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Fall 2018

Page one. Front cover.

London Public Library, Access magazine

September, October, November 2018

This document contains the news and events section of London Public Library’s Access magazine.

For the most up to date listing of Library programs go to our website at

Front Cover headline:

It’s here!

New Bostwick Branch Library opens September 11.

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Photo of the exterior of the new Bostwick Community Centre, Y M C A and Library.

London Public Library logo

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Come in. Get happy.

You belong at Bostwick. London Public Library.

New Bostwick Branch Library Opens Sept 11!

If you have spent time in the Stoney Creek Community Centre, Y M C A and Library, you understand the enormous community benefits that are made possible in a facility partnership between London Public Library, the City of London and the YMCA of Western Ontario. These multi-purpose facilities are much more than the sum of their parts. What is leveraged when community partners come together to create a resource such as this is powerful, and we see the positive impact daily on the faces and in the comments of our visitors. These spaces make people happy. These spaces add value to life. They inspire new connections in those who visit and in those who work in these spaces.

A talented, dedicated team has been working hard to develop the new Bostwick Community Centre, Y M C A and Library, and to bring another beautiful, exciting, collaborative community destination to life!

Where and When!

Located at 501 Southdale Road, West. West of Wonderland Road, on the south side of Southdale Road.

London Transit Commission bus route 15 A stops in front of the facility on Southdale Road.

September 4: City of London opens arenas.

September 11: London Public Library opens Bostwick Branch Library.

Late September: Y M C A opens, including pools, fitness area and walking loop.

November 10: Grand Opening Celebration, 1 to 4 p m. Free activities, including skating, swimming and more.

Photo of exterior of the new Bostwick Community Centre, Y M C A and Library.

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Before you go, you need to know.

Free parking behind the facility, including accessible spaces. Elevators are located in the Library, Community Centre and Y M C A fitness area, providing access to the upper level. Indoor walking loop on the upper level is free and available during building hours. Outdoor, accessible playground. Community kitchen and cooking programs on the main level. Service London counter on upper level offers city program registration, London Transit Commission passes, and more. A café, operated by the Y M C A, offers healthy snacks and drinks. Arena pads operated by the City of London offer public skating. Y M C A all in membership provides access to workout facilities, pool, gym, fitness classes and Y M C A children’s programming. Subsidy programs available. Contact the Y M C A for details. Swimming lessons program is same as at City pools and Stoney Creek facility, and you can transfer. Recreational swimming and skating. Library meeting rooms are available to book and rent from London Public Library’s Meetings and Events Services, 519-551-5120. Multi-purpose rooms in other parts of the facility and the community kitchen can be rented through the Y M C A of Western Ontario.

Swim, Read, Grow

Rachel and Nikitat Eskin believe in creating happy family experiences with their two young sons, Logan and Colin. We love that they see Stoney Creek Branch Library as a place to make good memories with their kids! Inspired by her childhood, Rachel says, “Going with my mom to the Y M C A in our town and then to the library, that’s something I cherished and loved. My husband and I wanted to make sure we did that with our boys.” For the Eskins, library visits and family swims are a great way to share quality time. Recently, Rachel and two-year-old Logan started taking swimming lessons together for some “just Logan and mom time” while dad and nine-month-old Colin spend time in the library. Before heading home, they all meet up for more play time and to borrow lots of children’s books. The Stoney Creek Community Centre, Y M C A and Library is a family destination for the Eskins and they see themselves continuing to enjoy the programming and activities there as their sons grow.

Photo of the Eskin family with caption: Rachel and Nikitat Eskin, with their sons, Logan and Colin.

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Grand opening. The Labs.

Saturday, September 29. 10:30 am to 4 pm. 2nd floor, Central Library.

We are launching The Labs, new creative spaces at your Library, and we invite you to celebrate at our day of hands-on discovery, demonstrations and tours. Bring your whole family – we have activities for all ages!

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The Studio and Media Lab – Take a Tour!

Bring your creative projects to life! Tour the Media Lab and The Studio, new spaces at Central Library with equipment and software for creating and editing video, music and photography. The rooms feature iMacs with software that includes Pro Tools, GarageBand and Adobe Photoshop as well as cameras, lenses and a green wall. Find out how you can record music and podcasts, or set up a photo shoot or video recording session.

