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Service Announcements

Temporary Road Closures for Annual Tree Lighting and Fireworks Event

Please note :
On Friday, December 4, 2015, the City of Pickering will be hosting the Annual Tree Lighting and Fireworks event in Esplanade Park.
In order to ensure a safe, functional, and enjoyable event, the City will be enacting the following temporary road closures on The Esplanade North and The Esplanade South, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2015:

  • The Esplanade North, from Valley Farm Road to the Civic Complex underground parking lot entrance
  • The Esplanade South, from Valley Farm Road to Glenanna Road
  • Pickering Civic Complex Parking Lot (off The Esplanade South) – Full Closure
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Celebrate Winter: The Mitten Tree & More (all ages)

Calling all knitters, crocheters, sewers, makers and givers! Inspired by the children's book "The Mitten Tree" by Candace Christiansen, the Library will be showcasing a Mitten Tree!
We are calling out to the public to Pay it Forward by making, giving, or buying mittens, hats, gloves or scarves. Come hang them on our Mitten Tree or throughout the Library! All mittens, hats, gloves and scarves will be donated to Herizon House.


Celebrate Winter: Photo Contest (12 years and under)

Submit a picture of your stuffed animal reading your favourite winter themed book and be entered in a prize draw for a $50 Indigo gift card. Submit your picture by email to [email protected], with the subject heading "Celebrate Winter Photo". When you send your photo make sure to include your name, phone number and library card number. Entrants must have a Pickering Public Library card to enter.

Entries can start being submitted as of November 28 and must be received by December 31. All entries will be posted on the Library's Facebook Page.

Bruce Lord and Elizabeth Richards visit Petticoat Creek

The authors of Humpty Dumpty was Pushed, Bruce Lord and Elisabeth Richards, visited the Petticoat Creek Branch Thursday much to the delight of a local school who attended the reading.

The authors of Humpty Dumpty was Pushed, Bruce Lord and Elisabeth Richards, visited the Petticoat Creek Branch this afternoon much to the delight of a local school who attended the reading.

Posted by Pickering Public Library on Thursday, 26 November 2015

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Participate in Ontario’s First Culture Strategy

People, passion and ideas – it’s what culture is all about.
But what does it mean to you? Tell the Ontario Government about what you value — and how you would strengthen arts and culture to build healthier, more vibrant and prosperous communities.
Your ideas will help design Ontario’s Culture Strategy, which will set a vision for arts and culture, define priorities and guide support for the sector in the years to come.
There are three ways to participate: online through Culture Talks, in-person at a local town hall, or leaving a comment online on the discussion paper. Visit to see all the details or join the conversation now by clicking here:

Feedback is being gathered until December 8, 2015. Libraries are one facet of Ontario’s culture and we appreciate your support and ideas to strengthen our role in the community. Don’t miss this opportunity to shape public policy

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