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What's On at Pickering Public Library January - May 2015

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The Pickering Public Library exists so that all Pickering residents have equal access to the resources, information and ideas that will enrich their civic, corporate and personal lives. The Pickering Public Library will inform, inspire, and connect all residents to build a community that is more innovative, more knowledgeable, and more successful. Donations and funding are gratefully accepted and help make our award winning programs, technology and community events better and more accessible for all. www.picnet.org

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What's On at Pickering Public Library January - May 2015

  1. 1. January to May 2015
  2. 2. What’s New? 2 WWW.PICNET.ORG What are the issues that matter to Pickering residents? The Library will be providing a venue for compelling formal and informal presentations, panel discussions and debates and community discussions on topics that matter to local residents. Topics can cover social, political or cultural ideas; they can be serious or light-hearted, timely or timeless. Express your views, ignite debate, create conversations, and get involved in this opportunity for community idea sharing and discovery. We’re looking for inspiring speakers, presenters and topics. If you or your organization would like to get involved in the Commons, visit www.picnet.org/thecommons for details. Leave us a message at thecommons@picnet.org or send a text to 905-706-1634. Seven FREE Music Downloads Per Month Download 7 songs per library card every week and keep the songs forever. Freegal is a digital music service that allows library cardholders to download songs permanently at no charge. It provides access to over 6 million songs from 28,000 music labels including the complete Sony Music catalogue. These DRM-free mp3 files are permanently saved onto your computer, and can be transferred to your smart phones and other devices. Use your Pickering Public Library barcode and PIN (the last four digits of your phone number) to download free, legal music from Freegal. Library cardholders can stream unlimited music on Freegal 24/7! Ad-free. Awesome right? Check out the updated Freegal music app for Android and Apple devices in the app store. Visit www.picnet. org/apps for details. Is your vehicle winter road-ready? Check out Chilton Library on our online resources page (http://www.picnet.org/resources) for step-by- step service and repair procedures, maintenance schedules, labour estimating tools and more and be ready for the next Polar Vortex! 2015 Tax Clinics 2015 Tax Clinics will take place at the Central Library, Saturday, April 11, 2015 for those who qualify. Registration is required and begins March 23 by phone at 905-831-6265 or in person. Visit www.picnet.org for eligibility details. This service is provided by local volunteer accountants.
  3. 3. JANUARY TO MAY | WINTER/SPRING 2015 3 For Children Baby Storytime (birth to 18 months) Learn how to include talking, singing and reading into baby’s everyday play experiences. Storytime is followed by time to play and socialize together with other parents and babies. At the Central Library: Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am Session one: January 12 / 15 to March 9 / 12 Session two: March 30 / April 2 to May 25 / 28 Toddler Storytime (18 months to 36 months) You and your toddler will enjoy stories, rhymes, and action songs in this interactive storytime. Storytime is followed by time to colour, scribble, play and socialize together with other parents and children. At the Central Library: Thursdays at 10:00 am Session one: January 15 to March 12 Session two: April 2 to May 28 At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Wednesdays at 10:00 am Session one: January 14 to March 11 Session two: April 1 to May 27 Baby and Tot Storytime (birth to 36 months) You and your child will enjoy stories, rhymes, and action songs in this interactive drop in storytime. Storytime is followed by time to colour, scribble, play and socialize together with other parents and children in the open children’s area. At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Mondays at 10:00 am Session one: January 12 to March 9 Session two: March 30 to May 25 Family Storytime (2 to 5 years) Family Storytime is full of stories, rhymes, music and movement meant to engage you and your child. Storytime is followed by time to colour, play and socialize together with other parents and children. Younger siblings are welcome to attend. At the Central Library: Tuesdays at 10:00 am and Saturdays at 10:30 am Session one: January 13 / 10 to March 10 / 7 Session two: March 31 / April 11 to May 26 / 30 At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Tuesdays at 10:00 am Session one: January 13 to March 10 Session two: March 31 to May 26 Please note: There will be no storytime on Saturday, February 14. Families Getting Ready to Read (1 to 4 years) This hands-on, five week program, focuses on how you can help your children learn early literacy skills with five simple practices: Talking, Reading, Singing, Writing and Playing. Staff will show you simple activities that are easy to make part of your everyday routine and are fun for both you and your children. Parent/caregiver participation is required. Previous attendance at storytime is recommended. Younger siblings of participants are welcome but registration is required for all children attending. At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 am Session one: January 30 to March 6 Session two: May 1 to May 29 Registration for session one begins January 13. Registration for session two begins April 21. Please see page 19 for all holiday hours as some classes will be affected by holiday closures.