Coding with Edison Robots

Bring your family for a fun coding experience with our new Edison Robots. Program them to navigate a maze, sing a song, or play bumper cars! For all ages and skill levels. Let your imagination come out to play!

Medical Makers at Central Library

Meet special guest Dr. Julielynn Wong, Founder and C E O of Medical Makers, and members of her team, for demonstrations of our new 3 D printer. Medical Makers works globally with healthcare providers and patients, educating and empowering them to create affordable medical solutions using 3 D printers. Learn more at

Exciting news! Medical Makers will be visiting Central Library weekly this fall.

Artists at Work

We invite you to connect with Indigenous artist Quinn Smallboy as he creates a mixed-media sculpture in the Library Commons on the main floor. In the Children’s Library, join artist Marilyn Lazenby for a participatory family art experience. These local artists are presented by the London Arts Council in celebration of Culture Days.

Memory Lab

Digitize family memories from older technologies in the new Memory Lab in the Ivey Family London Room.

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The River Talks. Gathering at Deshkan Ziibiing.

October 18 to 20, Museum London.

Quote by Tom Cull, Poet Laureate of the City of London and director of Thames River Rally.

Rivers convey history, culture and meaning.

Story 1.

Be inspired by the many streams of thought coming together at this gathering that will focus on what rivers give to us and the meaning they have for us. Local organizers, including the Library, are bringing together a multi-disciplinary event that will feature Indigenous leaders and water protectors, water managers, conservationists, environmentalists, activists, artists and academics sharing stories of their work re-imagining, renewing, restoring and respecting our waterways.

“Rivers convey – water, sediment, people, plants and animals. Rivers convey history, culture and meaning. Rivers convey the dynamism of life and the importance of clean water.” says Tom Cull, Poet Laureate of the City of London, and Director of Thames River Rally, a volunteer group that coordinates monthly clean-ups of the river. As an organizer of The River Talks, he is looking forward to the range of perspectives, practices, experiences and philosophies that will be shared.

Join others who love our river for this exciting three days of indoor and outdoor talks, walks, activations and art that focus on river ecology, hydrology, culture, history, conservation, and gender and social justice.

Story 2.

Meredith Brown, Ottawa River Keeper, Keynote Speaker.
Friday, October 19 at 9 am. Museum London.

Meredith Brown works to establish accountable monitoring, assessment, enforcement, and long-term planning for the river. She holds degrees in biology, environmental engineering, and resource and environmental management. Ottawa River keepers is an independent voice for the Ottawa River that works to protect, promote and improve the health of the Ottawa River and its tributaries.

Support for this keynote address was provided through a generous gift to London Public Library. The Hueston Family Foundation, a registered Canadian charity focusing on animal welfare and environmental issues, is pleased to support this worthwhile project furthering education and knowledge on our environment.

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Green in the City. Talks by local experts.

Quote by Susan Ratz, Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Environment for the City of London:

“We want to highlight initiatives happening in London.”

How we live impacts our environment and its ability to support us. Hear from leading experts about current environmental issues our community is facing and exciting local projects that are making a difference. “There are many great initiatives taking place in London,” explains Susan Ratz, Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Environment for the City of London. “These talks are designed to highlight and build support for them.”

Susan says it’s been a great experience coordinating this speaker series with us, “The Library has a track record for bringing high quality events like this to Londoners. Our committee has worked with them as a community partner on other conferences, including last year’s Resilient Cities. It’s easy to see the enthusiasm Library staff has for bringing the latest information to our community.”

Green in the City, Speaker Series.

Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm.
November 6 to December 4
Central Library
Doors Open at 6:30 pm.

Creating Health and Resilience with Soil. Presenter: Ruth Knight, Organic Soil Consultant and Agronomist and Co-Leader of Erin Soil Health Coalition. Local Perspective by Gabor Sass and City of London Representative. Tuesday, November 6.

Bee-coming Pollinator Friendly: In Gardens and Across the City. Presenter: Victoria MacPhail, Pollination Guelph. Local Perspective by Gabor Sass and City of London Representative. Tuesday, November 13.

