Thank you, Chesley Area Friends of the Library

Bruce County Public Library received a thoughtful donation of $7,680 towards the Bookmobile campaign from the Chesley Area Friends of the Library.

The Friends have been volunteering in Chesley for close to two decades. In 2007 we saw them receive the much-deserved Gabriele Schrieber Friends of the Year Award by Friends of Canadian Libraries after they showcased amazing efforts in helping Chesley secure a fresh, new library and raised over $50,000 to support these efforts.

Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers organized independently from the Library. Their purposes are to promote and publicize library services, fundraise, raise awareness and advocate when requested by the Library and Library Board. 

Unfortunately, 2022 will be The Chesley Area Friends’ final year, as they have decided to disband. They have shown insurmountable generosity since their beginning and will be greatly missed.

This final donation will aid the Bruce County Public Library Bookmobile project in its goal to serve the under-serviced communities in Bruce County. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the Chesley Area Friends from the Bruce County Public Library and Library Board.

To learn more about Bruce County Public Library visit their website at

Assistant Branch Supervisor, Brandy with Chesley Area Friends of the Library members Barb Young and Doug Walsh

Food for Fines Returns to Bruce County Public Library

Bruce County Public Library is bringing back its annual Food for Fines program for its seventh year to each of its 17 branches in Bruce County.

From November 28 to December 11, patrons can clear some overdue fines and help support local food banks simultaneously! Every donated non-perishable, unexpired food item will clear $5.00 from your library fines, an increase from the $2.00 seen in previous years. Another significant change to the Foods for Fines program is the removal of the $10 maximum clearance seen in previous years. This year saw an increase in grocery costs, and BCPL wanted to adjust accordingly. Those without fines are welcome to donate as well.  

Bruce County Public Library started this successful program in 2015 and it has continued to be one of our most valued programs. In 2021 BCPL received over 180 donations to local food banks while clearing $135 in fines. This year, we hope to surpass that record, as we have seen an increase in demand on food banks. 

Library director, Brooke McLean, is hopeful that the Food for Fines program will continue to affect the communities it serves positively. ‘By removing the cap on how much in fines a patron can clear, our main goal is to get more donations to the food banks and help Bruce County residents this holiday season.’

To learn more about how you can participate in Food for Fines, you can contact your local Library Branch or visit the Bruce County Public Library website.

Bruce County Public Library Celebrates Canadian Library Month with Kid’s Card Membership Drive

October is Canadian Library Month. All month, Libraries across Canada are working to raise awareness of their important roles in Canadian’s lives. Bruce County Public Library consists of 17 branches throughout Bruce County that are a pillar in the community, constantly growing and finding new and innovative ways to stay on top of digital trends and to support the communities they serve. 

To celebrate Canadian Library Month, Bruce County Public Library is unveiling its new kids’ cards. The three new designs represent BCPL and encourage our youngest patrons to Imagine, Explore, and Inspire. And if that’s not enough reason to visit your local library branch, we have an exciting giveaway opportunity open to all children in Bruce County, 12 years and younger. For the month of October, when children register for a new card, attend a program in a branch, or borrow an item, they will receive a ballot to be entered to win a Nintendo Switch! This will be a County wide giveaway, with the Nintendo Switch going to one lucky child. 

“We love to see young patrons exploring all that our libraries offer, from borrowing books, to coding robots, or learning to use a 3D printer. Our children’s membership drive is designed to connect with children and families who have yet to discover the wonder of libraries” says Brooke McLean, Director of Library Services.

The library collection is continually growing, offering everything from snowshoes, ukuleles, board games, puzzles, and museum and park passes. Visit their Non-Traditional Collections page to get a complete list of everything available with your BCPL card. The Bruce County Public Library website always has up to date information on programming happening near you. 

Communications and E-Services Coordinator, Lindsay Moffatt, showing off BCPL’s new Kids’ Cards!

Bruce County Public Library Author Event with Susanna Kearsley

Bruce County Public Library is excited to welcome back New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley for a special event. Susanna will be sharing from her new book, ‘The Vanished Days’, on Saturday August 6, at Fairy Lake in Southampton. The event is scheduled to begin at 2pm. 

Bruce County Public Library has had the privilege of hosting Susanna Kearsley for past author events and is delighted for her return. Fairy Lake provides a beautiful backdrop for the event while comfortably accommodating a larger audience.

Susanna’s bio outlines her incredible accolades towards her catalogue of work. She is a New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author. A former museum curator who loves restoring the lost voices of real people to the page, interweaving romance and historical intrigue with modern adventure, she currently lives in Ontario, near Toronto. 

Susanna’s books have been published in translation in more than 25 countries. She has won the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, a RITA Award, and National Readers’ Choice Awards, and shortlisted for the UK’s Romantic Novel of the Year and the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel.

Broad Horizons Books will be selling copies of The Vanished Days at the event, or you can also purchase books before the event from Fincher’s in Kincardine. On her Facebook, Susanna has stated she will also happily sign her past work that attendees bring from home. 

This is a free event, and pre-registration is not required. You can follow Susanna Kearsley on Facebook at, and the Bruce County Public Library at