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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.

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.

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!

Teen Summer Reading Club 2013

Why not turn your summer reading into a chance to win great prizes? It is as simple as registering, reading and writing short reviews. For every review submitted, you will receive a ballot for the Summer Reading Club Auction. Those interested in participating in this reading program can register at any branch starting Saturday June 22nd. The program runs until Saturday August 31st. Everyone who registers will be entered into a draw to win an autographed box set of John Green's books and receive a voucher to clear overdue fees.

Photograph of Winning Team from Dunbarton High School

Congratulations to Dunbarton High School, Winner of the White Pines Battle of the Books

Congratulations to the winning team from Dunbarton High School for winning the White Pine Battle of the books. Also in the photograph are White Pine authors, Megan Crewe and Lena Coakley.
Well done, students and teachers.


Congratulations to William Dunbar for it's Pickering Battle of the Books Victories

Today, William Dunbar Public School won both the Junior Battle of the Books and Senior Battle of the Books for the City of Pickering. Both teams will be moving on to the Regional Finals to be held this Thursday evening in Whitby. Good Luck, students.
Also competing in the Junior Battle of the Books were teams from Blaisdale Montessori School (second place) and Elizabeth B Phin Public School (third place), as well as teams from the Montessori Learning Centre (second place) and St. Monica Catholic School (third place) for Senior Battle of the Books.