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Spring 2018

London Public Library, Access magazine
March, April, May 2018

This document contains the news and events section of London Public Library’s Access magazine.
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Front Cover headline:
Read the One Book London is talking about!
Brother by David Chariandy

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One Book One London

We invite you, London, to share in our community reading experience! Our 2018 One Book is Brother by Canadian author David Chariandy.

The Power of Fiction

One of the beauties of fiction is the ability to dive deeper into someone else’s world and to empathize with and understand the experiences and perspectives of people whose lives may not be like ours. Something that comes across in good fiction is being able to feel what is happening. It’s not the same as watching the news because we can externalize that, but when you’re reading fiction, it’s not just happening to anyone, it’s happening to the person whose life you are immersed in right now. And when you’re immersed in that person’s life, when it happens to them, it feels like it happens to you. It gives you a whole new level of empathy for how people experience the world and how the world treats them. Brother does such a good job of presenting an experience that is important for us to consider because it’s relevant to so many in our community.

Written by Sameer Vasta, a community member who shared his response to Brother with us before the launch of One Book One London. Sameer works as a digital anthropologist in the Ontario Digital Service, and serves on two boards: the Urban League of London and the Community Knowledge Exchange. Sameer will be leading one of our community discussion groups about the novel.

Photo of author David Chariandy.

An Evening with David Chariandy.

Join us for a reading and discussion with author David Chariandy. Book sale and signing will
follow courtesy of The Book Store at Western.

Monday, April 16, 7 to 8:30 pm.
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Quote by Lawrence Hill, author of the two novels: The Book of Negroes and The Illegal.

Mesmerizing. Poetic. Achingly soulful. Brother is a pitch-perfect song of masculinity and tenderness, and of the ties of family and community.”

Awards and Recognition for the novel Brother.

Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

Longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

A Globe and Mail Best Book.

A Quill and Quire Best Book of 2017.
Selection for the Canada Reads Longlist.

Borrow the book or download the e book today.



My Life Mirrored in Brother

I grew up in Mabvuku, Zimbabwe, a then Rhodesian township established as a place for migrant workers to live. Mabvuku is nowhere near as big as Scarborough but there are similarities. Tales of struggle that I heard as I grew up, of pain, of dreams curtailed, of children lost to the world, float through my mind as I devour David Chariandy’s new, riveting book, Brother, set in Scarborough but reminding me of where I come from.

I fervently turn the pages, searching for mirrors of my own experiences in the stories of Michael, Aisha and Francis. In the anguish of Francis’ mother, I think of my own son. In the heady music, I remember my own journey of hip hop discovery, from Tupac to Biggie. Aisha and Michael’s forays to the library remind me of my voracious younger self when the library was a home away from home. For them it is a place of comfort where their relationship can grow, and in their relationship, I see a reflection of my own inexperience and fascination with my first girlfriend, a self-assured young woman like Aisha.

Recognizing the moments where my life is mirrored in the novel is at once exciting and painful.

As Michael talks about the condescending local convenience store owner, I am reminded of the times when security guards followed me in stores in Toronto. The sight of a young black man in his twenties, it seemed, tripped an alarm in their minds, this one is a shoplifter for certain! Perhaps there is a sticker on my forehead that makes them look at me this way!

Can you imagine this feeling? Being convicted of some crime when you walk through the door, when you walk down the street, before a crime happens, when the crime never happens. Like Francis, I am thinking, What did I do wrong? Except, unlike Francis, I keep my bewilderment and my anguish to myself.

I am immersed in the story of Brother on the LTC bus as Francis’ impassioned final moment approaches. Tears stream from my eyes. I think of the mother in Mabvuku whose son never came back from the Zimbabwean liberation war. I think of Francis’ mother in the story and there is a sinking pain in the pit of my stomach. I think of my own son, lost to another world – albeit in different circumstances.

But through it all, despite the heavy content in Brother, it is ultimately a celebration of community. There is joy and pride in the humanity of the neighbours as they rally to support Michael and his mother in their time of need. Despite the circumstances, the community’s collective spirit is undented and thrives. Life goes on.

