Free Comic Book Day 2015

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@ St. Thomas Public Library

Saturday, May 2, 2015

While supplies last

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Children’s & Teens’ Information Desk | Lower Level

Adult Information Desk | Main Level

100% FREE!

Free Comic Book Day takes place on Saturday, May 2 and St. Thomas Public Library is once again participating by distributing free comics!

We’re teaming up with Bell’s Book Bin to give away 2 free comics per customer, while supplies last. Customers can pick them up at both the Children’s & Teens’ and Adult Information Desks. We have comics appropriate for all ages. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

Get into the super-spirit and wear a costume! Anyone wearing one will get a free library tote (we just got new totes, and they’re pretty awesome for a tote,) to take for carrying their comics. Also, we’ll have our “Cityscape” backdrop in the Ingram Activity Centre on the lower level for photos. St. Thomas Public Library staff have agreed to drop their library alter-egos for the day and let their inner Superheros (or Supervillain!) show. Be sure to use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the heroes behind the desks!

Dress up as your favourite comic book character, superhero, or villain and get your photo taken with our Cityscape!


Also, be sure to check out the library’s collection of graphic novels, located in the Children’s, Teens’, and Adult collections. Not sure where to find them? Just ask a member of the Super Staff! They LOVE saving the day! Er, helping you out. (They’re the same thing to us.)

Don’t forget to visit Bell’s Book Bin (552 Talbot Street, across from City Hall) after you’ve visited the library. You can pick up more free comics there!

What is Free Comic Book Day?

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book providers across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. This is an annual event that takes place on the first Saturday of May.

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 ( 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 #62: We Loan Free Video Games!

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 should be traded for fresh air, exercise, or reading. While we at the library discourage endless hours of video game play, we do think that they have something to offer. We also think that they can be a good form of entertainment and education for children and teens. (Things that everyone needs!) We also think that they should be available to everyone. For over two years, St. Thomas Public Library has been loaning video games for XBOX 360, PS3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. Why does the library loan free video games? (My mother used to say that they rot your brain.) There’s an easy answer! They can be great at teaching youth at a broad range of age and ability many skills. Mind you, every game is different and therefore offers different skills. It’s a very sneaky kind of learning! For example, many video games have text boxes that pop onto the screen (sometimes without an audio companion), so children are encouraged to read. Not enough? How about this – gaming teaches:

  • Critical thinking (including “Thinking outside the box” and finding multiple solutions to a problem.)
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Money management
  • Multitasking
  • Organizational skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Map reading skills (which comes in handy when the GPS fails)
  • Encouragement for exploration
  • Geographical orientation and map reading
  • Learning from your mistakes
  • Music appreciation (have you ever listened to some of the musical scores created for a video game? Where else are kids these days exposed to classical music?)

Can a book do all of that? And this list goes on and on! But these are just the opinions of one person. Tell us what YOU think! Rules for Video Game Loan:

  • 7 day loan period
  • 2 maximum renews (if no holds)
  • $1/day per item overdue fine

All games are rated either “E” for Everyone or “E 10+” for everyone aged 10 and older, and “T” for teens (found in the Teen Lounge.) While the games are located in the Children’s and Teens’ Department, that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy them! Check the library’s online catalogue for game titles. (Click “Power Search” and in the “Location” drop-down menu, select “Video Games.” Click “Search.” You do not need to type in anything else.)

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.