  4. 4. WWW.PICNET.ORG For Children 4 Get Ready for Kindergarten (3 to 5 years) This hands-on, six week program, focuses on how you can help your child learn early literacy skills with five simple practices: Talking, Reading, Singing, Writing and Playing. Staff will show you simple activities that are easy to make part of your everyday routine and are fun for both you and your child. Parent/caregiver participation is required. Previous attendance at storytime is recommended. Children must be between the ages of 3 and 5 upon registering. We cannot include younger siblings of participants. Registration is required. Registration for session one begins January 13. Registration for session two begins March 2. At the Central Library: Mondays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Session one: January 26 to March 9 Session two: March 30 to May 4 LEGO® Building Club (6 to 12 years) Gather your construction crew, bring your imagination and building skills and join the fun with other LEGO® builders. Construct something amazing! LEGO® is provided. Parents of children 6 to 9 years are asked to stay in the room. At the Central Library: Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm January 10, February 14, April 18 and May 9 Youth Leadership: Public Speaking (8 to 12 years) Do you want to develop your public speaking skills? Effective public speakers become better leaders. Gain experience in public speaking in a fun interactive environment through Toastmasters Youth Leadership. Registration is required and begins January 13. At the Central Library: Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm January 29 to February 26 Every Child Ready to Read Workshop: Fun with Songs and Rhymes (3 to 5 years) Singing and rhyming are especially effective at developing letter knowledge, phonics, and vocabulary. This workshop focuses on fun rhyming and singing activities that you can do with your child at home. *Siblings are welcome to attend. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins January 13. At the Central Library: Wednesday, January 21 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am At the Pettioat Creek Branch: Wednesday, January 21 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Family Literacy Day (2 to 12 years) Join the Library in Celebrating National Family Literacy Day with fun activities, games and crafts! At Central Library: Friday, January 23 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Friday, January 23 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Please see page 19 for all holiday hours as some classes will be affected by holiday closures.
  5. 5. JANUARY TO MAY | WINTER/SPRING 2015 5 For Children Black History Month: African Folktales (2 to 5 years) Celebrate Black History Month by watching puppet shows based on African folktales. Make an African craft to take home. At the Central Library: Tuesday, February 10 at 10:00 am At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 am Black History Month: Freedom Quilt (all ages - children, teens & adults) Many African slaves traveled from America to Canada through the Underground Railroad in secret. How did they know how to escape to freedom? People who worked and traveled on the Railroad used secret codes to learn the routes from one safe place to the next. These secret codes were hidden in Quilts. Pick-up your paper quilt square at any Pickering Public Library branch or downloand it from the website at www.picnet.org/contests. Decorate your quilt square and drop it off at any branch from January 19 to February 23. The quilt squares will be combined to make paper quilts and hung in the Library. The draw will take place on February 27. All entries will be entered in a draw for a prize basket. Black History Month: Freedom Quilt (9 to 12 years) Learn how secret messages were hidden in quilts to help slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Make your own quilt square to add to the Library’s freedom quilt. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins January 13. At the Central Library: Saturday, February 21 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Thursday, February 19 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 Minecrafternoon (8 to 12 years) Play minecraft at the Library! Create a building and vote whose building is the most creative! The winner will have their building printed on our 3D printer. Registration is required and begins January 13. Space is limited. Please indicate if you have an online minecraft account when you register. At the Central Library: Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Please see page 19 for all holiday hours as some classes will be affected by holiday closures.
