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 #57: With Tech, Kids Can Explore & Discover!

Reason #57 - With tech kids can explore and discover


The library is a great place for kids to do some self-directed learning! Kids, especially those in the 9-12 age bracket, learn well by exploring on their own. With this in mind, we have programs and resources to allow kids to discover and keep those young minds nimble!


We have partnered with the St. Joseph’s High School Renaissance Robotics Team to bring you Lego Mindstorms Robots, where kids (ages 9-12) learn to build a robot and basic coding to move the robot around and assign it simple tasks. This two-session program has been wildly popular and our summer sessions are full, but we plan to continue in the fall.

Snap Circuits

Join us to explore snap circuits on Tuesday July 22nd, all day in the Ingram Room. Snap Circuits are a safe way for kids to explore electricity and make their own circuitry. The library has purchased a snap circuit kit for this program, so watch for more snap circuit programs in the future.

Stop Motion Animation

In August we are having a Stop Motion Animation workshop for ages 9 and up. We’ll let kids get creative and teach them how to use an iPad to create a stop motion animated film. Kids can create and use technology to bring their visions to life!

Young Writers Connect at the Library!

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It’s almost here! This Thursday (March 20th) at 7:00 pm we start our third session of our popular Young Writer’s Club (YWC). Young, aspiring authors dabble in a variety of genres and create masterpieces at the St Thomas Public Library on Thursday evenings. Since its inception in October, 2013, members of the Young Writers’ Club (YWC) have crafted flash fiction, mysteries, plays, poetry, fantasy and sci-fi.

They even wrote a shared story, “Sylvia and Bob’s Unexpected Adventure.” The library arranged the story and their illustrations into a booklet; writers and their parents received copies.

The young writers are passionate about their work and talked about how they spend their Thursday evenings.
“We get to do a lot of different types of writing and it’s all very interesting,” Zoe, 11, says.
Ten-year-old, Zanna adds, “And we get our creative juices flowing” with word games and free writing exercises.
Some of the young writers create at home in between club meetings.
Zanna explains,“I type my stories out. Some of my ideas come from day-dreams or night-dreams. I think, wow, I could put that together in a story.”
Jeannie, 9,  writes stories for her four-year-old sister. “I draw pictures to go with them because she still can’t read yet. The stories for her are mostly about pigs.”
Trinity, 9, writes to entertain herself and others. She likes to illustrate her work too.
Amelia, 8, talked about her writing process: “I take a bunch of words that pop into my brain and I put them all together.”

The group had advice for other aspiring young writers:
Alanna: “Some of the best stories come from inspiration, from a purpose, from your morals. If you believe something, you can make a story based on that.”
Jeannie: “Don’t give up! Don’t let people say what you can and cannot do.”
Zanna: “Follow your imagination. Let it take you places wherever you want to go. And you’re never too young to start writing stories. I started when I was four. I was seven when I wrote and illustrated my first book.”
Tonianne: “Let your imagination go wild.”
Trinity: “Anything you can think of, you can write into a story pretty much. You can even use a video game to make a story.”
Zoe:  “Use experiences in your own life to help you write a story.”

In future weeks, the young writers would like to create comic books, song lyrics, fairy tales, newspaper stories and blogs. YWC leaders Amelia Bainbridge and Rosemarie Johnson Clarke, who both have their own published writing experiences, are thrilled to play a part in this new STPL programme.–RJC

( If you are between 8 – 12 years old and love to write, please join us on Thursday evenings, 7-8:15pm in the Ingram Room, St Thomas Public Library. Our current session finishes on February 13. Our spring session will be held March 20 – May 24. It’s free to join.)

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Close Knit Friends

Do you like to keep your hands busy with crocheting, knitting, or other needlework or handicrafts?

Why not bring your latest project and join us around the fireplace for companionship and idea sharing?

Wednesday Afternoons

Beginning February 12

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Rotary Lounge, main level

  • All ages welcome! (Youth or Adults)
  • No registration required – just drop in!



Genealogical & Local History Help – 2014

Need some assistance with Genealogy or Local History?

Local History Help

Saturday, February 8, 2014

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

George Throman Local History Room, upper level


Members of the Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be at the St. Thomas Public Library to answer any  questions and suggest resources on family trees, genealogy, and local history.


The George Thorman Room, located on the upper level, has an entire host of information available for all levels of researchers of family and local history.


More information on OGS:

An Evening Adult Book Club? It’s a Mystery!

Enjoy a good whodunnit?

At St. Thomas Public Library, we try to offer programs that are wanted and relevant to our community. We frequently get requests and suggestions from customers for programs and events, and we do what we can to make them happen.

This is one of those times.


Over the past year or so, we’ve heard one idea pop up a couple of times: an evening book club for adults. St. Thomas Public Library has been running a well-attended daytime book club for many years now. (The first meeting to our new season is Tuesday, September 3 and you can read all about it!) But with only morning meetings, people who work during the day can never attend, leaving a gap in service to our customers.


With the new book club season beginning soon, we thought the time was right to put out the “Official” feelers. We looked at our statistics for which genre circulates really well in this library, and decided that our mystery collection is popular enough to warrant an in-dept look and group discussions. Our behind-the-scenes people have put out the call to all St. Thomas Public Library customers to see if there is enough interest to actually run an ongoing evening adult book club that focused on mysteries.


We’re taking names of those who may be interested in an Evening Adult Book Club that will meet once per month. If you would like to join an Adult Mysteries Book Club, please email or call 519-631-6050. We’ll take your information and give you the date and time for the first meeting when enough people have signed up.


There is no obligation – the first meeting (we’re aiming for early October) is really more of a planning session. We’ll use group consensus to decide what kind of mysteries we’ll read and discuss, meeting format, who chooses the books or authors, etc. St. Thomas Public Library staff will chose the first book and announce it at the planning meeting. After that, it’s up to the group to decide what comes next!


So if you’re mad about mysteries, or can’t wait to unleash your inner sleuth and let us know! Contact the library and put your name on the list for the planning meeting for the first ever Evening Adult Book Club! Call the library at 519-631-6050, email Ruth Crocker, our Marketing Coordinator, at, or go to the Adult Information Desk on the main level of St. Thomas Public Library to sign up in person.


Hope to see you there, and in the meantime – happy reading!

Love That Latin!

Love That Latin: Intro to Latin and Ancient Rome

@ St. Thomas Public Library

6 FREE Morning Classes

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Carnegie Room, lower level

Thursday March 21, Thursday March 28

Friday April 5, Thursday April 11, Thursday April 18, Thursday April 25, 2013

While pre-registration at the Adult Information Desk is encouraged, it is not mandatory.

Drop-in and all ages welcome!

Love that Latin

Have you ever wondered how the Romans got into those togas? Did someone really say “Veni, vidi, vici”? What does “mea culpa” mean? And what are “pecuniary” assets?

Discover the answers and many more when you explore the language and culture of the Ancient Romans and their relevance in our daily lives.

You will be introduced to Latin vocabulary and translation along with English derivatives.

Cultural topics to be discussed include:

  • Aqueducts
  • Chariot racing
  • Architecture
  • Pompeii
  • Mount Vesuvius
  • Hannibal
  • Papyrus
  • Family life
  • Homes
  • Clothing
  • Education
  • Games
  • Meals
  • The baths

“Love That Latin” classes are taught by Nancy Stormes, a former Latin teacher from Alma College.

All material is supplied for these free classes! (Materials include doutang with lined paper and a pen/pencil. If you would like to bring your own material, St. Thomas Public Library appreciates it!)