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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

Advanced 3D Modelling

In 3 sessions, learn advanced features of free online design software. Learn how to design a gear, split an object and add dual-colours to your design. Leave with a design that is ready to print. Your first print is free! Please pre-register at the Service Desk or on Eventbrite.

Thurs. Jan. 24 - Part 1
January 24 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

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.

December 19, Join us to recommend a title to the group
January 30, Beartown by Fredrik Backman
February 27, The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson
December 19 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


December 11 The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

January 8 The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy

February 12 The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

January 8 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Dec 12 The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Jan 9 Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
Feb 13 Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
January 9 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dec 13 Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Jan 10 Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama Feb 14 Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel by S.J. Watson
January 10 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Selections are The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Jan.28 2019)and The Mothers by Brit Bennett (Feb.25 2019).
January 28 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jan 29 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Feb 26 - The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
January 29 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
December 19, Join us to recommend a title to the group
January 30, Beartown by Fredrik Backman
February 27, The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson
January 30 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Dec 12 The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Jan 9 Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
Feb 13 Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
February 13 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dec 13 Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Jan 10 Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama Feb 14 Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel by S.J. Watson
February 14 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Selections are The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Jan.28 2019)and The Mothers by Brit Bennett (Feb.25 2019).
February 25 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jan 29 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Feb 26 - The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
February 26 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
December 19, Join us to recommend a title to the group
January 30, Beartown by Fredrik Backman
February 27, The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson
February 27 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


December 11 The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

January 8 The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy

February 12 The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

March 12 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.

January 24 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
February 28 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.


January 31 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

February 28 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
January 31 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
February 28 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Chinese Book Club

Share your thoughts, ideas, and discuss books. The discussion will be held in Chinese. Call or visit the Service Desk for more details.

December 18 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
January 15 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
February 19 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Computer Tutor

Want to improve your skills with computers, tablets, apps and more? Our volunteers can help you with hands-on practice on the topic of your choice. Feel free to bring your own device. Library staff can refer you to professionals for assistance with hardware and virus issues.

December 1, 2018 to December 21, 2018
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
January 11, 2019 to February 28, 2019
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019
December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019
November 30, 2017 to November 30, 2018
Tuesdays 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Computer Tutor Volunteers

Share your computer skills with people who require either basic or advanced computer knowledge. Application forms are available at the Service Desk or online. For ages 14+.

December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019
December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019

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 week. Carvey certification is included with participation. Ages 13+

January 12 1:30 PM to 3:30 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.

December 23 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 6 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 13 1:30 PM
January 20 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 27 1:30 PM
February 3 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 10 1:30 PM
February 17 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 24 1:30 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.

January 13 1:30 PM
January 27 1:30 PM
February 10 1:30 PM
February 24 1:30 PM

French Meetup

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

Jan 30 Les meilleurs films / Best movies Feb 27 Les voyages / Travels
January 30 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
February 27 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Hot Topics: Buying a Car

Everything you need to know when buying a new car, presented by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. Be prepared and protected by understanding your rights.

January 24 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Hot Topics: Healthy Relationships

Presented by Yellow Brick House, this educational seminar provides information, support and community resources regarding healthy relationships.

February 24 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Hot Topics: Mindfulness 101

Lizelle Tucci, certified in Mindfulness and Meditation, will present an introduction to the topic. This seminar provides information on the tenets of Mindfulness and guide you through practical application of this practice.

February 21 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Hot Topics: Teens and Mental Health

Presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association, this seminar is for parents of teens. Learn how to open the door to conversation when you think your teen may be stressed, anxious or depressed. We will also discuss basic support strategies and when to reach out for help.

January 20 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.

Upcoming films: Dec 15 - Mamma Mia Here We Go Again; Dec 17 & 22 - The Man Who Invented Christmas; Dec 29 - Borg vs McEnroe
December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019
Saturdays 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Mondays 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 7, 2019 to February 11, 2019
Mondays 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 25 1:30 PM to 3:00 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.

Films à venir: Jan 9 - Pieds Nus Dans L’Aube (Barefoot At Dawn); Fev 13 - La Bolduc
January 9 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 13 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Memory Café

Individuals living with memory loss and their caregivers can socialize and learn about memory related issues. In partnership with the Alzheimer Society of York Region.

January 17 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 21 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Scholars' Hub with YorkU

York University is bringing Vaughan a taste of the university experience. Each month, YorkU faculty will bring their amazing research and provide the opportunity for you to learn something new. Registration and more details on York University's website.

January 29 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
February 26 7:00 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.

December 20 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
January 10 - screening of the documentary The White Helmets, followed by a discussion

February 7 - TRCA lecture: 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
January 10 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
January 17 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
January 10 - screening of the documentary The White Helmets, followed by a discussion

February 7 - TRCA lecture: 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
February 7 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 21 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Study Hall

Need a place to study for exams? VPL's study hall is open late for university students who want to study alone or in small groups. Hours: 9 p.m. to midnight on Mon. - Thurs., 6 to 9 p.m. on Fri., and 5 to 9 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.

December 1, 2018 to December 20, 2018
December 1, 2018 to December 20, 2018
December 1, 2018 to December 20, 2018

Tech Social

Curious about today's digital world? Brush up on your computer skills by exploring new tech topics each class with hands-on guided practice.

December 18 2:00 PM
January 22 2:00 PM
February 19 2:00 PM

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 troubleshooting various devices.

January 17, 2019 to January 24, 2019
Thursdays 2:00 PM to 3:00 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.

February 14, 2019 to February 21, 2019
Thursdays 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Visit the Therapy Dogs

Too stressed to study? Take a break and visit the therapy dogs, in partnership with St. John Ambulance.

January 22 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
January 27 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Writers' Workshop

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.

December 18 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
January 15 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
February 19 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Writing Life Stories

Do you have important stories to share? Join us for this 4-week workshop and leave a legacy by writing down your memoirs!

Guest speakers will be coming to talk about various aspects of memoir writing each week. Week 1: Mark Koning Week 2: Hyacinthe Miller Week 3: Kathy Keyi Jia & Kamal Parmar Week 4: Sheri Andrunyk
January 9, 2019 to January 30, 2019
Wednesdays 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

YA for Adults

Relive the nail biting angst of high school within the safety of an adult book club! Come meet fellow admirers of the YA genre.

Jan 21 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Feb 18 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
January 21 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
February 18 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM