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Outreach

We would be happy to support your organization or facility by visiting you to:

  • Teach a library-related skill or resource (e.g., downloading ebooks, accessing medical information in our databases)
  • Provide basic computer training
  • Provide a program (e.g., book discussion)
  • Promote and explain library services and collections that would be of interest to you
  • Support your existing programming with displays, resources and information

If you would like to arrange for any of these outreach services, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).


Book Deposits

Your organization or facility can arrange to have a selection of books and materials delivered to you. If you would like to know more about this service, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).


Magnifiers

Magnifiers that also serve as bookmarks and rulers can be purchased at the service desk for $1.

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Pre-programmed Searches

Magazines Geared towards Adults 65+

Catalogue Search Help

The following words may help you when searching for materials about older adults in the Library Catalogue:

  • aging
  • older people

Try adding an additional word or two to one of the above terms in order to specify your particular subject of interest. The order of the words does not matter in the Catalogue search box.

Some examples:

  • aging prevention
  • parents aging
  • older people care
  • older people computers
  • health older people
  • psychology older people
  • travel older people

For additional help, please contact a library staff member at your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323) or via email by using the email librarian form.

 
Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogical database including census, vital, church, court, immigration, and other records from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and other areas.
Available In-Library ONLY
Join the Online Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, or Business Books Clubs and start reading books in your email. Each day we’ll send you a 5-minute portion of a book. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters. If you’d like to finish a book, stop by the library and pick up a copy. Every week a new book is featured. Sign up today and start reading tomorrow! (Service provided by Chapter-A-Day.com.)
Available Online
Provides access to current Consumer Reports information.
Available Online
An online music library containing over 1.6 million streaming audio tracks of classical music, jazz, world, and folk music - more than 100,000 albums' worth! Stream on your computer or on your mobile device with the Naxos Music Library (NML) app.
Available Online
An electronic reader's advisory resource that assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Allow readers to use a favourite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Can be searched by keyword, and offers the option to browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 160 award lists, and 1,000 fiction-related Web sites. Contains materials for all ages.
Available Online
Instant access to 4000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages! The newspapers appear in their original format and original languages. Newspapers are often available before they hit the newsstands in their respective countries. PressReader features archived issues up to two weeks, a magnifying lens / zoom option, bookmarks, and full-text search. Newspapers are organized by country, by language, and alphabetically. Note: The Globe and Mail is only accessible from using PressReader in the library. Mobile users can install the PressReader app, visit the library and download The Globe and Mail to the app, and then they can read the newspaper at home or on the go.
Available Online
Formerly known as Pages of the Past. The online archives of the Toronto Star dating from 1894 until the new millennium. Millions of pages available for genealogical or historic research from the pages of one of Canada's most prestigious Newspapers.

Note: After you login with library barcode and PIN, you will need to input your barcode again to access the content.
Available Online

Amazing Quests: Adult Summer Reads 2019

Embark on a reading adventure with us this summer and explore new literary frontiers, blaze new book trails and discover hidden treasures! We have created 6 themed reading lists with 60 titles to choose from for your amazing reading journey.

June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019

Book Club

Mingle with like-minded adults and have great conversations about a book chosen monthly. The Library will provide a copy of the chosen title.

June 11 - Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn
July 9 - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
August 13 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

July 9 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jun 13 The Inconvenient Indian Jul 11 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Aug 8 The Martian
July 11 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Selections include The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine(June 24) and A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn (July 29).
July 29 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
June 25 - Speaking My Truth by Shelagh Rogers et al.
July 30 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
August 27 - Don't I Know You? by Marni Jackson
July 30 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

June 26 - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
July 31 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
August 28 - The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

July 31 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jun 13 The Inconvenient Indian Jul 11 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Aug 8 The Martian
August 8 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

June 11 - Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn
July 9 - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
August 13 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

August 13 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
June 25 - Speaking My Truth by Shelagh Rogers et al.
July 30 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
August 27 - Don't I Know You? by Marni Jackson
August 27 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

June 26 - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
July 31 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
August 28 - The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

August 28 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Book Tasting @The Library

Want to read outside the box? Join us for an opportunity to sample some new authors and genres. "Taste" something different.

Kick off your summer reading - There's sure to be something on the menu for everyone!
June 27 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Books with Buzz Club

Challenge yourself to read one of the year's hottest books - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Then - loved it? Hated it? Come and discuss it at our summer book club! Themed refreshments to be served.

July 18 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Brain Fitness

Want your brain to work smarter and faster? Join us for fun and engaging activities to boost your brain strength and flexibility.

June 27 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
July 25 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
August 22 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) Book Club

Discuss books with other parents and caregivers while your baby eats, sleeps or plays. The library will provide a copy of the chosen title.

June 17 - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
July 15 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
August 19 - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

July 15 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
August 19 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Chinese Social Hour

Chat in Chinese about books, current events and life in Canada. Call or visit the Service Desk for more details.

July 16 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
August 20 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Citizens' Engagement Workshop

Do you know who to call to get your local issues, problems, and concerns addressed? Or how to change things at City Hall, in your neighbourhood or community? Organized and presented by the Springfarm Ratepayers' Association and featuring Ward 5 Councillor Alan Shefman.

July 18 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Create with Carvey

Learn how to use software to create something that can later be engraved, etched, inscribed or carved into wood or plastic. Create something new each session. Carvey certification is included with participation.