  6. 6. WWW.PICNET.ORG6 Storytime Plus - If you give a... (2 to 5 years) Join us for a fun storytime based on author Laura Numeroff’s great book series. Find out what happens ‘If you give a mouse a cookie’ or ‘If you give a moose a muffin’ and make something fun to take home. At the Central Library: Friday, March 13 at 10:00 am At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Friday, March 13 at 2:00 pm Hi Fly Guy (6 to 8 years) Enjoy silly stories and activities featuring Fly Guy and his friend Buzz! You’ll have a great time making your own Fly Guy craft. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins March 3. At the Central Library: Friday, March 13 at 10:00 am At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Friday, March 13 at 2:00 pm Board Games (6 to 12 years) If you’re looking for something fun to do on your March Break, there are a variety of board games available at the Library. Come on in, bring a friend and enjoy! At the Central Library: Friday, March 13 at 2:00 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Friday, March 13 at 10:00 am LEGO® Afternoon (6 to 12 years) Gather your construction crew, bring your imagination and building skills and join the fun with other LEGO® builders. Construct something amazing! LEGO® is provided. Parents of children 6 to 9 years are asked to stay in the room. At the Central Library: Saturday, March 14 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Saturday, March 21 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Creative Writing (6 to 8 years) Need help with your March Break Short Story entry? Or do you just love to write? Join us for a fun creative writing workshop to help get your imagination flowing. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins March 3. At the Central Library: Saturday, March 14 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Saturday, March 14 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Creative Writing with Joel Sutherland (9 to 12 years) Do you love to write? Need help with your March Break Short Story entry? Join Joel Sutherland, author of Haunted Canada 4 for a fun creative writing workshop to help get your imagination flowing. Be a writing superstar. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins March 3. At the Central Library: Friday, March 20 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Friday, March 20 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm March Break Mayhem!
  7. 7. JANUARY TO MAY | WINTER/SPRING 2015 7 Crafternoon (6 to 12 years) Children get crafty with a variety of different supplies. Explore, imagine and create...and be sure to dress for mess! Parents of children 6 to 9 years are asked to stay in the room. At the Central Library: Tuesday, March 17 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Wednesday, March 18 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Judy and Stink Moody Party (6 to 8 years) Come join us for some fun with Judy Moody and Stink! We will enjoy some of Judy’s adventures as well as doing crafts and activities based on the books by Megan McDonald. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins March 3. At the Central Library: Tuesday, March 17 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Wednesday, March 18 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Puppet Show (2 to 5 years) Join us for puppet shows featuring famous children’s book characters, move and groove to some action songs and rhymes and make a fun craft to take home! At the Central Library: Tuesday, March 17 at 10:00 am At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 am Movie: Winnie the Pooh (Rated G) Eeyore has lost his tail, and Winnie the Pooh and his friends hold a contest to get him a new one. At the Central Library: Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 pm Munsch-a-mania (2 to 12 years) Bring the family for Munsch related games, crafts and fun activities! Registration is required and begins March 3. At the Claremont Branch: Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 am Decoding the Kane Chronicles (9 to 12 years) Explore the world of Carter and Sadie Kane, brother and sister from Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid! Decode the ancient hieroglyphs like Carter and Sadie, and create your very own piece of Ancient Egypt to take home with you. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins March 3. At the Central Library: Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Thursday, March 19 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Zoo to You (6 to 12 years) Get up close and personal with some slithery, scaly and furry friends with a safe and interactive presentation with a variety of creatures. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins March 3. At the Central Library: Saturday, March 21 Class A: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Class B: 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm *Children may only attend one class March Break Mayhem!
