Join in the fun! We offer a variety of programs every summer. Discover lots of activities for your family in our newsletter. Check out our teen activities, children's programs and featured programming!

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Summer reading clubs for everyone

Registration for summer reading clubs begins Monday June 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Summer Reading Clubs are free with a valid Port Colborne Library Card.

TD Summer Reading Club

Registration for the TD Summer Reading Club opens Monday, June 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. Read books and collect prizes all summer long! Blast off into summer with our spaceship photoshoot.

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

Save the date: summer reading party

Join us Wednesday, August 28, 2024, to celebrate your summer reading accomplishments!

We’ll celebrate with games, stories, and fun activities for the whole family.

 Teen Summer Reading Club

Monday, June 17 to Saturday, August 17, 2024.

Join the Teen Summer Reading Club for out-of-this-world reading fun! Pick up your bingo card starting Monday, June 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. to get started. Each line counts as one entry.

For ages 13 to 17. Free.

 Adult Summer Reading Club

Monday June 17 to Saturday, August 17, 2024.

Track your reading this summer and enter to win! Three books read equals one entry into the prize draw. Participants may submit multiple entries.

For ages 18+. Free.

PC Market pop-ups

Friday, July 19, 2024.
Friday, August 16, 2024.
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Visit us at the Port Colborne Farmers' Market! Bring your ID and sign up for a library card.

Tomatosphere experiment

Tuesdays
July 2, 16, 30, 2024.
August 13 & 27, 2024.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Ages five to seven attend 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Ages eight to 12 attend 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

As humans seek ways to travel deeper into space, we must discover ways to expand life- support systems. One possible solution is a plant-based system.

Tomato plants are an ideal choice as they provide wholesome nourishment and water through transpiration from their leaves. Through photosynthesis, tomato plants also convert light energy and carbon dioxide exhaled by astronauts into oxygen that is needed for survival.

During this experiment, plant two sets of tomato seeds (one exposed to space or space-like conditions and the other untreated) and watch them grow. Sponsored by Let’s Talk Science.

Fun for all ages

See our summer activities and events. Looking for more? See our ongoing children's and teen programs.

Take & makes

Pick-up a free Take & Make craft kit every Monday this summer. Each week features a different kit.

Available while supplies last. For all ages. Free.

Weekly kits

Week of June 24: Eclipse Craft


Week of July 2: Rocketship Headband
Week of July 8: Paper Bag Alien
Week of July 15: Popsicle Stick Space Shuttle
Week of July 22: Paper Plate Flying Saucer
Week of July 29: Popsicle Stick Star Wand


Week of August 6: Paper Plate Space Wreath
Week of August 12: Paper Plate UFO
Week of August 19: Popsicle Stick Space Rover

Bookmark contest

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

For ages zero to 12. Drop-in. Free.

  • July Theme: Summer Vacation
    • Submissions due: Wednesday, July 31, 2024
  • August Theme: It’s a Zoo Out There
    • Submissions due: Saturday, August 31, 2024.

Bilingual Storywalk: The Darkest Dark

Monday, June 24 to Saturday, August 17, 2024.

Dream the impossible with real-life astronaut Christ Hadfield. Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. There’s only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark.

For families. Drop-in. Free.

Cover of the Darkest Dark showing a night sky

Family movie: What Shines Up There?

Monday, July 22, 2024.
Monday, August 19, 2024.
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Learn about gravity, space flight, and astrogeology in this series of short films. Sponsored by the NFB.

For families. Pre-register. Free.

Telescope under a starry night sky

For babies / young children

See our summer activities and events for babies and young children. Looking for more? See our ongoing children's programs.

Small child pulling books from shelf
Baby time

Tuesdays
July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2024.
August 6, 2024.
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 am.

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
Thursdays, July 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2024.
August 1 & 8,
2024.
10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Enjoy play time, colouring, and stories.

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

Sheet music
Musical story time

Tuesday, July 9, 2024.
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Enjoy interactive stories with musical instruments.

For ages five to seven.
Pre-register. Free

Two green aliens with multiple eyes
Alien friends story time

Wednesday, July 17, 2024.
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Make some alien friends and enjoy space-themed stories.

For ages five to seven.
Pre-register. Free.

Suncatcher made of tissue paper resembling earth
Suncatcher planet craft

Tuesday, August 6, 2024.
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Create a suncatcher planet out of tissue paper.

For ages five to seven.
Pre-register. Free.

A cartoony rocket in flight
Rocketship story time

Thursday, August 8, 2024.
3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Enjoy space-themed stories and build your own rocketship. How far will you fly?

For ages five to seven.
Pre-register. Free.

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Rowing Recyclers

Tuesday, August 13, 2024.
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Rowing Recyclers, are you ready to start your training? Learn how to sort litter using the Blue Box, Grey Box, and Green Bin. Presented by the Niagara Region.

For ages five to seven.
Pre-register. Free.

A plate covered in stars and glitter cut into one long strand so it curls and spins like a whirligig
Cosmic story time

Wednesday, August 14, 2024.
10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Create a cosmic whirligig and enjoy space-themed stories.

