We’re Open!

Well, we’re back! Some days it seems like forever, other days it seems like yesterday since we left the building at 153 Curtis Street. Nevertheless, the Revitalization Project is nearing completion and the building looks dramatically different. Not everything is 100% in place, but we’re getting there! We thank everyone for their patience and understanding in this rather awkward transition period.


The library seems to change every time I walk through it. Every day brings something new – shelving, furniture, fixtures, material – and every day a different (yet familiar) face – electricians, plumbers, carpenters. We’re hoping to have the majority of things in place by February 9 – the day of our public Open House (details on that to follow in a later email,) and everything in place in time for our Grand Opening on March 8. We had the option of being closed longer to get all of the deficiencies corrected, or opening on January 16 so everyone could get their material. We decided to open on the 16th. I’ll be adding photos of the new areas on Flickr soon so if you can’t get to the library, you’ll at least be able to see it.


In the meantime, we have a couple of events coming up that I thought you (and the community) might like to know about.


“How to eBook” Workshop

Saturday, January 28, 2012

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Computer Lab, lower level

No fee! No registration!


Did you get an eBook reader this Christmas? Or perhaps you’ve recently made the move to the convenience of eBooks. If you’re having trouble navigating or downloading books, we’re here to help! Whether it’s a Kobo, Sony Reader, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or any of the other many eBook readers available, our E-Specialist will help you get the answers you need including how to use Overdrive and EBSCOhost, the library’s free eBook services.


Please bring your device, any necessary attachments or cables, and library card to this workshop and we’ll find a solution together.


Preschool Storytime Programs

Register today!

Children’s and Teens’ Department, lower level


Storytimes at the library are a fun and engaging way to encourage a lifelong love of reading and to build reading readiness in children. Registration for Winter Storytime Programs is on now in the Children’s and Teens’ Department. You can register in person, by phone at 519-631-6050 or via email at youthdept@st-thomas.library.on.ca. Programs take place in the Ingram Activity Centre, the new program space on the lower level made just for the Childrens’ and Teens’ Department! Space is limited and fills up quickly – register now!


Books and Bounces (Birth – 2 years):

Create a special bond with your baby through rhymes, songs, and stories

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – February 14 to March 6, 2012


Tales for Twos (2 years):

Engage in fun stories, music, rhymes and more to develop early literacy skills in your child.

Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. – February 15 to March 7, 2012


Preschool Storytime (3 to 5 years):

Develop listening and language skills while enjoying books, storytelling, puppetry, and creative movement.

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. – February 16 to March 8, 2012

Friends of St. Thomas Public Library Blowout Book Sale

Month of January

Library Friends’ Shop, Elgin Mall, 417 Wellington Street, St. Thomas


The Library Friends’ Shop is overstocked! For the month of January, everything in the Library Friends’ Shop is half price!


Hardcovers were $2, now only $1!

Softcovers and paperbacks were $1.50, now only 75¢!


Store hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


The Library Friends’ Shop is a volunteer organization that sells donated and library discarded books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, and movies in a wide variety of genres. All of the proceeds are donated to St. Thomas Public Library. St. Thomas Public Library would like to thank all of the Friends volunteers for their hard work and dedication. Last year, the Friends of St. Thomas Public Library donated almost $40,000 to the St. Thomas Public Library Revitalization Project.


St. Thomas Public Library is always a busy hub of activity. Be sure to visit us and take a look at the Revitalized library. Try to come when you have some extra time – I suggest you explore all three levels. With so many new features and the layout completely changing, it may take a while to take it all in. We hope you enjoy it!

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