Poet Susan Paddon Coming to STPL

Canadian Federation University Women

Your Canadian Federation University Women of St. Thomas Executive is pleased to announce the first in a series of interesting programs for this 2014 – 2015.

Topic:            A Poet’s Reflections: Chekhov and My Mom

Presenter:    Susan Paddon, Poet

Susan will present using a “book talk” style, encouraging the listeners to ask her questions about her book, Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths, (whether they have read it or not). Susan also will answer questions about the writing process, editing and publishing in Canada. Susan will read a few poems (that she didn’t read previously at the CASO session) and talk about how she wrote them, their meaning, inspiration and process.

This is an OPEN meeting – open to all the public. There is no fee.

Place:             Carnegie Room, lower level, St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis Street, St. Thomas, ON

Time:              7:30 pm

Refreshments following presentation. Please invite all your friends to this very informative book talk.

Doors will be open at seven o’clock. We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday evening.


Mary Jane Collins , Vice – President, CFUW St Thomas

Culture Days Reminder: Be Part of the Art

Be Part of the Art

Be Part of the Art! During Culture Days

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9 am to Noon OR 1 pm to 4 pm | Carnegie Room | Lower level

  • Learn how to sketch with a vanishing point!
  • Come when it’s convenient for YOU with two drop-in sessions!
  • Absolutely FREE!

Join Connie Greger as she takes you on an artist’s personal journey from Europe to Canada. Learn how to sketch with a vanishing point and hear how Elgin County is part of an artistic lineage which starts with the Impressionist and Expressionist in Europe, carries on through the Group of Seven and encompasses work going on in Elgin County today!

Reason #83: We’re Celebrating Culture Days

Reason #82 - 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 the public to the behind-the-scenes world of artists, creators, historians.

Culture Days represents the largest-ever voluntary collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in Canada.

The 5th Anniversary Culture Days weekend will take place in every province, simultaneously on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014 and is expected to see hundreds of communities of all sizes take part from coast to coast to coast.

Culture Days bridges the gap between Canada’s communities and citizens, highlighting the notion that culture is for everyone, regardless of age, geography, background or income.

Through thousands of free activities across the country, Culture Days promotes inclusivity, awareness, participation and engagement in arts and culture for all Canadians.

Culture Days aims to:

  • Foster appreciation and support of the artistic and cultural life that is lived, created and expressed across the country in urban centers and rural communities alike.
  • Promote direct interaction between creators and the public as a key to increasing understanding and appreciation for art and culture.
  • Affirm that every citizen is the guardian of the cultural life of his or her community.


How is St. Thomas Public Library Participating?

St. Thomas Public Library has 5 events and programs planned for the public – all free of charge. Some require registration, as space and supplies are limited. Please read carefully to know if you need to register before attending a program. (And register ASAP! We don’t want you to miss out!)

  • Uke Can Learn an Instrument – Friday, September 26, 2014, 1-3 PM – Registration Required
  • Taste the Wines of Lake Erie’s North Shores – Friday, September 26, 2014, 7-8:30 PM – Registration Required. Must be 19+
  • Be Part of the Art – Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 9 AM – Noon or 1-4 PM – No registration required, Drop-in
  • Flag Face Painting – Saturday, September 27,2014 – 10 AM – Noon or 2-4 PM – No registration required, Drop-in
  • Yoga Workshop for Children – Saturday, September 27, 2014 2-3:30 PM – Registration Required. Ages 7-11 years


For a full description of each program and to register online, please visit our Culture Days Events Page.

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 summer program consisted of The Grand Budapest Hotel and concluded with Belle on August 14th.

Movies are shown on the second Thursday of each month. Best of all – admission is free which compares well to a regular night out at the movies. Our next film will be shown on September 11th at 6:00 pm and is The Grand Seduction starring Brendan Gleason, Gordon Pinsent and Taylor Kitsch. So bring your popcorn or whatever you like to snack on and join us!

Reason #71: Free Kids’ Events All Summer Long

Reason #71 - Free kids' events all summer longCome 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 events.

Activities in the Ingram Room

Drop by the Ingram Room Monday through Thursday to see what you can make! We supply all materials for crafts. Some of our activities this summer include sewing on our communal loom, making your own marble maze, cardboard creations and exploring snap circuits.

Free Family Movie Fridays

Every Friday in the summer join us for a movie at 2:00! There are two movies left this summer: Friday August 8th we’re showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Friday August 15th Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius. Space is limited so come by the C&T Information Desk at 1:30 for your ticket.

Lego Draw

Swing by the C&T Information Desk and guess how many Lego pieces are in the jar! You can guess once a day and if you guess right you get to keep the Lego! We do a new draw each week.

Awesome Box

We put together an activity every week for teens to help bust summer boredom! Find the activity in the Awesome Box, located in the Teen Lounge. Awesome Box activities have included making zentangles, writing in graffiti letters, black-out poetry and making pom-poms. This week’s activity is making 3-D letters out of pipe-cleaners and yarn. Come out and give it a try!




Reason #53: Fun and Creative Programs for Adults

Reason #53 - The library has fun and creative programs for adults


St. Thomas Public Library has really been working hard at offering new, interesting, enriching, informative, educational, and entertaining programs for adults. We are planning many things for “Culture Week” in September and other special programs during October’s Canadian Public Library Month. This summer is no exception! STPL is offering a FREE “How to Create a Fairy Garden” workshop!