August 8 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

ESL Café

Newcomers and ESL learners are welcome to practice their English language skills in an informal environment with adult volunteers. Program held in partnership with the Library Settlement Program (LSP) in York Region and Catholic Community Services of York Region (CCSYR). Contact the Service Desk to register and for more information.

July 7 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
July 14 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
July 21 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
July 28 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
August 11 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
August 18 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

ESL Café Volunteers

Volunteer to help newcomers to Canada practice their English language skills in an informal environment. Please contact the library for more details.

Age 18+
July 14 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
July 28 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
August 11 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

French Meetup

Practice your French in good company with a new theme every month!

June 26 - Nourriture | Food
July 31- Passions | Passions
August 28 - Animaux | Pets
July 31 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
August 28 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Hindi Book Club

Join the discussion group for adults who like to share their thoughts on Hindi books they have read. The library will provide a copy of the books.

June 27 6:30 PM

Hot Topics: Essential Oils

Discover the various uses of essential oils in your everyday life, presented by Essential Oil Village.

July 14 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hot Topics: Landlord and Tenant Legislation

Curious about your rights and responsibilities as a landlord or a tenant? This session, presented by the York Region Paralegal Network, will discuss common issues concerning both.

August 15 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Hot Topics: Love Your Life

Join life coach Eve Wahn in a journey of self discovery and learn how to live the life you love.

August 11 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Let's Go to the Movies

More than just a great place to get books, the library is also a fun place to enjoy a film - for free! See you at the show.

June 1 - If Beale Street Could Talk
June 3 & 8 - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
June 10 & 15 - The Old Man and the Gun
June 17 & 22 - Stan and Ollie
June 24 & 29 - At Eternity's Gate

June 1, 2019 to June 8, 2019
Saturdays 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
June 15, 2019 to June 29, 2019
Saturdays 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
June 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019
Mondays 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
July 8, 2019 to July 29, 2019
Mondays 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
July 13, 2019 to August 3, 2019
Saturdays 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
August 12 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
August 17 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Let’s Go to the (French) Movies

Great French movies with English subtitles for all to enjoy.
De superbes films en français avec sous-titres anglais pour le plaisir de tous.

July 10 1:30 PM
August 7 1:30 PM

Shh... I'm Reading: Silent Reading Party

It's just what it sounds like; a bunch of folks get together and (silently) read! Bring your own book or let us help you choose your next read.

August 15 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Social Hour

Spend an hour with us at the library. Older adults are invited to this free program featuring activities, guest speakers and informational workshops.

June 4, 2019 to August 27, 2019
Tuesdays 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

June 13 - Retired lawyer Marcel Strigberger is now a full-time humour writer, speaker, and author who has written two books – Birth, Death and other Trivialities and Poutine on the Orient Express: An Irreverent Look at Travel.

July 11 - The TRCA presents: Wildlife in the City. Participants will learn about the local wildlife that live among them in an urban environment. Presentation includes a PowerPoint presentation, and a show & share with the bio-artifacts of local animals.

August 8th - Join RBC licensed Life & Wealth advisor Aisha Barrett as she answers your questions and provides you with the tools you need to protect your most valuable asset.

July 11 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

July 18 - Kortright Centre for Conservation Information Session
A representative from the Kortright Centre for Conservation will talk about the many social, learning and health and wellness workshops for adults and families. Participants will be invited to engage in a few hands-on activities

July 18 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

June 13 - Retired lawyer Marcel Strigberger is now a full-time humour writer, speaker, and author who has written two books – Birth, Death and other Trivialities and Poutine on the Orient Express: An Irreverent Look at Travel.

July 11 - The TRCA presents: Wildlife in the City. Participants will learn about the local wildlife that live among them in an urban environment. Presentation includes a PowerPoint presentation, and a show & share with the bio-artifacts of local animals.

August 8th - Join RBC licensed Life & Wealth advisor Aisha Barrett as she answers your questions and provides you with the tools you need to protect your most valuable asset.

August 8 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

July 18 - Kortright Centre for Conservation Information Session
A representative from the Kortright Centre for Conservation will talk about the many social, learning and health and wellness workshops for adults and families. Participants will be invited to engage in a few hands-on activities

August 15 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Tech 1-On-1

Want to improve your skills with computers, tablets and more? Get hands-on practice with volunteers on the topic of your choice. Feel free to bring your own device.

June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019
June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019
June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019

Tech Training: Everything E-books

This workshop will teach you how to download and read e-books, navigate library e-book apps, create accounts and troubleshoot various devices.

July 18, 2019 to July 25, 2019
Thursdays 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Tech Training: Make the Most of Your Smartphone

Save time and do it online. Check things off your to-do list without leaving your couch. Learn how smartphone apps can make life and daily tasks so much easier.

June 6 - Travel
July 4 - Health

July 4 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

July 23 - Travel

July 23 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

June 20 - Travel
August 15 - Health

August 15 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Tech Training: Photo Editing

In this in-depth workshop, learn how to edit and retouch your photos using GIMP, a free open-source software.

June 6, 2019 to June 20, 2019
Thursdays 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Tech Training: Smartphone Photography

Want to take better photos with your smartphone? Learn how to get the most from your photo-related apps and tools.

July 8 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
July 15 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Writers' Room

Join amateur writers in overcoming the challenges of writing. Each session will focus on different elements of writing like plot, character, prose style. Perfect for discussion and feedback.

July 16 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
August 20 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM