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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.

May 2, 2019 to May 16, 2019
Thursdays 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Amazing Nature

The Amazing Nature Series will bring together lovers of nature and advocates of environmental sustainability. Join us as we hear from gardeners, scientists and environmentalists.

March 11, 2019: Native and Pollinator Plants - Discussion on growing a Pollinator friendly garden, with plants naturally found in Ontario: benefits of a pollinator garden, choosing native plants, how to plant them and what pollinators they attract. Presented by Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners
Monday, April 8, 2019: Our Forests and Tree Identification using Tree Bee - Forests Ontario will discuss the Forest regions of Ontario, identify common trees found in Southern Ontario and use Tree Bee web tool to identify tree species.
Monday, May 13, 2019: Bring Back the Birds - Canada’s North is home to a songbird nursery of migratory birds that undergo annual migration to warmer latitudes to escape winter. Consistent tracking has shown steep population declines, but new technology and research suggests it is not too late to fix the problem. Professor Bridget Stutchbury from York University’s Faculty of Science reviews the many causes of songbird declines and what you can do to help.
April 8 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
May 13 7:00 PM to 8:30 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.

The selections are Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Mar.25),The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa(Apr.29)and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng(May 27).
March 25 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
26 March 2019 - The Lost Landscapes: A Writer’s Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates
30 April 2019 - Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonasson, Jonas
28 May 2019 - The Far Side of the Sky: A Novel of Love and Death in War-Torn Shanghai by Daniel Kalla
March 26 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 27, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue Wednesday, April 24, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Wednesday, May 29, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
March 27 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


March 12th A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

April 9th The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

May 14th The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

April 9 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
March 13 The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
April 10 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
May 8 A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
April 10 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 27, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue Wednesday, April 24, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Wednesday, May 29, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
April 24 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The selections are Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Mar.25),The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa(Apr.29)and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng(May 27).
April 29 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
26 March 2019 - The Lost Landscapes: A Writer’s Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates
30 April 2019 - Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonasson, Jonas
28 May 2019 - The Far Side of the Sky: A Novel of Love and Death in War-Torn Shanghai by Daniel Kalla
April 30 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
March 13 The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
April 10 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
May 8 A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
May 8 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


March 12th A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

April 9th The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

May 14th The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

May 14 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The selections are Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Mar.25),The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa(Apr.29)and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng(May 27).
May 27 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
26 March 2019 - The Lost Landscapes: A Writer’s Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates
30 April 2019 - Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonasson, Jonas
28 May 2019 - The Far Side of the Sky: A Novel of Love and Death in War-Torn Shanghai by Daniel Kalla
May 28 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 27, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue Wednesday, April 24, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Wednesday, May 29, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
May 29 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.

March 28 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
April 25 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
May 23 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.



Mar 28 My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Apr 25 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

May 30 The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
March 28 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
April 25 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
May 30 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.

April 16 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
May 21 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Crash Course in Bookbinding

Fascinated by the art of bookbinding? Learn to bind your own books in a variety of different ways! Workshop takes place over 2 sessions. Register on Eventbrite.

April 7, 2019 to April 14, 2019
Sundays 1:00 PM to 4:00 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. Ages 13+

May 30 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.

March 24 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
March 31 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
April 7 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
April 14 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
April 28 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 5 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 12 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 19 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 26 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.

March 24 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
April 7 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 5 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 19 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Experience VFF

Experience a taste of the Vaughan International Film Festival. We'll be screening previous years' winners and nominees as we prepare for the 2019 awards season.

Civic Centre (01:47) - Saving Santa (Ireland) - 17:33 * - I am the Wolf (Canada) - 16:34 * - The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete (USA) - 5:26 * - Black Comedy (Italy) - 14:42 * - The Late Bird (Germany) - 19:43 * - Corto (France) - 9:40 * - Luminaris (Argentina) - 6:20 * - Telephone (United Arab Emirates) - 17:43 *
March 23 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dufferin-Clark (01:51) - Nimmer (Belgium) - 15:49 * - Slug Invasion (Denmark) - 6:12 * - A Real Adventure (USA) - 15:09 * - Good Night (Austria) - 6:37 * - Singer Not the Song (China) - 16:26 * - Time 2 Split (France) - 4:38 * - Green Light (Korea) - 15:38 * - Bad BadMotherf*@%$! (Russia) - 4:57 * - The Shed (United Kingdom) - 15:00 * - Reunions (Canada) - 11:04 *
March 24 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ansley Grove (01:51) - Nuvola (Italy) - 16:12 * - Never Come Back (Mexico) - 16:14 * - Dr. Baseball (Canada) - 19:27 * - Curfew (USA) - 19:43 * - The Saga of Biorn (Denmark) - 7:06 * - Ave Maria (Palestine) - 14:44 * - The Present (Germany) - 4:08 * - Apple of My Eye (Spain) - 13:54 *
March 28 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

French Meetup

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

Mar 27 - Mon enfance | My childhood Apr 24 - Musiques préférées | Favourite music May 29 - Projets d'avenir | Future projects
March 27 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
April 24 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
May 29 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Headshots for New Professionals

Create a good first impression with a professional looking headshot for your online resume and social media presence. Schedule your appointment on eventbrite.

May 1 6:00 PM to 8:00 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.

March 28, 2019 to May 28, 2019
Thursdays 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
April 25 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
May 23 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Hot Topics: Archaeology

Join Ontario’s chief archaeologist Bill Finlayson and learn about the archeology of Vaughan's Patterson Village.

May 12 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Hot Topics: Holistic Nutrition

Learn how to promote health and manage chronic conditions with Surie Weinberg, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

April 14 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Keeping Your Children Safe Online

This information session, presented by York Region Police officer Constable Garisto, is intended for adults and parents regarding online safety for children in the wake of the recent "momo" challenge resurgence on YouTube. Registration is free, on Eventbrite. A simultaneous program for children is also available.

April 2 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
April 6 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.

Mar 9 - Dog Days
Mar 16 - Boundaries
Mar 18 & 23 - Colette
Mar 25 & 30 - A Simple favor

March 2, 2019 to May 25, 2019
Saturdays 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
March 18, 2019 to April 15, 2019
Mondays 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
April 29, 2019 to May 13, 2019
Mondays 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 27 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.

20 mars - Juste la fin du monde
10 avril - Visages villages
8 mai - 1991

April 10 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 8 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.

March 21 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
April 18 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
May 16 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.

March 26 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
April 30 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
May 28 7:00 PM to 8:15 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.

Monday, March 4th at 7:00pm: The Great Pianists: Stories, Music and More - Join us as we welcome Canadian pianist, educator and presenter Dr. Penny Johnson for this ninety-minute program consisting of a mix of both spoken word and excerpts from select recordings of pianists from the Golden Age of pianism (approx. 1875-1910). Stories featured are both humorous and poignant and commentary has been designed to gently guide listeners along a journey through the first generation of pianists for whom we have recordings.
Thursday, March 21st at 2:00pm: Armchair Travel – Amazonian Immersion - Join us for an afternoon of adventure into the Ecuadorian rainforest and the Amazon headwaters. Janice Partington will be sharing her recent immersion experience with the Achuar and Sapara tribes using stories, photos and indigenous wisdom to share her journey. Learn about the Pachamama Alliance, a partnership with Amazonian tribes designed to help protect their lands and preserve their culture, and a little about Ecuador in general.
Monday, April 1st at 7:00pm: Spoofs on Classical Music - People often regard classical music as being “high-brow”, only for the highly educated and sophisticates in society. Nothing could be further from the truth. Classical works have been the subject of mockery, ridicule and derision from the day they were first written and presented. This session will demonstrate that classical music can be a lot of fun. No need to wear a tuxedo or formal attire for this session. Presented by Howard Mednick
March 21 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
March 5, 2019 to May 28, 2019
Tuesdays 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Monday, March 4th at 7:00pm: The Great Pianists: Stories, Music and More - Join us as we welcome Canadian pianist, educator and presenter Dr. Penny Johnson for this ninety-minute program consisting of a mix of both spoken word and excerpts from select recordings of pianists from the Golden Age of pianism (approx. 1875-1910). Stories featured are both humorous and poignant and commentary has been designed to gently guide listeners along a journey through the first generation of pianists for whom we have recordings.
Thursday, March 21st at 2:00pm: Armchair Travel – Amazonian Immersion - Join us for an afternoon of adventure into the Ecuadorian rainforest and the Amazon headwaters. Janice Partington will be sharing her recent immersion experience with the Achuar and Sapara tribes using stories, photos and indigenous wisdom to share her journey. Learn about the Pachamama Alliance, a partnership with Amazonian tribes designed to help protect their lands and preserve their culture, and a little about Ecuador in general.
Monday, April 1st at 7:00pm: Spoofs on Classical Music - People often regard classical music as being “high-brow”, only for the highly educated and sophisticates in society. Nothing could be further from the truth. Classical works have been the subject of mockery, ridicule and derision from the day they were first written and presented. This session will demonstrate that classical music can be a lot of fun. No need to wear a tuxedo or formal attire for this session. Presented by Howard Mednick
April 1 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

March 14 - Telus Wise
Presented in partnership with Telus. Internet, smartphone and social networking safety tips. Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft, scams and more.

