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Frequently Asked Questions

faq

How do I join the library and how much does it cost?

If you are a Bruce County Resident, you can become a member free of charge by completing a library card application at any of our 17 Branch Library locations. You will need to bring with you a piece of identification that shows your name and current home address (e.g. current driver’s licence) in order to obtain a Bruce County Public Library Card.

Children under the age of 14 must have the signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a Bruce County Public Library Card.

Your BC library card will allow you to access your account on the online catalogue by signing in with your User Name (14 digit number under barcode on your BCL Card) and PIN (4 digit number assigned to you when you received your new library card).

Note – You will be able to change your PIN to one more easily remembered by accessing “My Account” on the Library Catalogue page. Enter your User ID and the assigned PIN and then click on User PIN Change and follow the requested steps to change to your new 4 digit PIN.

What are the borrowing limits, loan periods, late fees and fines on library books and other material?

There is no borrowing limit on books except on certain seasonal collections and school project materials. Some branches do limit the number of DVDs and videos that you can have out at one time.

Most items may be borrowed for 3 weeks with the following exceptions:
2 weeks for High Demand books
1 week for DVDs (some 3 week sets)

Renewals are possible and may be done by phone, in person, or on-line (unless someone else has requested the item you have out)

All Branch Libraries provide an after-hours book return.

Late charges are as follows:
$.25 per item per day for magazines, audiobooks, CDs, books
$1.00 per item per day for DVDs

Can I Place Holds Online?

The books you see in one branch library are only a small part of the Bruce County Public Library collection. Our library catalogue allows you to request a book or magazine when the item is checked out to another person or when the book is located in another branch library

  1. Find the item you want to request in the catalogue then click Place Hold
  2. You will be prompted to log in (using your library card number & PIN) if you have not previously done so. The Submit Hold window appears.
  3. Select a branch library where you would like to pick up the item. Click Place Hold, then click OK.

You will be notified by telephone as soon as the material is available for pick-up.

Can I Renew items and check my Holds online?

Click on the link to the Library Catalogue, then on “My Account” and enter your User ID and PIN. This will enable you to see what you have on loan; what holds you have placed and where you are in the queue; what requests/messages you have sent and if you have had a reply. If you wish to renew your loans, click on “Renew My Materials” where you will be able to renew all items or select individual loans to be renewed by selecting “Renew Selected Items”. After completing this step, you will be able to see if the item was renewable and the new due date.

Why am I unable to renew my books online?

If you have any outstanding overdue materials or fines, the system will not allow you to renew or place a hold online. Check with your local Bruce County Branch Library Branch to confirm your borrowing status or pay fines.

I have checked the online catalogue and I can’t find the book I want, what can I do?

If our collection does not include the material you require, you can choose one the following three options by clicking on the Library Information link on the Library Catalogue page. This link will supply you with the following choices:

Where can I get recent magazine and newspaper articles?

Bruce County Library has a wide range of periodicals and newspapers available to the public at Branch Library locations. To find out what is available, simply search by the title and see which Branch the periodical is housed in.

We also have online databases that can be searched for periodical and journal articles. To access these databases, click on the database link on our home page.

If my local Branch library isn’t open, can I return my books to another Branch?

If you borrowed books from one location, they can be returned to any other Branch Library. We are part of a County-wide Library System which means that a Bruce County Public Library card entitles the holder to privileges at all of our 17 Branch Library locations.

How do I download Audio Books and eBooks?

On our home page click on Download Audio books or Download eBooks in the Quick Links window. This link will take you to the Ontario Library Service Download Centre. Follow the directions under the quick start guide to download and install the free software needed to access your Audio Book or eBook, search the site for downloadable materials, and when you find a title you’re interested in, add it to the Cart and check it out.

Upcoming Events

July 2017
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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO CLUB @ the Wiarton Branch

Home in a Distant Land Display and Presentation @ the Wiarton Branch

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Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Le Cercle De Francais @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Book Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Men & Women who give away Millions with Jen Fowler @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales Knitting Group @ the Tara Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Tobermory Branch

Why French? / Pourquois Francais? @ the Southampton Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Card-Making with Bonnie @ the Walkerton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

After School French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

End of School Movie Night @ the Lucknow Branch

Keva Planks @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

School is out Celebration! @ the Wiarton Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Knit Wits @ the Lucknow Branch

‘Tween Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Faces at 4:00 & the Friday before Canada Day @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Chesley Branch

Book Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Le Cercle De Francais @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Wiarton Friends of the Library Book Sale @ the Wiarton Branch

Friends of the Library Book Sale @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Wiarton Friends of the Library Book Sale @ the Wiarton Branch

Friends of the Library Book Sale @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO CLUB @ the Wiarton Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Read A-Loud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Yarns & Tales Knitting Group @ the Tara Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Paisley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Tobermory Branch

Kids’ Book Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Lion’s Head Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Teeswater Branch

