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Poetry Contest (adults)

This contest runs from April 1 to April 30 at all branches

April is National Poetry Month and in 2016 this event celebrates its 20th anniversary! In honour of this achievement, the Library encourages adults to submit a poem in our Poetry Contest.

One poem will be chosen at random on May 1, 2016. The contest winner will receive a $50 Chapters gift card.

Contest Rules:

  • Participants may submit as many poems as they like.
  • Poems must be submitted in person at any Pickering Public Library branch.
  • There is no restriction on length, style, or format for the poems.
  • Poem may be posted or displayed. **Please indicate if you do not want your poem displayed.
  • Entrants will need a valid Pickering Public Library card.
  • Pickering Public Library staff members and their families are not eligible to participate in the contest.
Photograph of Townhall Meeting about Ontario's Culture Strategy

Have something to say about Culture in Ontario? Now is your time to comment

Play your part in the next stage – Comment on the Ministry's draft Culture Strategy for Ontario by May 13, 2016

The Government of Ontario is developing a Culture Strategy which will set a vision for arts and culture, define priorities and guide support for the sector in the years to come.
You can participate in the next stage of consultation and provide feedback on the core elements of the draft Culture Strategy until May 13, 2016. This is part of our Open Government commitment to engage citizens and gather public input. We will post the final Ontario Culture Strategy in June.
How to comment on the draft Culture Strategy? Click here to learn how to have your voice heard..

Fishin for A Name Contest


Love to learn new things, but never seem to have the time? The How-To in 10 Festival, hosted at five different libraries in the Durham Region, is intended to make learning new and interesting skills fun, easy, free, and convenient! Visit www.howtoin10.com to see photos from previous festivals and dates for all of the 2016 festivals.

The Pickering Public Library's 4th Annual How-To in 10 Festival takes place at the Central Library on Saturday May 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you're invited!

This year you can learn How-To:

  • Grow a Perfect Tomato| Durham Community Gardeners
  • Make Music | Long & McQuade
  • Drone | X4 Drones
  • Cocktail | Port Restaurant
  • Do Soccer Tricks | Pickering Soccer Club
  • Beat the Sugar Habit | Durham Region Health Dept.
  • + over 25 more booths for you to explore!
New City of Pickering Crest on City Hall and Central Library

City Hall and Central Library Gets Dramatic Facade Makeover

The Pickering crests, located on the east and west faces of the central tower at the Central Library and City Hall, are being replaced with new, LED-backlit, pin-mounted, stainless steel crests, set on new masonry to match the rest of the building.

History of the Crest
City of Pickering Crest

The crest was designed to represent the municipality. The following list explains each aspect of the crest:

  • the atom represents atomic energy
  • the gear represents industry
  • the sheaf of wheat represents agriculture
  • the wavy lines at the bottom represent our location on Lake Ontario
  • the leaves represent our greenspace