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Family Day Closings for Monday February 15

Please note: All branches of the Pickering Public Library will be closed Monday February 15 for the Family Day Holiday.
Libraries will open Saturday for their regular scheduled hours and Central Library will be open Sunday February 14 for its regular scheduled hours of 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Do not forget we are open 24/7 online!


Black History Month: Photo Contest (all ages)

This contest will begin February 1, 2016

Spend your February learning about Black History and Culture.
Each week choose items from the list below (no duplicates please). Snap a picture and email it to [email protected]. All pictures will be posted on Facebook.

When you send the picture, be sure to say what number you are doing from the list, where it was taken, your name, phone number and Library card number. Pictures will be accepted between Monday, February 1 and Sunday, February 28.

Each picture will become a ballot for a prize draw of a $50 gift card for Chapters. The Winner will be announced on Monday February 29.

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Together We "Hang" Is Back!

Together We "Hang" Returns. Same place, same day -- different time

Social program for Youth (14 to 21 years) on the Autism Spectrum and Their Peers

Youth on the Autism Spectrum are paired with a volunteer -- their peer, for a social gathering fostering inclusion, acceptance and friendship.
Join Footprints 4 Autism Wednesday March 2 to see what it is all about. The program will run every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from March into the summer. Registration is preferred however drop-ins are welcome provided space is available. Program is free and is facilitated by Footprints 4 Autism. Limited to 12 participants.
Contact: [email protected] 905-420-0388 ext. 6 for more information or to register.

FOOTPRINTS needs Youth Peer Volunteers for Together We "Hang"

  • Training provided
  • Three hours per week minimum commitment
  • Community Service Hours
  • Earn valuable volunteer hours towards scholarships

For more information on volunteering contact: [email protected] 905-420-0388 ext. 6

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Science Fair at the Pickering Central Library

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, we will be hosting our first Science Fair at the Central Library.
During the Fall and this past Tuesday, staff in collaboration with a community member, Raveena Ratnasingam, hosted two ‘Science Fair Preparation Workshops’ to help students in grades 3 to 12 learn how to prepare for a Science Fair. Participants focused on their research skills and they learned the components of a traditional science presentation and display. Now that the workshops have concluded, we must switch our attention towards the actual Science Fair.
The Science Fair is open to all Pickering students in grades 3 to 12. Registration forms are available to download and are due February 22.
For more information please read the Science Fair Brochure .

Dorsey James Display in Central Library

Remarkable pieces by Dorsey James. We are fortunate to be displaying these at the Central Library during the month of February. Drop by and have a look!

Remarkable pieces by Dorsey James. We are fortunate to be displaying these at the Central Library during the month of February. Drop by and have a look!

Posted by Pickering Public Library on Tuesday, 2 February 2016

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be At LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT

On February 23 and 24, the Pickering Public Library is hosting ArtsBuild Ontario’s LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT – a two day workshop designed to strengthen the management and financial capacity of nonprofit facilities. Nonprofits in Pickering and in the region have the opportunity to learn about the tools and resources needed to build, finance and manage their facilities while engaging the community.


LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT workshop has already traveled to five out of ten cities across the province. Since we’re bringing the tools, resources and experts to further facility management skills in Orillia’s creative spaces, we’re sharing the top five reasons we think your nonprofit organization should attend this valuable workshop.
• Nonprofits asked and we delivered. This two day workshop is designed based on the needs expressed by nonprofit organizations at ArtsBuild Ontario’s Sustainable Creative Spaces Sessions. These sessions were held in eight Ontario communities in 2013 and involved local leaders in conversations around creating spaces they needed for vibrant cultural activity in their community. They discussed the challenges faced in developing and maintaining these spaces. In response, ArtsBuild created the LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT workshop and designed it to centre around four key topics: Building New Facilities, Financing Options for Nonprofit Spaces, Managing Sustainable Facilities, and Engaging Your Community in Your Nonprofit Space.

  • It’s a great networking opportunity. Meet other nonprofits in the community and share experiences. One participant said that “it was relaxed, gave us time to talk to other arts groups…the chance to network was priceless.” Gain perspective on your building projects through the stories of others in addition to the examples provided by topic experts. Speaking of experts…
  • Knowledgeable and approachable experts. The four presenters cover everything from financing projects to winning community support. While you’re grabbing a morning coffee or eating lunch, feel free to chat up an expert and gain further insight about your creative space projects.
  • Online resources. Following the workshop, ArtsBuild Ontario will provide access to post-workshop materials online. You’ll get access to all topic areas covered in the workshop, so when you present facility ideas to your organization or revisit your workshop notes, these online resources will be there to help.
  • It gets you excited about the future of your creative space. Your facility is a creative hub unique to your organization and its services. Each presentation will open up new ideas and resources to help you make your space more sustainable, manageable and engaging to the community around you.

Register for LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT today!

For more information about the workshop or registration, contact Alex Glass at [email protected].

Introducing Pickering 101 -- Your City. Right Now

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The City of Pickering is offering a free, 7-session course designed to help Pickering residents understand how their local government works.
Through weekly, two-hour classes, the City intends to arm participants with the knowledge they need to learn, and actively engage in, the planning and processes behind the facilities, services, events, and programs that touch their everyday lives.
“The City is committed to building a culture of community engagement, to provide residents with a greater sense of agency, purpose, connectedness and responsibility,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “We welcome all backgrounds, experiences, and abilities - it’s about building trust, and making meaningful, lasting relationships with those who call Pickering home.”
Pickering 101 - Your City. Right Now. is a recommendation identified in the City’s Community Engagement Strategy, a report designed to guide and enhance the City’s engagement efforts.
The course runs on Wednesday evenings from January 20 to March 2, 2016. Interested applicants can register between October 3 and November 30, 2015 at