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Library News


Summer evenings are the perfect time to relax and discuss great books with other avid readers. Join our Wednesday night conversations at 6:30 PM on the Library Patio. There are a limited number of spots available each evening; please register in advance on the dates indicated below. May 31: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. Register now for the first evening of the summer season. June 21: The Break, by Katherena Vermette Registration starts Wednesday, May 10. This title has been chosen in recognition of National Aboriginal Day.

Inside this issue: Kids’ Reading Clubs..….……..2 Family Fun…………..………….4 For Teens & Tweens………….7 For Adults……………………....8 For Seniors……………………12

July 26: Two Solitudes, by Hugh MacLennan Registration starts Wednesday, June 14. August 30: Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty Registration starts Wednesday, July 19.

Information & Hours………….9

For Kids July 3 - August 26 Visit the Summer Reading Club desk Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM / PLUS Tuesday & Thursday from 6 - 7:30 PM It’s time for summer fun at the GPL! It takes kids ages 2 - 12 just a few minutes to tell staff about a book they’ve read or heard at home, get a small prize for each book, and enter a weekly raffle. Reading Clubs are easy drop-in programs. Kids can see friends, share great books, and explore our changing activities. Plus, kids can expand or maintain their literacy skills during summer vacation. It’s summer at the GPL!

Preschool Reading Club: Ages 2 - 6

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This activity is for non-readers and emerging readers 2 - 6 years old. Booklets can be picked up at the GPL starting on July 3, or printed from the preschool tab on the website. Each page focuses on an early learning area, such as: letters, shapes, counting, or patterns. Kids hear a story at home, then make a picture about it in their booklet. Enjoy using GPL books or books from home.

Children visit the GPL with an adult during the hours noted above. They share their picture with staff and, for each page shown, receive a small prize, such as: a tattoo, a pencil, or a sticker. Plus, each page shown provides a ballot for our weekly raffle. Kids can finish and show their booklet pages in any order and show a maximum of 2 pages per visit. Preschool Summer Reading Club is fun and easy to do. Plus, kids who complete all 10 pages will get a coupon for a Dairy Queen treat! Delicious!

1 book: Celebrate Canada with a booklet, a bookmark, and a buy-1-get-1-free coupon from Bird Kingdom. 2 books: Wear your maple leaf pride; get a tattoo! Honour the arctic with a polar bear sticker, too. 3 books: Pay tribute to Canada’s First Nations. Get a totem pole and an inuksuk sticker. 4 books: Write your own Canadian story with a changeable pencil. Plus, make a splash with an orca and a seal sticker. 5 books: Explore the great outdoors with an animal eraser and a canoe sticker. 6 books: Say YES to outdoor sports with a skiing sticker and a skateboard sticker.

TD Reading Club Ages 6 - 12

7 books: Get in the game with a soccer popper. Say hurrah for rural Canada with a hay bale sticker.

Early registration for this program begins Friday, June 9.

9 books: You shoot, you score! Get a skate zipper pull and a hockey sticker.

In the TD Summer Reading Club, children ages 6 - 12:    

Read books at their own level. Most children will have finished grade one. May report on up to 5 non-fiction books. May report on a maximum of 2 graphic novels. May report on up to three bonus books. A bonus book is a juvenile or YP fictional book with more than 150 pages of text. Graphic novels do not count as bonus books. Each bonus book counts as two regular titles. May share their books with staff during the hours noted at the top of page 2.

8 books: Look up for Canadian birds! Get an owl and a puffin sticker.

10 books or equivalent: You’re a true Canadian reader! Celebrate with a Boston Pizza coupon, a certificate, a Dairy Queen coupon, and a button to show you did it! Kids who finish the program are entered in a final raffle for even more prizes. Kids have until Saturday, August 26 to finish.

Readers get a weekly raffle ballot each time they tell staff about a book they’ve read. While supplies last, they receive the prizes listed at right. There’s more online fun available at: Registration starts Friday, June 9. The Library’s one-on-one READ program has grown in popularity as families learn about this opportunity for free literacy support. Using games, paired reading, and other activities, a Summer Literacy student will help kids entering grades 2 - 6 maintain reading levels during a weekly session. This program is made available thanks to funding from Young Canada Works.

Even better, children registered with READ can use the books they’ve read as part of the TD Summer Reading Club. Parents can learn more about the READ program by choosing Kids under the Programs & Events tab of the GPL website.