April 11 - The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More
Penny Johnson gently guides listeners along a journey through the first generation of pianists for whom we have recordings.

May 9 - DavidsTea
DavidsTea will be joining us with samples of tea for tasting. Come and find out more about tea, and enjoy a cuppa with Cynthia Breadner, store manager of DavidsTea in the Promenade Mall!

April 11 2:30 PM
Monday, March 4th at 7:00pm: The Great Pianists: Stories, Music and More - Join us as we welcome Canadian pianist, educator and presenter Dr. Penny Johnson for this ninety-minute program consisting of a mix of both spoken word and excerpts from select recordings of pianists from the Golden Age of pianism (approx. 1875-1910). Stories featured are both humorous and poignant and commentary has been designed to gently guide listeners along a journey through the first generation of pianists for whom we have recordings.
Thursday, March 21st at 2:00pm: Armchair Travel – Amazonian Immersion - Join us for an afternoon of adventure into the Ecuadorian rainforest and the Amazon headwaters. Janice Partington will be sharing her recent immersion experience with the Achuar and Sapara tribes using stories, photos and indigenous wisdom to share her journey. Learn about the Pachamama Alliance, a partnership with Amazonian tribes designed to help protect their lands and preserve their culture, and a little about Ecuador in general.
Monday, April 1st at 7:00pm: Spoofs on Classical Music - People often regard classical music as being “high-brow”, only for the highly educated and sophisticates in society. Nothing could be further from the truth. Classical works have been the subject of mockery, ridicule and derision from the day they were first written and presented. This session will demonstrate that classical music can be a lot of fun. No need to wear a tuxedo or formal attire for this session. Presented by Howard Mednick
April 18 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
May 6 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

March 14 - Telus Wise
Presented in partnership with Telus. Internet, smartphone and social networking safety tips. Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft, scams and more.

April 11 - The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More
Penny Johnson gently guides listeners along a journey through the first generation of pianists for whom we have recordings.

May 9 - DavidsTea
DavidsTea will be joining us with samples of tea for tasting. Come and find out more about tea, and enjoy a cuppa with Cynthia Breadner, store manager of DavidsTea in the Promenade Mall!

May 9 2:30 PM
Monday, March 4th at 7:00pm: The Great Pianists: Stories, Music and More - Join us as we welcome Canadian pianist, educator and presenter Dr. Penny Johnson for this ninety-minute program consisting of a mix of both spoken word and excerpts from select recordings of pianists from the Golden Age of pianism (approx. 1875-1910). Stories featured are both humorous and poignant and commentary has been designed to gently guide listeners along a journey through the first generation of pianists for whom we have recordings.
Thursday, March 21st at 2:00pm: Armchair Travel – Amazonian Immersion - Join us for an afternoon of adventure into the Ecuadorian rainforest and the Amazon headwaters. Janice Partington will be sharing her recent immersion experience with the Achuar and Sapara tribes using stories, photos and indigenous wisdom to share her journey. Learn about the Pachamama Alliance, a partnership with Amazonian tribes designed to help protect their lands and preserve their culture, and a little about Ecuador in general.
Monday, April 1st at 7:00pm: Spoofs on Classical Music - People often regard classical music as being “high-brow”, only for the highly educated and sophisticates in society. Nothing could be further from the truth. Classical works have been the subject of mockery, ridicule and derision from the day they were first written and presented. This session will demonstrate that classical music can be a lot of fun. No need to wear a tuxedo or formal attire for this session. Presented by Howard Mednick
May 16 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.

April 4, 2019 to April 29, 2019
April 4, 2019 to April 29, 2019
April 4, 2019 to April 29, 2019

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.

March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Contact the Service Desk for more information.
March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019
Contact the Service Desk for more information.
March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019
March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019
Tuesdays 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Tech Training: Email

For adults who are already familiar with email, we’ll focus on going beyond the basics. Topics include creating folders, attaching documents, printing emails, and more. Register on Eventbrite.

March 21 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
March 28 2:00 PM to 3:00 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 troubleshoot various devices.

May 16 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
May 23 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Tech Training: Microsoft Word

For adults who are already familiar with Word, we’ll focus on going beyond the basics. Topics include formatting, creating tables, inserting photos, and more.

April 18 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
April 25 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.

April 3 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
April 8 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
April 17 7:00 PM to 8:00 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.

March 26 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
April 16 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
April 23 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
May 21 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
May 28 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM