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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!


March Break Activities!

March Break is fast approaching. Are you looking for fun activities to keep your kids entertained? All three branches of the Trent Hills Public Library are offering a variety of great activities.

At Campbellford, there will be a “yummy” Smoothie Party on Mon. Mar. 13. On Thurs. Mar. 16, illustrator Andre Jolicoeur will give a book reading & talk and, to relax at the end of your busy week, there will be “Yoga with Jana” on Fri. Mar. 17.

Hastings Branch will start March Break off with a “Makerspace” Workshop on Sat. Mar. 11. On the Tues., Mar. 14, there will be “Kids Cooking in the Kitchen”. And on Fri., Mar. 17, it’s Games Day in the library. Wear green and win a prize!

At the Warkworth Branch, there is a book sale on Fri. & Sat., Mar. 10 & 11. Storytime for all ages is on Tues., Mar. 14 - you’re never too old for Storytime! On Wed., Mar. 15, Puzzle Mania reigns! Friday is Sock Puppets Day and the week finishes up with a Smoothie Party on Sat., Mar. 18.

Many of these activities have a limited number of participants, so phone or drop in to the library to register. To find out more information, check out the Trent Hills Library website or - new this week - you can look up everything you need to know on the new Trent Hills Library Facebook page! (Thanks, Mindy!). Check out our Facebook page, “like” it and “share”, and your name goes in a draw for a bundle of great books.

February “Pick-me-ups”!

Are you suffering from the “February blahs”? The Trent Hills Library has some ideas to turn that around. The Hastings Branch is having a giant winter book sale on Saturday, Feb. 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lots of good books to choose from! At the Warkworth Branch, a newly-formed “Crochet Club” will be starting on Tuesday, Feb. 14th. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to crochet, starting with Granny squares, please contact the Warkworth Branch at 705-924-3116 to register. Finally, don’t forget about our “Valentine’s Cake Pops” classes  being held at all 3 branches. There are still some spots available, so phone to register. It promises to be lots of fun!

Valentine’s Cake Pops !

 A fun class for adults! Receive hands-on instruction from our very own baker/librarian, Cathy Firth, in making cake pops — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Everything you need to make and decorate your creations will be provided, as well as recipes and tips for decorative embellishments. This class is being offered at all 3 branches. In Warkworth, the class is on Saturday, Feb.11th at 10:30 a.m. At Campbellford, the class will be held on Monday, Feb.13th at 10:30 a.m. and at Hastings it will be held on Monday, Feb.13th at 2:30 p.m.  Registration is required and spaces are limited, so sign up now!

Murphy’s Law

“Murphy’s Law”, a touching and inspiring documentary by radio host/filmmaker Megan Murphy, was shown to a captivated audience last Thursday evening at the Campbellford Branch Library.

The documentary is a young woman’s emotional journey to rediscover her true self by retracing her late father’s cycling tour of  southern Ireland in 1973 — on the very same Peugeot bike that he rode. Pedaling 1,500 km., Megan referred time and again to her father’s journal, re-reading details of his route, and of his observations about Ireland and about life.  Reconnecting to her father on this journey, Megan was able to start healing from personal losses and to rediscover her own whimsical nature and her joy in life.

“Murphy’s Law” will soon be available at the Trent Hills Library for patron viewing. A must-see!

Megan’s latest documentary , “Towns End” (a documentary on the closure of the P.G. Towns and Sons General Store in Douro, after 124 years in business), has just debuted. Megan may be reached at:


New Year’s News

It’s a brand new year and the Trent Hills Library has some exciting changes to report. We welcome Mindy Macmillan as our new Children’s Librarian/Assistant CEO during Brianne Parr’s maternity leave. Also, Marg Newman has retired from the Warkworth Branch, after many years of library service. We wish her all the best in retirement. Her supervisory position has now been combined with the Hastings Branch position, so that Shirley Coughlan is now the Supervisor of both Hastings and Warkworth branches. Cathy Firth, who has done a wonderful job in Marg’s absence as Assistant Supervisor, will now be the Assistant Supervisor for both Hastings and Warkworth branches. There will also be more movement of library staff between branches, so you may see the same friendly faces at more than one branch!

We would like to thank all of our patrons for their support in 2016 and feel confident that 2017 will bring even better service and programming. If there is something you would like to see happening or you would like to partner with us in a program, please contact any branch. Visit the library website ( to keep up-to-date on what is happening at the Trent Hills Library.

Christmas Hours

Don’t forget to come in this week and stock up on reading material for over the holidays. All three branches of the Trent Hills Library will be closed on the following days over the Christmas season: Dec. 24th, Dec. 25th, Dec. 26th, Dec. 31st and Jan.1st. We wish all our patrons a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!