Down the Drain: Issues and Opportunities for our Lakes, Rivers and Toilets. Presenters: Zero Waste Forest City on Plastics in Our Oceans and Great Lakes; Tom Cull, Thames River Rally, on Local River Pollution; Barry Orr, City of London, on Challenges with Non-Flushables. Tuesday, November 20.

Good Waste: What’s Happening and How to Fix It. Presenter: Paul van der Werf, President and Owner of 2 c g, and P h D candidate, Department of Geography, Western University. City of London perspective by Jay Stanford. Tuesday, November 27.

Community Energy Action Planning: What You Can Do to Address the Impacts of Climate Change. Presenter: Jay Stanford, City of London with guest speaker to be announced. Tuesday, December 4

Logos: City of London, London Environmental Network, London Public Library.

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Page 8.

Bringing Cinema Home.

Quote by Dorothy Downs, Executive Director of the Forest City Film Festival, a celebration of film from southwestern Ontario.

“I love film. I love the arts. They bring so much to a community. London has a terrific theatre scene and a fabulous music scene – what we were missing was a film festival.”

What a lineup of acclaimed and award winning films coming to the Forest City Film Festival this fall! The films cover a diverse range of stories, with settings close to home and across the world, but what brings them all together is their connection to southwestern Ontario. Dorothy Downs, Founder and Executive Director of the film festival, is excited about the high calibre films her team has attracted to our city, a selection that includes features, documentaries, shorts and animation. She’s proud to see the festival, in its third year, continuing to gain recognition from film goers, industry people and funders as it grows into a significant annual cultural event in London.

Dorothy decided to start the film festival after attending the screening of her teenage son’s short film at Rain dance Film Festival in London, England. On the flight back home, she started thinking it was too bad audiences at home wouldn’t have a chance to see the film. Her research found that London, Ontario was one of the few cities of its size in North America without a film festival and she knew, from her own career in film and television, that a lot of people were working in some aspect of filmmaking here. Dorothy saw a gap in our city’s arts and culture scene. “We have the Fringe Festival and terrific local theatre, and a fabulous music scene,” she says, “What about a film festival to show the films made by people from our region?”

So the Forest City Film Festival came to life and is now an annual showcase for films with a connection to southwestern Ontario – through the filmmaker, a story set in the region, an actor, or filming location. Other criteria are also considered, as with the documentary, On Her Shoulders, which has a link to a newcomer community living in London. Winner of Best Director at Sundance Film Festival, the film is about Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman who survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS and has become a voice for her people. The film includes a scene of Nadia speaking in London, home to the largest Yazidi population in Canada.

For a story with a deeper connection to our region, Dorothy points to one of this year’s highlights, The Drawer Boy, a feature narrative set and filmed in the farm community of Clinton, Ontario that is receiving awards and critical recognition at other film festivals. She is particularly excited about this screening. “It’s a story that’s a piece of us,” she says, “I grew up on a farm like this. I had neighbours like these people.” It’s one of the reasons Dorothy created a film festival – to show local perspectives that touch the world, and to celebrate our local stories.

Forest City Film Festival logo.

October 25 to 28. Wolf Performance Hall.

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Bringing Your Event to Life!

London Public Library’s Meetings and Events Services team is proud to have nurtured the Forest City Film Festival, supporting them in launching a new venture and bringing their vision to life. The Meetings and Events Centre at Central Library provides a full complement of rooms and spaces that is ideal for conferences, fundraisers, meetings, dance recitals, weddings and more, including our Wolf Performance Hall, a premium venue for performances and presentations.

The Meetings and Events Centre has been a preferred venue for many high profile events in downtown London, including the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival which attracts hundreds of film viewers over three days of screenings. Tickets on sale October 29. Visit

The Canadian Country Music Association Songwriters’ Series came to the Wolf Performance Hall during CCMA’s Country Music Week 2016, and C B C recently brought shows like In Conversation with Peter Mansbridge, Sounds of the Season and Because News to The Wolf Hall. Talk to our professional team about bringing your event to life!
Meetings and Events Services

London Public Library


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Story 1.

It’s In the Bag!

We want to make it easy for newcomers to pick up a complete English learning package! Kara McKeown, our Adult Services Literacy Facilitator, has been busy preparing the new English To Go bags. Through their regular interactions with newcomers, our Public Service and Collections staff provided insights and feedback on the resources that are most helpful and frequently requested by English learners in our community.