  8. 8. WWW.PICNET.ORG8 Short Story Contest (JK to grade 12) Do you enjoy writing? If so, submit a story for the Library’s March Break Short Story Contest. This year we want you to choose your favourite character and write a story about them. The story can be no longer than two pages. The font size, if typed, must be at least 12 points. Entries will be divided into the following age categories: JK- SK | grades: 1 - 2 | 3 - 4 | 5 - 6 | 7 - 8 | 9 - 12 Writers are encouraged to submit their story by email to kids@picnet.org or they can drop off their story to any Pickering Public Library Branch by March 22. A fully completed entry form must accompany each story. The entry form can be picked up at any Library branch or downloaded at www.picnet.org/contests. Writers must have their own valid Pickering Public Library card. Winners of a prize draw for each category will be announced on the website at www.picnet.org/contests on April 10th. All winning entries will be published on the Library’s website and social media channels. Eggsellent Easter Egg Hunt (3 to 11 years) Join friends and neighbours for an eggsellent outdoor adventure hunting for Easter eggs! At the Central Library: Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 pm Every Child Ready to Read Workshop: Fun with Stories (3 to 5 years) Telling stories is a wonderful way to increase children’s vocabulary, imagination and comprehension. This workshop focuses on fun storytelling activities that you can do with your child at home. Siblings are welcome to attend. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. Registration begins May 5. At the Central Library: Saturday, May 30 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Minecraft Party (8 to 12 years) Join us for Minecraft fun! There will be Minecraft related crafts, activities and food! At the Central Library: Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Saturday, May 30 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am March Break Mayhem!
  9. 9. JANUARY TO MAY | WINTER/SPRING 2015 9 For Children
  10. 10. WWW.PICNET.ORG10 For Children
  11. 11. JANUARY TO MAY | WINTER/SPRING 2015 11 Beat the Winter Blues: Teen Spa Party! (12 – 17) Come relax with friends and beat the winter blues! Learn to make body, foot and face scrubs to take home. Enjoy our DIY nail station and hot chocolate bar! Registration is required for a guaranteed spot. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. At the Central Library: Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 pm DIY Cupcakes and Cards! (10 – 14) Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us and enjoy our DIY cupcake bar and make your own Valentine’s card to give to that special someone! Registration is required for a guaranteed spot. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. At the Central Library: Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 pm Writer’s Group (16 – 29) This is an informal, self-run group for those of you who love writing in any form be it stories, poems, songs, journal writing, essays, comics, fan-fiction, scripts, blogs, reviews or articles. The purpose of this group is to encourage each other to achieve personal writing goals and refine your craft. Refreshments will be served. At each meeting members will have the opportunity to share and critique each other’s writing in a positive, safe environment. At the Central Library: Wednesday, January 21, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 8, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Black History Month: ‘I Have a Dream’ Contest (all ages - children, teens and adults) Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speach had a vision of an integrated and unified country where people of all colours would be treated with equality. What is your dream of a better world? Come to any Pickering Public Library location and submit your dream, for a chance to a win a gift basket. Entries must be submitted on ballots provided by staff (see Library staff for more information). Ballots will be available and submissions can be dropped off from January 19 to February 6. Submissions will be posted in the Library and a draw will take place on February 27. Black History Month: Interactive Drumming Workshop (10 – 14) Join Mystic Drumz as we travel to Africa and find Log Drums, North America for Snare Drums, India for Lizard Skin Tambourines (Kanjira), Tibet for Giant Temple Bells and Chimes, Nunavut for Pow-Wow drumming and more. Registration is required for a guaranteed spot. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis. At the Central Library: Tuesday, February 24 from 7:00 pm to 8:30pm For Teens “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!” - Martin Luther King Jr.
  12. 12. WWW.PICNET.ORG12 For Teens Author Visit: K.A. Tucker (16 and up) We are excited to host local author K.A. Tucker, of Ten Tiny Breaths and the Burying Water series. Join us as she discusses her books, career, answers audience questions and signs books. At the Central Library: Wednesday, March 25 from 7:00 pm to 8:00pm Quiet Space & Resources for Studying It’s that time again. Ugh, exams! You’ll find plenty of quiet space, without distractions and with all the Library’s resources at your fingertips. Don’t forget, librarians are the human version of Google so ask a librarian if you need help. The Central Library auditorium will be open for more study space. We will also be serving coffee, tea, and healthy snacks to help you with studying. At the Central Library: Monday, January 12 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Thursday, January 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Friday, January 16 from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Saturday, January 17 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Sunday, January 18 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Wednesday, January 21 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm Friday, January 23 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm Saturday, January 24 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Monday, January 12 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 13 from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Wednesday, January 14 from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Thursday, January 15 from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Friday, January 16 from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Saturday, January 17 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday, January 19 from 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm Tuesday, January 20 from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Wednesday, January 21 from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Thursday, January 22 from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Friday, January 23 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Saturday, January 24 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm National Poetry Month (all ages - children, teens and adults) Calling all poets! April is National Poetry Month. Explore and savour this year’s theme of Food and Poetry and submit your poem to the Library. All entries will be entered in a draw for a prize basket. Poetry entry forms can be downloaded from the library’s website www.picnet.org/contests. Entries can be submitted by email to kids@picnet.org or dropped off at any Pickering Public Library branch from March 23 to April 27. Submissions will be posted in the Library and a draw will take place on April 30. Winning poems will be posted on the Library’s website and social media channels.