STEM for Families Astronomy in Action Friday, July 7 / 10:30 AM / Drop In / Free / Ages 5+ The Astronomy in Action show is an interactive, comedic, and educational presentation with lots of energy and discussion about the newest, coolest, and most fascinating topics the world of astronomy has to offer. With lots of visual demonstrations and audience participation, this is the show for everyone ages 5+! Many thanks to Grimsby Ford for sponsoring this exciting Astronomy in Action presentation. They’re out of this world!

September 18 - 22

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Science Literacy Week is on its way. The GPL is looking for students who would like to display their science fair projects on Saturday, September 16 as we launch Science Literacy Week programs. Or, if you are an adult working in the world of science and would like to give a talk on your area of expertise, please call 905.945.5142. Watch for more info about SLW activities in the fall edition of Library News.

Registration begins Friday, June 9. All programs begin at 10:30 AM. Let’s Talk Science was such a hit during March Break, they’re coming back for summer fun. These programs are free for kids ages 7+, but there are a limited number of spaces per session. Dynamic Dinosaurs: Wednesday, July 12 / Lounge Become a paleontologist! Explore the form and function of body parts and investigate what a dinosaur might have eaten. All junior paleontologists will make a fossil footprint to take home. Science of Music: Saturday, July 15 / Studio Make musical instruments and explore the science behind the sound. Investigate how sound travels and how our ears and brain work together to set our toes a-tapping. The STEM Airplane Challenge: Wednesday, August 9 / Lounge Use only the materials provided to craft an airplane that travels the farthest and stays in the air for the longest time. See how design modifications can work for you! Balloon Rockets: Saturday, August 12 / Studio Use string, a straw and a balloon to make a rocket. What design makes your rocket travel faster? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..Blast off!


Building Literacy Fair Friday, June 9 / 2 - 4 PM / Free family fun from Phelps Homes Ltd. It’s time for the fifth annual Phelps Homes Ltd. Building Literacy Fair at the GPL. Don’t miss it! Families can play together while building literacy skills and learning about the GPL’s summer reader programs for kids two years and older. There’s a lot of fun in store, including:          

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Take a Story Walk with the Library

Bouncer Parka the Beaver Tape Track Balloons Face Painting Seed Planting Obstacle Course Raffle Prizes Play Dough Therapy Tails Ontario Dogs Bubbles Sidewalk Chalk Speech Services Niagara

Saturday, July 15 / Coronation Park / 10 AM - 4 PM Celebrate a kinetic story experience with the Library as part of Grimsby’s Happening at the Park. Get deeper into the story as you move from page to page of the beautiful book, Picture A Tree, by acclaimed Canadian author and illustrator Barbara Reid. As part of the Happening, the GPL is offering a Teddy Bear Picnic Story Time at the Grimsby Market on Thursday, July 13 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM.


Drop In Programs Author Readings for Kids Penny Beevor: Bumble Berry ‘Pop’ Saturday, May 6 / 10:30 AM / Free / Drop In / Lounge Miss Snaggle’s students don’t find as many bumble berries as they expected on their trip to Bumble Berry Farm. Luckily, Miss Snaggle is an expert berry finder in this fun-filled adventure.

Lacey Bakker: Panda the Very Bad Cat Wednesday, July 19 / 10:30 AM / Free / Drop In / Lounge This hilarious children’s book is based on a real cat named Panda. Join Panda as he gets into all kinds of mischief and causes chaos for his human. Anyone owned by a cat will want a copy of this book.

Lego Club & Tinker Space / Kids 6+ / Studio May & June: 3:45 - 4:45 PM / July & August: 6 - 7 PM

Tuesdays / 6:30 - 7:30 PM Free / Drop In Kids can read stories to Therapy Tails Ontario dogs thanks to the kind volunteers who share their time and their beautiful dogs.

Have Lego fun with friends in the Studio on these dates: May 3 & 17; June 7 & 21; July 5 & 19; and August 2 & 16. Summer fun!

What makes things go? If you’re curious, then Tinker Space is for you. Tinker in the Studio on: May 10 & 24; June 14 & 28; July 12 & 26; August 9 & 23.

Snap Circuits / Kids 8+ Thursdays / 6 - 7:30 PM / Centre Space Snap Circuits will continue during the summer.

