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Celebrate Winter: The Mitten Tree and More

The Mitten Tree at Pickering Public Library -  Give the Gift of Warmth

Calling all knitters, crocheters, sewers, makers and givers!

Inspired by the children’s book the Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, Pickering Public Library will be having a Mitten Tree this year. We are calling out to the public to Pay it Forward by making, giving and/or buying mittens, hats, gloves or scarves to hang them on our Mitten Tree or in and throughout the Library! All mittens, hats, gloves, scarves and anything else associated with warmth for those in need over the winter months will be donated to Herizon House. www.herizonhouse.com.

Please note: We can only accept mittens, gloves, scarves and hats. Any other extras like clothing, toys and household items should be donated to Herizon House directly.

Starting November 29 and running until December 22. At any Pickering Public Library branch.

Bows from Ductivities Program

Thank you to everyone who attended our Ductivities Teen Program last evening.
While everyone had a chance to make wallets, bags and rings using colourful duct tape, Bows were the overall favourite.

Candy Chang “Before I Die” book

Culture Days

Do you love to create and appreciate arts and culture? If so, join us at the Library as we make a community art piece inspired by the work of artist Candy Chang. In 2011, after the death of a loved one, Chang found comfort in creating a “Before I Die” mural in her neighbourhood where individuals could fill in the sentence “Before I die, I want to__________.” Now it is the Pickering community’s turn to think about what they would like to accomplish before death.


The Commons

The Commons at Pickering Public Library - Your City,Your Community, Your Ideas

What are the issues that matter to Pickering residents?

The Library will be providing a venue for compelling formal and informal presentations, panel discussions and debates and community discussions on topics that matter to local residents. Topics can cover social, political or cultural ideas; they can be serious or light-hearted, timely or timeless.

Photograph of Jia Hui

Jia Hui, a Pickering Public Library Volunteer

Pickering Public Library volunteer Jia Hui won first place in the Polar Expressions Publishing short story contest for the Grade Nine Division and as a result her story has been published!


2014 TD Summer Reading Club - Teens

Teen Summer Reading Club 2014

Why not turn your summer reading into prizes? Register through our website or at any Pickering Public Library branch. For each book you read, write a short review and you will receive a ballot for the Auction in September. There will also be weekly prize draws for books. The more you read, the more you win! And everyone who registers receives a fee forgiveness voucher that will clear your overdue fees. Please note, if registering online, teens will have to come to the library in person to pickup their Amnesty Vouchers and bus passes (if eligible).

The Teen Summer Reading Club Runs from Saturday, June 21 to Saturday, August 30.

Register online for the Teen Summer Reading Club.

View all the Teen Summer programs.

Download the Teen Summer Reading Club Instructions.

Download the review form and print it at home.


3D Printer at Pickering Public Library


Yes, all the rumours are true. Your Library has a 3D printer available for public use.

The MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer uses environmentally friendly filament which is a bioplastic that is made from corn. It can be found at the Central Library in on the iHelp Desk. Print something that can physically be taken from the Library, for the price of a coffee? A variety of items can be created from Eifel Tower and other building replicas to iphone cases to jewelry such as rings and bracelets, all from a printer the size of a microwave. The 3D printer can be used during open library hours seven days a week. The cost is $0.50 cents for up to 20 minutes of use. A one hour print job would cost $1.50.

Get more 3D printer facts.

The MakerBot was generously funded through a Capacity Building Grant from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport.

Banner for March Break Short Story Contest

Winners Announced for the March Break Short Story Contest: Mystery (JK to grade 12)

"The old woman turned and smiled..."

Pickering Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 March Break Short Story Contest
For each of the five categories, two short stories were select as the winning and runner-up. Those short stories are:

Congratulations to all the participants who submitted an entry this year!