Whether a monthly event or a special experience, Port Colborne Public Library's adult programs provide a chance for you to meet people who share the same interests. For upcoming programs, please check our calendar and newsletter.

Documentary films

Bring a friend or two and join us for an afternoon of film-watching. Enjoy a lively discussion. Presented the last Monday of the month, January to December, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year, the films featured will be provided by the National Film Board of Canada.

Pre-registration is required. Free.

Contact the library for more information: 905-834-6512.

2024 Season

January 29, 2024

  • Dear Audrey (2021, 89 min.)

February 26, 2024

  • John Ware Reclaimed (2020, 72 min.)

March 25, 2024

  • Arab Women Say What?! (2023, 82 min.)

April 29, 2024

  • Katinniq / Vanishing Point (2012, 82 min.)

May 27, 2024

  • Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte (2013, 74 min.)

June 24, 2024

  • Standing on the Line (2018, 80 min.)

July 29, 2024

  • Sovereign Soil (2019, 91 min.)

August 26, 2024

  • Stateless (2020, 95 min.)

September 23, 2024

  • Ever Deadly (2022, 89 min.)

October 28, 2024

  • Unarchived (2022, 84 min.)

November 25, 2024

  • As the Crow Flies (2016, 83 min.)

December 16, 2024

  • Borealis (2020, 93 min.)

Adult chess club

March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2024.
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Do you play chess? Would you like to learn how to play chess? Adults are invited to join us for a series of chess workshops for both beginner and experienced players.

Pre-register. Free.

Bill's Best Reads with William Thomas

We are excited to introduce Bill’s Best Reads! Each month, we will feature a book hand-selected by bestselling author, scriptwriter, and nationally syndicated humour columnist, William Thomas.

March's selection: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
April's selection: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

To place a hold, find "A Thousand Splendid Suns" or "The Light Between Oceans" today in our catalogue, or call us at 905-834-6512.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Income tax clinics

Do you have a simple tax situation and a modest income? You may be eligible for help with filing your taxes. You must call to register.

Registration opens Thursday, February 29 at 9:30 a.m. Spaces are limited.

Top Hat Ceremony

Friday, March 22, 2024.

Every March, when the canal reopens after the winter shutdown, the captain of the first downbound ship is presented with a ceremonial top hat, modelled after an iconic top hat from the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum. The type of hat was worn by ship captains a century ago when the canal was in its early days.

Meet us at the event where we'll be popping up with commemorative buttons. For more information about the 2024 Top Hat Ceremony, please visit the City of Port Colborne website.

Port Colborne Public Library Book Club

Introducing the Port Colborne Public Library Book Club! Pre-register to join us and stop by the library to pick up a copy of our March book.

Monday, March 11, 2024. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of The Whisper on the Night Wind by Adam Shoalts.

Limited spaces. Pre-register. Free.

Monday, April 8, 2024. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of Our Voice of Fire by Brandi Morin.

Limited spaces. Pre-register. Free.

One eRead Canada

Unlivrel/One eRead Canada brings people and libraries together to read or listen to a single title in both English and French. This year's selection is Hotline by Dimitri Nasarallah. Check out a digital copy from Libby or Hoopla during April to participate.

Pop-Up Library: Eclipse at Vale

Available starting Friday, March 8, 2024.

Pick up your free eclipse glasses at the library! You must show your Port Colborne Public Library card. While supplies last.

Monday, April 8, 2024. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join us at the Vale Center to celebrate the solar eclipse! The library will be popping up with a fun craft. Bring your ID and sign up for a library card!

Adult painting with Kyla: the tulip fields

Thursday, March 21, 2024. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

In this acrylic painting workshop, paint a majestic landscape that showcases the soft, soothing colours of spring! Blending and shading techniques will be explored. Learn how to create perspective and depth in a few simple steps.

All supplies are included. Space is limited.
Pre-registration required. Cost is $15.

Pastel tulips in a field

One Book, One Niagara

Tuesday, April 24, 2024.

We are thrilled to announce that One Book, One Niagara is back! Now in its sophomore year, One Book, One Niagara will continue to build community throughout Niagara through a shared reading experience. This year's selected title is In the Upper Country by Kai Tomas.

The experience culminates in an in-person author event with Kai Thomas on the evening of Tuesday, April 23, 2024.

Tickets are free and will be available soon.

One Book One Niagara collage of book covers

Community Connect

Learn more about services and programs offered by local community support groups.

Resume Refresh with PC Works

March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2024.
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2024.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bring in a copy of your resume (paper/digital) and get tips to improve it. PC Works will help refresh and optimize your resume to highlight your skills to match your employment goals. Don't have a resume? PC Works can help get you started.

Drop-in. Free.

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program

Wednesday, March 20, 2024.
Wednesday, April 17, 2024.
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The ODSCP is a free dental care program for low-income seniors (65 and older). Stop by to learn how to enrill. For other dental assistance questions, call Valerie Wehlann from Bridges at 905-871-7621 ext. 2245

Drop-in. Free.

Speak with a Registered Dietician

Thursday, April 11, 2024.
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Have questions about nutrition and diet? Speak with Christina, who is a Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator from Bridges Community Health Centre.

Bridges Community Health Centre Programs and Services

Thursday, March 28, 2024.
Friday, April 26, 2024.
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Learn about free programs and services offered by Bridges CHC with Health Promoter Lori.

Service Canada

Third Wednesday of each month.

Next sessions:
Wednesday, March 20, 2024.
Wednesday, April 17, 2024.
10:00 am to 1:00 p.m.

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits through the internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.

Service Canada will be in your community to help you apply for the programs and services:

  • Old Age Security (OAS)
  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • My Service Canada Account (MSCA).

Drop-in. Free.

Canada Revenue Agency

Wednesday March 20, 2024. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CRA's outreach department provides information on their free income tax clinics for those who need assistance filing their taxes to get their benefits and credits.

Their Outreach Officer can also provide information on scams awareness, the disability tax credit certificate, and the benefits, credits, and tax deductions available for individuals.

Birchway Niagara (Formerly Women's Place)

Monday, March 11, 2024.
Monday, April 15, 2024.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Learn about communication, boundaries, safety planning, and healthy relationships. Learn how to help someone who may be experiencing abuse. Confidential meeting spaces available.

Drop-in. Free.

PFLAG Niagara

Saturday, April 6, 2024.
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wondering what all the fuss is about pronouns?  Struggling to keep track of all of the letters in 2S&LGBTQQIA+ and what they mean? Maybe you have questions but aren't sure if you'll say the right thing or use the correct terms, or you want to know more about how you can be a better ally to the community. Pflag Niagara is here for you!

In communities across the country, the pflag Canada network provides peer support, education and advocacy for a Canada that affirms, respects, and values all sexualities, genders, and gender expressions. Volunteers from Pflag Niagara will be on hand to answer questions and share resources and information.

April 6th is International Asexuality Day! All are welcome to stop by, ask questions, and chat with us.

Drop-in. Free.

Try something different

Do you like to garden? Check out seeds from our seed library.

Do you like to learn new skills? Do you like to experiment, make and create? Explore our makerspace to see if there is anything you'd like to try.

Check out our digital resources for great e-books, audiobooks, digital magazines, streaming video, online classes, research databases and more.