English To Go bags can be borrowed starting October 1. Each bag contains a dictionary, an ESL course book, a grammar book, and CDs for practicing pronunciation and listening skills – everything you need for your level of English learning! Four ESL learning levels will be available, from Level 1 for beginners through to Level 4 for learners who are at an academic level.

Ask our staff about this new service, or search English To Go in our catalogue to place a hold on a bag that can be picked up at a library location convenient for you. Starts October 1.

Story 2.

Welcoming Newcomers

Quote by Mustafa, London taxi driver: “You have to be fluent in the language or you can’t make it.”

When Mustafa was new to Canada, his first goal was to be able to understand people and communicate so he could find work and support his family. Every day, after attending his E S L classes, he came to the Library to continue learning on his own, using Rosetta Stone, and the books and CDs he could borrow. He says, “If you can’t speak the language, how can you make it here?

Ten years later, settled in to his life in London and working as a taxi driver, Mustafa still appreciates how he was welcomed at the Library, saying, “The first time I came, I think they hardly understood what I was asking for, but they helped me.” He believes he owes a lot to the Library and now tells every newcomer he meets about the resources available for them."

Story 3.

Newcomer Family Games

Games are a fun way to practice English together as a family. You can borrow Newcomer Family Games bags at Beacock and Jalna branches, our two locations with Library Settlement Partnership services. Games are available for children at two age levels. They must be returned to the location where they were borrowed and cannot be put on hold. Thanks to our Library Settlement partners, LUSO Community Services and South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, who purchased the resources for Newcomer Games with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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Page 11.

Story 1.

Community Medicine Wheel.

Métis artist, Brenda Collins, invited the community to join her in creating a Medicine Wheel mosaic at Central Library on June 8. Brenda shared Indigenous teachings and the significance of the Four Races of Mankind Medicine Wheel, also known as a healing circle. 78 people participated in completing this project. The Medicine Wheel will be installed at Central Library this fall.

Photos of Brenda Collins and library visitors creating the Medicine Wheel on June 8.

Photo captions: Top photo: Brenda Collins with the completed Medicine Wheel. Photos below, left to right: Isaac, who is Oneida; Alexandrea, from the Mohawk Nation, and her sons, Kalub and Liam, posing with Brenda; and Brenda’s grandchildren.

Story 2.

Treaties Recognition Week

To honour Treaties Recognition Week during the first week of November, Brenda Collins will be at three library locations to share the Indigenous teachings of her maternal heritage and the cultural significance of wampum belts, and to provide information on treaties. Participants can create a wampum string. This program is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. See details under Ideas and Issues in our program listings.

Government of Ontario logo.

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Friends of the London Public Library News and information.

Friends of the London Public Library logo.

Community support for your library.


Story 1.

Friends of the Library

Giant Fall Book Sale

Books, DVDs and more!

Great Prices! Cash only!

New location.

Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington Street. Lower level.

Friday, October 19 from 9 am to 9 pm.

Saturday, October 20 from 9 am to 5 pm.

Sunday, October 21 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Sunday only. Fill a standard sized grocery bag for 3 dollars. We’ll supply the bag too!

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Be a Book Sale Volunteer!

Help out the Friends of the Library at their biggest event of the year! Join the many volunteers who make the Book Sale such a great success every year. Registration is through

To Register:

Phone 519-661-2448
Follow this link:
Email: and request the link to

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Thank you to Our Friends!

On June 28, Carmen Sprovieri presented Library Board Chair, Stuart Clark, with a donation of $50,000 in support of the Library’s Capital Campaign to which the Friends of the Library made a generous pledge of $250,000. The Friends contributed $100,000 to the campaign in 2017.

The Library Store.

The store is operated by Friends of the London Public Library, and run entirely by volunteers. It is located at the Central Library. Store hours. Monday to Thursday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Friday, from10 am to 5 pm. Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

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Story 1.

Ontario Public Library Week. October 14 to 20, 2018.

A visit will get you thinking.

Hashtag O P L W.

Quotes from library users.

“A place where people from all walks of life are treated with dignity, and a place I'm proud to bring my children.”

