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Reviews and recommendations

Find new reads through our adult book clubs, teen reviews, and recommendations 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 and recommendations are published here and on social media accounts.

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October is Canadian Library Month

During the month of October, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians' lives. More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression, and so much more. The theme for this year is: One card, one million possibilities!

Daily book prize package draw

The Port Colborne Public Library will celebrate Library Month with a daily book prize package draw! That’s 26 days of giveaways!

Contest rules - How to enter

  • Visit the library during curbside hours and fill out a ballot.
  • You are eligible for one ballot per day between October 1 – 30, 2021.
  • Winners will be contacted directly.

Book prize packages were made possible by a generous donation from the Port Colborne Optimist Club.

Photo of book prize

Ontario Public Library Week

October 17 to 23, 2021

Ontario Public Library Week is celebrated every year in October during Canadian Library Month. This year we are asking patrons to share with us on social media why you love your library.

#OPLW #WhyILoveMyLibrary

First Nation Public Library Week

October 4 to 8, 2021

Every year since 2000, we take time to celebrate the important work accomplished by First Nation librarians and acknowledge the importance of libraries as community and cultural hubs. This year’s FNPLW theme is Shki Kendaang/Learning New Things Together. Over the past 2 years, we have all had to learn new ways of doing the work we do. Shki Kendaang encompasses the challenges and successes that library staff have had serving communities during the pandemic. Stay tuned for further information shared on social media.

Book cover contest

October 1 to December 18, 2021

Do you love books? Are you up for a creative challenge? This is the contest for you! We are asking our Port Colborne community to submit a photograph of a recreated book cover. Use props, costumes, drawings, etc., to recreate your favourite book cover. See our full contest rules.

Submissions will be shared on our website and social media accounts. The winner will be contacted in late December. Check out these two examples for inspiration! Winners in each category will receive a waterproof digital camera. 

History Chasers Club

Starting October 15th

The Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum is excited to announce our new History Chasers club geared towards students Grade 3 to Grade 5. History Chasers members earn badges for each museum program they complete. Starting in October, you can sign up and earn your first badge for completing the hidden history of Port Colborne’s Museum Passport. 

The Museum Passport is filled with activities and a scavenger hunt that will take students, with an accompanying adult, travelling through time around the museum grounds. The free passports will be available at both the Museum and the Port Colborne Public Library starting October 15th. Want some fun mail? We will mail a passport to you. Complete your passport and earn a badge! For more information call the museum at (905) 834-7604 or email Education Programmer, Abbey Stansfield

Activity sheets for kids

Throughout October, we are giving out free activity worksheets. This includes crosswords, word searches, Sudoku, and colouring sheets for children! No registration necessary – just ask at the door! Available while supplies last.

Take & make kits

Did you know we have simple craft projects for families to take home and make together? You can pick up your kit during our curbside and browsing hours. Instructions and most supplies included (some glue or common household items may be required). Available while quantities last. Prices as marked.

Puffy paper bear patron photo
Puffy paper bear friend
Puffy paper bear friend

Available.
All ages.
$1.

Textured hot air balloon craft
Textured hot air balloon craft

Available.
All ages.
$1.

Clay monsters
Clay monsters

Available.
Ages ten and older.
$1.

It's all in the cards journal
It's all in the cards journal

Available.
Ages 16 and older.
$3.

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.
Bringing stars to the library
View Bringing Stars to the Library on YouTube

Summer is a great time for stargazing and enjoying the starry skies above you! We welcome our guide to the sky Bill Burnyeat of Canadian Planetariums to teach us more about backyard astronomy. Follow the image to the YouTube video!

3-2-1 Weather Launch: Atmosphere Traveler with David T. Chapman
3-2-1 Weather Launch: Atmosphere Traveler with David T. Chapman
Available September 1 to November 30, 2021
Back by popular demand! Become your family's weather forecaster by learning to read weather patterns just from looking at the sky outside your window. Our travel guide, weather expert David T. Chapman, takes us on a journey literally from the ground up.
All ages. Free.