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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

Adult Book Club

Pick up a copy of the monthly title at the library.

December 11 - 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
January 8 - The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
February 12 - Becoming by Michelle Obama

January 8, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

December 10- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
January 14- 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
February 11- Brother by David Chariandry

January 14, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Selections are The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Jan.27) and Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston (Feb.24).
January 27, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Please pick up the book at the information desk.
January 28, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 11 - Open discussion
Wednesday, January 29 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Wednesday, February 26 - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

January 29, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

December 10- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
January 14- 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
February 11- Brother by David Chariandry

February 11, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

December 11 - 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
January 8 - The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
February 12 - Becoming by Michelle Obama

February 12, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dec 12 A Complicated Kindness Feb 13 An American Marriage
February 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Selections are The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Jan.27) and Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston (Feb.24).
February 24, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Please pick up the book at the information desk.
February 25, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 11 - Open discussion
Wednesday, January 29 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Wednesday, February 26 - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

February 26, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Books for the Gift Giving Season

Learn about the newest and hottest books for this upcoming holiday season.

December 16, 2019 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 23, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
February 27, 2020 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.

December 16 - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
January 13 - The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
February 10 - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

December 16, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
January 13, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
February 10, 2020 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.

December 17, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
January 21, 2020 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
February 18, 2020 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Crash Course in Songwriting

Join Murray Foster of the Toronto Songwriting School (formerly of Great Big Sea and Moxy Fruvous) as he walks you through the initial steps of writing songs.

No musical or instrumental ability is required, but if you have a guitar or ukulele, you're welcome to bring it along!
February 9, 2020 2:00 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 15, 2019 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
December 22, 2019 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 5, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 12, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 19, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 26, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 2, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 9, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 23, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Finding the Writer's Voice

This two-part workshop will allow writers to use the Recording Studio to record their narrative voice, as well as collaborate on character dialogue.

February 13, 2020 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
February 20, 2020 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

French Meetup

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

Dec 18 - Livres préférés | Favourite books
Jan 29 - Sports | Sports
Feb 26 - Télévision | Television
December 18, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
January 29, 2020 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
February 26, 2020 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Guided Meditation in VR

Bring calm back into your studies with a guided meditation session in virtual reality. Inquire at the information desk for more details.

December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020
December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020
December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020

Hot Topics: Civil Litigation

This seminar will offer attendees an overview of the Small Claims Court process including stages from the commencement of the claim include the various enforcement proceedings. You will also be provided general tips of how to present a case in front of the court.

February 20, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Hot Topics: Climate Change

Learn the vocabulary related to climate change and explore different solutions to effectively deal with this global crisis.

January 12, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Hot Topics: Human Rights and Employment Law

As an employee in Ontario an individual has many protections under the Employment Standards Act. However protections also exist under the Human Rights Code of Ontario. Have your hours been reduced because you suffer from a disability? Has your employer found out you are pregnant and is now trying to find a way to fire you because of your pregnancy? Do you care for an elderly relative or children? The employer must accommodate you, but how far? Find out more at this seminar, bring your questions. Presented by the York Region Paralegal Network.

January 12, 2020 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hot Topics: Retirement Planning

It's never too early to start planning for your retirement! Learn how to get yourself financially in order, led by a local investment expert.

February 9, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hot Topics: Standard Lease

Landlords have an obligation in Ontario to provide tenants with the Standardized lease as of April 30th 2018 to new tenants. Learn how to complete the lease and what additional legal terms can be added to protect yourself as a landlord.

January 23, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Hot Topics: Veg Out!

The Toronto Vegetarian Association provides helpful resources on how to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle through a plant-based diet.

February 9, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Jewish Book Club

Join us to read and discuss books on contemporary Jewish topics. The library will provide copies of the books.

Eternal Life: A Novel by Dara Horn
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado

January 9, 2020 2:00 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.

Dec 7, 2019 - Blinded by the Light

Dec 14, 2019 - Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Dec 21, 2019 - The Goldfinch

Dec 28, 2019 - Wild Rose

December 16, 2019 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
December 21, 2019 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
December 23, 2019 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
December 28, 2019 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
January 6, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
January 11, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
January 13, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
January 18, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
January 20, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
January 25, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
January 27, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 1, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 3, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 8, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 10, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 15, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 24, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 29, 2020 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.

January 15, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
February 12, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Make the Most of Your Smartphone: Photography

Learn how to take better photos with your smartphone in this workshop.

December 19, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Online Safety and Banking

Learn how to be safe online and use online banking features and apps. In partnership with Y-Digital, YMCA of Greater Toronto. Register on Eventbrite

January 16, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
February 5, 2020 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

RRSP Info Session

Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) are important savings plans sponsored by the Government of Canada. Learn about how you can take advantage of them during this session, led by a local investment expert.

January 15, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Sing Your Heart Out

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

December 19, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Social Hour

Adults are invited to this free program featuring activities, guest speakers and informational workshops.

December 19, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
January 8, 2020 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
January 16, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
February 5, 2020 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
February 20, 2020 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.

November 25, 2019 to December 19, 2019
November 25, 2019 to December 19, 2019
No Study Hall on Sat. Dec. 7 at PBRL
November 25, 2019 to December 19, 2019

Stuff You Forgot From High School

High school might be long gone but the learning never stops. Join us for a refresher on some of your most loved (or hated!) subjects, and learn something new.

January 28 - An Introduction to Philosophical Arguments
February 25 - Freedom to Read

January 28, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
February 25, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Tech Training: Apps for Newcomers

Newcomers to Canada will learn useful Apps to help them improve language, networking and job search skills. In partnership with Y-Digital, YMCA of Greater Toronto. Register on Eventbrite

January 13, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
January 23, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
February 12, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Tech Training: Genealogy

Use free genealogy apps to create your digital family tree, including digitized annotations and images.

February 20, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
February 27, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Tech Training: Microsoft Office

An introductory-level workshop providing hands-on practice. In partnership with Y-Digital, YMCA of Greater Toronto. Register on Eventbrite.

February 11 - Word
February 18 - Powerpoint
February 25 - Excel

February 11, 2020 to February 25, 2020
Tuesdays 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Tech Training: Photo Editing

Learn how to edit and retouch your photos in this multi-part workshop. Ages 13 +.

January 16, 2020 to January 23, 2020
Thursdays 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Tech Training: Tech 1-On-1

Get hands-on assistance from volunteers to build skills with computers, tablets and more.

December 7, 2019 to December 21, 2019
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
January 11, 2020 to February 29, 2020
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020
December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020

The Learning Series: Osteopathy in the Golden Years

Osteopathy is a gentle form of manual therapy that treats the body as a whole functioning unit.

February 13, 2020 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

The Learning Series: Popular Apps and Social Media

Popular Apps and social media for beginners including maps, health and fitness, memory improvement games, and communication and telecommunication.

Bring your own digital device, such as smartphone, if you have one.
January 9, 2020 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Visit the Therapy Dogs

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

December 15, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
January 25, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

World Cinema

Calling all film fans! Experience critically acclaimed movies from around the world, with English subtitles.

December 15, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
January 26, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
February 23, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Writers' Room

Work with other aspiring writers to explore elements of writing like plot, character, and prose style. Perfect for discussion and feedback.

December 17, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
January 21, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
February 18, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM