Programs for Families

YouTubeWatch our family programs on YouTube: Kids Clubhouse, Family Craft Time with Jen, Museum Mondays, Story Time and Museum Show & Tell.

101 Things About the Craigleith Station Building

Thursday July 29, 2021 - Thursday August 26, 2021

Time: 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Location: Craigleith Heritage Depot Facebook & Twitter Pages (@CraigleithDepot).

For 101 weeks the Craigleith Heritage Depot will post historical stories of the little Craigleith Station. From its inception in the late 1880s to its transformation into a museum, archive, and library. Through photographs, letters, journals, newspaper articles, and paintings join us in discovering how the small train station has changed over the decades to what it is today.

Phone: 519-599-3681 x 6
Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://twitter.com/CraigleithDepot

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Outdoor Story Time: RESTRICTIONS & WEATHER PERMITTING

Friday July 30, 2021 - Friday August 27, 2021

Time: 11:00am - 11:30pm

Location: Bruce St. Lawn at L.E. Shore Library.

Bring your blankets! We will be hosting an engaging and fun Story Time session every week on Friday at 11 a.m.

We will have social circles clearly marked on the lawn (Bruce street) and properly sized to accommodate you and your children, while adhering to all provincial and Health Unit guidelines on physical distancing. You will be able to sit and listen to stories, and sing-along to songs and rhymes! While we normally support movement in our Story Times, due to physical distancing and to support everyone’s health & safety, all families and participants must remain within their marked social circle for the program.

Please note that Outdoor Story Time is weather dependant. For rain days, check out our YouTube page for our Virtual Story Time program. 

Free program. Ages 0-5 . Drop-in. Spaces limited. 

Contact: Jen
Phone: 519-599-3681 Ext. 5
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/event-calendar.cfm

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SRC Virtual Meet -Ups

Friday July 30, 2021 - Friday August 6, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 1:15pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library YouTube Page.

Each week you can pick up a creative and engaging activity booklet and a take and make activity. Every Friday, your SRC kit will be ready for pick up. Each kit will contain a super fun activity book and a take and make a craft! For the activity, we will provide you with just about everything you need.

Remember, every Friday at 1:00pm to check out our SRC Virtual Meet-Up video on our YouTube channel and follow along with us as we guide you through the craft. 

Contact: Jen
Phone: 519-599-3681 ext. 5
Email: LibraryPrograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFK6LMfxyz-3cwEJ9pg9qCA

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Favourite Fossils

Friday July 30, 2021 - Friday September 3, 2021

Time: 5:00pm - 5:15pm

Location: Craigleith Heritage Depot Facebook & Twitter Pages (@CraigleithDepot).

Discover ancient creatures with fossils from the Craigleith Heritage Depot! Staff share photos of their favourite fossils in the Museum's natural history collection. Use #FavouriteFossils to share photos of your favourite fossils in the area!

Phone: 519-599-3681 x 6
Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/CraigleithDepot

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Trivia Game Night

Friday July 30, 2021 - Friday April 29, 2022

Time: 7:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Facebook Page.

Play against each other or play as a group in a weekly interactive online Trivia Game Night! Fill your house with laughter and glee as you answer questions and compete for the top-spot on our scoreboard. You'll be able to play Trivia Game Night throughout the week.

Participate through our Facebook page every Friday night at 7pm when we share the link to the game. Don't have Facebook? The link to Trivia Game Night is available here on our Event Calendar when it's live. 

Phone: 519-599-3681 Ext. 5
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary/

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Favourite Moment of Summer Art Contest

Sunday August 1, 2021

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library.

The Blue Mountains Public Library is hosting a Summer Art Contest! We would like for you to share your Favourite Moment of Summer with us. Submissions can be photographs, sketches, paintings, or drawings of your favourite hangout, your favourite place to read, or something that took your breath away.

Whatever your artistic passion or hobby is, this art contest is a great way to highlight and showcase your talents to your local community. Send us your artwork throughout the month of August for a chance to win amazing prizes.

This contest runs from August 1- August 31. Winning pieces will be posted to our website and in a Biblioboard exhibit. 

There are five age categories:

  • Ages 0-5 years
  • Ages 6-10 years
  • Ages 11-14 years
  • Ages 15-18 years
  • Ages 18+

Please send your photos or photos of your artwork (JPG, PNG) via email at LibraryPrograms@TheBlueMountains.ca

Contest closes on August 31st.

Contact: Jen
Phone: 519-599-3681 Ext. 5
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/event-calendar.cfm

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Your Archives

Sunday August 1, 2021 - Sunday August 29, 2021

Time: 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Location: Craigleith Heritage Depot Facebook & Twitter Pages (@CraigleithDepot).