  13. 13. JANUARY TO MAY | WINTER/SPRING 2015 13 For Teens National Youth Week and National Youth Arts Week May 1 – 7 Celebrate National Youth Week and National Youth Arts Week at the Library. The Library’s Young Adult (YA) collection has something for everyone. From May 1 to 7, every YA item checked out comes with a sweet prize! (See staff for details) What is National Youth Week? A nationally recognized week for communities across Canada to “celebrate the involvement of adolescent youth in activities such as the arts, recreation, drama, sport, dance and fitness, civic engagement, volunteerism, leadership, leisure!” Do something with and for the youth in your community during National Youth Week, May 1 – 7, 2015. For more information about National Youth Week, visit www.youthinrecreation.org/national-youth-week. Tweet with the hashtag #youthweekcanada. What is National Youth Arts Week? “National Youth Arts Week provides an opportunity for young people across Canada to create a celebration of youth led events showcasing their talents, expressing and exchanging ideas, getting excited about the arts and celebrating their positive contribution to their communities and to Canada.From St. John’s, NFLD, to Vancouver, BC, and everywhere in between!” For more information about National Youth Arts Week, visit www.youthartsweek.ca. Drop in for pizza and games to celebrate National Youth Week. At the Central Library: Wednesday, May 6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Need volunteer hours? Want to make a difference at your local library? Join TAG! Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a group of Pickering teens who care about their community and their Library. TAG members help to plan and promote programs/events, promote teen reading, and strive to create a great space for young adults at the Library. The first meeting will take place in January 2015. Don’t miss out! Note: This volunteer opportunity is available to teens in grade 8 to 12. Any hours spent participating in this role will be credited towards second school community service requirements. Interested teens must apply and complete a screening process. For more information or to apply, go to www.picnet. org/volunteeropportunities. We Have a Minecraft Server! The Library has a Minecraft Survival server and it’s FREE for all to join. See staff in the Library for details.
  14. 14. WWW.PICNET.ORG For Adults 14 Collette Travel presents Dream Holidays: Australia and New Zealand (Travel Series Part 1 of 2) Do you need to escape the cold and snow of another Canadian winter? Join us at the library as Collette Travel presents Dream Holidays: Australia and New Zealand. This presentation will feature information about these two countries, discuss how to travel there, and highlight what adventures you can have while visiting the land down under. At the Central Library: Tuesday, January 13 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Collette Travel presents Royal Horticultural Society Garden Holidays (Travel Series Part 2 of 2) If you enjoy gardening and traveling, but never thought that your two passions could come together, think again! Collette Travel offers Royal Horticultural Society garden holidays and are coming to the library to tell us all about them. This presentation will feature information about garden holidays and how you can participate in one yourself. At the Central Library: Tuesday, January 27 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Black History Month: Tea and Talent The AIDS Committee of Durham Region is planning a lively night of author readings, performances and artistry on Friday, February 6th in celebration of Black History Month. Join us for a creative and inspiring evening, with themed snacks and entertainment provided by local writers, performers and guest speakers. Share your talent. We are looking for more performances to fill out the evening’s exciting, inspiring program. You can read something you wrote or choose literature celebrating Black heritage supplied by the Library. Or come and perform some music for us! Young performers are welcome. To sign up, please call Devorah at 905-576-1445, ext. 30; email: women@aidsdurham.com. At the Central Library: Friday, February 6 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Black History Month: Olive Senior in Conversation with Donna Bailey Nurse In her dazzling poetry, award winning fiction and glorious Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage, Olive Senior celebrates the stories of her beloved island nation. Her latest book is Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal. Join Olive Senior in conversation with critic Donna Bailey Nurse for a memorable evening of dynamic readings and lively discussion. Registration is required. At the Central Library: Wednesday, February 18 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  15. 15. JANUARY TO MAY | WINTER/SPRING 2015 15 For Adults Durham Master Gardeners presents Xeriscaping (Gardening Series Part 1 of 2) In our urban environments it is becoming important that we learn how to conserve water. The goal of xeriscaping is to design and create gardens that can survive dry periods on their own without supplemental watering or fertilizing. This presentation by the Durham Master Gardeners will help you understand how to conserve water in the garden and select and maintain the right plants. Rain gardens will also be discussed. At the Central Library: Tuesday, March 3 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Beerology with Mirella Amato Mirella Amato, Canada’s first master cicerone, is coming to the Pickering Public Library! What is a master cicerone, you ask? It is an individual who is an expert in beer! Mirella will be hosting a beer basic course where seven contrasting craft beers will be sampled. During the sampling, Mirella will instruct participants on the variety of craft beers on the market today and how to enjoy beer. Registration is required. This event is for adults aged 19 and older. At the Central Library: Thursday, March 5 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Durham Master Gardeners presents Pollinators and Native Plants (Gardening Series Part 2 of 2) This workshop, presented by the Durham Master Gardeners, focuses on pollinators. They will discuss what pollinators are, why they are important, and the threats that are affecting them. Good gardening practices for pollinators, including the use of native plants, will also be discussed. At the Central Library: Tuesday, March 10 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  16. 