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Ontario Public Library Week

Celebrate Libraries!

One card, one million possibilities.

This month, Stratford Public Library joins libraries Canada wide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.  

October is Canadian Library Month and October 18 - 24 is Ontario Public Library Week in Ontario, both are an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.  The possibilities a library provides are endless. 

Participate.

Join in the (virtual) fun all week long by participating in fun virtual programs.

GAME NIGHT
Monday, October 19
Take your love of gaming to the next level. Join Eric and other gamers over Zoom to get started on creating scenery, characters, and game pieces for tabletop games like D+D and Gaslands. Pre-Register by emailing Eric: eball@pcin.on.ca / 519.271.0220 x 163.

WHALE OF A TALE
Monday, October 19

Join Trish on Facebook for songs, rhymes and stories for young children of all ages and abilities to enjoy from the comfort of your home.  Enjoy some old favourite songs and stories and learn some exciting new ones too! Visit the Stratford Public Library's Facebook page Mondays at 6:30pm.
P.S. You can pick up a Story Starters kit filled with activities and crafts inspired by each week's storytime.

PAWS 4 READING
Wednesday, October 21
Furry friends make the best listeners! Book your spot to read with a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog on Wednesdays between 3pm-8pm. 
Registration begins on October 5.  Register for each session by emailing Trish: tmacgregor@pcin.on.ca. Limited to 16 families.

STEAM TRAIN
Thursday, October 22
Jump aboard the STEAM train! Join Trish on Zoom to investigate, explore, create, and learn together. We provide the materials, you provide the imagination! 
Registration begins Tuesday, October 13.  Register by contacting Trish at tmacgregor@pcin.on.ca.  Space is limited. 

Challenges.

Try out these awesome challenges on Beanstack during Ontario Public Library Week:

LITTLE READERS IN TRAINING
October 1 - June 30 | Children
Read, learn, explore, grow together. As your child's first and best teacher, it's important to incorporate shared reading into your daily activities. It's easy - complete activities, read together, and earn badges, all while training your little one to fall in love with reading. 

RECOVERY CHALLENGE
October 1 - 31  |  Adults
Ever wonder how the reading can help in the recovery process? Take the “Recovery Challenge” this October to find ways that can aid in whatever kind of recovery you need – physical, mental, economic, or financial. You could also be the lucky winner of our grand prize - $200 in gift certificates to local businesses!
Many thanks to Fanfare Books, MacLeod's Scottish Shop, Symphony in Brass, Ross's Bike Shop, Little Green Grocery, Wuerth's Shoes and Black Swan Brewing for your participation in our challenges. 

RECONNECT
October 15 - 31 | Adults
There's no better time than now to reconnect with the important things in life: family, neighbourhoods, community, yourself... and of course, your Library!  Complete the Reconnect Challenge to get back in touch, and earn points towards a grand prize of $200 in gift certificates to local businesses.

READ WOKE
October 18 - December 20  |  Teens
This fall, be part of something bigger than yourself and Read Woke. “Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.” -- Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

Clean Slate.

Do you have long overdue or thought-to-be lost library books at home? No worries! 
During Ontario Public Library Week, you can return your books and all charges will be waived for lost materials. Now that's what we call a fresh start.

Make.

Book an appointment to visit the MakerSpace to create gifts, work on projects, and learn new skills.
Get making with the vinyl cutter, 3D printer, digital design station, VHS to digital conversion software, various robotics, and other tools.

OPEN LABS
(by appointment)

Monday 1-4pm
Tuesday 1-4pm
Thursday 5-8pm