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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.
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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.)
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Provides access to current Consumer Reports information.
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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.
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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.
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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 mobile app 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.
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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.
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Between the Lines: A Book Club about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Through book discussions, this book club provides a platform to explore topics and themes related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Attend in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Feb 28-The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole

February 28, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Black Excellence in STEM Careers: Diversity in Engineering

Join us as we showcase Black Excellence in Engineering with a feature presentation by Electrical Engineer and Energy specialist Gary Thompson, PEng. Session is hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

February 13, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Chinese Social Hour

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

中文社交活动: 用中文聊天, 谈论书籍, 国家时事, 以及在加拿大的生活

February 14, 2023 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Citizen Science: Great Backyard Bird Count

Join us for a fascinating session about birds! We'll learn about Ontario birds and discuss how to contribute to research as citizen scientists. Join us in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

February 7, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Conversations on Social Inclusion: Autism & the Transition to Adulthood

A discussion on strategies to support transition planning to adulthood for people with Autism. Presented by Kerry's Place, Autism Services. Session is hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

February 22, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Discover LinkedIn Learning, Brainfuse & Zoom

Join us for a 15 minute one-on-one introduction to one of three great digital resources: Zoom, Brainfuse, and LinkedIn Learning. Visit the Information Desk for more information.

January 9, 2023 to February 27, 2023
Mondays 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
January 11, 2023 to February 22, 2023
Wednesdays 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
January 10, 2023 to February 28, 2023
Tuesdays 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Effective Interview Skills

In partnership with COSTI Employment Services, learn how to prepare effectively for an interview and land your dream job. Register on Eventbrite.

February 10, 2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

ESL Café

Newcomers and ESL learners can meet to practice their English in an informal environment with adult volunteers. In partnership with CCSYR through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) in York Region. For registration and information, please contact LSP@ccsyr.org or call/text 647-859-9092.

February 13, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Finding Meaning: Lessons from Viktor Frankl

Join the Global Meaning Institute as they outline Frankl's life philosophy, their book Prisoners of Our Thoughts, and how it can apply to your life. Session is hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

January 31, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Great Novels Book Club

Join us as we read and discuss novels that explore our humanity and touch our souls. Join us in person or on Zoom! Register on Eventbrite.

Feb 1 - The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

February 1, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Health 1-on-1

Sign up for a personal session with our Health Literacies Specialist to help you find information and resources to make informed health decisions. Sessions are hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Healthy Rivers

Learn about local rivers, including their significance, threats, conservation works, and what we can do to protect them. Presented by Ontario Streams. Session is hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

February 21, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Intro to Memoir Writing

Writing your memoirs and creating a legacy is something many of us hope to do one day. Now is a great time to start! Register on Eventbrite.

February 2, 2023 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
February 9, 2023 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Let's Go to the Movies

Enjoy a variety of interesting contemporary films with other movie enthusiasts.

January 9 - The Good House
January 16 - Amsterdam
January 23 - The Woman King
January 30 - The Banshees of Inisherin

No program February 20th.

January 9, 2023 to February 27, 2023
Mondays 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 13, 2023 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
February 25, 2023 2:00 PM to 4:00 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.

January 8 - Le Club Vinland

February 5 - Trois fois rien

February 5, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Non-Fiction Book Club

We'll explore a variety of popular non-fiction titles, from current affairs to cutting-edge science, as well as true stories. Join us in person or on Zoom! Register on Eventbrite.

February 7 - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson

February 7, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Play VR with Family & Friends!

Curious about Virtual Reality? Invite your friends and join us for a guided VR session with Oculus Quest. Up to six players at a time.

January 1, 2023 to February 28, 2023

Romance Book Club

Want to talk about books that make you sigh and swoon, and always have a happily-ever-after? Join our Romance Book Club in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Jan 9 - Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
Feb 13 - A Pre-Valentine's Day Romance Celebration

February 13, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Sci-Fi Book Club

From discovering far away galaxies to alternate universes, join us to discuss a different Sci-Fi book each month, either in person or on Zoom! Register on Eventbrite.

February 27, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Settlement Support Group for Chinese Speaking Newcomers

Monthly meetings to share settlement experiences, learn about community resources and services, and get to know the community. In partnership with CCSYR through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP). For registration and information, please contact LSP@ccsyr.org or call/text 647-212-6162

安居加国之路并不容易。很多中老年朋友来到加拿大后,面临交通不便、语言障碍、文化隔阂,感受到行动受阻,社交受限,寂寞孤独,进退两难。為此,我們特舉辦此系列活動。特色:每月以不同活动主题,利用小组互动及图书馆设施,帮助新移民朋友了解各类服务信息,分享喜怒哀乐,维持健康生活,融入新家园。可提供国语及粤语服务。

February 28, 2023 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Strategies for Effective Writing

Join the Writer's Room for a five-week workshop exploring strategies for effective writing. Topics include: strategies for effective organization, emphasis, sentence variety, word-choice, style & tone. Join in person or over Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

February 14, 2023 to March 14, 2023
Tuesdays 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Summer Company Info Session

Interested in starting a business? Get mentorship from Vaughan’s business community. Learn about resources, services and funding. In partnership with VBEC. Join us in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

February 23, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Tech Tutor 1-on-1

Drop in and get hands-on assistance from volunteers for some basic technology questions such as navigating the internet, using your tablet or sending emails.

January 11, 2023 to February 22, 2023
Wednesdays 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
January 11, 2023 to February 22, 2023
Wednesdays 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
January 7, 2023 to February 25, 2023
Saturdays 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
January 12, 2023 to February 28, 2023
Thursdays 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
January 9, 2023 to February 27, 2023
Mondays 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
January 24, 2023 to February 28, 2023
Tuesdays 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Virtual ESL Book Club

Good news for ESL learners! We offer fun and lively book discussions to build your confidence in speaking English. In partnership with CCSYR through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) in York Region. Sessions are hosted live on Zoom. For registration and information, please contact LSP@ccsyr.org or call/text 647-212-6162.

February 14, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Virtual ESL Café

Newcomers and ESL learners can practice their English in an informal environment with adult volunteers. Sessions are hosted live on Zoom. In partnership with CCSYR through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) in York Region. For registration and information, please contact LSP@ccsyr.org or call/text 647-859-9092.

January 31, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 14, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 14, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 28, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 28, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Virtual French Meetup for Adults / Cercle de discussion

Practice your French in good company! Through this six-week program, you will learn useful and exciting French as well as practice with other learners. Sessions are hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Venez pratiquer votre français en bonne compagnie! À travers ce programme de six semaines, vous apprendrez du français intéressant en plus de pratiquer avec les autres participants. Le programme est en direct sur Zoom. Inscrivez-vous sur Eventbrite.

January 18, 2023 to February 22, 2023
Wednesdays 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Visit the Therapy Dogs

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

February 21, 2023 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM