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April Poetry Contest 2024

Submit your original works of poetry for a chance to win!

Theme: Growth

Categories: Adult (ages 18+),  Senior (Gr. 11-12), Intermediate (Gr. 7-10), Junior (Gr 4-6) and Primary (K-Gr.3)

Prizes per category: 1st place $50, 2nd place $35, 3rd place $20

Contest ends April 30th. Submissions accepted in person at all library branches or online.

Click here for full contest rules, the entry form and to submit your poem. 

Service Canada Information Sessions

Overview of Pension and Benefits for Seniors

Cayuga Branch: Friday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m.

Both the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) benefits are important sources of income for retirees in Canada. Understanding the eligibility requirements and the application process for these benefits is an important step in receiving income supports in your retirement.

Some of the topics covered will include;

  • How contributions are made
  • How to obtain and estimate
  • How to maximize your benefits
  • How to apply
  • Other resources and benefits available for seniors

Services for Indigenous Peoples Workshop

Hagersville Branch: Tuesday, May 14 at 10:30a.m.

Visit the Hagersville Library Branch where a Service Canada representative will provide information on benefits and services available for indigenous peoples of all ages.

Some of the topics covered will include;

The Hope for Wellness Hotline

  • The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program
  • Financial assistance for Indigenous students
  • The Canadian Pension Plan

Government Programs and Benefits for Families

Dunnville Branch: Friday, June 7th at 11a.m.

A Service Canada and CRA representative will provide information about Maternity and Parental Leave, Family Caregiving Benefits and Leave, dental coverage, Education Savings programs, Canada Pension Plan Survivor, and Children’s Benefits. You will also lean about the CRA’s tax benefits and credits like the Canada Child Benefit, GST/HST Credit, and the Canada Workers Benefit.

**Special Note: Storytime will be held at the Dunnville library at the same time as this presentation. If you would like to attend this information session without your children, children 3 years of age and up can be registered ahead of time to attend the Storytime session. There is no cost for the Service Canada information session however there is a $1.00 per child cost for Storytime.

 

Pre-registration is recommended but drop-ins will be welcome. To register call the library hosting the session at 289-674-0400. For more information, visit Canada.ca or call 1-800-O-Canada

Ongoing Adult Programs

One Book One Haldimand is an annual, community-wide reading program which 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.

The 2024 One Book One Haldimand title is Free, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn

Lillian and Audrey hatch a plot to escape from Tranquil Meadows Nursing Home, “borrow” a car, and spend their hastily planned vacation time driving to destinations west. They set out on their journey having forgotten that their memory problems might make driving and following directions difficult. Then they meet up with the unsuspecting Rayne, a young man also heading west in hope of reconciling with his family. Without minimizing the realities of old age, dementia, and frailty, Lillian and Audrey’s story is rich with laughter, adventure, and hope. – Back Cover

Copies of this book (electronic and hardcopy) can be placed on hold now. Visit the library catalogue to reserve your copy today.

Watch our website, social media and in-library for announcements related to the upcoming author visit (slated for fall 2024).

Seed Library

Our seed library is a collection of different seeds, for flowers, herbs, vegetables and more, that both amateur and experienced gardeners alike can “borrow” to take home, grow and enjoy. At the end of the growing season, participants are encouraged to save some seeds from their plants and donate them to the library for others to grow. All for free.

You can borrow seeds from the Dunnville, Hagersville and Jarvis Library while supplies last. Seed donations are accepted at all branches throughout the year. We hope to expand this program at it grows!

More information about the seed library in general: Seed Library Information (Trifold Brochure)

More information about how to save and donate seeds: How to Donate Seeds (Bifold Brochure)

LINC English Classes

Presented by Mohawk College, free LINC English classes are available to eligible newcomers.

Classes are delivered in-person at:

Caledonia Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9p.m.

Hagersville Branch: Wednesdays from 5-8p.m. and Saturdays from 10a.m.-1p.m.

Register online here: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/form/linchaldimand

For questions, email: LearnEnglish@mohawkcollege.ca

Crafternoons 2024

Join us for engaging monthly craft programs designed specifically for adults. Crafternoons are a fun mix of crafting and socializing with a different craft each month. Each session costs $2.00 and pre-registration is required. All supplies are provided, unless otherwise noted. Call or visit a branch hosting the program to register.

February: Love Monsters

Give your loved ones or yourself something to smile about with these cute and loveable monsters.

Jarvis –      **Thurs. Feb 15th at 1 pm

Caledonia –     Tues. Feb 20th at 1 pm

Hagersville –   Wed. Feb 21st  at 1 pm

Dunnville –     Thurs. Feb 22nd at 1 pm

Cayuga –        Fri. Feb 23rd at 1 pm

                                                                                                 ** Please note change of day

March – Easter Bunny Mason Jars

Perfect way to  keep your Easter goodies safe. Give as a gift or keep for yourself.

                                                                                          Jarvis –    Mon. March 18th at 1 pm

                                                                                          Caledonia –  Tue. March 19th at 1 pm

                                                                                          Hagersville – Wed. March 20th at 1 pm

                                                                                          Dunnville –   Thurs. March 21st at 1 pm

                                                                                           Cayuga –     Fri. March 22nd at 1 pm

 

April: Nautical Wreath

All Aboard! This summer wreath is perfect for your home, bathroom or cottage.