“A city without libraries would lose its soul, its compassion, vitality, community spirit.”

“I've never maxed out my credit card, but I've maxed out my library card many times.”

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Ontario Public Library Week Special Event. Reading Still Matters. October 16 at 7 pm. Landon Branch Library.

These days we hear about the "death of reading" and arguments that we are making ourselves stupid as we shift from reading physical books to reading on screens. But are these claims true? Researchers, Catherine Ross, Lynne McKechnie, and Paulette Rothbauer from Western's Faculty of Information and Media Studies report what they have found out about readers who read for pleasure. What factors turn people into avid readers? What counts as "real reading?" What role does pleasure-reading play in the lives of readers? Drawing on their new book, Reading Still Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries and Community, the panelists discuss different kinds of voluntary reading, and consider ways to nurture a healthy and vibrant public reading culture.

This talk launches a new season of the hashtag PublicInterest Speaker Series. In its fifth year, this series brings cutting-edge research by experts from Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies into the community. Each of the talks highlights innovative and exciting research going on in FIMS, presented by faculty members and students who are passionate about their work and sought after experts in their field.

Story 3.

London Public Library’s

A Book for Every Child.

November 3 to December 15, 2018

The Library’s annual A Book for Every Child campaign begins in November but you can donate new books or make a financial contribution anytime. Every year we collect more than 6,000 new books to distribute to children in London through agencies that work with families. Drop off your donations at any library branch.

Share Your Love of Reading with a Child!

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New in Our Collections.

Adult fiction. Women Talking by author Miriam Toews. Foe by author Iain Reid. Lethal White by author Robert Galbraith. Starlight by author Richard Wagamese. Transcription by author Kate Atkinson.

Adult non fiction. Rick Mercer, Final Report by author Rick Mercer. Brief Answers to the Big Questions by author Stephen Hawking. Cook Like a Pro: A Barefooot Contessa Cookbook by author Ina Garten. In Pieces by author Sally Field. House of Trump, House of Putin by author Craig Unger.

Teen books. Dear Evan Hansen by author Val Emmich. Archenemies by author Marissa Meyer. Kingdom of Ash, in the Throne of Glass series by author Sarah Maas. Dry by author Neal Shusterman. Muse of Nightmares by author Laini Taylor.

Visit for more new books, music and movies.

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Library Spotlight.

Indigenous Reads.
Library Spotlights are book lists curated by our librarians that provide a selection of current, high quality works featuring particular topics, issues or authors. Our Indigenous Reads spotlight highlights books by contemporary Canadian Indigenous authors as recommended by Indigenous scholars, authors and artists. The list includes these beautiful picture books reviewed by our librarians Dakota and Shanda.

Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox.
Written and Illustrated by Danielle Daniel.

A poetic introduction to the tradition of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture that presents the characteristics of the different animals as a way to understand ourselves and others.

We Sang You Home.
Written by Richard Van Camp, Illustrations by Julie Flett.

A lyrical board book written as a lullaby to a newborn that captures the joy and excitement of parenthood. The gentle rhyming text makes it a perfect read-aloud for babies and toddlers.

Wild Berries equals Pikaci-Minisa.
Written and Illustrated by Julie Flett.

Written in Cree and English, a grandmother takes her grandson berry picking in the woods where they sing songs, spot animals and honour their tradition of thanking the land.

The Thundermaker.
Written and Illustrated by Alan Syliboy.

Brings to life the legends and culture of the Mi’kmaw nation using petroglyph-inspired illustrations. Big Thunder teaches his son, Little Thunder, about the importance of making thunder for his people, a responsibility that will one day be his.

Find Library Spotlights at

Story 2.

Treaties Recognition Week, the first week of November, was introduced in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties and to help Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and relationships.

Visit to learn more.

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Find some room to think.

Images: Photos of people using computers in library spaces, including study rooms.

Whether you're working alone or in a group, you will find free Wi Fi and comfortable places to plug in and work at all library locations. At several locations, you can also reserve a free study room.

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Writer in Residence 2018, 2019.

Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves.

Cherie Dimaline’s recent novel, The Marrow Thieves, was a finalist for C B C’s Canada Reads 2018. The book received two awards in 2017, the Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature in English, and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers Literature.

