St Thomas Public Library

Reason #83: We’re Celebrating Culture Days

What is “Culture Days”? Launched in September 2010, Culture Days (www.culturedays.ca) is an annual event that features individual artists, diverse cultural groups, organizations, municipalities, and festivals old and new that come together to catalyze and inspire greater participation in arts and culture by featuring free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite …

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Reason #80 – Take a Break with Fine Free September

In honour of our 130th Anniversary, we want you to feel welcome at the library, so St. Thomas Public Library is having “Fine Free September!” Throughout September, we will waive all outstanding overdue fines and accept overdue material without penalty. (Please note that we can only clear overdue fines, and not fees …

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Be “Fine Free” at the Library This September

St. Thomas Public Library, September 1, 2014 In honour of our 130th Anniversary, we want you to feel welcome at the library. So St. Thomas Public Library is having “Fine Free September!” Throughout September, we will waive all outstanding overdue fines and accept overdue material without penalty. (Please note that …

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Reason #79: Get Active with Geocaching!

Geocaching has been around for quite a while, and it’s been picking up steam as access to hand-held GPS units are becoming more affordable and available through Smartphone apps. What is Geocaching? People who are “old hats” at Geocaching will tell you it’s “Finding tupperware in the woods using government …

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STPL Fall Movie Series

Did you know that the St. Thomas Public Library screens movies? In addition to our Children’s and Teens’ movie program, the Adult Department also provides movies to the public. We began the program this April with an Oscar nominated film series and have continued though the spring and summer. Our …

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Do You Believe in Fairies?

The Story of Cottingley Fairies A series of photographs taken between 1917 and 1920 by two young girls in the Yorkshire village of Cottingley captured fairies on film. Sixteen year old Elsie Wright and her ten year old cousin Frances Griffiths often played in the stream by their home. In …

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Reason #72: Resources for Homeschooling

As you may have noticed, homeschooling is on the rise in Canada and St. Thomas is no expectation. St. Thomas Public Library staff from the Children’s & Teens’ Department have definitely noticed the growing trend and have adapted their collection and services in order to best serve the needs of …

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Reason #71: Free Kids’ Events All Summer Long

Come and tinker with us this summer at the library! In addition to our Summer Reading Club prize draws, we also have free activities Monday to Friday in the Children’s and Teens’ Department! You don’t have to sign up for Summer Reading Club to come and take part in our …

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Reason #70: Content, Connect & Comfort with Library Nostalgia

Reminiscing through thoughts of nostalgia building feelings of contentment of thinking of happy moments from your past, connection to others with similar memories or memories of old friends and familiar faces, and comfort of things familiar. I believe that many of us have fond memories of the library, moments of …

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Reason #69: We Support Local Artists

For many years now, St. Thomas Public Library has been proud to display the creative works of many talented local artists through our Art in the Library program. Artists can display their work for a one-month period. The “Art in the Library” program is provided as a community service; displays …

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Reason #68: We Reach Kids Through Summer Fun Mobile

The library is out and about St. Thomas this summer on the Summer Fun Mobile! We partner with the Ontario Early Years Centre to bring books and activities to different locations around town. When you see us with the Summer Fun Mobile, you can check-out books, bring books to us …

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Reason #66 – Peace of Mind with Free Fob

As you may have heard from our 5th official reason to celebrate St. Thomas Public Library, all of our library cards come with a bonus key fob for your house/car keys. This little fob comes in handy in many ways. For example, if you forget your library card at home, you …

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Reason #65: Before You Buy It, Try It First!

One of the beautiful things about St. Thomas Public Library is that you can borrow ANYTHING for free. Sure, there are rules attached like you have to return it on time, you have to take care of it and bring it back undamaged, you know the drill. But one aspect …

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Reason #64: Library Programs Create Friendships

We could tell you that library programs for children, teens, and adults create meaningful friendships, but anyone can claim that! When people attend one of our programs, workshops, or events, that common interest brings people together, breaks down barriers, and allows people to interact with each other. If these programs were not offered, it …

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Reason #63: We Proudly Own Local Art Donations

St. Thomas and Elgin County are blessed with an artistic community. As a “Community Hub,” St. Thomas Public Library is proud to display some of that amazing talent. Our “Art in the Library” program has hosted MANY local artists who use a variety of media to express themselves and as …

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Reason #62: We Loan Free Video Games!

It’s the summer. To some kids, this means parking their bottoms in front of the television and playing hours upon hours of video games. Purchasing new games, or even USED ones, can become expensive. (Many new games are about $55 each!) Some people think video game play is something that …

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Reason #61: At the Library Sharing is Caring

Once again, our wonderful library customers and St. Thomas community members share their reasons to celebrate the library. A local artist shares her reason to celebrate St. Thomas Public Library: Our world has entered the most fragile of its existence. And here, in North America, consumption of mass produced stuff – (which …

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