October is Canadian Libraries Month

A Visit Will Get You Thinking

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October is Canadian Library Month— Celebrate Your Library! During the month of October, libraries and library partners across Canada will raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. In Ontario, we will celebrate our public libraries during Ontario Public Library Week, October 15 to 21, 2017. Your library will host special events and programmes including contests and our annual Patron Appreciation Day sponsored by Sobeys. Don’t forget to check out all our great events and sign-up soon!

Join us and let’s celebrate your library!

  • Port Cares Food Drive – Donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted at the Port Colborne Public library throughout the month of October.
  • Canadian Library Month Adult Reading Challenge – Get your fall reading underway with a chance to win some awesome prizes! Starting October 1, 2017, Reading Bingo cards will be available for pick up at the library. Complete just one line of the Bingo card, and submit, by Tuesday, October 31, 8 pm, to win!
  • Storm Chasing in Ontario – Wed., Oct. 18, 2 – 3:00 p.m. Experience the entire life cycle of thunderstorms with this exciting and educational presentation with weather hunter David T. Chapman. Learn more about a 2015 supercell cloud that cut a path across the Port Colborne area! FREE. Tickets at the library.
  • Patron Appreciation Day – Friday October 20th— Sponsored by Sobeys. Drop by your library on Friday, October 20th and enjoy a delicious piece of cake provided by Sobeys.
  • Ontario Public Library Week Contest— Monday, October 16 to Saturday, October 21, 2017. During Public Library Week, whenever you check out library materials or like us on Facebook, you will receive one ballot to enter our draw to win a prize. One prize for ages 12 & younger; one prize for ages 13 to 18; one prize for 19 & older. Contest is open to Port Colborne Library users of all ages with a valid library card, except PC Library employees and their immediate family members. Contest closes on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 23, 2017.
  • Children’s Programming — PD Day Craft, Creative Design Workshops With Kyla and Tot Time.
  • Get Your Craft On! Join our fun new arts & craft classes for adults this fall at the library! Thurs. Oct. 19, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Fall Theme Painting; with Margaret. Cost is $10. Pre-register.

For full details please check our Pathfinder newsletter.

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October Events Calendar

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Get Your Craft On



Thurs. Oct. 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Acrylic fall scene painting with Margaret. Cost is $10.00 Pre-register.







Mark Your Calendars! Free Music Concerts at Your Library

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

FREE! Don’t miss these awesome music concerts featuring the talented Gary Smith! Due to the popularity of his shows, Gary is booked for the entire year but luckily your library was able to reserve a show for your enjoyment!

Limited seating. Tickets at the library.Music concert



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Thank you to our TD Summer Reading Club Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors for the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club!

Thank you to the Port Colborne Lions Club for sponsoring free family entertainment as part of our summer programming! Thanks to a generous donation by the PC Lions, the library was able to present the following FREE events this summer,  Magician Peter Mennie, and the Bubbleology Show.

Thanks also go to Avondale, Harvey’s, 7-Eleven, McDonald’s and Safari Niagara for their support in rewarding the club members for all the books read.

Many thanks to Subway for their generous sponsorship of our first-ever Teen Reading Club.

We have great community support in Port Colborne, and with the support we are able to provide fantastic programs for our patrons.

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Meet Canadian Cartoonist and Illustrator Matthew Forsythe

Thank you to the Canadian Federation of University Women, Welland and District.

The CFUW sponsored and organized a meet and greet with Canadian Cartoonist and Illustrator Matthew Forsythe. His presentation was great! Matthew Forsythe, is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. Fans joined him on an exciting journey peeked behind the scenes of the Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time series. He explained the steps illustrators take to publish a book, how illustrators and authors work together, and explained how to have a career in illustration!

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TD Summer Reading Club, Ride-to-Read and Fun Summer Activities

Registration for the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club and activities start Monday, June 26, 2017.  For program details please see our Port Colborne Library Summer Flyer 2017.

Please note that on page 5 of our flyer, you can find information about our annual Ride-to-Read program. We are proud to once again partner with Port Colborne Transit and the City of Port Colborne in this great program which helps get children to the public library on Port Colborne transit buses. Registration for this program also starts June 26th.  Information and stickers are available at your library.

We are also happy to announce our brand new Teen Reading Club for ages 13 and up. Grab an entry form starting June 26th and tic-tac-toe your way to prizes! Details at the library.

And while you’re here on June 26th, check out our awesome Harry Potter activities and help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. Activities are scheduled from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. (Muggles need not apply).

Happy Summer Reading!

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Canadian Federation of University Women’s Donation to Your Library

Canadian Federation of University Women Logo The Port Colborne Public Library would like to thank the Canadian Federation of University Women, Welland and District, for donating $1000 to the Port Colborne, Welland and Pelham Public Libraries toward providing a Canadian children’s author reading at each library during March Break.

On Monday, March 14, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., the Port Colborne Public Library welcomed award-winning Canadian children’s illustrator and author Barbara Reid for a reading and presentation. Barbara Reid’s unique plasticine illustrations are recognized around the world, and her picture books have won dozens of awards. Barbara lives in Toronto, but is at home in classrooms and libraries across Canada.

Thank you CFUW for supporting literacy and children’s programming at your local libraries!

If you’d like to visit with Barbara Reid a little more; please check out her website, BarbaraReid.ca

Book cover of The Party by author Barbara Reid        Book Cover of The Subway Mouse by author Barbara ReidBook Cover of Fox Walked Alone by Barbara Reid

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