For ages five to seven.
Pre-register. Free.

For children and families

See our summer activities and events for children and families. Looking for more? See our ongoing children's programs.

Family Challenge

Monday, June 17 to Saturday, August 17, 2024.

We’re challenging you to explore everything the library has to offer. Complete the challenges together
and enter to win! Pick up your form starting Monday, June 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. to get started.

Kids recommended reads

Monday, June 17 to Saturday, August 17, 2024.

Have you read a book this summer that you loved? Send us a picture of you with your new favourite
book and tell us why you loved it. We’ll post on social media and here to our website!

For ages two to 12. Free.

Shelly reading a story
Story time with Shelly

Saturdays
July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2024.
August 10, 17, 24 & 31, 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.

Child drawing with imagination swirls above head
Craft cart with Cleah

Wednesday, July 3 & 31, 2024.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We bring the craft supplies, you bring the creativity. Create something unique to you at our Craft Cart.

For families. Drop-in. Free.

Image of a cartoon robot waving
Mission control with Botley

Thursday, July 4, 2024.
Thursday, August 1, 2024.
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to be a part of Botley’s crew? Join us to learn how to program Botley to play games and solve puzzles!

For ages five+. Drop-in. Free.

Cartoony astronauts in a space shuttle floating
Space green screen

Saturday, July 27, 2024.
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hang out with Perseverance on Mars, visit a space shuttle, step foot on the moon, or visit the International Space Station.

For all ages. Drop-in. Free.

Child drawing with imagination swirls above head
Button makerspace

Tuesday, July 23, 2024.
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 15,2024.
5:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m.

Create a space dino button from one of our designs, or get creative and design your own!

For all ages. Drop-in. Free.

Cat in space singing
Music makerspace drop-in

Monday, August 12, 2024.
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jam with the fam at our Music Makerspace! Explore a keyboard, drum set, ukeleles, guitar, and bells and shakers.

For all ages. Drop-in. Free.
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with a valid Port Colborne Library card.

For children and tweens

Join us for summer activities and events! Looking for more? See our ongoing children's and tween/teen programming.

Lego
Lego club

Mondays
July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2024.
August 12, 19 & 26, 2024.

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Complete a challenge, follow a pattern, or use your imagination to make something new – however you like to build, you’re sure to create something amazing at Lego Club! 

For ages eight to 12. Drop-in. Free.

A cartoon robot hands out books from a rocket-shaped bookshelf
Library of Things
Fridays
June 28 to August 30, 2024.
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Explore Meccano, Lite Brite, Snap Circuits, and more from our Library of Things!

For families. Drop-in. Free

Two rocks painted like aliens
Space rocks craft

Wednesday, July 10, 2024.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Paint an alien pal or UFO on a rock.

For ages eight to 12.
Pre-register. Free.

Two origami bookmarks shaped as rockets
Rocketship bookmark

Thursday, July 11, 2024.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn a basic origami fold to make your bookmark, then turn it into a rocketship and zoom into reading!

For ages eight to  12.
Pre-register. Free.

A star made of pieces of coloured paper
Starry mosaics

Thursday, July 18, 2024.
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Craft a beautiful mosaic of a star.

For ages eight to 12.
Pre-register. Free.

Aliens and UFOs made of perler beads
Out of this world Perler beads

Wedesday, July 24, 2024.
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Craft your own planet, UFO, rocketship, or star out of Perler beads.

For ages eight to 12.
Pre-register. Free.

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Olympic Waste Triathlon

Tuesday, August 13, 2024.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to compete in the Waste Triathlon? Test your skills and learn how to properly sort waste into the Blue Box, Grey Box, and Green Bin. Presented by the Niagara Region.

For ages eight to 12.
Pre-register. Free.

For teens

Join us for teen activities and events! Looking for more? See our ongoing teen programming.

Dungeons & Dragons

Tuesday, July 9, 2024.
Tuesday, August 13, 2024.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Adventurers needed: Only true heroes need apply. A call has gone out across the Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms for adventurers to investigate unexplained deaths. The authorities are unable to solve the mysteries and are calling for the help of brave adventurers. Are you up for the challenge to track down the cause and prevent more deaths? But beware: danger lurks around every corner of the Sword Coast, and it is possible none of the adventurers who set out will return.

Smiley face button
Teen button makerspace

Tuesday, July 23, 2024.
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Design your own button.

Ages 13 to 17. Drop-in. Free.

Several board games stacked together
Self-serve board games

Thursday, July 25, 2024.
Thursday, August 22, 2024.
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Drop-in any time this summer to play a board game with friends. We have dozens of board games to choose from!

Stop by the library on July 25 & August 22 to browse our Game Cart and play with friends.

CDs painted a glittery black with constellations etched out hanging from wire
Constellation wind chimes

Wednesday, August 7, 2024.
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Using reclaimed materials, build your own constellation wind chimes.

For ages 13 to 17.
Pre-register. Free.