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.

April Poetry Contest!

Compete in Haldimand County Public Library’s April Poetry Contest! This year’s theme is MY TOWN, MY HOME. Original poems are accepted from Haldimand County residents of all ages from April 1 through 30 at all Library branches. Cash prizes of up to $50! Entry forms & full contest rules will be available soon.

New & Upcoming Adult Programs

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!

2019 Neighbour Night Events:

Thursday, March 7: Community Events

Thursday, March 28: Health, Fitness & Wellness

Thursday, April 25: Sports & Recreation

Thursday, May 30: Focus on Children

Thursday, June 27: Staycationing in Haldimand County

Thursday, July 25: Employment & Entrepreneurship

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

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Need a hand to prepare your tax return? Haldimand County Public Library is offering free income tax filing service with trained volunteers in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Tax clinics will be by drop off only from February 11th to April 15th at the Caledonia, Hagersville, Jarvis and Selkirk Branches. To participate in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, leave your name and phone number with Library staff at 289-674-0400.

Eligibility requirements:

– Single person with annual income of $30,000 or less – Married couple without dependants with combined income of $40,000 or less – Single adult, with dependents, with income of $35,000 or less (plus additional $2,500 per dependant) – Individual with less then $1,000 investment income

We cannot prepare tax returns for those:

– who have employment expenses, business or rental income/expenses – who are self-employed – who have returns for deceased persons – who have returns claiming capital gains or losses – with major investments (RRSP, stocks, mutual funds etc.) – who have filed for bankruptcy

For more information, contact Lindsay Thomas, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 905-318-5932 ext. 6118 or Organizations can also participate in this program, contact Lindsay to learn more.

Author Visit: Adam Shoalts, Modern-Day Explorer

Sat., March 30, at 2p.m. at the Grandview Lodge Auditorium (657 Lock St. W., Dunnville)

Shoalts discusses his new book “A History of Canada in Ten Maps” which analyses early maps to paint a picture of the land that would become Canada, combining geography, cartography, history and anthropology.

Shoalts, one of Canada’s greatest living explorers, completed a nearly 4,000 km solo journey across Canada’s Arctic, among other notable explorations.


Call the Dunnville Library at 289-674-0400 ext. 3. TODAY! This program is co-hosted by Haldimand County Public Library, the Dunnville District Heritage Association and the Friends of the Dunnville Library.

Learn more about A History of Canada in Ten Maps from CBC Canada.

Borrow a copy of A History of Canada in Ten Maps.

Guided Crystal Meditation

Discover the benefits of crystal meditation  through these unique and enjoyable guided sessions. Select a crystal from a beautiful collection and learn how to connect to the crystal and yourself through meditation.

No prior experience required. Each session includes an introduction, 30 minutes of guided meditation and is

followed by group discussion.

Haldimand County Public Library – Caledonia Branch (100 Haddington St.)

Wednesday evenings from 7-8 p.m.

10 sessions from March 27 to May 29

No registration required – drop in to each unique session.


For more information, contact Arianna at

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: Eating for One on a Budget

Tips and tricks, including recipe and snack ideas, for  budget-conscious healthy eating for one. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your meals!  A Registered Dietitian from the Family Health Team can answer all of your nutrition questions.

Caledonia Branch (100 Haddington St.) – Tuesday, May 14th at 2p.m.

Hagersville Branch (13 Alma St. N.) – Thursday, May 9th at 2p.m.


Healthy You: Coping with Stress

Program details, including June date, times and locations, to be announced soon.

Healthy You: Heart Health

Program details, including September dates, times and locations, to be announced soon.

Healthy You: Understanding Anxiety & Depression

Program details, including September dates, times and locations, to be announced soon.

Healthy You: Menopause

Program details, including October dates, times and locations, to be announced soon.

Healthy You: Conflict Management

Program details, including October dates, times and locations, to be announced soon.

