Adult Programs

Adult Programs at Haldimand County Public Library offer a variety of opportunities for adults to learn, try or make something new and meet with like-minded members of their community.

One Book One Haldimand

One Book One Haldimand celebrates local author Ross Pennie by highlighting his book “Beneath the Wake: A Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery”. Borrow a copy from any Haldimand County Public Library Branch today. Meet the author Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m. at the NEW Cayuga Library!

New & Upcoming Adult Programs

Haldimand County Public Library, in partnership with the Haldimand Family Health Team, present a series of health and wellness information sessions taught by trained and registered health professionals.

Registration required for all Healthy You Series sessions – space is limited. Register in person or by calling the Library at 289-674-0400. For detailed program information, please contact the Health Team at 905-768-9599 ext.1000.

Healthy You: Heart Health

Learn how to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke and keep that heart beating!

Meet with healthcare professionals to learn about: the impact of blood pressure and cholesterol on heart health, lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke, the risk factors for heart disease and methods for keeping you and your heart healthy.  

Caledonia Branch: Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30p.m.

Dunnville Branch: Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30p.m.

Hagersville Branch: Thursday, September 12 at 2p.m


Healthy You: Understanding Anxiety & Depression

Do you feel sad, hopeless, or worried or have you lost interest in activities you would normally enjoy?  Sadness and worry are normal human emotions but depression and anxiety are not. These may require treatment to overcome and shouldn’t be ignored.

This session will help participants to distinguish between depression, anxiety and normal human emotional experiences, and will provide strategies for coping with these feelings.

Caledonia Branch: Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30p.m.

Hagersville Branch: Thursday, September 19 at 6:30p.m.

Cayuga Branch: Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30p.m.

Dunnville Branch: Thursday, September 26 at 6:30p.m.


Healthy You: Menopause

Get through menopause with your sanity intact! Have all your women’s health questions answered by medical professionals.

  Session will include:

  • information on identifying the symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause;
  • strategies for coping with the changes that occur;
  • an overview of the treatments available;
  • tips that will help you survive menopause

Caledonia Branch: Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30p.m.

Dunnville Branch: Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30p.m.

Hagersvile Branch: Thursday, October 24 at 6:30p.m.


Healthy You: Conflict Management

Have you ever been in a difficult situation and felt unable to do anything about it? By learning to be assertive, you can stand up for yourself and become a strong and confident communicator.

In this session, you will learn how to express ideas and feelings in an open, honest and direct way while respecting others.

Caledonia Branch: Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30p.m.

Hagersville Branch: Thursday, November 7 at 6:30p.m.

Cayuga Branch: Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30p.m.

Dunnville Branch: Thursday, November 14 at 6:30p.m.

College 101

Have you ever wondered if college is for you? This course helps adults 19+ who are not currently in school to prepare for success in a college environment. Earn a free General Education credit towards various Mohawk College programs. Technology is also provided for use during the duration of the course. High school completion is not required. Priority is given to students with no postsecondary experience.

Topics include:

  • What to expect in college
  • How to study
  • Time and stress management
  • Critical thinking
  • Planning how to reach education and career goals


To register, call 905-575-2489 or email For more information you can visit Mohawk’s website at or following them on social media @mocityschool.

Storm Chasing in Ontario

Follow the dramatic development of a supercell tornado and discover amazing facts about lightening and windstorms which rip through our region. This exciting and educational multi-media presentation by experienced storm chaser David Chapman tells the story of Ontario’s storms and will leave you with a greater appreciation of our unique weather!

Cost: FREE!

A special thank-you to the Friends of the Dunnville & Jarvis Libraries for funding this special event!

Dunnville Branch – Saturday, September 28 at 2p.m.

Cayuga Branch – Saturday, September 28 at 7p.m.

Selkirk Branch – Saturday, October 5 at 2p.m.

Jarvis Branch – Saturday, October 5 at 7 p.m.

Pre-register to save your seat by calling Haldimand County Public Library at 289-674-0400.

Neighbour Night

Are you… new to the community? Newly retired? A new parent? Or just interested in meeting your neighbours and learning more about Caledonia? Join your neighbours and local community organizations for Neighbour Night at the Caledonia Library (100 Haddington St.). All events run from 6-8p.m. and are held in the Library program room. Free light refreshments provided. Drop in, mix and mingle!

Fall 2019 Neighbour Night Events:

Thursday, September 26: Lifelong Learning

Thursday, October 24: Volunteering

Thursday, November 21: Local History & Culture

Organizations, service clubs, agencies or businesses interested in participating are encouraged to contact Lindsay Thomas, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 905-318-5932 ext. 6118 or

Haldimand County Public Library announces our third annual One Book One Haldimand title: “Beneath the Wake: A Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery” by local author Ross Pennie. Embark with the good doctor on a family cruise vacation turned frantic quest to cure a mysterious, deadly illness. Written from the perspectives of two protagonists, a father and son, this suspenseful and exotic narrative weaves together common fears of global epidemics and geopolitical issues along with the perplexities of familial love in a captivating way.

Copies of “Beneath the Wake” are available to borrow from your local library branch today!

Meet the Author: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2 p.m.

At the New Cayuga Library Branch (19 Talbot Road West)

Enjoy a book talk, signing, Q&A session and discussion with fellow readers. Light refreshments provided.

Child & Family Benefits Information Session presented by Service Canada

Are you expecting a new addition to the family or hoping to expand your family in the future? Join a knowledgeable Service Canada representative for an information session on child and family benefits. Learn what services and funds you may be eligible for as a new parent.

All programs take place from 6:30-8p.m.