                                                                              Jarvis –   Mon. April 22nd at 1 pm

                                                                             Caledonia –   Tue. April 23rd at 1 pm

                                                                             Hagersville – Wed. April 24th at 1 pm

                                                                            Dunnville –   Thurs. April 25th at 1 pm

                                                                              Cayuga –      Fri. April 26th at 1 pm

 

No sessions in May

June: Gnome Wreath

What is more welcoming than a Gnome on your door?

Jarvis –         Mon. June 17th at 1 pm

Caledonia –   Tues. June 18th at 1 pm

Hagersville – Wed. June 19th at 1 pm

Dunnville –    Thurs. June 20th at 1 pm

Cayuga –       Fri. June 21st at 1 pm

Knitting Clubs

Knitting Clubs are back with no registration and no restrictions at the Caledonia, Dunnville and Jarvis branches. Join fellow yarn crafters of all experience levels! Please bring your own supplies.

    Hagersville Knitting Club Thursdays 6pm to 7:30pm

Scrabble Club

Wordsmiths unite in weekly games of scrabble!

Hagersville: Tuesdays @ 1:30p.m.

Contact the Hagersville branch for more information.

Ontario Parks and Grand River Parks Day Passes, in partnership with Ontario Parks and Grand River Conservation Authority 

Borrow day passes for Ontario Parks and Grand River Parks with your library card. These park passes provide access to parks and trails. Day passes do not allow access to campsites. Each pass will be lent out for 7 days.

Click here for more information.

This program has ended for the summer but will begin again in September 2023.

Youth currently attending high school are eligible to earn community volunteer hours through the Library’s innovative Teen Reviewers program. From the comfort of your own home, you will have the opportunity to read, watch, or listen to library materials and compose a written review for library promotional uses. Each title review earns you two community volunteer hours.

For details and enrolment information, please visit our Teen Reviewers page.

Selkirk Branch

Last Saturday of the Month (except December), 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Looking for that elusive ancestor? Want to learn more about which family history databases can assist you in your research? Join the Roots to Branches Club, a group of enthusiastic genealogists who cooperate on research projects and learn from an experienced library staff member about little-known databases and research tips, which aid in digging for one’s roots. Participants will explore and practice various research techniques and, together, work in an environment where the collective knowledge and experience of group members helps everyone to jump over the research hurdles that inevitably appear in all of our family trees.

Meetings begin with a short discussion on, and demonstration of, a research tip, technique or database. Time is then devoted to discussing general questions or research challenges. Newcomers to the hobby will have the opportunity to draw on the knowledge of more experienced genealogists.

If you own a laptop computer, you are encouraged to bring it with you to Club sessions and utilize the Library’s in-house subscription to Ancestry.com, Library Edition. We also suggest bringing a USB flash drive / memory stick on which to save any documents or information you discover, for later perusal and use at home.

Saturday, November 25   10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

2024 Dates:

Saturday January 27th                     10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday February 24th                10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday March 23rd                         10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday April 27th                        10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday May 25th                         10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday June 29th                        10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday July 27th                          10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday August 31st                       10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday September 28th              10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday October 26th                    10:30am to 11:30am

Saturday November 30th               10:30am to 11:30am

Watch Local Week 2023

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Third Annual Watch Local Week, April 16-22, a free event featuring the best in locally-produced film.

24-Hour Youth Film Challenge : Congratulations to all the young filmmakers who participated in our first-ever filmmaking event.  Enjoy their innovative creations by watching all five short films on the library’s YouTube Channel, Watch Local Week Playlist.

Proposal a Program in Partnership With The Library

Do you have a special talent, skill or knowledge that you would like to share with your community?

The Library welcomes program proposals from individuals and community groups. Library staff will examine the request to determine if the program proposal supports the mission of the Library and if the resources needed to implement the program are available.

Please complete the HCPL Program Proposal Form and attached any supporting documentation. Email your form to the Outreach Coordinator or drop off at your local branch.

Some past examples of successful community partnership programs are:

  • Crystal Meditation Workshops
  • Caledonia Teens in Action
  • Homeschool Meet Ups

If you are a community champion, we would love to see a program proposal from you!

The Library has programming for all ages – Children’s Program details are available here.

Donating to The Library

Haldimand County Public Library is a registered non-profit charity. You can make a difference in the community by making a financial donation to the Library. Donation assist us to expanding collections as well as improving our programs and services.

Donations can be made in person by cash or cheque. Please inform staff if you would like the donation to go towards a specific branch, collection or service. Tax receipts are available upon request.

Donations can also be made online by visiting https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/haldimand-county-public-library-board/. If you would like your donation to go towards a specific branch, collection or service please specify in the “Send a message to this charity” field. Tax receipts are automatically generated by canadahelps.org.

If you have any questions about making a donation, including leaving a legacy, please email us at library@haldimandcounty.on.ca. Thank-you to all of our generous donors!