AncestryCity Spring 2016Fee PaymentWhat's On S2016How-To

Service Announcements

Temporary Closure of Turning Circle at Pickering Central Library

Please note: During the Your City Event being held Saturday, May 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the turning circle at the Pickering Central Library and Civic Complex will be closed.


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 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 Master Gardeners
  • Make Music | Long & McQuade
  • Drone | X4 Drones
  • Cocktail | Port Restaurant
  • Make Salsa | Sobeys
  • Do Soccer Tricks | Pickering Soccer Club
  • Beat the Sugar Habit | Durham Region Health Dept.
  • Become Successful in the Canadian Music Industry | Broken Silence Records
  • Make a Yarn Bracelet |
  • Make Pie in a Cup | Teen Advisory Group (TAG) - Pickering Public Library
  • Make Money with Snapchat | That's the Idea
  • Connect with PPL | Pickering Public Library
  • Nordic Pole Walk | Nordic Pole Walkers
  • Win at Scrabble | Senior's Club - Pickering Public Library
  • Make Balloon Animals | Community Expert
  • Be a Savvy Consumer | Pickering Public Library
  • Save Energy | Veridian
  • Catch the Big One | Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Become a Tennis Pro | Ontario Tennis Association
  • Discover Your Community | The United Way
  • Make a Power Shake | The Herbal Pathway
  • Join a Band | New Horizons Band
  • Make a "Me Doll" or Superhero | Cross Cultural Tapestry
  • Do Henna | Durham Tamil Association
  • Create a Kolam Design | Durham Tamil Association
  • Score Big (Your Credit Report) | BDO Canada
  • Write a Story | Durham Region Writing Rainbow
  • Move and Play Everyday | Durham Region Health Department
  • Use Positive Discipline with your Child | Durham Early Years
  • Draw a Mandala | Community Expert
  • Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking | Toastmasters

Vendor and Sponsor Logos Banner

Vote for Big Library Read

Big Library Read June 23. Vote for the Next eBook Title

Big Library Read is an opportunity for everyone in Pickering using their Pickering Library Card to read the same eBook at the same time without waiting lists or holds. Last time you chose American Sniper! Over the past couple of years, thousands have participated in our Big Library Read events, and now we can’t wait to see which title you choose for us next! Please visit the Big Library Read.

TD Summer Reading Club

TD Summer Reading Club 2016 (birth to 12 years)

This summer, kids are encouraged to escape their everyday, step outside their ordinary and seek the unknown and untamed through reading. Whether it’s outdoors, outrageous or out of bounds, the unexplored is calling, and with TD Summer Reading Club books, activities, and an unleashed imagination, kids can let go and find their wild this summer.

Families who register will receive a free program package, based on their child’s age, with everything children need to for the TD Summer Reading Club. Including a free Durham Ride to Read Transit Pass (you must have a library card for the transit pass).

Families are encouraged to return once a week, whenever it is convenient, and talk to Library staff about their reading. What counts as reading? Children can read independently, read to someone else or have someone read to them. Fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, comics, newspapers and audio books are all great choices. Please talk to staff if your child needs help finding a book.

Each week when children return to the library, they will be entered in a prize draw and receive a special collectible sticker. Children who attend 6 weeks out of the total 9 weeks in the summer will be entered in the Grand Prize draw.