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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.

Magnifier

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.
In-library Use 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 mobile app in the library using library WiFi. Mobile users can install the PressReader app, visit the library, connect to library WiFi, 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

Aging Well Club

A series for adventurous older adults to learn and interact with others, featuring different themes and guests. See the website for monthly topics. Register on Eventbrite.

Program will located in the Youth Room at Father E. Bulfon Community Centre.

Build Your Resume

Learn how to write a top-notch resume and stand out from the crowd! Presented by COSTI Employment Services. Join in person or on Zoom.

Challenging Queer Disinformation

This workshop will provide tools on how to confront and challenge disinformation regarding trans and gender diverse people in a respectful and direct manner. Together, we can Challenge Queer Disinformation! Presented by pflag York Region. Join on Zoom.

Online 

Chat & Learn in Korean: 한국어로 자유롭게 대화하며 배우기

This session will provide information in Korean about services and resources in our community for the Korean community. Offered in Partnership with the Hong Fook Mental Health Association. Register on Eventbrite.


가족과 친구, 그리고 다양한 인간관계를 더 의미있게 유지하게 하는 대화에 대해서 배우고 즐거운 토론 시간을 가져봅니다.



Chess Club for Adults

Are you looking for a worthy chess opponent? Please drop in to hone your skills, test them out, or just to find a new chess partner.

Chinese Social Hour / 中文社交活动

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

Community Resources and Services for Newcomers

Information sessions brought to you in collaboration with Catholic Community Services of York Region and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Please pre-register at lsp@ccsyr.org

Pathway to Citizenship: a Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for Canadian Citizenship.
This in person session will help discover: • Eligibility criteria • Application process • Citizenship test and interview. For registration, please contact Zeynep Karakus at 437 246 3142 or email: zaksu@ccsyr.org

Craft Your Own Romance Novel

Want to write a romance novel? Learn the tricks of the trade with the help of published author Romi Moondi. Join us in person or on Zoom.

Creative Age: Drum & Percussion Circle

Experience the fun and community of a drum & percussion circle. No experience needed! Materials provided or bring your own. Aimed at older adults but all adults welcome! Register on Eventbrite or by calling 905 653 7323 ext. 4303.

Creative Age: Hike & Haiku

At stops along the beautiful Humber trail, with the help of our instructor, haiku will be created seemingly effortlessly. Participants will benefit from fresh air and camaraderie. Register on Eventbrite or by calling 905-653-7323 ext. 4630.

June 29, 2024 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Creative Age: Mindful Doodling

Join us for a Creative Age program that celebrates Seniors Month. By using repetition and design to create tile patterns, participants will engage in quiet, creative mindfulness.

Creative Age: Watercolour Neurographic Art

Join artist and teacher Christina Chiavaroli as she gently guides you through the process of art exploration using watercolour techniques while also experiencing cognitive benefits. Register on Eventbrite.

ElderStories

Celebrate the contributions and valued life experiences of older adults in our community and enjoy some stories from their rich lives. Join on Zoom.

Online 

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 cel@ccsyr.org or 289-317-3745.

June 25, 2024 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Find Your Vision at ANY Age!

Join Michael Brooke's workshop for innovative entrepreneurial insights and avoid becoming another business failure statistic. Join on Zoom.

Online 

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.

May 22 - Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Jun 26 - The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

June 26, 2024 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Intermediate Investing

Explore broader investment concepts and strategies tailored to individuals with varying risk tolerances.

Join us in person or on Zoom.

Keeping Connected

Spend quality time enjoying engaging activities, learning something new, and having fun. Monthly drop-in, in-person program for older adults.

Let's Go to the Movies

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

No program May 20
May 6, 2024 to June 24, 2024

Mastering Canva

Ready to enhance your design skills? Join us and learn how CANVA can help with photo editing and design layout for creating social media posts, presentations, flyers, brochures, and more. Register on Eventbrite.

Memory Lab Orientation

Do you have memories on old technology and you want to convert them? Home movies on VHS? Pictures on slides? An old mix tape? Drop in to learn about our resources that can help preserve them!

