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The award-winning How-to in 10 Festival and Road Show returns on May 2!

How-to learn almost anything in 10 minutes festival and road show.Love to learn new things but never seem to have enough time? Come to the How-to in 10 Festival and Road Show at the Central Library on Saturday, May 2, 12 noon - 4 p.m. for the opportunity to learn new skills in about 10 minutes each. You are guaranteed to have a great time learning from the experts with 30 entertaining and educational activities! Easy, fun, convenient and free!

This year, learn how to: print a 3D monogrammed key chain, preserve memories, take a selfie, do henna for health, communicate with American Sign Language, write your name in Chinese, tie a fishing lure, strum a ukulele, make jewelry, play a guitar chord, prep like a chef, make a raw vegan appetizer, say hello in 10 languages, focus on the food groups, tie a knot and so much more!

Check out the full list at Don't forget to check out the How-to in 10 events happening in Clarington, Oshawa, Port Perry, Pickering and Uxbridge.

The event is sponsored regionally by Veridian Connections and Ontario Power Generation.

New Library Card Designs!

Do you need a new library card, or are you looking to register for the first time?  Now you can choose from four new library card designs, available at all three locations!

To apply for a library card, please consult our eligibility requirements.  Replacement cards are $2 each.

New library card designs.

Your Water Footprint with author Stephen Leahy

Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm

Meeting Room 1B, Central Branch

Image of book cover.That morning cup of coffee required 140 liters (37 gallons) of water before it found its way to your table—water that was used to grow, process and ship the coffee beans. When we spend money on food, clothes, cellphones or even electricity, we are buying water— a shockingly large amount of water. Join Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist and learn what Your Water Footprint reveals and how water is essential to our way of life in ways we never imagined.

Register online or at any branch of the library.


That 100 year old man who ....

DVD cover.If you were a fan of the book The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared  by Jonas Jonasson, you may be interested to know that we now have the movie version.  It's in Swedish with English subtitles and tracks.  We also have the book in German if you want to read this European bestseller before watching!

Introduction to Geocaching

Thursday, April 23      7 – 9 pm
Meeting Room 1 at Central Branch

Do you own a smartphone with GPS capabilities? If so, then you already have a tool you can use for geocaching.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online with the community.

Ken (kenas) and Chris (BayBerryBrooklin-BBB), active geocachers in the Durham Region, will explain the basics of the game and why it is a great activity for families, and individuals of all ages to participate in.

Join us for a fun evening learning how to Scavenger Hunt.

Families Welcome!

Register online or contact any branch of the library.

Genie in a Bottle: a Pass the Book Program at Brooklin

Genie bottle craft.


In this year’s Pass the Book selection, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, Ahmed is a Jinni who has arrived in New York City in 1899. As a being made of fire, he has been trapped in a copper flask for centuries, and is released by Arbeerly, the tinsmith.

Teens (Grade 7-12) are invited to make their own opulently adorned genie bottle that any Jinni would be proud to call home! Join us on Wednesday April 29 at 7p.m.

Register online or by contacting any branch.

Spring Bulbs

April showers bring May flowers.   Spring bulbs add colour and texture to the garden. Create a lovely garden landscape using bulbs in your garden. Happy planting and happy spring!



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Welcome Back Patron Appreciation at the Rossland Branch

Photograph of pink and white tulipsWe value our patrons and appreciate your patience and understanding during the repair work at the Rossland Branch. Please join us at the Rossland Branch on Tuesday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for refreshments. There will be a draw for a beautiful spring plant paired with some books, as well as a children's prize pack.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Children's Programs at Rossland

Photograph of children reading

We are offering two drop in programs this spring at the Rossland Branch starting next week. Join us for stories and fun!

Drop In Babytime
Infants (0-18 months) and their caregivers can enjoy this half hour of songs, stories and fingerplays in an interactive environment. Babytime is being held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

The program begins on Thursday, April 16 and runs for five weeks until May 14.

Registration is not required for this program.


Drop In Family Storytime
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to this half-hour of stories, songs and fingerplays. Family Storytime is being held on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m beginning Friday, April 17.
Registration is not required. All ages are welcome.


Anchors Away!

Cover of Dead Wake.

If you want an exciting and informative non-fiction read, you’ve got to try “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson. This engrossing book describes the events of May 7th, 1915 when the British liner, Lusitania, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat off the coast of Ireland. Larson, through extensive research, has incredible knowledge of certain events in history and has a way of making his non-fiction books read, so effortlessly, like fiction. Did you now there were 157 barrels of candy, over 500 lbs of tobacco and some very valuable works of art on board?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania and is being commemorated with a special voyage of the MS Queen Victoria in May.

Check out Larson’s other works, The Devil in the White City (movie is in the making), Thunderstruck and In the Garden of Beasts which are equally engaging.