Backyard Science @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Afternoon French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Faces at 4:00 & the Friday before Canada Day @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

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Family Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

littleBits @ the Ripley Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Financial Planning Basics with Jen Fowler @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Summer Reading Club Activity: Nature Art @ the Walkerton Branch

150 @ 2:50 @ the Mildmay Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Wiarton Branch

TD Summer Reading Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-In @ the Wiarton Branch

Family Nights @ the Teeswater Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

littleBits @ the Lucknow Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

T.G.I.F. Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Teeswater Branch

TD Summer Reading Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Tobermory Branch

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All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids - Everything Canadian @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

Make and Take Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO CLUB @ the Wiarton Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Read A-Loud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Kid’s Karaoke @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Financial Planning Basics with Jen Fowler @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales Knitting Group @ the Tara Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Paisley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Tobermory Branch

Lug A Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Why French? / Pourquois Francais? @ the Southampton Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Kids’ Book Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

FOL Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Programs @ the Chesley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Lion’s Head Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Teeswater Branch

Backyard Science @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Ozobots @ the Southampton Branch

Afternoon French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Teeswater Branch

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Fun with Science @ the Southampton Branch

Ozobots @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Meet the Illustrator! Drawing Character’s Workshop with Jan Dolby @ the Kincardine Branch

Ozobots @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Glow w/ Cheryl Neuman Mary Kay @ the Port Elgin Branch

The Other Book Club @ the Tiverton Branch

150 @ 2:50 @ the Mildmay Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Wiarton Branch

Wii Drop-In @ the Wiarton Branch

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Library & Ontario Early Years @ Chesley Park

Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

T.G.I.F. Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Teeswater Branch

TD Summer Reading Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Papillon Chainmail Workshop @ the Kincardine Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Tobermory Branch

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Library Headquarters Booksale in Port Elgin

All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids - Everything Canadian @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Adventures with Alycia @ the Port Elgin Branch

Make and Take Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO CLUB @ the Wiarton Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Read A-Loud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Yarns & Tales Knitting Group @ the Tara Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Paisley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Tobermory Branch

Movie Matinee – Fences @ the Walkerton Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Kids’ Book Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Carolyn @ Story Time Explorers at Mildmay park with OEYC

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Programs @ the Chesley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Lion’s Head Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Teeswater Branch

Backyard Science @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Pamper Time w/ Cheryl Neuman Mary Kay @ the Port Elgin Branch

Afternoon French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Faces at 4:00 & the Friday before Canada Day @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

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Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

Fun with Science @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Financial Planning Basics with Jen Fowler @ the Port Elgin Branch

Canadian Raptor Conservancy @ the Tobermory Branch

Free Adult Crafts @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Summer Reading Club Activity: Chemistry Art @ the Walkerton Branch

150 @ 2:50 @ the Mildmay Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Wiarton Branch

TD Summer Reading Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-In @ the Wiarton Branch

Family Nights @ the Teeswater Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

Pop-Up Craft @ the Lucknow Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

T.G.I.F. Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Teeswater Branch

TD Summer Reading Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Tobermory Branch

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All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids - Everything Canadian @ the Southampton Branch

Amazing Race Kincardine @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

Make and Take Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO CLUB @ the Wiarton Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Read A-Loud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Kid’s Karaoke @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Christmas in July @ the Tobermory Branch

Financial Planning Basics with Jen Fowler @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales Knitting Group @ the Tara Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Paisley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Tobermory Branch

Why French? / Pourquois Francais? @ the Southampton Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Kids’ Book Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Card-Making with Bonnie @ the Walkerton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Angie Nussey – Singer/Songwriter @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Meet the Illustrator! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Programs @ the Chesley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Lion’s Head Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Teeswater Branch

Backyard Science @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Afternoon French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Bedtime Stories @ the Lucknow Branch

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KEVA Planks @ the Port Elgin Branch

Fun with Science @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tobermory Branch

150 @ 2:50 @ the Mildmay Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Wiarton Branch

Wii Drop-In @ the Wiarton Branch

Knit Wits @ the Lucknow Branch

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KEVA Planks @ the Southampton Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

T.G.I.F. Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Teeswater Branch

TD Summer Reading Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Chesley Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Tobermory Branch

29

All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids - Everything Canadian @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Adventures with Alycia @ the Port Elgin Branch

Make and Take Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

30

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Read A-Loud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

1

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Programs @ the Paisley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Tobermory Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Kids’ Book Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Community Living Movie “Trolls” @ the Kincardine Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Programs @ the Chesley Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Lion’s Head Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Teeswater Branch

Afternoon French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Faces at 4:00 & the Friday before Canada Day @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Teeswater Branch

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Fun with Science @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Scales Nature Reserve @ the Tobermory Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Kincardine Branch

150 @ 2:50 @ the Mildmay Branch

TD Summer Reading Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Family Nights @ the Teeswater Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

T.G.I.F. Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Teeswater Branch

T.G.I.F. – Try Games; It’s Friday! @ the Tobermory Branch

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All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids - Everything Canadian @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Make and Take Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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