St. Thomas Public Library

A Series of Unfortunate Read Alikes

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has received the Netflix treatment and it’s getting great reviews! Are you a fan of this whimsical series? If you’ve explored the books, the movie, and the current series, here are some similar titles you’ll likely enjoy: The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner …

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Past Library CEO, Rudi Denham, to accept award

St. Thomas Public Library, January 6 2017 – St. Thomas Public Library is thrilled to announce that Rudi Denham, who retired from her position as CEO on October 31st 2016, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ontario Library Association’s Annual Conference in February. The Ontario Public …

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The Studio at St. Thomas Public Library has exciting new offerings for 2017!

For the musicians out there, we have added an electronic drum set and an electric guitar.  Using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation, artists can create and record music either ‘live off the floor’ as a group, or can ‘multi-track’ instruments by recording them separately and mixing them together.  Songwriters can …

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Easy Study Room Booking with Setmore!

Did you know that St. Thomas Public Library has two private study rooms on the upper level – and that you can book them for personal use? Now, it is easier than ever to reserve the study rooms, when you use our new self-serve room-booking website! You can now reserve …

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December “Art in the Library”: Gail McNaughton

St. Thomas Public Library is proud to support the community’s culture and talent. Each month, local artists have the opportunity to showcase their work on our “Art in the Library” wall next to the Creators’ Community on the Main Level! Displays are open to the public and it is free …

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Update: Lower Level Children’S Library Remains Closed For Repair

St. Thomas Public Library, November 2, 2016 – St. Thomas Public Library’s Lower Level Children’s and Teens’ Department will remain closed Thursday, November 3, 2016 for emergency maintenance. Water damage to the Lower Level is being assessed and repaired. The Upper Level Local History Department and Main Level Adult Department …

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Lower Level Children’S Library Closed For Repair

St. Thomas Public Library, November 1, 2016 – St. Thomas Public Library’s Lower Level Children’s and Teens’ Department will be closed Wednesday, November 2, 2016 for emergency maintenance. Library staff are working hard to reduce the impact to customers. The Upper Level Local History Department and Main Level Adult Department …

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Library Launches Lending Kiosk

St. Thomas Public Library, September 6, 2016 – St. Thomas Public Library is happy to announce that on Wednesday September 21st at 11am, it will launch a brand new service in the Elgin Mall – a Library Lending Kiosk! The new kiosk works like a vending machine, but instead of …

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Stranger Library Things

Stranger Things! This show is everything. The eight episode Netflix series has made many of our lives complete this summer as we soaked it in, and then left a void in our hearts as black and empty as the Upside Down when we finished watching the last episode. This emotional …

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Heather Robinson New Library CEO

St. Thomas Public Library, August 29, 2016 – St. Thomas Public Library Board is pleased to announce that Heather Robinson has been appointed CEO/Chief Librarian, effective November 1, 2016. After a comprehensive search, including applications from across Canada, Greg Grondin, Board Chair said, “I feel confident that Heather is the perfect choice to …

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Arduino in the Library

  Over the last few years you may have heard about something called Arduino, but might not be quite sure what it is.  Arduino is a really amazing circuit board that you can connect to a computer, and relatively quickly build an electronic circuit that can be used as a …

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Flipster Update!

Earlier this year, St. Thomas Public Library launched a new online magazine lending service: FLIPSTER! Flipster provides access to digital copies of magazines, that you can download via an app on your tablet, or the browser on your computer! Now you can download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere, for …

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Library Donates Music Cabinet To Elgin County Museum

St. Thomas Public Library, June 8, 2016 – St Thomas Public Library is pleased to announce that the Alma College Music Cabinet will find a permanent home at the Elgin County Museum. In recognition of Mary Ann Neely’s distinguished career at Alma College, the cabinet was purchased by the Library …

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Virtual Tour

St. Thomas Public Library’s website has a brand-new feature: a VIRTUAL TOUR! If you haven’t been into the Library for several years now, and are curious what it looks like today, here is your chance to get a sneak peek before you even set foot in the door! In April, …

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Local History and Geneology Fit into the Big Picture of National History

In April, St. Thomas Public Library was contacted by a Forensic Genealogy Coordinator working for the Canadian National Defense.  They were seeking to identify a recovered WWII soldier who they believed to be Pte. Kenneth Donald Duncanson, killed in action September 14, 1944.  The Coordinator had searched the Elgin OGS …

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Bald Eagles in Elgin County

They’re back. I can tell by the line of cars parked along the busy country road. If there are several vehicles parked, but spaced out along the road, there may be one or two big, long cameras pointing out a car window. If there is a cluster of cars parked …

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Library now accepts online payments

St. Thomas Public Library, April 25, 2016 – St. Thomas Public Library is happy to announce that it now offers the option for library patrons to pay outstanding fines and fees online! This new online payments function comes on the heels of launching a new library management software at the …

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Knit-Picks

Knitting always makes me think of my Nana. She tried many times to teach me knitting but I could never master it. For his sixth birthday, my oldest son received an activity book which included instructions to knit a teddy bear. He asked me to show him how to knit! …

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Attention Writers!

The Friends of the St. Thomas Public Library are creating a book – and they want YOUR submissions! The still-currently-unnamed publication will be a collection of works by St. Thomas residents, for St. Thomas residents. We want to showcase your talent! The book itself will act as a fundraiser for …

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Good News for Parents!

Literacy Kits have come to the library! So what are literacy kits exactly? Studies show that children learn through play and with this in mind, staff have compiled early literacy activities and grouped them into themes. Each kit comes in it’s own small tote with one barcode, so all you …

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