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November programs at Haldimand County Library

Haldimand County Public Library has two engaging events coming up this November. To register, visit or call your local branch at (289) 674-0400 or e-mail the library’s Outreach Coordinator at kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

2022 One Book One Haldimand author visit

Residents are invited to join fellow Haldimand County readers for a virtual visit by this year’s One Book One Haldimand author Emily Austin on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

Attendees have the option to visit either online, from the comfort of their own home via Zoom, or in person at the Cayuga Branch. Participants will enjoy a short reading, a book talk and a Q&A session facilitated by library staff. Library membership is not required to join the discussion.

This year’s selection is Everyone In This Room Will Someday be Dead, written by Canadian author Emily Austin. Copies are available at Haldimand County Library branches in print format and from the library’s CloudLibrary and Libby digital services in e-book and e-audio formats.

Christmas card stamping workshop

Join Annette Ball from Stampin With the Bee’s to make three beautiful Christmas cards to send to family and friends. The registration fee is $10 with all proceeds being donated to the Library. Workshops are scheduled as follows:

Hagersville Branch: Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.

Jarvis Branch: Thursday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m.

Cayuga Branch: Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

October programs at Haldimand County Public Library

Haldimand County Public Library is offering something for everyone with three exciting programs this October. All programs are free and some require pre-registration.

Healthy Eating While Watching your Pennies

The Haldimand County Public Library and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit are inviting residents to join Health Unit dietitians for a free, one-hour interactive and engaging workshop to discuss: strategies for cutting grocery bills without compromising taste or nutrition; how to interpret the Nutrition Facts Table and nutrition content claims on food items; and meal planning tips using pantry staples.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. – Dunnville Library Branch
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. – Jarvis Library Branch

Pre-registration is required and can be done in person at any branch or by calling (289) 674-0400.

Author Visit with Constance e Bryce

Local Haldimand author Constance e Bryce will be sharing her latest book of poetry, It’s Different Now. This latest book, the last in her “Walking Among The Mighty” series, is a poetic commentary on recent political and social issues that have been in the news.

Constance will be at Dunnville Library branch on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p. m. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required.

Virtual Cooking Class with Chef Rabiya

Chef Rabiya from Rabi’s Grand Kitchen will be hosting a free virtual cooking class, via Zoom, on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.  Novice and advanced chefs alike will be treated to step-by-step instructions for unique and delicious beef cutlets. Participants can cook along with Chef Rabi or simply observe and try the recipe later.

Pre-registration is required. Participants can purchase the necessary ingredients from their local grocery store using a list that will be sent one week before the session. To register, visit your local library branch or email kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Haldimand County Public Library partners with Service Canada to host Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security workshops

Haldimand County Public Library has partnered with Service Canada to offer informative workshops about the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and  Old Age Security (OAS) benefits. With the closest Service Canada offices to Haldimand County being in Hamilton, Simcoe and Welland, this is an excellent opportunity for community members to locally learn about benefits for which they may be eligible upon retirement.

The CPP and OAS workshops are open to all residents at the following County library branches:

  • Dunnville branch (317 Chestnut St.) – Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.
  • Jarvis branch (2 Monson St.) – Friday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Cayuga Library and Heritage Centre (19 Talbot St.) – Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

The program will be offered in a live webinar format with a Service Canada representative joining participants in the library via Zoom. Participants will be able to ask questions and participate in discussions facilitated by library staff during and after the presentation. Pre-registration for these programs is recommended but not required.

For more information about public pensions, including the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security pensions, or related benefits and services, visit Canada.ca or call 1-800-O-Canada.

New disc golf course now open at Jarvis Lions Park

Haldimand County has a new disc golf course for the community to enjoy located at Jarvis Lions Park, 1 James St. E. in Jarvis. The nine-hole course is a family-friendly way to get out and play disc golf, one of North America’s fastest-growing pastimes.

The Jarvis Lions Club and the Jarvis Parks Committee, with partial funding from Haldimand County’s Community Partnership Program, looked to bring this installation to the park to provide residents with more opportunities for lower-cost outdoor recreation.

Disc golf is played similar to regular golf but with specialized flying discs that are engineered for specific characteristics to allow for the desired speed, loft, glide distance, stability and turn tendency.

Haldimand County also boasts a championship 18-hole course in Caledonia’s LaFortune Park. The Jarvis Lions Park course is somewhat less challenging yet appropriate for experts and beginners alike. The course is designed to avoid pedestrian walkways and to offer players a compact course. There is no cost to play.

“The new disc golf course is a wonderful recreational resource for Jarvis and the surrounding area and is another great example of Haldimand County’s commitment to helping groups build assets that benefit their community through the CPP program,” says Ward 1 Councillor Stewart Patterson, who has been a strong supporter of the project since its initial proposal.

Discs are available for purchase at a number of online retailers. For those wishing to try the sport, a number of discs, donated by Jarvis company Concession Road Brewing, are available for loan at the Jarvis Branch of the Haldimand Public Library.

“One of Haldimand Public Library’s goals is to explore and adopt new and innovative collections for public enjoyment,” says Library CEO Paul Diette, “and when the proposal to loan disc golf equipment was presented to us, we were excited to add something that promotes exercise and fun amongst community members to our collection mix.”

Disc golf course signage

Photo Credit: Instagram @aceplacediscgolf

‘Read your way to the Fair’ with Haldimand County Public Library

The Caledonia Agricultural Board and the Haldimand County Public Library have partnered to ensure more local children get to experience the fun of this year’s Caledonia Fair on Friday, September 30.