How to Create a Fairy Garden

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Free admission | Registration required at the Adult Info Desk or call 519-631-6050 ext. 8013

St. Thomas Public Library | Carnegie Room | lower level

Fairy gardening is about inviting a little magic into our lives. Anyone who encounters a fairy is blessed with good luck, but as any fairy hunter will tell you, finding these elusive creatures on their own turf is far from easy. The secret to meeting a fairy is to lure it in with a little garden so inviting she can’t resist exploring it. Canadale Nurseries is coming to the library to demonstrate how to build your own! This program is open to everyone – teens, families, and adults!

Be sure to check back with the library via Facebook, our online newsletter, or this blog to find out what programs are coming up!

A special “Thank you” to Canadale Nurseries for making this program possible.

Reason #50: Kids Love the Summer Reading Club

Reason #50: Kids love the Summer Reading Club

The Summer Reading Club is a staple in ANY Canadian public library. And it certainly is something to celebrate at St. Thomas Public Library!

I am excited to join the Summer Reading Club because… it’s fun to read and it’s funner if you get to win because you read.

Tonianne M

I am excited to join the Summer Reading Club because… its gonna be fun! And I’m gonna read! Reading is a learning skill.

– Emma B

I am excited to join the Summer Reading Club because.. the reading club is so fun. I love to read. Really, it’s awesome. Reading is awesome.

– Charlotte B

First, recognition needs to be given to the sponsors of the TD Summer Reading Club. The title sponsor is TD Canada Trust, is developed by Toronto Public Library and in partnership with Library and Archives of Canada (Federal Government.)

This year’s theme for TD Summer Reading Club is “EUREKA!” This summer, kids can spark their inspiration as we tinker, invent and create! By registering, each “inventor” has access to: Eureka Picture TD Summer Reading Club logo

  • An official “Eureka!” magazine
  • A notebook to record books read
  • Daily crafts and activities
  • Weekly draws and giveaways.

Registration for TD Summer Reading Club begins TODAY, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 and continues throughout the summer. For a list of daily drop-in activities, registration required programs, and free movie afternoons, please visit the library’s online calendar of programs and events. Registering for the Summer Reading Club is FREE OF CHARGE and all programs, events,  activities, and movies are FREE to participate in! You can register for programs in person, or call the Children’s & Teens’ Information Desk at 519-631-6050 ext. 8015.


Weekly Lego Draws: Guess how many Lego blocks are in the container on the Children’s & Teens’ Information Desk. The closest guess wins!

Weekly Book Prizes: Be sure to show your Summer Reading Club Notebook of recorded books read every time you visit the library to receive your ballot. You get to pick which prize you’d like a chance to win!

Free Movie Fridays: St. Thomas Public Library is featuring six free family films this summer every Friday at 2 PM in the Carnegie Room beginning Friday, July 11. Space is limited for each film. Free tickets can be picked up to reserve your spot at 1:30 PM on the day of the movie. For a full list of movies, view the library’s calendar of events.

End of Summer Party: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 2-4 PM. Join us as we celebrate everyone’s reading success this summer. We have carnival games to play from our Cardboard Challenge Day and other fun activities. St. Joseph’s renaissance Robotics Team will also be at the party with their competition robot, Rambot, to show off some of his cool tricks! No registration required. All ages – everyone registered for the TD Summer Reading Club is welcome!


Highlighted Programs:


Mad Science:

FANTASTIC FLIERS! Monday, July 21 @ 2-3 PM, Ingram Activity Centre | Ages 5 – 12 | Registration Required. Join the Mad Science crew and take a ride with the Write Brothers in this interactive class on flight!

JUNIOR ENGINEERS! Wednesday, August 13 @ 10-11 AM, Ingram Activity Centre | Ages 5 – 12 | Registration Required. Join the Mad Science crew and become a famous engineer like Eiffel or Bollman! Learn what the pros know about building structures in this interactive workshop.


Lego Mindstorms Robots:

We have partnered with St. Joseph’s High School’s Renaissance Robotics Team to offer a very exciting Lego Mindstorm Robotics program. If you’re between the ages of 9 and 12, join us for this two day workshop to learn how to build and program a robot. Space is limited and registration is required. Three workshops available: July 15 & 16, July 29 & 30, August 11 & 12.


Young Writers’ Club:

Book-making Workshop! Thursday, July 17, 6-8 PM, Carnegie Room | Ages 8-12 | Registration Required.Create a one-of-a-kind book and begin a masterpiece. Transform old, discarded hardcover books into beautiful new books ready for your own stories. All materials are provided. Bring your wildest imagination!
Collaborative Large Book! Thursday, August 14, 6-8 PM, Carnegie Room | Ages 8-12 | Registration Required. Work with other young writers to create a shared story on over-sized paper which will be bound into an enormous book to be displayed in the library. All materials are provided. Bring your funniest, scariest, most outlandish story ideas and we’ll build them all into a fantastic, enormous book!


Stop Animation Workshop: Wednesday, August 13 @ 2 PM, Ages 8+| Registration Required.  Learn how stop animation works and create a short film using our iPads.


Teen Book Club: July 24 and August 24 @ 4 PM, Carnegie Room | Ages 14+ | NO registration required. July’s book is “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell. Pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk in the Children’s & Teens’ Department on the lower level, read it, and join us for a discussion and snacks! (August book to be announced.)