Your Archives aims to get the community involved in digitizing and sharing local historical content!
Choose a record that you have and tell us why it matters to you and/or the history of the Blue Mountains. Tag us in your post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram & use the hashtag #YourArchives!
The Museum will post weekly from their archives’ digital donations collection. Visit our Virtual Museum to learn how to digitally donate. https://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/virtual-museum.cfm

Phone: 519-599-3681 x 6
Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://twitter.com/CraigleithDepot

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Game On Weekly Challenge: Word Puzzles

Monday August 2, 2021 - Monday August 23, 2021

Location: The Blue Mountains Library Facebook Page.

Every Monday throughout August, head on over to our BMPL Facebook page for our August Game On! Word Puzzle Challenge! We will have some BOGGLE, WORD SCRAMBLE, and WORD SEARCH challenges all month long. Submit your answers in the comment section of the post or send us a Facebook message! Remember to have fun and Game On!

Ages 6 - 18

Contact: Jen
Phone: 519-599-3681 Ext. 5
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/event-calendar.cfm

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Museum From Home

Monday August 2, 2021 - Monday September 6, 2021

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: Craigleith Heritage Depot Facebook & Twitter Pages (@CraigleithDepot).

Start your week with highlights and the history of items in the Craigleith Heritage Depot’s Museum collection with #MuseumFromHome every Monday on Twitter and Facebook!

Phone: 519-599-3681 x 6
Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://twitter.com/CraigleithDepot

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Wired Wednesdays: Indigenous Resources

Wednesday August 4, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: BMPL Facebook & YouTube.

In this video, Ashley will walk you through the Indigenous Resources on our Virtual Branch. Don't forget! Ashley will be live on Facebook at 1:00pm every Wednesday to answer your tech help questions.

Not on Facebook? Watch Wired Wednesdays on YouTube.

Contact: Ashley
Email: LibraryTech@TheBlueMountains.ca Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebluemountainslibrary/

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Bedtime Story Time

Wednesday August 4, 2021 - Wednesday December 15, 2021

Time: 7:00pm - 7:15pm

Location: BMPL Facebook & YouTube.

Join Jen on Facebook or YouTube for a Virtual Bedtime Story.

Watch from the comfort of your own home every Wednesday at 7:00pm. 

Suitable for ages 0-5 years...or anyone who enjoys a good story!

Contact: Jen
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca

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Teen Group

Thursday August 12, 2021

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Zoom..

Join the Teen Group and have your say on Teen programs and services, become involved in your community, and meet new friends!

Being a part of the Teen Group gives you the chance to suggest ways that the Library can better serve our teen community, offer ideas for exciting teen programs, and provide feedback about the library's teen collection, including books, graphic novels, movies, and magazines. Being a part of the BMPL Teen Group is a great way to acquire your High School community service hours while having fun!

The Teen Group will meet the second Thursday of each month, virtually via Zoom. AGES 13-17

Contact: Jen
Phone: 519-599-3681 Ext. 5
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: http://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/

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Astronomy In Our Upper Atmosphere

Thursday August 12, 2021

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Zoom.

Join Ian Wheelband from the Royal Astronomical Society virtually on Thursday, August 12th at 7:00pm for an informative evening of Astronomy In Our Upper Atmosphere. Ian will speak about human objects in the atmosphere, like the International Space Station and Elon Musks Star-Link satellite system, meteors and the northern lights, and why the Northern lights are often better to view in the Fall. Do you enjoy photographing the night sky? Ian will share tips on how to best view the night sky and how to photograph it.

Ages 12 and Up. Pre-Registration required.

You will need a computer or laptop with a web camera, or a tablet/smart phone to participate in this event. Once registered, you will be sent a Zoom Meeting ID and password to attend this program.

Contact: Jen
Phone: 519-599-3681 Ext. 5
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: http://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca

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International Youth Day: Recycled T-Shirts Bracelets

Saturday August 14, 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: L.E. Shore Courtyard.

International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. It is a day where we reflect and draw attention to issues that our youth are experiencing, locally and worldwide. It is celebrated annually on August 12th. 

To celebrate International Youth Day, we will be making friendship bracelets out of recycled T-Shirts. Have an old Tee at home that you would like to use? Bring it with you! Join us outside in the library courtyard Saturday, August 14th from 1- 2 pm. Weather permitting.

Ages 10 and Up. Free Program. Registration Required. Spaces Limited.

