Haldimand County Public Library presents virtual author visit with Canadian author Donna Morrissey

Canadian Author Donna Morrissey will be joining Haldimand County Public Library this March to discuss her new book “Pluck: A Memoir of a Newfoundland Childhood and the Raucous, Terrible, Amazing Journey to Becoming a Novelist.”

The virtual author visit will take place on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. Copies of the book can be borrowed from your local library branch or downloaded from either CloudLibrary or OverDrive, the library’s ebook databases.

Morrissey is known for her books, “Kit’s Law,” “Downhill Chance,” “Sylvanus Now,” “What They Wanted,” “The Deception of Livvy Higgs,” and “The Fortunate Brother.”

Anyone wishing to join the virtual event is asked to register by calling their local library at 289-674-0400 or by e-mailing kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Haldimand County Museum and Archives announces holiday program lineup at Cayuga Library and Heritage Centre

Haldimand County Museum and Archives is hosting a number of programs and an exhibition this December, highlighting various traditions of Christmas. Programs take place at the Cayuga Library and Heritage Centre, located at 19 Talbot Street West, Cayuga.

Good Tidings We Bring: Christmas in Words – December 7 at 6 p.m.

This presentation focuses on the history of Christmas cards – a custom that began in the United Kingdom in 1843 and continues today with the expression and exchange of warm wishes in the form of holiday greetings.

Christmas Trends, Traditions and Toys – December 8 at 1 p.m.

Christmas trends, traditions and toys is the theme for this presentation. Leaving cookies and milk for Santa—and a few carrots for his reindeer—became a North American holiday tradition in the 1930’s. In 1965, The Coca-Cola Company sponsored a Charlie Brown Christmas television special that became one of the most beloved Christmas shows of all times.

Christmas Traditions and Customs – December 14 at 6 p.m.

This presentation examines Christmas traditions and customs. The custom of “decking the halls” came from the British Isles. Decorations were natural and included pine cones, nuts, holly berries, feathers and chains made of cranberries and popcorn.

At the Christmas Table – December 15 at 2 p.m.

Join us as we step back in time and enjoy some “tastes” from the past including a description of a 1780’s Christmas menu prepared by our early ancestors and comprising of wild turkey, venison, mince pies and plum pudding.

The cost for each program is $10 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment must be completed either online at link.haldimandcounty.ca or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building (53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga). Proof of vaccination will be required. For more information, contact the Heritage Centre at 905-318-5932 ext. 6613 or email museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Children invited to ‘Ask Santa Anything’ through Public Library-Optimist Club program

Haldimand County Public Library and the Optimist Club of Haldimand have once again partnered to kick off the holiday season with a fun, festive ‘Ask Santa Anything’ program.

From now until Friday, December 10, children are invited to write down their most pressing questions for Santa and drop them off at any Haldimand County Public Library branch. For kids who have wondered what Rudolph’s middle name is, what Santa’s favourite cookies are, or how Santa’s elves keep their ears clean – now is the chance to find out!

Starting on Monday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 21, children can look to the library’s Facebook page or YouTube channel to see how Santa’s special helpers are getting the library ready for his visit and listen to a story to get them into the Christmas spirit.

On Wednesday, December 22, Santa will be making a special appearance on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel where he will be answering many of the questions submitted. Any question which Santa does not answer in his video will be answered by him in writing on the library’s Facebook page.

For more information on the ‘Ask Santa Anything’ program, visit HaldimandLibrary.ca, e-mail kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca or call your local branch at 289-674-0400.

Haldimand County Public Library announces virtual visit with ‘One Book One Haldimand’ author Craig Davidson

Join Craig Davidson, author of One Book One Haldimand’s 2021 book Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077, virtually on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. for a reading, book talk and a Question & Answer session. The virtual visit will take place over Zoom and participants do not need a library membership to join the discussion.

To register for the Zoom session, 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.

Copies of Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077 are available at all library branches and can be reserved by calling your local branch at 289-674-0400 or using the online catalogue.

One Book One Haldimand is an annual community-wide reading program through which individuals across Haldimand County are encouraged to read a selected Canadian title and join the author and other community members for a shared discussion.

For more information on library programs, visit HaldimandLibrary.ca.

Haldimand County Library Announces Virtual Author Visit with Carolyn Huizinga Mills

On Tuesday, October 5th at 7 PM join fellow Haldimand County readers for a virtual author visit with Carolyn Huizinga Mills as she discusses her first novel The Good Son. Already an award-winning children’s author, the former Dunnville resident has written her first adult novel and it promises not to disappoint.

The Good Son is a psychological thriller following Zoe Emmerson as her world is turned upside-down when, after thirty years, the murder of her six-year-old neighbour is reopened. At the time, Zoe didn’t share information that indicated that her brother may have been involved – she was young and scared and was unsure what exactly she saw. But the knowledge has always haunted her and now, as her past and present collide, she is forced to face a difficult truth.

Copies of the book can be borrowed from your local library branch. Anyone wishing to join the virtual event is asked to register by calling his or her local library at 289-674-0400 or by e-mailing kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca

Haldimand County Public Library Launches Child & Youth Summer Reading Programs and Take-Home Activity Kits

The TD Summer Reading Program and library summer programing is back at all 6 Haldimand County Public Library branches.

Children aged 0-12 years can register for the Junior Reading Club, and those over 12 years of age can register for the Teen Reading Club. For every library book a child or teen reads, a ballot will be issued for entry into cash prize draws held at the end of summer. Participants fill out and return the ballots to the branch at which they registered. Contact your local library branch in August to find out draw dates.

Junior Summer Reading Club participants will be eligible for cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 being awarded at each library branch. Participants in the Teen Summer Reading Club will be eligible for one of three $100 cash prizes or one of six $50 cash prizes. It’s the perfect time to get reading!!

This summer, library branches will also offer Take-Home Activity Kits. These kits include amazing crafts and activities based on this year’s Summer Reading Club theme “Game On!” Six unique kits will be available in July and six unique kits will be available in August. Multiple kits can be requested at the same time but with a limit of one unique kit per child. These free kits are available while supplies last.

July take-home activity kits:

  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Yahtzee
  • Design your Own Board Game
  • Frisbee
  • DIY Twirly Whirly Toy
  • Baby Yoda

August take-home activity kits:

  • Butterfly Candy Holder
  • Jumping Frog Game
  • Sun Visor Craft
  • Minecraft Swords
  • Backyard Scavenger Hunt
  • Chalk Challenge

To reserve your activity kit or to register for the Junior or Teen Summer Reading Clubs, visit your local library or call your local branch at 289-678-0400.

The Library gratefully acknowledges the support of our summer program sponsors: TD Bank Financial Group, Dunnville Rotary Club, Optimist Club of Haldimand, Caledonia Men’s Club, Friends of the Dunnville Library and Friends of the Jarvis Library.