Arduino Action Session A: July 24, 25 & 26 / 1 - 3 PM / Free / 8 + / Studio Session B: July 31, August 1, 2 / 1 - 3 PM / Free / 8+ / Studio Registration for both sessions begins on Friday, June 9 Arduino Action introduces kids to simple micro-computer programming in an easy to understand, guided session. Kids will explore the interaction of simple electronics and programming, making things react at their command! There’s no experience necessary and parents can join in, too. There are a very limited number of spots available for Arduino Action. Please register early to avoid disappointment.


Teens &Tweens Teen Coffee House

Patio Chess

Wednesday, May 31 / 7 PM / Free / Studio

Thursdays / July 6 until August 31 / 6:30 - 7:45 PM

Have some fun performing in a casual setting, watching other performers, or just enjoying some coffee and snacks. If you’d like to perform your poetry, stand-up comedy, music or dancing, please register in advance by calling 905.945.5142.

LEGO Stop-Motion Animation Wednesday, July 26 & Thursday, July 27 / 2 - 3:30 PM Ages 9 - 14 / Free / Register in advance at 905.945.5142. Explore stop-motion animation techniques to create moving images with LEGO. After taking pictures with a digital camera, we’ll use computer software to animate your very own movie. The GPL has lots of LEGO to use while making your movie. If possible, please bring a digital camera.

Zine Workshop Thursday, August 3 / 2 - 3:30 PM Ages 9 - 14 / $4 per person Learn how to make an 8 page art mini-zine using your own pen and ink drawings. Please register in advance at the GPL. Zine Workshop is resented in partnership with the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

Magical Illusions Workshop Friday, August 4 / 2 - 3:30 PM / Free / Ages 9 - 14 Have you ever wanted to read someone’s mind, make something disappear, or perform astounding physical feats? If so, please join us as we explore the ancient art of magic. Learn how to perform a variety of amazing tricks to entertain your friends and family. Each participant should bring a deck of cards to the program. Please register in advance at 905.945.5142.

Whether you know the game or are curious to learn more, this free drop-in activity for youth 10—18 is for you. The GPL will have a number of chess boards in the warm summer air on the patio and a volunteer teen chess enthusiast to help you practice your strategy.

How to Play Chess Friday, July 28 / 2 - 4 PM Ages 9 - 18 / Free / Studio Learn some chess history and strategy before playing a few games. Please register in advance at 905.945.5142.

Teen Reading Challenge July 3 - August 26 Free / 12 - 19 The Library is holding a summerlong reading challenge for teen readers. For every book you read, just submit a ballot in person at the Library, or online through the Programs and Events>Teens tab of the GPL website. We’ll be raffling off Station 1 Coffeehouse gift cards throughout the summer, and each ballot you enter increases your chances of taking home a prize. Why not give it a try?


For Adults Lacey Bakker: Writing & Publishing Workshops Please join author Lacey L. Bakker for this series of writing and publishing workshops. Lacey has written articles and books for various audiences and is the owner of Pandamonium Publishing House. Lacey’s presentations at the Fireside Lounge take place at 7 PM on Thursday nights. Pleases register in advance for individual sessions at 905.945.5142. Novel Writing / May 18 Learn how to take your novel from initial idea to publication. Get inspired to start writing! Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing / May 25 What are the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing? The evolution of the publishing world has opened up exciting new possibilities; explore the choices available to authors. Writing for Children & Tweens / June 1 Lacey will dive into the basics of writing for children and tweens, including an exploration of genres, trends, and unique features of this market.

Fernando Acuna: Talking Tea Thursday, June 8 / 7 PM / Free / Register / Lounge Talking Tea will be of interest whether you’re new to tea and curious to learn more about what makes this beverage so unique, or you’re an avid tea drinker and love to share your passion for your favourite drink! Join us for an insightful introduction into the wonderful world of tea. Hosted by Mr Kettle - Gourmet Teas & Treats, 12 Ontario Street, Grimsby.

Del Lord: Grimsby to Hollywood Wednesday, June 14 / 7 PM / Free / Register / Lounge Local historian Shawn A. Roy discusses Grimsby-born Three Stooges director, Del Lord. During his decades long career spanning silent movies to sound, Del worked with Buster Keaton, Bing Crosby, and even another Grimsby connection! Shawn’s talk will guide the audience through Del’s life, his career, and his impact on cinema using video clips, historical documents and images. 8

Welcome To Your Library Your Grimsby Public Library card is free if you are a resident of the Town of Grimsby, work or attend school in Grimsby, or if you pay residential or business taxes to the Town of Grimsby. All you need to get a card is one piece of identification with your name and current address. When you sign your Library card, you agree to return all items borrowed, pay for any overdue materials and pay replacement and processing costs for lost or damaged items. If you lose your Library card, there is a $2.00 replacement fee.

Hours & Location Grimsby Public Library 18 Carnegie Lane Grimsby, ON L3M 1Y1 905.945.5142 Monday to Thursday till June 22 / 9 AM - 9 PM Monday to Thursday / June 26 - September 1 / 9 AM - 8 PM Friday & Saturday / 9 AM - 5 PM Sunday / May 21 - September 3/ CLOSED

Holiday Hours Saturday, July 1 / Canada Day / CLOSED Monday, August 7 / Civic Holiday / CLOSED Monday, September 4 / Labour Day / CLOSED The Book Drop is always open! All borrowed materials may be returned 24/7 via the drop slot in the west wall of the Library, off Carnegie Lane. You can visit our website 24/7, too. Access databases & ebooks when you like.

Need help with your mobile device, social media accounts, searching the Internet, or downloading eBooks? We can help with all this and more! Click the Tech Help button on our website to book an appointment today.

With your card you have access to over 50,000 items. You can borrow books, magazines, DVDs, Audiobooks, Express Reads and Overdrive downloadable eAudiobooks and eBooks. Most materials can be borrowed for 21 days. Feature film DVDs can be borrowed for 3 days, while Family, Series and Non-fiction DVDs can be borrowed for 7 days. Express Reads and our new Playaway Views are 7-day loans, with no holds or renewals. Hoopla items automatically return with no late fees. Borrow up to 8 Hoopla items per month: movies, music and more. You must have your Library card to check out and renew items. Unless specified, items can be renewed 5 times as long as the item hasn’t been requested by someone else. Library items can be renewed at the Library, by telephone or from the Library’s website. Items must be returned to the Grimsby Public Library, not a neighbouring library system.

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Check us out online to renew your books, check your account, access eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazine articles and much more! 9

Real Estate Info Series 7 PM / Fireside Lounge / Free / Register

2017 – 18 Season Tickets for the 2017-18 season go on sale on Thursday, August 10 at 9 AM. Tickets are available online or in person at the Library. Buyers may purchase the full series for $120 or choose the Fall or Winter mini-series of 3 evenings for $60. Please join us as we host authors: Michael Redhill, Wayne Johnson, Linden MacIntyre, Glen Dixon, Elan Mastai, Linda Spalding, Claire Cameron, Laurie Petrou, and more.

Buying or selling a home can often be a nerve-wracking experience. Learning more can help you make informed decisions that will benefit you now and into the future. For this series of information sessions, we will be presenting local experts Chris Knighton, Dan Carrol and Justin Sawicki from the Knighton Team of Keller Williams, Joanne Gaulton of Royal LePage, Sarah Taylor of Meridian (Grimsby), and Craig Watson of RE/MAX, to help you navigate the ins and outs of real estate. Please register in advance for individual sessions by calling the Library at 905.945.5142.

The Buying Process / Tuesday, May 16 Get a crash course in the buying process with information for both first-time buyers and current homeowners. Home Sales in the Current Market / Tuesday, May 23 Learn about the different types of markets, the current local market, and factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or sell first. Residential Investing Basics / Tuesday, May 30 Learn about income properties, using home equity to build wealth and the rules and regulations governing real estate investment. Be a Smart Renovator / Tuesday, June 6 Not all renovations will make you a good return on your investment. Learn how to plan a renovation, get financing and hire a contractor.

Canada 150

Tech Help at the Library

Canadians will be celebrating 150 years of Canada in 2017, and we’re taking part in the year-long extravaganza! The Grimsby Public Library, Art Gallery, and Museum have joined forces to curate a list 150 things to do in Grimsby to help you discover our town’s cultural heritage and the events and services on offer in the community.

The Library is here to help answer your tech questions. Book an appointment on your next visit, call 905.945.5142, or click on the Tech Help Button at and submit a form.