Contact: Jen
Phone: 519-599-3681 Ext. 5
Email: LibraryPrograms@TheBlueMountains.ca

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Kids Clubhouse: Fall Registration

Tuesday August 17, 2021

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library.

Registration for The Kids Clubhouse OPENS today! Are you looking for something fun for the kids to do after school? THE KIDS CLUBHOUSE is an exciting program geared just for kids. This fun and engaging program will provide children with activities, crafts, puzzles, books, and movies that they can enjoy at home.
Each week we will prepare a creative and engaging activity pack that you may pick up from the Library.

Activity packs will be available for the following age groups:

  • Gr 1-3

  • Gr 4-6

Every activity kit will include a weekly STEM activity, science experiment,  craft, and a super fun activity booklet.
Each booklet will have a variety of curriculum-based activities. 
Children can learn about different continents, countries, oceans, and so much MORE!

Registration Required.Spaces are limited. Registration closes September 3, 2021

Session 1 runs from September 14 - December 14

Contact: Jen
Phone: 519-599-3681 Ext. 5
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: http://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca

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Dorothy Crysler Bird Club

Saturday August 21, 2021 - Saturday September 18, 2021

Time: 9:30am - 10:30am

Location: BMPL Zoom.

Join Curator Andrea Wilson as each month we learn about our wild avian friends, their habits and habitats. This will not only help you identify birds, but you will learn about migration, nesting, environmental needs, species at risk and more. This is a collaborative study group, where participants will share as we grow knowledge together.  

The club is named for Dorothy Crysler, a remarkable local artist, journalist, author and birder! This club takes her cue, as she was "the messenger not the expert". This group is for anyone, new or established as a birder. 

Once you have register, a Zoom invite will be sent to your email. 

Contact: Andrea
Phone: 519-599-3681 ext. 6
Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca

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Tween Advisory Group - Registration

Thursday August 26, 2021

Location: L.E. Shore Library.

Registration for TWAG Opens TODAY!

Registration for TWAG Opens Thursday, August 26th at 10:00 am.
Join the Tween Advisory Group (TWAG) and have your say on The Blue Mountains Public Library's programs and services to Tweens. Experience an interactive get together, where you'll have opportunities to share your thoughts and opinions, explore new library programs, and develop new skills. Make, Explore, and Lead with BMPL Tween Advisory Group.

TWAG will be meeting monthly on the 4th Thursday at 4:00pm, in the Courtyar (weather dependant).

Masks, physical distancing and all health measures will be in effect.
Registration Required. Spaces are limited.

For tweens in Grades 6-8.

Contact: Jen
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca

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Fossil Fieldwork Demonstration

Friday August 27, 2021

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Craigleith Heritage Depot - 113 Lakeshore Rd. East, The Blue Mountains.

Come see fossils revealed for the first time in 450 million years!
An afternoon of demonstration and activities for all ages. Discover the first animals to live in the Blue Mountains.
The Craigleith Heritage Depot invites you to join the museum for a Fossil Fieldwork Demonstration with paleontologist Dave Rudkin and field collector Stu Collier of the Royal Ontario Museum. Learn how to identify fossils and see how paleontologists prepare rocks for fossil research.
In the summer of 2020 the museum was able to acquire a large shale rock full of fossils to add to our natural history collection. To make it easier for our staff to maintain and display the specimens, and to see what other fossils it might contain, we have invited professionals to do a shale splitting demonstration. Discover what kinds of animals lived in the Blue Mountains area millions of years ago!
Will the rock be cracked clean in half? How many fossils will be uncovered?
Be the first to see what’s inside!
Friday August 27th at 2pm outside on the Craigleith Heritage Depot lawn. Admission by donation. Spaces are limited so please register at depot@thebluemountains.ca, 519-599-3681 x 6, or on our website.

Watch our award-winning film Craigleith Fossils with Dave and Stu anytime on the Blue Mountains Public Library Youtube channel.
Check out our Fossil Finding Adventures kit with your library card to discover fossils on your own!

Phone: (519)599-3681 x 6
Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca

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Favourite Moment of Summer Art Contest - Last Day

Tuesday August 31, 2021

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library.

Last Day for Submissions

The Blue Mountains Public Library is hosting a Summer Art Contest! We would like for you to share your Favourite Moment of Summer with us. Submissions can be photographs, sketches, paintings, or drawings of your favourite hangout, your favourite place to read, or something that took your breath away.

Whatever your artistic passion or hobby is, this art contest is a great way to highlight and showcase your talents to your local community. Send us your artwork throughout the month of August for a chance to win amazing prizes.

This contest runs from August 1- August 31. Winning pieces will be posted to our website and in a Biblioboard exhibit. 

