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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

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All Day Craft @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Storytime @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Colouring for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

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Daytime Storytime & Craft @ the Mildmay Branch

KEVA Planks @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Teeswater Branch

Fort Building, Stories, and S’mores! @ the Walkerton Branch

Family Crafting @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

KEVA Contraptions @ the Walkerton Branch

Nearly New Year’s Party for Kids @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Colouring Group @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Gratitude Jars @ the Mildmay Branch

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Happy New Year Preschool Party @ the Teeswater Branch

All Day Craft @ the Southampton Branch

Minecraft @ the Walkerton Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Book a Coach @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Movies @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Paisley Branch

NEW!! Freaky Fridays ‘Tween Afterschool Club! @ the Teeswater Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

Noon Year’s Eve @ the Chesley Branch

Noon Year’s Eve @ the Paisley Branch

Noon Year’s Eve @ the Tara Branch

Happy Noon Year @ the Tobermory Branch

Noon-Year’s Eve Party @ the Mildmay Branch

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This is Your Year! @ the Tobermory Branch

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Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Coffee and Conversation @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Battle of the Books @ the Kincardine Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Preschool Story Time & Craft @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Southampton Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Battle of the Books @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Art @ the Lucknow Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

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MOSS Robotics @ the Chesley Branch

Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Movie Madness @ the Town Hall in Teeswater

Winter Break Minecraft @ the Wiarton Branch

Winter Break Children’s Movie @ the Walkerton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

Book Club @ the Paisley Branch

‘Tween Craft Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

MOSS Robotics @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

K’Nex Bridge Building @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tobermory Branch

NEW!! Freaky Fridays @ the Teeswater Branch

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All Day LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Crafts for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

MOSS Robotics @ the Chesley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Mildmay Branch

LEGO Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Make & Take Craft @ 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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Family Literacy Activities on Sundays @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Chesley Friends of the Library Meeting

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Lug A Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Amnesty International Book Club @ the Kincardine 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 Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Cup Constructors @ the Walkerton Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Quirks & Secrets @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

The Other Book Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

‘Tween Craft Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Wiarton Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Wee Artists @ the Walkerton Branch

Brown Bag Book Club @ the Chesley Branch

Learn to Make Chainmail Bracelets and Earrings @ the Kincardine Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

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All Day LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Crafts for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Make & Take Craft @ 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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Family Literacy Activities on Sundays @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Essential Oils Workshop 101 @ the Tobermory Branch

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World Read Aloud Day Special Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Learning Lab Kit – K’nex Bridges @ the Tara Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Beginner Knitting @ the Paisley Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Wiarton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Learning Lab Kit – K’nex Bridges @ the Tara Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Beginner Spanish Lessons @ the Kincardine 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 Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Learning Lab Kit – K’nex Bridges @ the Tara Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Southampton Branch

Card Making Workshop @ the Chesley Branch

Lucknow Book Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Bedtime Stories @ the Lucknow Branch

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Learning Lab Kit – K’nex Bridges @ the Tara Branch

Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Port Elgin Branch

Keva Contraptions @ the Paisley Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Walkerton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Snowflake by Brickset @ the Chesley Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

‘Tween Craft Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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Keva Contraptions @ the Paisley Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Art Quilting Group @ the Paisley Branch

Drop in Story Time @ OEYC in Chesley

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Learning Lab Kit – K’nex Bridges @ the Tara Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Learning Lab Kit – K’nex Bridges @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tobermory Branch

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All Day LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Crafts for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Keva Contraptions @ the Paisley Branch

Learning Lab Kit – K’nex Bridges @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Make & Take Craft @ the Tobermory Branch

Sensory Play for Babies @ the Walkerton 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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Family Literacy Activities on Sundays @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Coffee and Conversation @ the Southampton Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Battle of the Books @ the Kincardine Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Beginner Spanish Lessons @ the Kincardine Branch

Card Making with Bonnie @ the Walkerton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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OEYC Outreach Story Time @ the MCPS in Mildmay

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Teeswater Branch

Cubelets Robotics @ the Walkerton Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Quirks & Secrets @ the Port Elgin Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

OEYC Storytime @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

Knit Wits @ the Lucknow Branch

‘Tween Craft Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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Family Literacy Day @ Bruce County Public Library

Drop in Story Time @ the OEYC in Paisley

Family Literacy Day Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Family Literacy Day @ the Tiverton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Chesley Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Book Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Lucknow Classics Book Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tobermory Branch

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Family Literacy Day @ Ontario Early Years in Walkerton

All Day LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Crafts for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Make & Take Craft @ 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

Family Literacy Day @ the Mildmay Branch

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Family Literacy Activities on Sundays @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Tara Friends of the Library Meeting

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Family Literacy Day Story Walk @ the Kincardine Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Beginner Spanish Lessons @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Blind Date with a Book @ Bruce County Public Library

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Chesley Branch

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Paisley Branch

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Tara Branch

Trivia for Adults @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

Battle of the Books @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

LEGO Car Challenge @ the Lucknow Branch

Drop in Knitting Clubs @ the Kincardine Branch

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Blind Date with a Book @ Bruce County Public Library

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Chesley Branch

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Paisley Branch

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Tara Branch

Trivia for Adults @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Port Elgin Branch

Paper Quilling @ the Kincardine Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

Book Club @ the Paisley Branch

‘Tween Night @ the Mildmay Branch

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Blind Date with a Book @ Bruce County Public Library

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Chesley Branch

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Paisley Branch

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Tara Branch

Trivia for Adults @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

PA Day Activities @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

PA Day @ the Teeswater Branch

PD Day Craft @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

PA Day PJ Party: Movie & K’Nex Challenge @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Blind Date with a Book @ Bruce County Public Library

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Chesley Branch

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Paisley Branch

Flag Day Quiz & Draw @ the Tara Branch

Trivia for Adults @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

KEVA Contraptions @ the Mildmay Branch

KEVA Contraptions @ the Mildmay Branch

KEVA Contraptions @ the Teeswater Branch

LEGO Club @ the Mildmay Branch

LEGO Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Tiverton Winterfest Story Time @ the Tiverton 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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