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Fall Fun at the Library

The Summer Reading Club may be finished but all three branches of Trent Hills Library have some exciting and fun activities planned over the next month or two. Storytime has started at the Warkworth Branch on Tuesday Mornings at 10:30 a.m. As well, Hastings storytime is on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Campbellford is now taking registration for their storytime on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 but it is filling up fast so don’t delay!
There will be an Essential Oils workshop at the Warkworth Branch on Wednesday October 10th from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. This is your chance to find out more about essential oils and also to make a small project to take home. Registration is required. On Saturday October 20th Warkworth will hold a Stamping Card Class, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will make 6 different cards and all supplies are provided. Again, registration is required. Finally, a new Writer’s Book Club will be starting on the last Friday of the month from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. This is a writer’s club with a twist: members will read the same book and rewrite the ending to share with the group. The Warkworth Branch phone number is 705-924-3116
There will be a class on use of the Instant Pot, given by a registered dietician on Wednesday, Sept. 19th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The class is full but we will be taking a few names for a waiting list in case of cancellations. The Friends of the Hastings Library will be holding their annual Author Night on Friday Sept. 28th at 7:30 p.m. We are very pleased to have award-winning Helen Humphreys join us that evening for a talk and discussion. The evening is a freewill donation with proceeds going to programming for the Hastings Library. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us. Phone number for the Hastings Branch is 705-696-2111
At the Campbellford Branch “Paws for Reading” continues on Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Get a good start to the school year - come and practice your reading with “Tanker”! Contact Brianne, the Campbellford Children’s Librarian, at 705-653-3611 to register.

Summer Reading Club

 The TD Summer Reading Club is back again at Trent Hills branch libraries! Follow your passions and interests by joining this free program (for all ages). You can participate in activities at the branches, read books from the library or online, get reading recommendations, collect stickers and connect with other readers across the country.

At the Campbellford Branch, activities are every Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., July 5th to Aug. 16th. Hastings Branch activities are on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., July 3rd to Aug. 14th. Activities at the Warkworth Branch are on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., July 4th to Aug. 15th. Sign up now and join us for a summer of reading fun!



Readers’ Advisory (2)

It has been said that the four most important aspects of a book are: story, character, setting and language ; these are the “doorways” that you enter a book by. What makes a book appealing to you and what do you look for in similar books? Is it the genre? Is it the the pacing or rate at which the story is told? For example, if you like James Patterson’s action-packed, fast paced mysteries/thrillers, here are some other authors that you might enjoy : Harlan Coben, Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Gardner, Ridley Pearson, Kathy Reichs and Stuart Woods.

“What’s New” in May (and June)

There’s something new and exciting planned for the Trent Hills Library - a first ever “Library Road Trip”! On Friday, June 1st, the bus leaves the Campbellford branch at 12:30 p.m. for a tour of all three of Trent Hills’ library branches. Register for this tour at the Campbellford branch.

On June 7th, at the Campbellford branch, the True North Daylilies will give a talk on gardening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. No registration is required. On Saturday, June 9th, the Friends of the Campbellford library will be holding their annual book sale, with a huge selection of books, DVDs, and more!

At the Hastings branch, computer classes are being given on May 9th and 23rd and on June 6th and 20th.The classes have been popular and filled up quickly. We will look at repeating the series in the fall. For the fourth year, Hastings library will be holding a trunk sale to take place on Saturday, May 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Spots are $10 and may be booked by phoning the Hastings library at 705-696-2111. Also for the months of May and June, there will be a “seed share”. If you have extra seeds you don’t need, bring them in for others to use. If you see something you need for your garden, you are welcome to take something home.

Warkworth branch has lots going on this month. On May 9th, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a meeting for anyone interested in forming a “Friends of the Warkworth Library” group. This is a great opportunity to promote your library, organize fund raisers and special projects and have fun at the same time. On Saturday, May 12th, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., there are Mother’s Day activities, including a special planting project, and stories for the kids. All welcome! Then on May 25th and 26th, there will be a giant book sale. Come and stock up on summer reading materials. Finally, on June 23rd, there is a Card Making Workshop planned. Please call 705-924-3116 to register.

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 (1)

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!