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Black History Month

Join us in celebrating Black History Month during the month of February. Following are the scheduled programs.


Thursday, February 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m - Island Flavour Feast
East Shore Community Centre (13 to 19 years)

Celebrate Black History Month by witnessing true culinary arts!
Did we mention, we will be eating the food once it's prepared?!

Introducing Miss Humblebee's Academy

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Pickering Public Library is excited to announce the addition of a great resource which you will find on the eLearning page

Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an interactive online resource which aims to prepare children (ages 3-6) for Kindergarten. With hundreds of lessons in core curriculum areas including Math, Science & Social Studies, Language & Literacy, Art and Music, children progress through engaging sessions of increasing difficulty. After creating an account, parents can track their child’s success through progress reports, and children gain rewards for completing different lessons, which can then be used toward fun activities and games.

While the program is obviously not meant to replace preschool, school or the learning that occurs with a child’s caregiver, it is a great mix of fun and educational content, and will be a great resource for some of our youngest clients. How can you compete with someone named Miss Humblebee? And she has wings!

Children's staff accepting iPads purchased with Rotary Club of Pickering donation

Pickering Public Library would like to thank the Rotary Club of Pickering for their financial donation to purchase several Apple iPads

The Pickering Public Library would like to thank the Rotary Club of Pickering for their financial donation to purchase several Apple iPad devices. Programming staff utilize these devices with children to teach digital literacy, coding and foster safe online habits.

The Pickering Public Library Comes To You

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Look for us throughout Pickering, as we bring PPL Connect to your community, your event, and your neighbourhood.

PPL Connect is a government-funded program which takes the Pickering Public Library beyond its walls and brings it into the community by providing outreach at community events, technology pop-ups and education, and facilitating access to the Internet. Learn more about PPL Connect by visiting our website or by contacting Saul Perdomo, Digital Project Leader to book a session, 905.706.1634.

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Free Technology training

Hobby Nights Return On Wednesdays

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Bring your own hobbies to work on or join us as we host events like: Model building; arts and craft; food tasting and more!


January 11 to March 15
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Pickering Central Library, Central Branch

March 1: Ceramic Pot Painting: registration is required

March 8: Model Building: registration is required

Funding made available through the Government of Ontario

Pickering Passes Available

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Every Saturday in 2017, ten Pickering Passes will be handed out at the Pickering
Central Library on a first-come, first-serve basis. A Pickering Pass provides
FREE family access for a swim/skate at the Pickering Recreation Complex or a
swim at the Dunbarton Indoor Pool. These passes are good for a two-week period
and can be used multiple times during this time frame. They cover two adults and
two children. If a family has more members, they must pay the difference.

Pickering Passes has been made possible through funding from an anonymous
corporate donor.

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Pickering 101 Your City. Right Now.

Curious about your local government?

We want to educate Pickering residents on how their municipal government works, and encourage public involvement in the planning and processes behind the facilities, services, events and programs that touch their everyday lives.

Course Objectives

  • Increase residents' knowledge of City issues and how local government works
  • Build informed citizens who may collaborate with City staff and meaningfully contribute to developing new, or reviewing and redesigning existing, City services and programs
  • Build trust between Pickering residents and local government

The City is committed to building a culture of community engagement, to provide residents with a greater sense of agency, purpose, connectedness and responsibility. Pickering 101 - Your City. Right Now. is a recommendation identified in the City's Community Engagement Strategy, a report undertaken in 2011 to guide and enhance our engagement efforts.

Registration opens on January 4 and our Customer Care staff will advise applicants of their program status no later than March 3, 2017. Enrolment is limited to 30 participants, who must reside in the City of Pickering. Please contact us for any questions or concerns, or if you need to change or cancel your registration. Residents selected must commit to attending all classes.

Register online, or in-person at our Customer Care Centre, 905-683-7575.