16. WWW.PICNET.ORG16 LEARNINGLABCheck out the popular technology classes in the Library Learning Lab. All classes take place at the Central Library. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 5 at 9:30 am either online at www.picnet.org, by phone or in person. Branch locations and phone numbers are located on the back inside page of this issue as well as on the website. Keyboards and Mice Learn basic keyboarding and mouse skills for your laptop or desktop computer. It is recommended that you take this class if you have never taken a technology class at the Library before. Tuesday, January 13 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, February 10 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Using a Computer Learn about the file system, how to create files and folders, edit, delete, copy files, printing, launching programs and more using Windows 7. Wednesday, January 14 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wednesday, February 11 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, March 24 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, April 7 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm New Users Guide to iPads and iPhones Are you new to the Apple iPad or iPhone? This class is for beginners to the Apple iOS operating system. Please bring your device with you to class to get a richer experience. Tuesday, January 20 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, February 17 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, April 14 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm New Users Guide to Android Based Tablets and Phones Are you new to the Android tablet or phone? This class is for beginners to introduce them to the Android operating system. Please bring your device with you to class toget a richer experience. Wednesday, January 21 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wednesday, February 18 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wednesday, April 15 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Planning Your Vacation Online or On the Go Use the power of the Internet to plan your next vacation. Learn which websites to use to look up the best prices for flights and hotels, download mobile apps that will help you learn a new language and do translations, and even do a virtual 3D street tour of your target vacation destination. Thursday, January 15 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Tuesday, March 10 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  17. 17. JANUARY TO MAY | WINTER/SPRING 2015 17 Word Processing LEARNINGLABCheck out the popular technology classes in the Library Learning Lab. All classes take place at the Central Library. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 5 at 9:30 am either online at www.picnet.org, by phone or in person. Branch locations and phone numbers are located on the back inside page of this issue as well as on the website. Word Processing Learn the basics of the world’s most popular word processing software, Microsoft Word 2010, as we develop a professional resume. Bring your own resume or we can supply you with one to get you started. Tuesday, January 27 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, February 24 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, March 31 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, April 28 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Spreadsheets Learn how to use Microsoft Excel 2010 to create a home budget, and discover all the things that a spreadsheet program can do for you. Either bring your own budget, or we will supply you with one to get you started. Wednesday, January 28 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wednesday, February 25 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wednesday, April 1 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wednesday, April 29 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Appy Hour A fun, lively hour of questions and answers as we explore mobile apps. We will be showcasing some each month based upon a topic. Please bring your mobile smartphone so you will have a richer experience. Thursday, January 29 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday, February 26 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday, March 26 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday, April 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Cloud Computing In this class we will show you what “cloud computing” is and its benefits. We will focus on Google’s web services, like Google Drive and Gmail. If you have an email account you will have a richer experience. Tuesday, February 3 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, March 3 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wedneday, March 25 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday April 21 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wedneday, February 4 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Wedneday, April 8 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Social Media Learn about two of the world’s largest social networks; Facebook and Twitter. After you take this class you’ll know the basics of Facebook Timelines and Newsfeeds, as well as how to tweet, retweet, mention users and more on Twitter. Attendees must have a valid email address, a Facebook account and a Twitter account prior to the class.