This is a story written by Silence Genti, a former Zimbabwean journalist now living in London. He is a father and husband, and is passionate about community building and engagement. He works with mind your mind as a web and community developer. Silence is one of a number of community members who read Brother before the launch, and he shared with us his thoughts and feelings about the themes and issues raised in the novel.




Here are more ways to Enjoy Brother.

Join the discussion.                 

Hashtag One Book one London

One book one london on face book.

Listen to the Brother inspired Mixtapes.

Mix tape number one.

Kick it old school with this playlist by DJ Agile. On search Brother, The Mixtape by DJ Agile.

Mix tape number two.

Enjoy classics from Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, John Coltrane and many more. Visit YouTube and search one book one London BROTHER.

One Book One London is generously funded by London Public Library donors.



What Writing Brings to Our Lives

“It’s been a gift to me to see the writing that people have shared with me.”

Daniel MacIvor has had two different experiences when meeting with writers during his office hours as Writer in Residence at Western University and London Public Library. He initially thought the public library component of the program would be a side bar, but says, “It’s really turned out to be the opposite. The breakdown in terms of the hours and energy, it’s the Library that’s been the main focus of the work for me.”

The writers he sees at Western tend to be more focused on career possibilities and are seeking guidance and direction on networking and writing as a profession. Whereas, at the Library he’s seeing people who are often using their writing to serve a different purpose.

“It can be about processing their own lives, he says, so it feels like the work I do at the Library is a kind of coaching that’s not just about writing. It’s a lot about what writing might bring to our lives.” Some people write to communicate with others in their lives, as in one case, a daughter writing stories for an aging mother experiencing memory loss, and reading them out loud together.

As a writer, Daniel says he lives in a world where everything is material. Writers are always trying to glean something from every experience. “Everything that happens to me,” he explains, “can potentially show up somewhere in my writing. So, it’s been a gift to me to get out of my bubble and see this writing that people have shared with me, to see what writing means to them and where it’s come from.”

Daniel’s first response to reading the work sent to him is, “Look at what you created. You did this!” He doesn’t bring his own tastes into the process and recognizes many ways that something can be a good piece of writing. Making a distinction between skill and aptitude, he says, “Skill can be taught. I’m looking for aptitude as well. I’ve read some pieces of writing with zero skill level that are so rich and warm and hungry. With something obviously deeper to it – what the person wants to express, or their motivations for writing.

“Some writing has really knocked me down, been quite remarkable. Sometimes it’s this thing called skill, but other times, it’s a person being vulnerable, or a person not being anchored by rules. They don’t know the rules and there’s a kind of freedom in that. They do things that you’re not supposed to do, but it turns out that they can, and it works!”

Daniel has been a Writer in Residence in other settings, for example at the National Theatre School, positions that were very different because they didn’t have the community component that he says he has learned so much from. What has surprised him in a really wonderful way about his work at the Library has been the people with their lived experiences, their stories, and their motivations for writing.

Daniel MacIvor is a playwright, actor, director who has written numerous award winning theatre productions. Recent and current works include: the screenplay for Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos, a new play with Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, a libretto for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian. Daniel has enjoyed his position as Writer in Residence, a program that runs from September to March.

To find out more visit:

The Writer in Residence program is co-sponsored by the James A. and Marjorie Spenceley Fund, Department of English and Writing Studies, London Public Library Donors, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Department of Visual Arts and Art History, School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Theatre Studies, and Canada Council for the Arts.




Youth Giving Back

Young people are busy giving back to our community every day, participating in after school programs, helping children with homework, planting trees and so much more.

The Library is hosting the Youth Giving Back Volunteer Fair on May 10, bringing together 13 nonprofit organizations who are recruiting teen volunteers. It’s a one-stop opportunity to learn about lots of available volunteer positions. Come talk to recruiters! Ask questions! Find the right fit for you!

Volunteers are essential to the community organizations that provide important services to London residents of all ages. Amanda Ross, Manager at the Northwest London Resource Centre, a busy and dynamic neighbourhood centre in the Sherwood Forest Mall, says, “Nonprofit organizations like ours rely on volunteers to help deliver programs and services to families, youth and seniors in our community.” At any given time, the NWLRC has about 20 youth volunteers and they actively recruit teens, especially for their after school and homework help programs.

