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Canadian Public Library Month

October is
Canadian Library Month

How have libraries touched your life and opened new opportunities?

Learn how libraries are helping others and tell your story!

Share Your Story / Read Inspiring Stories


Telling Our Stories: Celebrating Ontario Public Library Week at Keswick Branch

Official Proclamation from Mayor Rob Grossi and Members of Council

The Town of Georgina hereby proclaims the week of October 19 to 25, 2014 as 'ONTARIO PUBLIC LIBRARY WEEK' with the theme 'Libraries Inspire' throughout the Town of Georgina, to officially recognize the contribution of public libraries to communities; inspiring life-long learning, curiosity and fun.

Virtual Reference Library

eResource of the Month:
Virtual Reference Library



Digital Archive
Explore the history of Toronto and Canada through digitized pictures and documents.

Library Videos on YouTube
Enjoy library programs wherever you are. Author readings
(David Mitchell, Margaret Trudeau, Ian McEwan, and many others), computer learning, and rhymes and stories for kids.

Recommended Websites
The best of the Internet - browse by category or search to find reliable resources that librarians recommend.

Librarian Blogs
Get book recommendations and research advice from the experts. Specialized blogs cover topics like small business, job searching, and resources for newcomers to Canada

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NFB Film Club: Where I Belong
Free, drop-in
Keswick Branch: Wednesday, October 22, 7pm

This documentary tells the story of a young man’s struggle to balance his African traditions and new Canadian home. Arinze Eze was born in Canada and raised in Nigeria. An engineer by trade, he returned to his birthplace after 20 years. There, he starts a new career in the arts and falls in love with a Canadian woman. All is well until his parents come for a visit.
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Cottage Succession Planning

Cottage Succession Planning
Keswick Branch
Thursday October 23, 7pm

Join Steve Walsh, CPA CA and Iain Donnell who will discuss the very real problem of keeping the cottage in the family from one generation to the next.

Please call 905.476.5762, ext. 100  to register

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Scent of Mint movie poster

NFB Film Club: Scent of Mint
Free, drop-in
Peter Gzowski (Sutton) Branch: Friday, October 24, 2pm

Civil war forced Pierre Sidaoui and his family to flee their small Lebanese hometown of Abey in 1982, the first in a series of moves that would ultimately separate him from his parents, brother and sisters. He arrived in Montreal at the age of 30 and has made the city his home. Sidaoui's father found refuge in Mexico, and through his father's journals, poems and letters, Pierre rediscovers the joyful nature of the man who raised him.
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Foods for Fines @ your library

Food for Fines

Help Georgina Public Libraries help our local Food Pantry by bringing in non-perishable food items for your current overdue fines during the Ontario Public Library Week Celebration
October 19—25. Suggested donation 1 food item = $1.

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Halloween party

Halloween Party
Pefferlaw Branch
For ages 3+
Sunday, October 26, 1:30-2:30pm

Registration has begun and is required for this FREE program.

Please phone 705.437.1514 or visit
Pefferlaw Branch to sign up.

Calling all ghosts, goblins, ghouls...and princesses! You are invited to join in the Halloween fun. Activities, stories, a costume parade and yummy treats for all.

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Libraries Surviving or Thriving

Libraries: Surviving or Thriving?
Newmarket Public Library
Tuesday, October 28, 7-9pm
To pre-register call the Newmarket Public Library,
905.953.5110 ext. 4770

Libraries are undergoing immense change due to
technology, economics, and demographics. What can we expect from libraries in the future? Join a panel of public and academic library leaders for this vital discussion. Open to ages 16+

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Computer crash cartoon

Computers for the Complete Beginner
Keswick Branch
Thursdays, November 6--27, 2:30-3:30pm

Want to learn how to use your computer?
You will learn keyboard & mouse skills, parts of a computer, how to create and save Word documents and how to search the internet.

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Big Library Read

Big Library Read
Anatomy of a Misfit by
Andrea Portes
Pop-Up Teen Book Club
For age 13+
Keswick Branch:
Thursday, November 6, 7:30-8:30pm

We are celebrating this season's
Big Library Read and we are hosting a pop-up teen book club. You can download the
eBook and audiobook versions and start enjoying now.

Join us to discuss Anatomy of a Misfit, enjoy some snacks and meet new friends. Please register beginning October 14 at any of our Branches or by calling 905.476.5762.

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Victorian High Tea

Victorian High Tea

Friends of the Library are hosting a high tea on
Sunday, November 9 from 1-4pm
De La Salle
1940 Metro Road North,
Jacksons Point

Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Pefferlaw, Peter Gzowski (Sutton) and Keswick Branches.

Sit in your Victorian finery and enjoy sumptuous sandwiches, delicious treats and desserts, while sipping a selection of premium loose leaf tea.

Entertainment, door prizes, a loonie auction and local vendors will round out the afternoon.
Prestige Jewellery is donating a ring appraised at $1000.

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CardStar app

CardStar app

Keswick Branch is running a pilot project involving the CardStar app. We want to know how useful you think this app will be. You can now use the CardStar app and store your library card number. You display it when checking out. Staff will then scan your stored library card number. Easy to download and install and can be used on most mobile devices.

Get the apps for iOs; Android; Windows Phone;
(some exceptions); Nokia

If you're a CardStar user, here are some additional scanning tips:

  1. Make sure the screen is free of dust and fingerprints. 
  2. Hold the barcode image steady (don't wave it around).
  3. Set your screen brightness to 80% or higher for best scanning results.
  4. If you wish to use a screen protector we recommend screen protectors with a ‘Clear’ finish. Screen protectors with a ‘matte’ or ‘privacy’ finish can interfere with the scanning process.

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Read full digital copies of your favourite magazines on a computer, tablet or mobile device using Zinio!

Browse from our library’s collection of popular titles, with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines that you can download.  Once you check out a magazine it is yours to keep forever. There is no expiry date. The latest issues are released simultaneously with the print edition.

What You Need

Staff are trained and ready to go to help you. Click the instruction sheet or
PowerPoint presentation to walk you through the signup process and enjoy!

Our Magazine Selection

Get the app for PC and Mac / Get the app for Windows 8
Get the app for iPhone and iPad / Get the app for Android
Get the app for Blackberry / Get the app for Kindle Fire HD/HDX



CELA, Centre for Equitable Library Access, incorporates CNIB services, and is a new, national, non-profit organization established to support the provision of accessible collections, in a variety of formats, for Canadians with print disabilities.

As a partner of CELA, we offer:
• Titles for all ages in audio, e-text and braille
• More than 85,000 books, magazines and newspapers
• Materials in English & French, with expanding access to other languages

If you are interested in signing up for this service, please contact:
Val Stevens, eServices/Keswick Branch Librarian:  905-476-5762 ext. 121;
Ruth Berry, eServices Library Technician, Keswick Branch:  905-476-5762 ext. 109

For more information on CELA, please log on to their website at

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Accessible Services

Georgina Public Libraries strives to be accessible to all patrons.
Our friendly staff can help with your accessibility requests.

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