Caledonia Branch: Monday, October 7

Cayuga Branch: Wednesday, October 9

Dunnville Branch: Wednesday, October 2

Hagersville Branch: Thursday, October 17

Jarvis Branch: Tuesday, October 22

Selkirk Branch: Thursday, October 24

No registration required. Drop in and learn about your entitlements today!

Ongoing Adult Programs

Meet with friends and explore new books each month with one of our many book clubs. Click here to find club information and upcoming titles. 


Fee: $2.00 per person per session
Time: 1 p.m.

Enjoy monthly adult crafting sessions at the Cayuga, Hagersville, Jarvis & Selkirk branches.


September: Recycled Greeting Card Boxes

Turn recycled cards into useful gift boxes,  suitable for any holiday.

Cayuga – Fri., Sept 13

Hagersville – Fri., Sept 20

Jarvis – Mon., Sept 16

Selkirk – Tue., Sept 17


October: Pumpkin Painting 

Stencils, designs, haunting words – Bring your own pumpkin and prepare for Halloween!

Cayuga –  Fri., Oct 18

Hagersville – Fri., Oct 25

Jarvis – Mon., Oct 21

Selkirk – Tue., Oct 22


November: Star Ornament

Create unique hand woven ornaments for the holidays.

Cayuga –  Fri., Nov 22

Hagersville – Fri., Nov 15

Jarvis – Mon., Nov 18

Selkirk – Tue., Nov 12

The Friends of the Library are often presenting programs and activities at the Dunnville and Jarvis branches. Learn more about the Friends and what they have upcoming by visiting The Friends of the Library page on our website.

Knitting ClubsJarvis Library Knitting Club

Share in the hobby of knitting, crocheting or other yarn crafts with informal, drop-in Knitting Clubs. All experience levels are welcome and the sessions are free! Light refreshments are provided. Please bring your current project and/or supplies. Help is available with reading patterns, pattern and yarn selection, and choosing the right materials. Beginners may also borrow from a limited amount of starter materials available at the sessions. Contact your local branch for more information!

Caledonia Branch: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Dunnville Branch: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Jarvis Branch: Every Thursday, alternating 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. one week and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. the next week. Contact Jarvis Branch (289) 674-0400 for meeting schedule and rotation.

The Jarvis Knitting Club celebrates World Wide Knit in Public Day (first week of June, 2019 date TBA) with a knitting party on the Library patio. Everyone welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your yarn crafts!

Library Living

A theme-based program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Library Living uses a person-centred approach focusing on enjoyment, inclusivity, and personal growth. The Library has partnered with Community Living Haldimand to provide both learning and entertainment value for individuals.

Dunnville Branch – 317 Chestnut St.

The second Tuesday of the month 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cayuga Branch – 19 Talbot Rd. W.

The third Tuesday of the month 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2019/2020 schedule:

September 10/25*: Welcome Back!

Show & Tell – it’s your moment! Bring photos, an object or stories from your summer to share with us. Participate in Library themed activities and get ready for another exciting year of Library Living.

October 8/15: Special Guest Speaker – Airplane & Airport History

A special guest speaker joins us from No. 6 Royal Canadian Air Force Museum to share the history of aviation in our area. Learn about the airplane on display at the Dunnville Library and much more!

November 5*/19*: Therapeutic Paws of Canada Therapy Dog Visit

Furry friends join us from Therapeutic Paws of Canada! Learn about how therapy dogs are trained, how they help and enjoy some time with these friendly furry friends

December 10/19: Reindeer Games

Join us for some fun, festive holiday-themed games as we celebrate the Christmas season. What fun it is to play and laugh with friends during the holidays!

February 11/18 : Karaoke Party

Come sing with us – no experience needed! Join us for a fun Karaoke Party including solos, sing-alongs and snacks! You don’t have to sing to enjoy the fun.

March 10/17: Armchair Travel – Ireland

Travel to Ireland from the comfort of the Library – no plane ticket required! Learn all about this beautiful country through videos, music, a craft and more!

April 14/21: Learn about turtles and reptiles with Ruthven!

A knowledgeable education coordinator from Ruthven Park Historic Site will teach us all about the turtles and reptiles that live in our area.

May 12/19: Summer Olympics

Kickoff summer by learning about  the 2020 Summer Olympics and its host location Toyko, Japan.

Please note: *dates denote a diversion from regular schedule.

For more information and to register, please contact:

Lindsay Stephens
Community Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (905) 318-5932 ext. 6118

Author Visits

Halidmand County Public Library supports local authors. Local authors and those looking for more information on booking a book launch, signing or other local author event are encouraged to contact:

Lindsay Thomas
Community Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (905) 318-5932 ext. 6118

Roots to Branches Club

Explore your family tree and learn handy genealogical research techniques during our informal – but informative! – monthly sessions.

Selkirk Branch: Last Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Scrabble Club

Test your wordsmith skills by joining our informal and entertaining group!

Hagersville Branch: Every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Strengthen Your Mind Workshops

These 7-week courses provide valuable and practical information for those wanting to enhance their memory. Topics include memory and aging, learning styles, stress, humour, mental aerobics, nutrition, socialization and more! Practice your skills and challenge your brain!

Upcoming workshops:

Cayuga Branch – Thursdays from 10a.m. to 12:30p.m. October 3 through November 7

Registration required for all workshops. Call 289-674-0400 to save your seat!

Learn to play the ukulele! Join our program, Starting September 18th on Wednesdays at the Dunnville Branch. 

Classes include:

2-3p.m. for Experienced Players

3-4p.m. for Adult Beginners

4-5p.m. for the After School Class

FREE! For adults and children – all ages! Bring your own ukulele or practice on one of ours. Please let us know if you need to borrow an instrument.

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