  18. 18. WWW.PICNET.ORG For Adults 18 LEARNINGLABCheck out the popular technology classes in the Library Learning Lab. All classes take place at the Central Library. Registration is required and begins Monday, January 5 at 9:30 am either online at www.picnet.org, by phone or in person. Branch locations and phone numbers are located on the back inside page of this issue as well as on the website. Editing Photos Learn the basics of photo editing and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. This workshop will help you with cropping, enhancing and improving colour and contrast, correcting white balance, adjusting angles, fixing tears and rips, and more. Sample photographs will be supplied. Thursday, February 12 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Wednesday, March 11 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm 3D Modelling Using Blender Learn the fundamentals of 3D Modelling using Blender, a free and open source 3D modelling and animation software. Learn all about basic 3D concepts such as meshes, vertices, edges and faces. Workshop will also focus on the Blender user interface and you will learn how to design a very basic 3D model. Wednesday, March 4 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Wednesday, April 22 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Open Source Learn more about open source software and hardware, what it is and what are some of the advantages to running free and open software. Alternative operating systems for your PC such as Linux will be demonstrated, as well as examples of free and open software you can download and use on Windows or Macintosh based systems. This workshop will be a demonstration only. Thursday, April 9 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm There’s an App for That! Put the Library in your pocket or purse. Take a moment to download the Library’s apps and access everything you need on the go with your smartphone or tablet. Visit www.picnet. org/apps. See page 17 for Appy Hour tech classes. Let’s Get Blogging Pickering! Watch out for the launch of the Library’s new blog in January, 2015 where you’ll find app reviews, travel reviews, book reviews, local news stories and informational articles from staff and local guest bloggers. Stay up-to-date on the latest finds and learning topics. Visit http://ow.ly/EXtmF or scan the QR code to visit the site. Let us know if you’d like to be a contributor. We’d love to hear from you! Email us at help@picnet.org with a description and bio.
  19. 19. &Hours Locations@ your library Renew your items at www.picnet.org or call Automated Telephone Renewals: 905-831-8209 TTY Line: 905- 420-1739 Central Library One The Esplanade 905-831-6265 ● 1-888-831-6266 Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Petticoat Creek Branch 470 Kingston Road 905-420-2254 Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Claremont Branch Claremont Community Centre 905-649-3341 Tuesday 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Greenwood Branch 3540 Westney Road 905-683-8844 Tuesday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Wednesday 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Holiday Hours Don’t forget we’re open 24/7 online! All branches of the Pickering Public Library will be closed on the following dates: Christmas Eve - Wednesday, December 24, 2014; close at 1:00 pm Christmas Day - Thursday, December 25, 2014 Boxing Day - Friday, December 26, 2014 Sunday, December 28, 2014 New Year’s Eve - Wednesday, December 31, 2014; close at 1:00 pm New Year’s Day - Thursday, January 1, 2015 Family Day - Monday February 16, 2015 Good Friday - Friday April 3, 2015 Easter Sunday - Sunday April 5, 2015 Easter Monday - Monday April 6, 2015 Sunday May 17, 2015 Victoria Day - Monday May 18, 2015
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