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Afterschool Drop-in with the Youth Centre

Youth between the ages of 12-21 are invited to join staff from the Youth Centre for a fun, informative after school drop in and free food.
At the Central Library:
Every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm from January 8 to May 28 (except March 19)​​ in the auditorium.


Black History Month

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Join us in celebrating Black History Month during the month of February. Following are the scheduled programs. Visit the contests page for some extra fun.

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Black History Month: African Folktales (2 to 5 years)
Celebrate Black History Month by watching puppet shows based on African folktales. Make an African craft to take home.
At the Central Library: Tuesday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m.
At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Black History Month: Freedom Quilt (9 to 12 years)
Learn how secret messages were hidden in quilts to help slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Make your own quilt square to add to the Library’s freedom quilt. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis.
At the Central Library: Saturday, February 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Thursday, February 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Black History Month: Interactive Drumming Workshop (10 – 14)
Join Mystic Drumz as we travel to Africa and find Log Drums, North America for Snare Drums, India for Lizard Skin Tambourines (Kanjira), Tibet for Giant Temple Bells and Chimes, Nunavut for Pow-Wow drumming and more. Registration is required for a guaranteed spot. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis.
At the Central Library: Tuesday, February 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Black History Month: Tea and Talent
The AIDS Committee of Durham Region is planning a lively night of author readings, performances and artistry on Friday, February 6th in celebration of Black History Month. Join us for a creative and inspiring evening, with themed snacks and entertainment provided by local writers, performers and guest speakers.
Share your talent. We are looking for more performances to fill out the evening’s exciting, inspiring program. You can read something you wrote or choose literature celebrating Black heritage supplied by the Library. Or, come and perform some music for us! Young performers are welcome.
To sign up, please call Devorah at 905-576-1445, ext. 30; email: [email protected].
At the Central Library: Friday, February 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Black History Month: Olive Senior in Conversation with Donna Bailey Nurse
In her dazzling poetry, award winning fiction and glorious Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage, Olive Senior celebrates the stories of her beloved island nation. Her latest book is Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal. Join Olive Senior in conversation with critic Donna Bailey Nurse for a memorable evening of dynamic readings and lively discussion. Registration is required.
At the Central Library: Wednesday, February 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Quiet Space & Resources for Studying

Exam Study for Teens
It’s that time again. Ugh, exams! You’ll find plenty of quiet space, without distractions and with all the Library’s resources at your fingertips. Don’t forget, librarians are the human version of Google so ask a librarian if you need help. The Central Library auditorium will be open for more study space. We will also be serving juice and water, and healthy snacks to help you with studying.


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.

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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.