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.

There is still time to participate in the 9th Annual Haldimand County Public Library Poetry Contest

Haldimand County Public Library invites residents of all ages to get creative and participate in its 9th annual poetry contest.

This year’s theme is “Back to Nature.” Entrants are encouraged to express through poetry how nature impacts and inspires them, how they connect with nature, or how their actions effect the natural environment.

Entry forms, and a full list of rules and submission details can be obtained on the library’s website or at any library branch. Submissions can be made at any branches or online until midnight on April 30.

Submissions will be entered to win cash prizes in one of the following categories:

  • Primary – Kindergarten to Gr. 3
  • Junior – Gr. 4 to Gr. 6
  • Intermediate – Gr. 7 to Gr. 10
  • Senior – Gr. 11 – 12
  • Adult – age 18+

First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded in each category. First prize will receive $50, second prize will receive $35 and third prize will receive $20. Winners will be announced mid-May.

Individuals with further questions about the poetry contest may call or visit their local library branch, or visit the library website.

Knitting Clubs return to Haldimand County Public Library

It is time to knit and purl your way back into the Haldimand County Public Library. The highly popular Knitting Clubs are back at the Caledonia, Dunnville and Jarvis branches. Participants can bring their current project and/or supplies and share in the hobby of knitting, crocheting or other yarn crafts with fellow yarn enthusiasts.

  • Jarvis Knitting Club runs every Thursday from 2-4 p.m.
  • Caledonia Knitting Club runs every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 5-7 p.m.
  • Dunnville Knitting Club runs every Thursday from 1-4 p.m.

The Knitting Clubs are open to everyone, regardless of skill level. For more information, visit the adult programs section of www.haldimandlibrary.ca or call your local branch.

Babysitting course available at Haldimand County Public Library

Haldimand County youth aged 11 to 15 can now register at the Caledonia, Cayuga, Dunnville, Hagersville, Selkirk and Jarvis library branches for the Red Cross Babysitting course. The course is a nationally recognized program designed to help participants develop the self-assurance, knowledge and skills required for not only babysitting duties, but also being at home alone. Topics covered in the course include caring for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children as well as creating safe environments and how to handle emergencies.

The Red Cross Babysitting Course will run over five days and participants will be required to attend all five sessions and demonstrate a responsible and mature attitude in order to receive their certificate of completion.

The cost of the course is $40 per person and registration must be completed in person at the library branch. The maximum number of participants in each course is 12, ensuring student safety and success.

The dates, times and locations of the upcoming, in-person babysitting courses are:

  • Dunnville library branch – May 9-13, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Cayuga library branch – May 30-June 3, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Jarvis library branch – June 6-10, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Hagersville library branch – June 13-17, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Selkirk library branch — July 18-22, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Caledonia library branch – August 15-19, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

For further information on this or other library programming, please contact Katrina Krupicz, Community Outreach/Inreach Coordinator, Haldimand County Public Library at 905-318-5932 ext. 6552,  or by email at kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca. Visit www.haldimandlibrary.com or connect on Facebook for information on programs, collections and more.

Dunnville Friends of the Library seeking new volunteers

The Dunnville Friends of the Library is a volunteer organization supporting the Dunnville Branch of Haldimand County Public Library through various annual fundraising events. After a 2-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, the Friends are once again planning for their Summer Book Sale and looking for volunteers to assist.

Friends of the Library members volunteer their time to set up, sort, restock, sell and take down the Summer Book Sale during the months of June, July, and August. This volunteer opportunity involves regular lifting and carrying of up to 30lbs.

New Friends are encouraged to stay on throughout the year and help with other projects such as the Elves Shoppe, at which unique and special toys and gifts are sold. This is an excellent opportunity for book lovers, individuals who want to get involved in their community and high school students looking to fulfill their community volunteering requirement.

Volunteer application forms may be picked at Haldimand County Public Library’s Dunnville Branch (317 Chestnut St.) at any time during regular hours. Interested individuals can also contact Lindsay Thomas, Branch Coordinator, at 905-318-5932 ext. 6118 or lthomas@haldimandcounty.on.ca for more information.

Haldimand County Public Library hosting 9th annual Poetry Contest

Haldimand County Public Library invites residents of all ages to get creative and participate in its 9th annual poetry contest, to be held throughout the month of April.

This year’s theme is “Back to Nature”. The Library encourages entrants to express through poetry how nature impacts and inspires them, how they connect with nature, or how their actions effect the natural environment.

Entry forms, and a full list of rules and submission details can be obtained on the library’s website or at any library branch. Submissions can be made in person at any branches or can be submitted online.

Submissions will be accepted during the month of April and entered to win cash prizes in one of the following categories:

  • Primary – Kindergarten to Gr. 3
  • Junior – Gr. 4 to Gr. 6
  • Intermediate – Gr. 7 to Gr. 10
  • Senior – Gr. 11 – 12
  • Adult – age 18+

Judging will take place at the beginning of May by a library-chosen panel. First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded in each category. First prize will receive $50, second prize will receive $35 and third prize will receive $20. Winners will be announced in mid-May.

Individuals with further questions about the 9th Annual April Poetry Contest may call or visit their local library branch. Branch hours and contact numbers can be found on the library’s website.

Haldimand County Public Library Offers Virtual Family Cooking Class with Local Chef

Learn how to make delicious no-bake date squares and a refreshing mango lassi with Chef Rabiya through Haldimand County Public Library’s virtual cooking class. On Friday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m, join Chef Rabiya from Rabi’s Grand Kitchen in Caledonia via Zoom.

Young chefs and families will be responsible for purchasing their own ingredients where they can follow along with Chef Rabiya as they create a delicious snack. Registration is required at a cost of $5.00 per family.

To register, visit your local library branch or email Katrina Krupicz at kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

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