The Boys and Girls Club of London hosts hundreds of children every week in their after school programs and Greg Raymond, the Volunteer Coordinator there, says, “Without volunteers, we couldn’t offer such diverse programming or engage as effectively with that many children.” Many of their teen volunteers are activity assistants and tutors at those programs and Greg likes how they bring a real willingness to help the kids discover new skills and abilities through participation and play.

Quote: Many of our volunteers are teens and we really appreciate their ideas and energy.”

Amanda Ross, Manager, Northwest London Resource Centre.

Photo of teens planting trees, with caption: ReForest London offers drop-in volunteer events like tree plantings as well as roles like Tree Specialist that require more commitment. Their Community Engagement Coordinator, Kelsey Nicholls, looks forward to reaching out to teens at the Volunteer Fair.

Photo of teen reading with a child, with caption: Library R.E.A.D volunteers support children with reading and literacy activities.

The Benefits of Volunteering.

Clearly, volunteers are a help to nonprofit organizations but doing volunteer work is also a rewarding experience. Here are some of the benefits of volunteering:

Build job skills and work experience.

Gain references for future employment.

Improve social skills and self-confidence.

Make new friends and contacts.

Feel satisfaction from helping others.



Giving Back to the Library

Like many high school students, Thidas Senanayaka began volunteering because he needed the 40 hours of service required to graduate. Thidas was drawn to the Library because he is a reader. In Sri Lanka, where he grew up, he says there wasn’t a lot of television or internet so his mother always made sure he had books to read. He started volunteering three years ago with the Library’s READ program which supports literacy for children by pairing them with reading partners.

Thidas liked the idea of helping a child learn to enjoy reading. He also felt a responsibility to make the sessions fun and to be a positive role model. One of his READ partners was a boy new to Canada who needed practice reading in English. Thidas says, “He was from another country, like me, and we sort of connected because of that. By the end of the program his spelling and pronunciation had improved a lot. I was pretty proud of myself for that.”

Talking about what he has gained from being a volunteer, Thidas shares that the skills he developed through volunteering have helped him with his shyness, building his self-confidence and giving him pride in contributing to his community. Thidas has completed his hours for school and now also has a part-time job but he still finds time to volunteer with nonprofit organizations, including at Cherryhill and Sherwood branch libraries.

Photo of Thidas, with caption: Thidas Senanayaka is a grade 12 student at Oakridge Secondary School who will be going to university next year. He has been a volunteer with LPL since 2014.

Youth Giving Back Volunteer Fair
13 to 18 years

Thursday, May 10 from 3 to 4:30 pm at Central Library.

Talk to representatives from 13 organizations about available volunteer positions and find the right one for you. You can gain valuable experience while making a difference in the lives of others.

Who Will Be There

Boys & Girls Club of London

Home County Music and Art Festival

London Children’s Museum

London Fringe Festival

London Public Library

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Northwest London
Resource Centre

Pillar Nonprofit Network

ReForest London

SARI Therapeutic Riding

South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre

United Way Elgin Middlesex

YMCA of Western Ontario


Read Away Your Fines.

To Celebrate National Youth Week from May 1st to 7th.

Teens, ages 13 to 18 years, can pay off fines by reading! For every 15 minutes of reading you do in the Library, you get 1 dollar off your fines. This offer is good for fines only, not for charges for lost or damaged items. Good only for fines on teen cards. Ask staff how it works!

National Youth Week logo.



Literacy, Learning and Connection: Audrey’s Legacy to London.

Audrey Somerville loved to travel and explore the world. She moved from Great Britain to a new life in Trinidad and then made the move to Toronto. She had a curiosity about life, embracing new ideas and experiences, and always pursuing learning opportunities. Audrey loved books, seeing them as valuable treasures for readers seeking knowledge and viewpoints outside of their everyday lives. She also loved libraries for providing access to the world of books she loved to borrow.

In her career with the North York Board of Education, Audrey began as a secretary and moved into the Board’s Media Services area, work that included assisting students in the production of television shows. Longtime friend, Jim McConvey, says Audrey embraced new challenges and learning opportunities in her work and life.