Cherie Dimaline was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, and became the first Indigenous Writer in Residence for Toronto Public Library in 2014, 2015. She is the founding editor of Muskrat Magazine, an online Indigenous publication that focuses on sovereignty, culture and the celebration of community excellence.

Watch for information on our website in the fall about office hours and programs.

The Writer in Residence program is co-sponsored by the James A. and Marjorie Spenceley Fund, Department of English and Writing Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and is supported by London Public Library Donors.

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Borrow A Laptop.

Many of us have moved to smartphones and tablets as our main digital tools, but sometimes a laptop can be just what you need for completing a project. Working on the larger screen and using an actual keyboard are obvious advantages for typing cover letters and other documents, putting together a PowerPoint presentation, or expressing yourself creatively with Paint 3 D.

Borrow a laptop computer from the Library for seven days and open up a great selection of software that’s downloaded and ready to use, including Microsoft Office, web browsers Google Chrome and Firefox, Windows Media Player, Paint 3 D, Skype, and more.

Whether you’re job searching, typing a research paper for school, or creating a slideshow for your family reunion, having access to a laptop and free software can help with the task at hand. Learn more on our website or ask staff at your local library branch.

Practice the Basics on a Library Laptop.

Do you feel a little left behind in the digital world, but don’t know where to start to catch up? The Library offers classes that start with the basics, including how to use a mouse and keyboard, an introduction to using computers, and getting started on the internet. Why not take a class and then borrow a Library laptop for a week to practice what you’ve learned?

Digital Essentials: Classes to Help.
You Get Started

The Library’s Digital Essentials classes provide introductions to everything from using your smartphone or tablet to searching online, creating accounts and learning basic apps.

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Tech Tutors at the Library.

Sharing Their Knowledge of Technology.

Images. Photos of tech tutors helping people at the library.

Keeping up with technology can feel challenging for many of us! Questions come up while we’re trying out something new on our computers or mobile devices and we could use a little help. The Library’s volunteer Tech Tutors enjoy sharing their knowledge of technology by helping others with basic computer tasks. Ask staff about the hours and availability of Tech Tutors at library locations.

Tech Tutors Can Help with the Basics.

Set up and email.

Download files and forms.

Understand your device or computer.

Send attachments.

Use social media.

Fill out online forms.

Create documents and more.

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The CONNECT Project at London Public Library.

Quote by Megan, Paquette, Coordinator of Adult Services at London Public Library.

There are still many Londoners who do not have internet access at home.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you didn’t have the financial means to have internet access at home? You would be unable to feel connected, not only to the world of information the internet provides, but be unable to use this powerful tool to connect with family, friends and even school. The internet provides us with so much and yet there are still many Londoners who do not have this at home.

Your Library is bridging the gap for those without internet access at home. Our CONNECT Project makes Wi Fi hotspots available to borrow from the Library, supporting opportunities for education and work in our community. Help us to provide free short term internet access to all Londoners.

We need your help. Please give to our CONNECT Project.

Demand for Wi Fi hotspots is overwhelming. Our Fall Campaign is to ask our community to help us raise $16,000 to provide one laptop computer and Wi Fi hotspot for each of our 16 branches. Please consider a gift to your library. Help your community to access essential resources.

Megan Paquette, Coordinator, Adult Services, London Public Library.

Please give to our CONNECT Project.

Giving at London Public Library.
519-661-5100 extension 5460

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News and Alerts.

Bostwick Branch Library OPENS September 11.

Our new library is located in the Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA and Library facility at 501 Southdale Road West and replaces the temporary Pop Up Library in Westmount Shopping Centre, which closed permanently on September 1. This fall, there are a variety of programs taking place at Bostwick Branch. You'll find them in our program listings online.

Byron Branch CLOSED September 11 to November 3.

Byron Branch will re-open on Tuesday, November 6. Byron will be closed for major H-VAC replacement and repair. The Branch will also be refreshed with new flooring, paint and improvements to shelving and furniture.

RETURNS: Use the return chute on lower level at back of building. Front return chute is not available due to H-VAC construction. Return items to any other L P L location. Book donations cannot be accepted during the closure.