Nature Talks

Nature Talks will bring together lovers of nature and advocates of environmental sustainability as we hear from gardeners, scientists, and environmentalists. Register on Eventbrite.

Program will located in the Youth Room at Father E. Bulfon Community Centre.

Navigating Healthy Menopause

A science-based approach to HRT, nutrition, and exercise for optimal well-being. Presented by Dr. Shilpi Gupta.

Join us in person or on Zoom.

Passport to Vaughan: Korean Traditional Dresses and Arts

Learn about traditional Korean dresses, games, and arts, and enjoy hands-on activities!

Plan to Age in Place

Almost all older adults prefer to age at home. Get valuable information to help better your living, focusing on government services and financial support. Presented by CHATS.

Join us in person or on Zoom.

Planning Your Vacation With AI

Revolutionize travel planning with AI tools! Explore Chat GPT, Microsoft Copilot, and Perplexity AI in a hands-on session highlighting AI versatility.

Protecting Older Adults

Join us as we talk about the rights and responsibilities of older adults and those who care for them under Ontario law. Presented by the Ontario Bar Association.

Online 

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.

May 14 - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
June 11 - You, Again by Kate Goldbeck

Scholars' Hub @ Home

In partnership with York University, the Scholars’ Hub @ Home speaker series features discussions on a broad range of topics, with engaging lectures from some of York’s best minds. Registration and more details on York University's website.

Online 
June 26, 2024 12:00 PM to 12:45 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.

Copies can be picked up at Pierre Berton Resource Library or sent to your closest branch in 3-5 days.

May 13 - The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
June 17 - The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

Screening of Unsyncable

Unsyncable follows six artistic swimmers (aged 63 – 82) as they prepare for the U.S. Masters Artistic Swimming Championships (formerly synchronized swimming). This is a virtual screening and discussion.

Online 

Self-Care for Caregivers

Learn how we as caregivers can take care of ourselves and what we need to watch for to prevent burnout. Presented by CHATS. Join in person or on Zoom.

Starter Company Plus Info Session

Looking to start or expand your business? Learn about resources, mentorship, funding, and more! In partnership with VBEC. Join us in person or on Zoom.

Sustainable Balcony Gardening

Learn about the inspiring beauty and practical benefits of gardening on your balcony, with a focus on native plants and edibles. Presented by York Region Food Network.

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.

May 6, 2024 to June 24, 2024

The Buzz in Your Backyard

Learn about the diverse community of pollinators buzzing around your city and the plants they visit.

Online 

Trash Talk

Join our engaging talk on the significance of picking up litter. Discover how this simple act not only beautifies our surroundings but also fosters environmental stewardship for a healthier community.

Presented by Kathryn Leinster and Sandy Dennis from Operation Littler Ridder. Join us in person or on Zoom.

True Stories 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.

May 7 - UFO: The Inside Story of the U.S. Government’s Search for Alien Life Here – and Out There by Garrett M. Graff
June 4 - Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World by John Vaillant

Understanding Mortgage Financing

Some insights on market trends and effective strategies for buying your first home, refinancing, or investing in property.

Online 

Unwind & Design

Ignite creativity, embrace sustainability, and unwind! Engage in creative activities, express yourself through personalized designs, and enjoy mindful exercises that promote relaxation. Register on Eventbrite.

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.

Online 

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.

Online 

Virtual French Meetup for Adults / Cercle de discussion

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

Venez pratiquer votre français en bonne compagnie! À travers ce programme de huit 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.

Online 

Visit the Therapy Dogs

Take a break and visit with the therapy dogs, in partnership with St. John Ambulance.

Writers' Room

Work with other aspiring writers to explore the elements of writing. Perfect for discussion and feedback. Join in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Writers' Room Special Edition

Celebrate Italian Canadian Heritage Month with writer and teacher Domenico Capilongo. This workshop will focus on structuring your writing about family, tradition, and culture. Join in person or on Zoom.

华语新移民安居支持小组 / Settlement Support Group for Chinese-Speaking Newcomers

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。

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.

Topic in May: OHIP card. Topic in June: Community Resources in York Region
June 25, 2024 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM