an inspiration to discovering new ideas, new authors & illustrators, new things about our country and ourselves.

Reading Club activities include stories, crafts and games. Participants will also receive an activity booklet, stickers and bookmark  with a link to online activities.

The TD Reading Club runs from July 4th to August 18th. Program activities at the Campbellford Branch are on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. At Hastings Branch, they are on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and at Warkworth Branch, they will be on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. Our summer student has some exciting activities planned, so make sure to phone or come in to your local branch library to sign up and help celebrate what makes Canadian libraries great!

150 Years of Trent Hills Communities

Campbellford, Hastings and Warkworth — communities that all have a rich heritage — are now showcased in a unique poster. This was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, through co-operation with the Municipality of Trent Hills, and in collaboration between Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation, the Government of Canada and leaders from across Canada. The commemorative poster is two-sided and includes 37 photographs of architecture and memories in Trent Hills over the past 150 years.

The poster was unveiled during the Warkworth Art (& Music) in the Park and copies are now available — free of charge — at your local library branch. Stop by and pick one up and see how many pictures you can identify!

Rug Hooking

If you haven’t had a chance to view the beautiful hooked rugs currently on display at the Campbellford Library, make time to drop in over the next few days and be amazed at the talent and artistry. The display is part of the “Then and Now: rug hooking in Canada - a Canada 150 Exhibition”. A resurgence in traditional rug hooking, in part due to The Ontario Hooking Craft Guild, reminds us that rug hooking has always been a part of Canada’s history - whether by early settlers or as established industries in Eastern Canada and Quebec. The exhibition and demonstrations at the Campbellford Library have been organized by the Campbellford Rug Hookers and will be there until April 30th.

Spring Activities

Spring is here and so are April showers! The Trent Hills Library has some fun activities lined up for the whole family this month which are bound to brighten your day. The Cake Pops Class was so popular at the Warkworth Library that they have decided to continue with the baking theme. There will be an Easter Cupcake Decorating Workshop on Sat. April 15 at 10:30 a.m., for ages 12 and up Spaces are limited, so you need to register. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, the Hastings Library invites you to an evening talk with Joyce Higgs on Catherine Parr Traill and Canadian wildflowers. This will be on Thurs. April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hastings Civic Centre. If spring is inspiring your creative writer’s urges, then why not join the Campbellford Library’s Writers’ Group, which meets every other Tuesday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, all 3 branches are issuing a “Family 150 Reading Challenge”. It’s a challenge for the entire family to read (until the end of the year) 150 Canadian books and magazines. Pick your pamphlet up at one of the branches to record what your family reads. When you’ve completed 150, hand in the pamphlet at your branch for a chance to win a prize. If you need some suggestions for Canadian authors, please ask a librarian. We will be happy to help you find some fabulous Canadian books - for adults, young adults and children!

Also, a reminder that all 3 branches will be closed on Good Friday (April 14th) and Easter Monday (April 17th), so stock up with some good (Canadian) reads beforehand!