Social Insurance Number Clinics presented by Service Canada

Service Canada will be at these library locations to help you apply or replace your Social Insurance Number. Please bring a primary identification document (a secondary document may also be required). Visit for a complete list of acceptable identification documents. Service Canada can also help you access other Government of Canada programs and Services.

Drop in SIN Clinics are available at the following Library branches:

Wednesday, May 8 – Hagersville Branch (13 Alma St. N.) from 12-2p.m.

Wednesday, May 8 – Caledonia Branch (100 Haddington St. N.) from 4-7p.m.

Tuesday, May 14 – Dunnville Branch (317 Chestnut St.) from 12:30-3:30p.m.

Tuesday, May 21 – Jarvis Branch (2 Monson St.) from 12:30-3:30p.m.

Tuesday, May 21 – Selkirk Branch (34 Main St. W.) from 5-8p.m.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-O-Canada.

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 Hagersville, Jarvis & Selkirk branches.


February: Monogram Mug

Create a personalized, monogrammed mug for yourself or a friend.

Hagersville – Fri., Feb 22

Jarvis – Mon., Feb 11

Selkirk – Tue., Feb 19


March: Cherry Blossom Printed Gift Wrap

Design unique gift wrap using a stamping technique.

Hagersville – Fri., Mar 22

Jarvis – Mon., Mar 18

Selkirk – Tue., Mar 19


April: Felt Flower Brooch

Adorn yourself with this simply beautiful floral brooch.

Hagersville – Fri., Apr 12

Jarvis – Mon., Apr 15

Selkirk – Tue., Apr 16


May: Birch Tree Painting

No painting skills needed – special tricks and tools are used to create a beautiful work of art.

Hagersville – Fri., May 31

*Jarvis – Thu., May 30

Selkirk – Tue., May 28


June: Terracotta Craft

Turn a terracotta pot and base into a bird feeder or candleholder.

Hagersville – Fri., June 21

*Jarvis – Tue., June 11

Selkirk – Tue., June 18


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

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.

The 2018/2019 schedule:

September 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 9: Under the Sea

Learn about the mysterious world under the sea: fish, plants, coral and more! Use the ocean to calm yourself by making an “Under the Sea” themed sensory bottle.

November 20: 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 11: 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.

February 12: Paper Mache Masks (Part 1 of 2)

The design of a mask can tell an important story. Learn about masks from around the world and start making your own using Paper Mache in this two part activity.

March 12: Paper Mache Masks    (Part 2 of 2)

Let’s decorate our masks in styles from around the world! Missed Part 1? Don’t worry, we will have some paintable masks available for you.

April 9: Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge Visit

Learn about the Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge and meet some of the animals they care for.

May 14: Party on the Lawn!

Kickoff summer with a party on the front lawn! Enjoy yard games and summer themed treats before we break for the summer.

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

Scrabble Club

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

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

NEW! Selkirk Branch: Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. beginning October 30th (If there are Crafternoons, there is no Scrabble.)

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:

Caledonia Branch 

Tuesdays as scheduled: February 26 through April 16 (NO MEETING March 19)

1:30 to 4 p.m.

Dunnville Branch

Wednesdays as scheduled: April 3 through May 15 (NO MEETINGS April 24)

1:30 to 4 p.m.

Hagersville Branch

Tuesdays as scheduled: May 7 through June 25 (NO MEETINGS May 21)

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jarvis Branch

Mondays as scheduled: May 6 through June 24 (NO MEETINGS May 20)

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Learn to play the ukulele! Join our program, now running Wednesdays at the Dunnville Branch from 2 pm to 2:45pm or catch the later class from 4 pm to 4:45pm.

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.

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.

One Book One Haldimand

A community-wide reading program, uniting Haldimand County residents through shared experience. The 2019 One Book One Haldimand title will be announced in May.

Sneak peak: Readers interested in mysterious fiction books with travel and medical themes will enjoy this fast-paced novel!

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

Cayuga Arena – McSorley Family Hall

Enjoy a book talk, signing and Q&A session as well as friendly discussion with fellow readers.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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