There are five age categories:

  • Ages 0-5 years
  • Ages 6-10 years
  • Ages 11-14 years
  • Ages 15-18 years
  • Ages 18+

Please send your photos or photos of your artwork (JPG, PNG) via email at LibraryPrograms@TheBlueMountains.ca

Contact: Jen
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/event-calendar.cfm

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Outdoor Story Time: RESTRICTIONS & WEATHER PERMITTING

Friday September 3, 2021 - Friday October 1, 2021

Time: 11:00am - 11:30am

Location: Bruce St. Lawn at L.E. Shore Library..

Bring your blankets! We will be hosting an engaging and fun Story Time session every week on Friday at 11 a.m.

We will have social circles clearly marked on the lawn (Bruce street) and properly sized to accommodate you and your children, while adhering to all provincial and Health Unit guidelines on physical distancing. You will be able to sit and listen to stories, and sing-along to songs and rhymes! While we normally support movement in our Story Times, due to physical distancing and to support everyone’s health & safety, all families and participants must remain within their marked social circle for the program.

Please note that Outdoor Story Time is weather dependant. For rain days, check out our YouTube page for our Virtual Story Time program. 

Free program. Ages 0-5 . Drop-in. Spaces limited. 

Contact: Jen
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://thebluemountainslibrary.ca/event-calendar.cfm

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Kids Clubhouse

Tuesday September 14, 2021 - Tuesday September 28, 2021

Time: 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Zoom.

THE KIDS CLUBHOUSE is an exciting program geared just for kids. This fun and engaging program will provide children with activities, crafts, puzzles, books, and movies that they can enjoy at home.
Each week we will prepare a creative and engaging activity pack that you may pick up from the Library. Every activity kit will include a weekly STEM activity, science experiment, craft, and a super fun activity booklet.
Each booklet will have a variety of curriculum-based activities. 
Children can learn about different continents, countries, oceans, and so much MORE! Every Tuesday at 4:00 pm, you can meet Jen over ZOOM to discuss the weekly activity kit theme, meet friends, chat and make your weekly activity together!
Virtual Program. Registration required. Zoom Link will be emailed to you Tuesday afternoon.

Contact: Jen
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/the-kids-clubhouse-.cfm?is=9

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Tween Advisory Group - TWAG

Thursday September 23, 2021

Time: 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library.

Join the Tween Advisory Group (TWAG) and have your say on The Blue Mountains Public Library's programs and services to Tweens. Experience an interactive meeting where you'll have opportunities to share your thoughts and opinions, try new library programs, and develop new skills. Make, Explore, and Lead with TWAG during an interactive tween-led group meeting. 

This month we will discuss sustainability and explore what we can do at home to make our living spaces more eco-friendly and sustainable. We will discuss how making small changes like making our own household products is affordable, easy to do, and lots of fun. For our DIY, we will be making dishwasher tabs! 

TWAG will be meeting monthly on the 4th Thursday at 7 pm. Masks, physical distancing, and all health measures will be in effect.
 

Registration required. For Grades 6-8.

Contact: Jen
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: http://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/

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Meaford Refillery

Saturday September 25, 2021

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library YouTube.

Join The Blue Mountains Public Library for a virtual tour of the Meaford Refillery and a DIY natural product workshop.

You will meet Jacquie Rushlow, owner of The Meaford Refillery, a local business making it possible for our community to transition to a plastic-free, zero-waste, more sustainable lifestyle.  There is also a location in Creemore, ON.

Meet us on YouTube to hear the story of how the store came to be, tour the store, hear tips & tricks on low-impact living, and learn how to make your own natural product using ingredients from your own pantry.

 

Website: https://themeafordrefillery.ca/

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Author Talk with Natalie Jenner

Tuesday October 19, 2021

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: The Blue Mountains Public Library Zoom.

Celebrate Ontario Public Library Week with The Blue Mountains Public Library.

We are thrilled to host bestselling author, Natalie Jenner. Natalie is the author of two books, the international bestseller The Jane Austen Society (2020) and the forthcoming Bloomsbury Girls (to be released in Spring 2022). The Jane Austen Society was named one of the best books of 2020 by Amazon, was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller, and has been sold for translation in twenty countries.

Join Natalie, from the comfort of your own home, as she share insights and inspiration for her novels on Tuesday, October 19th at 7:00pm.

Registrants will receive a Zoom invitation link to the online AuthorTalk after registration closes. 

Phone: 519-599-3681 x 5
Email: libraryprograms@thebluemountains.ca Website: https://nataliejenner.com/

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