Marvellous Month of May

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.” » Robert Frost

Whatever the weather, we have a full slate of events for the Month of May. Stop by the Library now and sign up for these fun spring activities.

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Free Comic Book Day – Drop-in to pick up a free comic book and spin our prize wheel! All ages. FREE.

Thursday, May 9, & June 13,  4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Dungeons and Dragons –  Join this session to continue your development and enhance your skills. Fight monsters, solve puzzles, help commoners, and find treasure! Learn the basics of D&D and join the adventure as you head out on a magical journey in this classic fantasy role-playing game.  Beginners Welcome! For teens age 12 & older. Free. Pre-register at the library.

Friday May 17, 10:00—11:00 a.m.PD Day Craft – Rock-a-Bye Birdie – Paint & decorate a family of rock birds on canvas. For ages 5 & older. Cost is $3.00. Pre-register.

Saturday, May 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.Dandelions in the Wind – Cancelled
Thursday, May 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.One Cool Summer – Design a clothesline of your favourite treats using mixed-media art supplies. For ages 6 & older. Cost is $4.00. Pre-register.

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Service Disruption – Interlibrary Loans

Service Disruption

Due to provincial government funding cuts, Interlibrary Loan service will no longer be available, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

New and pending requests will NOT be filled.

Interlibrary Loan Service Discontinued
It is with regret that we must inform patrons that the Southern Ontario Library Service’s Interlibrary Loan (ILLO) Delivery Service will cease as of Friday, April 26, 2019. This decision was made on April 18, 2019, by SOLS due to the recent major cut (50%) to their provincial funding. Please note that pending requests will not be filled and new requests will not be taken.

The end of the SOLS delivery service means that 24 drivers (full time, part time and occasional) will lose their jobs. Last year, they drove almost 1 million kilometres to deliver over 710,000 packages across 153 main library branches across southern Ontario. They also made reciprocal agreements between libraries like the PCIN and LiNC network possible. They brought newly purchased material from jobbers to over 100 libraries at cost-effective rates. Truly the end of an era in provincial resources sharing.

This DOES NOT affect your ability to place holds on materials held at the Port Colborne Public Library – this will still be possible.

Thank for your understanding and support. We will keep you informed of any further developments.
For more information, please visit the SOLS website.

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Mindfulness and Self-Care Workshop

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Join us at the * Library auditorium* on Thursday April 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. for a one-hour information session about living well, being mindful, and cultivating self-care. Learn strategies to improve and nourish your mental wellness. Karlie Klinck from the John Howard Society of Niagara will present this free community event. Tickets at the Library to reserve your seat.

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April Showers

Don’t keep hibernating!
The Port Colborne Public Library has plenty to offer this April, showers or not!

The current issue of Off The Shelf Newsletter is available here.

Coming up we have painting classes both adult and children, Earth Day seedbomb crafting, Dungeons and Dragons, and an Introduction to Universal Class.

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Kyla Acrylic painting for children link to newsletterWildflower Seed Bomb class link to newsletter

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Of course we also have available our Tot Time, Family Board Games, Documentary Film Programme, Family Music Makerspace, and Therapy Tails.



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March Musings

March Musings

Let’s Talk About … Housing and Homelessness

Thanks to presenters Jeffrey Sinclair, Homelessness Action Advisor, Niagara Region and Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares, and thank you to our audience who came and supported our first Let’s Talk About session.

Jeff Sinclair presentation picture

If you weren’t able to attend the presentation; the More Information link will direct to Jeffrey’s PowerPoint Presentation in PDF form.


March Break Activities

On Tuesday, March 12, we welcomed author-illustrator Rebecca Bender to the Library. Her presentation was amazing! Many thanks to CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) for sponsoring March Break author visits & for supporting literacy in our communities.

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Rebecca Bender Giraffe






On Wednesday, March 13, we were entertained by our magical special guest, Scoop McCoy! Our interactive Balloon Animal Workshop for Families, sponsored by the Port Colborne Lions Club was a fantastic afternoon of learning and fun.

Port Colborne Lions Club

Scoop McCoy magician



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