Pick up a copy of the list at any of our 3 locations, or visit to get helpful links. How many can you check off the list? 10

Scan Slides & Negatives


Thursday, June 22 / 7 PM

Thursday, June 29 / 7 PM

Learn how to make high resolution digital copies of your slides and negatives with our Epson v500 scanner. Please register now at the Library.

Learn how to record your VHS tapes to DVD or a digital file format using our VHS/ DVD recorder. Please register now at the Library.

Board Member Don Matheson A St. Catharines native, I spent my working years in Toronto and Montreal before moving to Grimsby in 2010. As long-time library users, my wife and I found the GPL to offer amazing programming. These services were instrumental in selecting Grimsby as our home. I’ve volunteered with many organizations, helping with sports, a homeowner’s association, and homeless/at risk youth. I find it a rewarding way to make new friends, expand my interests and utilize my skills and knowledge. Joining the GPL Board was a natural fit for me as libraries are societal leaders. I am pleased to be serving the Grimsby Public Library and the larger community.

Knit in Public Day Saturday, June 10 / 1 - 4 PM / Free Grimsby Public Library & GPAG

Grab your needles and yarn and join us for our first World Wide Knit in Public Day event at the GPL and Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Bring your own lawn chair for this outside event along with needles, yarn, your knitting or crochet project and enthusiasm! All experience levels welcome. In case of rain, we’ll move inside to the library lounge.

Please register ahead at the GPL.

The Grimsby Grows Seed Library is committed to helping people grow their own produce. Pick up free seeds to grow some old favourites like peppers, tomatoes or lettuce, or try something new. How about growing some bok choy, kohlrabi, or tomatillos this summer? If everything works out, you can help us sustain this project by returning or donating your seeds from your own successful veggie harvest.

At harvest time, pick up a seed saving envelope at the Library and donate seeds, knowing that they will be put to good use in the community. For more information, please call 905.945.5142 or ask Library staff. Over the summer we’ll grow different vegetables, including lots of heirloom tomatoes to add to the Seed Library next year. Be sure to stop by regularly to see the progress of the library’s garden as it progresses from seedlings, to sprouts, to delicious vegetables ready to harvest. Besides watching our vegetables grow, the patio is a great space to enjoy the warm weather, read a book, or meet with friends.


For Seniors Old Age Security

Grimsby Health Associates

Monday, June 12 / 10:30 AM / Free Lounge / For seniors & planners

Free / Lounge / Register for each session at the Grimsby Public Library or by calling 905.945.5142.

Service Canada presents an overview of the public pensions available for seniors and use of the online My Service Canada Account. Canada Pension Plan information will include types of benefits, including survivor benefits, and how to apply for a benefit. Learn about the child rearing provision, credit splitting, and pension sharing for tax purposes. Explore the Old Age Security pension and the 3 different income tested supplements available to low-income seniors. Examples will be given of how living in another country can affect your benefits through International Social Security Agreements.

Bone Food: Thursday, June 1 / 3 PM Whether you are concerned about osteopenia, osteoporosis, or simply preventative bone health, good nutrition can help! Monika Urbanski, Grimsby Medical Associates’ registered dietician, will take you beyond calcium and vitamin D to find out how to feed your bones right!

What to Eat for Healthy Weight Management Tuesdays / June 13, 20, 27 & July 11 / 6 PM Done with dieting? This free four-part series from Monika of Grimsby Medical Associates will show you how to build healthy eating habits to control your weight for the long-term.

Safe & Strong at Home: Wednesday, June 21 / 10:30 AM This interactive workshop will include fall prevention and drug safety components. Chair based exercises will be demonstrated and can be tried by participants with guidance by the presenter.

Drawing Clocks & Driving Cars Evidence around aging and safe driving in Canada Thursday, June 15 / 7 PM / Lounge / Free / Register Dr. Brenda Vrkjan is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster. Her research focuses on aging, medical fitness to drive, and transportation mobility. She has written about new tests, such as drawing a clock, that have been put in place for older drivers in Ontario. This presentation will examine these tests alongside emerging evidence from a large-scale Canadian study of drivers aged 70 and older.

May 29 and June 26 / 2 PM / Studio / Free Monday Matinees are a perfect chance to enjoy free classic cinema with friends or on your own. After the June film, the program will resume in the fall. Check the GPL website or bulletin board for updates on film selections. 12

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