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.

Haldimand County Public Library offers free Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Haldimand County Public Library, in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency, is hosting the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, a free income tax filing service provided by trained volunteers.

This tax program will be offered by drop-off appointment only at the Caledonia, Jarvis, Cayuga, Hagersville, and Selkirk Branches of the Haldimand County Public Library. The free tax clinics will run from February 28 to April 22, 2022.

To be eligible for this free tax filing service, participants must be either:

  • Single, with an annual income of $30,000 or less;
  • Married couple, with a combined annual income of $40,000 or less;
  • Single adult with dependents, with an annual income of $35,000 or less (plus additional $2,500 per dependent);

All individuals must have less than $1,000 in investment income to be eligible.

If you would like to access this free service or have any questions, please call the Haldimand County Public Library at 289-674-0400 or visit one of the branches.

Once participants drop off materials and complete the necessary forms, all materials will be delivered to a volunteer by library staff. Upon completion of the tax files, participants will be called back to the library to pick up their prepared forms. If any questions should arise during the process, the volunteer will contact participants by phone.

Individuals seeking further information about tax clinics may contact Katrina Krupicz, Community Outreach Coordinator, Haldimand County Public Library at 905-318-5932 ext. 6552 or kkrupicz@haldimandcounty.on.ca

Haldimand County announces six in-person programs at the Heritage Centre in Cayuga

The Heritage Centre in Cayuga is pleased to host six programs for the month of March.

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
This presentation will focus on the history of the suffragette movement and the changing  roles of women throughout history.

Preserving Your Family Heirlooms: March 9 at 1:00 p.m.
This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to preserve and protect family heirlooms; topics include textiles, furniture, documents and more.

Famous Canadian Women: March 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for this enlightening talk featuring some of Canada’s and Haldimand’s most famous women and the impact they have had on our country and our community.

When Irish Eyes are Smiling: March 16 at 1:00 p.m.
This presentation focuses on the migration of the Irish to Canada and Haldimand County. Over half a million Irish citizens arrived in Canada from 1831 to 1850, and by 1867 they were the second-largest ethnic group in Canada (after the French), comprising 24% of the country’s population.

Carved in Stone: March 19 at 12:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what various gravestone symbols mean? Is the information on the stones completely accurate? During this workshop, participants will be provided with tips on how to use cemetery stones and associated records in their genealogy quest.

Royal Women:  March 23 at 1:00 p.m.
The third in this series of presentations about the Royal Family will focus on the women of the family and the various roles they have had throughout history.

Cost for all programs is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Register online at Link.HaldimandCounty.ca or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga.

For more information about programs and activities, contact the Heritage Centre at 905-318-5932 ext. 6613 or email heritagecentre@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Hagersville Chamber of Commerce sells Community Centre, Chamber presents Haldimand County with $700,000 contribution towards the new Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre

The fund-raising committee for the Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre took a big leap towards reaching its goal with the recent $700,000 contribution from the Hagersville Chamber of Commerce following its sale of the Hagersville Community Centre.

“We are so pleased to be able to make this contribution towards the Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre project,” says Chamber President Rob Phillips. “The new building will be a beautiful, fully accessible and functional community space that will enhance the quality of life of our residents of all ages and abilities.”

“The Community Centre has served as a gathering place for our community for more than one hundred years, and it has served many service clubs and user groups well, but the times have changed and we need a building now that is more accessible and is able to accommodate many different types of programming, events and activities,” adds Phillips.

The Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre will be located in Grant Kett Park, adjacent to the town’s Arena, ball diamonds and outdoor amphitheatre.

Plans for the new, multi-purpose facility were introduced in early 2021 during capital budget deliberations and approved by Council for construction in 2024. As part of the project and preliminary public engagement, the community will have to raise approximately $2 million towards the co-located facility.

“Haldimand County is incredibly grateful to the Chamber of Commerce for its stewardship and financial management of the Community Centre for the past twenty years,” adds Ward 4 Councillor and Chair of the community fund-raising committee, Tony Dalimonte. “This has been a tremendous amount of work and responsibility for the Chamber, in particular volunteers John & Janice Luttjehuizen and Charlie & BJ Garvie, who managed the operations, maintenance and booking of the facility throughout that time.”

For background information, details and updates about the Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre project, please visit www.haldimandcounty.ca/hagersvilleALC/.

Pictured from left to right: Paul Diette (CEO, Haldimand County Public Library), Doug Miller (Community Fund-Raising Committee Member), Tony Dalimonte (Ward 4 Councillor and Chair of Community Fund-Raising Committee), Rob Phillips (President of Hagersville Chamber of Commerce), Ed McCarthy (Director of Hagersville Chamber of Commerce)

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.

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