HOLDS: Pick up holds by September 8 at Byron Branch, or choose to freeze your holds, or transfer them to another library location.

LOAN PERIOD: Items belonging to Byron Branch will not be due until November 6. Items from other L P L locations, including holds, will be due and are subject to fines. Check your date due slips. Use My Account online or call us to confirm the dates that your items are due.

RENEW online or by phone.

Join us December 1 from 2 to 4 pm for a Byron Welcome Back Holiday Celebration!

Grand Opening Celebration at Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA and Library.

Saturday, November 10, 1 to 4 pm. Free skating at 2 pm. Free swimming at 3 pm.
Official opening of our new multi-purpose facility featuring speeches, refreshments, and fun activities for all ages.

Get in touch with London Public Library.

Phone. 519-661-4600

T T Y 519-432-8835

Fax 519-663-9013

Address. 251 Dundas Street. London, Ontario. N 6 A 6 H 9

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Your digital library.

Learn with online educational services or Information Databases. Read Magazines, newspapers or eBooks on your computer or device. Download music or listen to audiobooks. Download and stream TV shows, movies, and documentaries. is an online education service with excellent instructional videos by industry experts in business, technology, software and creative skills.

R B digital is a service with dozens of popular and specialty magazines that you can read on your computer or mobile device.

Over Drive is a digital media platform with thousands of e Books and e Audiobooks to choose from.

Libby is an app that lets you access Over Drive digital books on your smart phone or tablet.

Press Reader provides access to current newspapers and magazines from around the world, with publications in over 60 languages.

Hoopla lets you borrow movies, t v shows, music, e books, comics, and audiobooks on your computer, mobile device or television.

Mango Languages is an online language learning system with courses in over 70 different languages.

Learning Express provides practice tests and courses to help with career preparation, studying for Canadian citizenship, TOEFL, IELTS and many other academic and employment exams.

My Library is the app that lets you search the catalogue and manage your account with your mobile device. Check out, place holds and download e books, and e audio.

Information Databases provide access to articles from newspapers, magazines, academic journals, encyclopedias and directories. It includes specialized databases that include health, consumer and business information.

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Information on using your library.

Get a Library Card. Library cards are free to London residents and to members of county libraries in Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, except the town of Woodstock. Cards are issued on presentation of personal identification and proof of London or eligible county residency. Non-residents may obtain a Library card for ten dollars a month, to a maximum of fifty dollars a year. Library card renewal period is every 2 years.

Accessibility. We want to be accessible to you. Call 519-661-4600 to ask about our resources and services.

Borrowing  Periods.

Books and CDs. 21 days. Quick Picks and Magazines. 7 days. High demand material. 7 days. Feature Film DVDs. 7 days. Games. 7 days. All other DVDs. 21 days. E Books and e Audio. up to 21 days. E Video. up to 5 days. Laptops. 7 days. Hot spots. 21 days.

Borrowing limits. Limit of 20 DVDs per card. Maximum of 60 items per card.

Returns. You can return most materials to any London Public Library location during any open hours or in our return chutes when we are closed. Return games and laptops, during open hours, to the location they were borrowed from, not through return chutes.

Renewals. Limit of 3 renewals on items. You cannot renew Quick Picks, high demand materials, or items with holds. Renew items in person at any library, online, using my account, or by phone at 519-661-4600.

Late Charges. Late fees on overdue items are charged by calendar day, including Sunday, at all locations. We send an electronic or phone message about overdue items 6 days after the due date. Give us your email address and we’ll send you an email reminder before the due date. You can pay fines online!

Late Charges for Adult cards. DVDs, Quick Picks, Book Club in a Bag and Games. 1 dollar per item per day to a maximum of 10 dollars per item. All other materials. 30 cents per item per day to a maximum of 9 dollars per item. Late Charges for Teen cards. DVDs, Quick Picks and Games. 1 dollar per item per day to a maximum of 6 dollars per item. All other materials. 15 cents per item per day to a maximum of 6 dollars per item. Late Charges for Senior Citizen. 65 years, plus. DVDs, Quick Picks, Book Club in a Bag and Games, 1 dollar per item per day to a maximum of 6 dollars per item. All other materials, 15 cents per item per day to a maximum of 6 dollars per item. Children’s cards are fine free.