Children entering kindergarten to grade 8 can come into any Haldimand County Public Library branch throughout the month of August, sign out books and receive one free pass to the 2022 Caledonia Fair. Available while supplies last.

In addition to picking up a free Fair Pass, children aged 12 and under can register for the Summer Junior Reading Club and teens aged 13 to 18 can sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Club. Participants in both clubs will receive a ballot for every library book they read throughout the summer, entering them into draws for a chance to win cash and other prizes. Draw dates are posted at each branch. In addition to the cash prize draws, Junior Reading Club participants will also get to choose a special prize from the library treasure chest for every 15 library books they read.

Haldimand County Library to offer Dungeons & Dragons programming

For anyone who’s ever wanted to try their hand at Dungeons & Dragons, the Haldimand County Public Library is bringing the popular role-playing game to their Dunnville branch.

This summer, youth aged 13-16 can sign up to learn the basics of Dungeons & Dragons from an experienced Dungeon Master who will lead participants through an adventure deep into the Lost Mines of Phandelver and assist with campaigns.

Campaigns will run on July 9 and August 20  from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate and no experience is necessary. Registration is required as spaces are limited. To register, visit the Dunnville branch, 317 Chestnut St., or call (289) 674-0400, ext. 3.

Registration for Haldimand County Public Library summer programs and reading clubs to open June 21

Starting Tuesday, June 21, registration for Haldimand County Public Library’s summer programs opens at all six Haldimand Library branches. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time; Myths and Legends,” and offers a magical summer of fun with parties, Storytimes, crafts and more.

The programs are open to children aged 3-12, with in-person registration required. Program dates, times and costs are available at local branches and on the Library’s website.

In addition to the registered programs, the Library is also offering free summer reading clubs for children and teens. Children aged 12 and under can register for the Junior Reading Club while teens 13-18 can sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Club.

Participants in both clubs will receive a ballot for every library book they read throughout the summer, entering them into draws for a chance to win cash and other prizes. Draw dates can be found at each branch. In addition to the draws, Junior Reading Club participants will also get to choose a special prize from the library treasure chest for every 15 library books they read.

For more information on summer programs and clubs, visit the Haldimand County Public Library website.

Haldimand County Public Library announces winners of 9th annual April Poetry Contest

The Haldimand County Public Library has selected the winners of their 9th annual April Poetry Contest. The contest saw a great response from the community with more than 200 submissions from individuals across the County.

This year’s theme—Back to Nature—asked entrants to express through poetry how nature impacts and inspires them, how they connect with nature, or how their actions affect the natural environment. Winners were awarded across five categories based on the writer’s age.

An awards ceremony and poetry reading will be held at the Jarvis Branch on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Library would like to extend a special thank you to their local sponsors, whose generous donations helped make this contest possible: The Selkirk Lions, the Women’s Institute-Haldimand District, The Friends of the Dunnville Library and The Friends of the Jarvis Library.

2022 Winners

Primary (Kindergarten-Grade 3)

1st & 2nd – Peyton Bosch
3rd – Lily Wooloff

Junior (Grade 4 – Grade 6)

1st – Lyla Yager
2nd – Ava Silva
3rd – Roman Maccallini

Intermediate (Grade 7 – Grade 10)

1st – Reese Vanderwier
2nd & 3rd – Lincoln Vanderwier

Senior (Grade 11 – Grade 12)

1st – Madison Barlow

Adult (age 18+)

1st – Christine McClung
2nd – Sarah Butcher
3rd – Rebecca Clifford

Haldimand County Public Library announces this year’s One Book One Haldimand selection: ‘Everyone In This Room Will Someday be Dead’ By Emily Austin

Haldimand County Public Library’s One Book One Haldimand program is back for 2022 with Everyone In This Room Will Someday be Dead, written by Canadian author Emily Austin, who explores the human condition using a blend of deadpan humor and observation.

An annual favourite, the program encourages individuals across Haldimand County to read a selected Canadian title and join the author and other community members for an evening of exciting discussion.

Copies of Everyone In This Room will Someday Be Dead are available at your local Haldimand County Library branch in print format and from the library’s CloudLibrary and Libby digital services in e-book and e-audio formats. Residents can visit their local branch or the library’s website to borrow a copy or call (289) 674-0400 to reserve one.

A virtual author visit will take place online over Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Participants will enjoy a short reading, a book talk and a Q&A session facilitated by library staff. A library membership is not required to join the discussion.

To register, visit or call your local branch at (289) 674-0400 or e-mail the library’s Outreach Coordinator at kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca and indicate “OBOH” in your email’s subject line.

Haldimand County Public Library announces free program supporting brain health

The Haldimand County Public Library has partnered with The Alzheimer’s Society to offer the Brain Fit Series, a free program providing awareness and education on brain health.

Over the course of four weeks, the program will look at topics such as ‘what is normal and not normal as the brain ages?’,  ‘what effects does exercise have on the brain?’ and ‘what you can do to keep your brain sharp.’

The program will be offered at the Jarvis and Dunnville library branches:

  • Jarvis Public Library: June 6-27, Mondays, from 2-3 p.m.
  • Dunnville Public Library: June 9-30, Thursdays, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration is required and can be completed in person at the Jarvis and Dunnville branches or by calling 289-674-0400.