News Archive

–January 19, 2016

Canadian Federation of University Women 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 libraries toward providing a Canadian children’s author reading at each library during March Break.

On Monday, March 14, 2016, 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!

–October 15, 2015

Port Colborne Lions Club Donation to Your Library

In 2015, the Port Colborne Lions Club has been the generous sponsor of free quality family programming at the Port Colborne Public Library.  The PC Lions Club is once again donating funds to support its public library.

The Port Colborne Public Library is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 15, at 11 a.m., members from the Port Colborne Lions Club presented the library with a generous donation of $10,000. These funds will be used to create an outdoor seating area where families will be able to read, play, and spend time together in a shaded area on the library grounds.

In addition, the PC Lions also announced that they will once again donate $1,000 to the library in support of free family entertainment in 2016.

“An outdoor seating area in the shade has been on our wish-list for a long time.  We envision this new area as an outdoor extension of the library. We could not make it a reality without the Lions’ help,” said Jennifer Parry, Director of Library Services.


–April 15, 2015

William Thomas Photo Collection on Loan to the Port Colborne Public Library

The Port Colborne Public Library is proud to announce that the library is the new home for writer William Thomas’ extraordinary collection of photographs from his “Readings at the Roselawn” author series.

Considered by those in the Canadian publishing industry to be the best author series in Canada, “Readings at the Roselawn” was created and hosted by writer William Thomas for 20 years (1994-2014).  William’s collection of photographs of some of Canada’s greatest authors is on loan to the Port Colborne Public Library.

The majority of these portraits were taken by Welland photographer Thies Bogner. They are on display for the community to enjoy in the library’s adult fiction and non-fiction rooms. The official unveiling took place at the library on Thursday, May 7, 2015

“The library is a perfect place for the exhibit,” said Jennifer Parry, Director of Library Services. “The effort and commitment that Bill Thomas put into the ‘Readings at the Roselawn’ series was outstanding and is truly reflected in the expanse of the exhibit. We are so happy to be a venue to help celebrate Bill’s achievement.”

Picture of photographs from the main wall displaying the Bill Thomas Photo Collection

Picture of the photos from the Bill Thomas Photo Exhibit

Photos by Heidi Grzesina

–March 23, 2015

Mayor John Maloney Attends Arabella Williams’ 150th Birthday Party at the Library

In 2015, the Port Colborne Public Library celebrates the 150th birthday of Miss Arabella Williams (1865-1950) … Arabella deeded the block of land on King, Elgin, Catharine and Princess streets to the Town of Port Colborne in 1948. The library and the Port Colborne Marine & Historical Museum now make their home on the land that Arabella’s family purchased from William Hamilton Merritt for $825 in the 1860s. The library was built where Arabella’s orchard once stood.

To acknowledge Arabella’s generosity, the library hosted a birthday party on March 27th and invited the public to drop by and enjoy a piece of cake and a cup of tea. Mayor John Maloney attended and presented a plaque in memory of the generous contributions Arabella made to the City of Port Colborne.

Picture of cutting Arabella's birthday cake with Mayor John Maloney
Left to right: “Arabella” aka museum curator Stephanie Baswick-Powell, director of library services Jennifer Parry, assistant librarian Stacey Hol, museum board chair Marge McAvoy, councillor Ward 3 Bea Kenny, and Port Colborne mayor John Maloney