Interlibrary loan. Borrow materials from many other library systems through our library’s interlibrary loan service at

Visiting library. Anyone unable to use standard library facilities may request home delivery by calling 519-661-6444. Visiting Library Service also oversees the distribution of C N I B Talking Books.

Book A Librarian service. Make an appointment for one on one help with our online resources, databases, and print collections, based on your research needs or question. Appointments take place at Central Library.

More than books. Borrow laptops, hotspots, board games and more.

My Library App. Search the library catalogue and manage your account on your mobile device. Check out items, place holds, and download e Books and e Audio.

Library Computers and Internet. All locations have computers you can use with your library card. Ask staff about setting up a PIN to log in to our computers or wireless network. Our computers have a variety of software programs for you to use. You can print for a small fee. Connect to our wireless network on your laptop or mobile device at all library branches.

Book a Meeting, Event or Art Exhibit. Wolf Performance Hall and Meeting Space Rentals. Space available in many locations. Let us help you plan your next event. Call 519-661-5120, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Or email

Program Registration. 519-661-5122. Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

London Public Library Board.

Meets monthly on a Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Board Room at Central Library.  All are welcome. Agendas, Minutes and Reports are available online.

Board Members. Stuart Clark, Chair. Michelle Boyce. Scott Courtice. Vicki Douvalis. Mariam Hamou. Bassam Lazar. Councillor Tanya Park. Councillor Phil Squire. Donna Vachon.

Questions. Call us during library hours with your questions about our resources and services, or your account.
519-661-4600, or email

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Westmount Pop Up closes Saturday, September 1. Visit us at our brand new Bostwick Branch!

Bostwick Branch Library opens in the new Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA and Library on Tuesday, September 11 at 9 am.
Byron Branch Library will close for H VAC work and interior improvements on Saturday, September 8 at 5 pm and re-opens on Tuesday, November 6 at 9 am.

All Locations Closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 3. And Thanksgiving, Monday, October 8.

Locations. Beacock. 1280 Huron Street. 519-451-8140. Bostwick. 501 Southdale Road, West. 519-473-4708. Byron. 1295 Commissioners Road West. 519-471-4000. Carson. 465 Quebec Street. 519-438-4287. Central Library and Spriet Family Children’s Library. 251 Dundas Street. General Information, 519-661-4600. Program registration, 519-661-5122. Cherryhill. 301 Oxford Street West. 519-439-6456. Crouch. 550 Hamilton Road. 519-673-0111. East London. 2016 Dundas Street East. 519-451-7600. Glanworth. 2950 Glanworth Drive. 519-681-6797. Jalna. 1119 Jalna Boulevard. 519-685-6465. Lambeth. 7112 Beattie Street. 519-652-2951. Landon. 167 Wortley Road. 519-439-6240. Masonville. 30 North Centre Road. 519-660-4646. Pond Mills. 1166 Commissioners Road East. 519-685-1333. Sherwood. 1225 Wonderland Road North, Unit 32. 519-473-9965. Stoney Creek. 920 Sunningdale Road East. 519-930-2065.

Ramped, level, or elevator access to library materials is available at all locations.

Hours of operation for Central and Children’s Library. Monday, 9 am to 9 pm. Tuesday, 9 am to 9 pm. Wednesday, 9 am to 9 pm. Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm. Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. Sunday hours at Central Library. 1 to 4 pm. October 14 to November 25.

Hours. Beacock. Bostwick. Byron. Cherryhill. Crouch. East London. Jalna. Landon. Masonville. Pond Mills. Sherwood. Stoney Creek. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm. Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Glanworth. Tuesday, 7 to 9 pm. Saturday, 10 am to noon. Hours.

Carson and Lambeth. Tuesday, 1 to 5 pm, and 6 to 9 pm. Wednesday, 9 am to noon, and 1 to 5 pm. Thursday, 1 to 5 pm, and 6 to 9 pm. Friday, 9 am to noon, and 1 to 5 pm. Saturday, 9 am to noon, and 1 to 5 pm.

Get in Touch.

Phone: 519-661-4600.

T T Y number: 519-432-8835.

Fax: 519-663-9013.

Mail: 251 Dundas Street,

London, Ontario, N6A 6H9

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