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Book reviews by our library patrons

Find new reads through our patron reviews, teen reviews, and reviews by kids for kids! Interested in participating? See the featured review page for details or contact us. Teens are awarded 5 community service hours for each approved review. Reviews are published here and on social media accounts.

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Adult chess club

Mondays
January 15, 22 & 29, 2024.
February 5, 12 & 26, 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 for the six weeks. 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.

January's selection: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod.
February's selection: The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese.

To place a hold, find "No Great Mischief" or "The Covenant of Water" today in our catalogue, or call us at 905-834-6512.

No Great Mischief by Alisair MacLeod The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Documentary films

Our documentary film program is back and we have exciting news! This year, the films featured will be provided by the National Film Board of Canada. Be sure to pick up the new schedule of amazing films we will be showing in 2024!

Monday, January 29, 2024. 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening and discussion of a documentary film:

  • Dear Audrey (2021, 89 min.)
    • Acclaimed activist-filmmaker Martin Duckworth has devoted his life to peace and justice. But now he's put down his camera to fight for the most important cause he's ever faced. While caring for his wife through the final stages of Alzheimer's disease, Martin's love deepens as he looks back on an epic life and career.

Monday, February 26, 2024. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a screening and discussion of a documentary film:

  • John Ware Reclaimed (2020, 72 min.)
    • Filmmaker Cheryl Foggo re-examines the story of John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta, Canada, prior to the turn of the 20th century. 

Pre-registration is required. Contact the library for more information: 905-834-6512. Free.

Black History Month

February 2024

During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who have helped to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today.

Celebrate Black History Month with us all month long and checkout a book from our library display in-person or online.

Freedom to Read Week

February 18 to 24, 2024

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under The Canadian Chart of Rights and Freedoms.

Check out our book display in-person or through the online catalogue. Celebrate your freedom to read by enjoying a frequently challenged or banned book today.

Art in the Atrium: Acrylic Paintings by Kyla Harriettha

January to February 2024

This past year, we offered monthly adult acrylic painting classes with Kyla for our community. She also created beautiful paintings to inspire younger artists during the summer months.

Stop by the library to see all her amazing work from 2023. Be sure to sign the guestbook!

Kyla with easel showing one of her paintings

Local Author Talk: Brenda Lanigan

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2024.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: L.R. Wilson Archives

Join local author Brenda Lanigan as she discusses her book: What If... 365 Possibilities for Life.

This event is free. Pre-register at the library to reserve your spot.

Photo of Brenda Lanigan

Activities for children

Join us for various activities. Check out our newsletter for current and upcoming events and programs.

Bookmark contest

Submit a bookmark design for a chance to be our featured artist for the month. Available in the Children's Room. Free.

January theme: Family Fun
Submissions due by January 31, 2024

February theme: My Favourite Book
Submissions due February 29, 2024

Scavenger hunts

Find all of the scavenger hunt items and win a small prize. This program runs in the Children's Room every day with a new theme each week. Drop-in.

Weekly themes
  • Week of January 2: Hot Drinks

  • Week of January 7: Winter Gear

  • Week of January 14: Snowflakes

  • Week of January 21: Polar Animals

  • Week of January 28: Groundhogs

 

  • Week of February 4: Socks
  • Week of February 11: Valentine's Day
  • Week of February 18: Dogs
  • Week of February 25: Tools

Touch-a-Truck Book

On September 21, 2023, children and families drew pictures of their favourite vehicle at the Touch-a-Truck & Fire Prevention Kick-Off Open House.

We are excited to announce that we collected the drawings and have made them into a book that you can now check out at your Port Colborne Public Library!

Small child pulling books from shelf
Baby time

Tuesdays
January 9, 13 & 20, 2024.
February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2024.
10:15 to 10:45 a.m. or
11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Songs, stories, and rhymes with your little one.

For ages zero to two. Free.
Pre-registration required.

Child playing in cotton ball snow
Tot time

Thursdays
January 11, 18 & 25, 2024.
February 1, 8 & 15, 2024.
10:15 to 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy stories, crafts, and a circle-time.

For ages two to five accompanied by a parent/caregiver. Free.
Pre-registration required.

Shelly reading a story
Story time with Shelly

Saturdays
January 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2024.
February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2024.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet us in the Children’s Room for a fun, free, family time.

All ages. Free. No registration required.

Penguin, lizard and ladybug made out of braided beads
PD Day Craft: Bead Buddy Keychain

January 19, 2024.
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Make your own animal buddy! Choose between a ladybug, penguin, or lizard.

For ages eight to 12. Free.
Pre-registration required.

Paracord snake
PD Day Craft: Slithery Snake

February 16, 2024.
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Learn the cobra knot to make a snake out of paracord.

For ages eight to 12. Free.
Pre-registration required.

Community Connect

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

Resume Refresh with PC Works

Tuesdays
January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2024.
February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 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, January 17, 2024.
Wednesday, February 7, 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

Monday, January 22, 2024.
Monday, February 26, 2024.
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.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

Tuesday, January 9, 2024. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28, 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, January 17, 2024.
Wednesday, February 14, 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.

Birchway Niagara (Formerly Women's Place)

Thursday, January 25, 2024.
Thursday, February 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.

Introduction to Horticulture

Thursday, February 22, 2024.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Learn how horticulture can bring you closer to employment at NTEC (Niagara Training & Employment Centre). This free program is designed for adults with developmental disabilities.

To register, please call: Warren Palmer 1-877-376-4674 ext. 292,
DSO (Developmental Services Ontario)

NTEC will also be at the library:
Wednesday, February 14, 2024.
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Stop by to learn more about what they do in our community.

PFLAG Niagara

Saturday, January 6, 2024.
Saturday, February 10, 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.

All are welcome to stop by, ask questions, and chat with us.

Drop-in. Free.

Wonderbooks

We now have Wonderbooks, thanks to a generous donation from the Port Colborne Lions Club! Wonderbooks are print books with a ready-to-play audiobook inside. Press play to read along with a book, and then switch to learning mode for literacy learning and fun.

To see what's available, please visit our online catalogue. You can also search “Wonderbook” as a keyword search for all of LiNC

Cover of a Wonderbook

Book club sets

Have you ever wanted to start your own book club? Now there are more ways than ever to borrow a set of book club books. All free with your Port Colborne Public Library card.

Port Colborne Public Library book club sets

We are happy to offer the following sets:

LiNC book club sets

Did you know that you can order over 250 different sets of book club books through LiNC using your Port Colborne Public Library card? From mystery to biography, from the classics to the latest bestsellers, there is a book for every kind of club. Some restrictions may apply.

To see what's available, please visit our online catalogue. You can also search “Book Club Set” as a title search. Need more information? Call us at 905-834-6512, we are happy to help you get started!

Online programs

Did you know we have a YouTube channel? You can watch follow-along craft tutorials, activities and story times. Some videos are only available for a limited time, so check back for any updates. We also promote author talks, presentations, and other online programs of interest.