When the time came to retire, Audrey made another life change, moving to London and becoming a home owner for the first time. She chose a house that required renovations and taught herself the skills needed to create her own home and garden. Jim remembers the independent spirit and willingness to learn that Audrey brought to that project and to every challenge she took on.

We are very grateful that Audrey chose to remember London Public Library with a legacy gift in her will.  To honour Audrey and her love of learning and new ideas, her gift will support the development of Creative Spaces at Central Library, ensuring that our community can access the resources they need to embrace 21st century challenges and learning opportunities.

London Public Library has always played a fundamental role in supporting the literacy and learning needs of people of every age. As the world in which we live in continues to change, the community needs us more than ever before.

Your Legacy Gift ensures that London Public Library can provide each member of our community, regardless of circumstance, with the resources they need to be successful today and well into the future.  Help your Library continue to be the much-needed cornerstone of literacy, culture and lifelong learning in our community.


Make our community stronger with a Legacy Gift in your will to your Library.

Donate today

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New! Games to Go!

Borrow Games from the Library to Play at Home.

Starting March 10, you can borrow a game from 12 library locations to use at home. Loans are for 7 days. Return to the same location you borrowed from. Please don’t put games in our return chutes. Phone the location to set aside and pick up that day. Holds cannot be placed.

Find games in our Library catalogue by searching Games to Go or typing in the name of the game you are looking for. Each location has a selection of 10 games.

More and more families are choosing to spend time playing games together. It’s a great way to reduce screen time and be present and interactive with our kids. Games help build skills like comprehension and problem solving that support literacy and completing school work. Because they’re having fun, kids are motivated to concentrate, understand and strategize. Many games also require the use of numeracy skills and help to expand vocabulary. Even social skills like waiting your turn and losing gracefully are being practiced. There’s a lot of learning going on. But the best part! Games are fun!

Games are made available thanks to a donation from Project Play.




Friends of the London Public Library News and information.

Friends of the London Public Library logo.

Community support for your library.


Photo with caption: Meet some of our generous Friends of the London Public Library, shown here in the new Library Commons at Central Library.

Friends Appreciate Your Donations!

Friends accept donations of books, music CDs and DVDs that can be sold in The Library Store. Drop off at any library branch. For large quantities, call the Friends line at 519-661-2448 and leave a message saying you have donations. Arrangements can be made to pick them up.

London Public Library’s A BOOK FOR EVERY CHILD.


Many thanks to Londoners for their  generous donations of new books and financial contributions to the Library’s 2017 A Book for Every Child campaign. Your gifts helped us collect over 6,000 books that will be distributed to girls and boys in our community through local schools and agencies.

Photo of a selection of books with caption: You Never Know What You’ll Find at The Library Store. Great Prices! Great Selection!

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.




Story One.

Library CEO presented with lifetime achievement award.

We are proud to announce that London Public Library CEO and Chief Librarian, Susanna Hubbard Krimmer, is the recipient of the 2018 OPLA Lifetime Achievement Award. The Ontario Public Library Association presents the award to a library staff member who has given lifelong service to the profession and has contributed significantly to the growth and innovation of public libraries in Ontario. Susanna has supported creative new approaches to service at London Public Library that have been a model for other library systems. Her participation in the ongoing education of librarians and library staff has also earned her the respect of her peers. Susanna says, “I am humbled by and grateful for this special recognition by my professional peers. I have been fortunate to have worked with passionate, creative, smart, hardworking people throughout my career. This award also celebrates their roles in the accomplishments for which I am being recognized by the Ontario Public Library Association.” The award was presented in February at the Ontario Library Association’s annual conference, attended by 4,500 people.

Quote from Susanna Hubbard Krimmer: “I have been fortunate to have worked with passionate, creative, smart, hardworking people.”


Story Two.

Baby’s Book Bag Receives Pillar Community Innovation Award.

London’s Child and Youth Network Literacy Team and the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London were recognized in November with the PCIA for community collaboration for Baby’s Book Bag, a literacy initiative that reaches out to new parents with the message that making time every day to read, talk, sing and rhyme with their baby is fundamental to developing a child’s literacy skills.

The bags contain two quality board books, a rhyming music CD and important information about free or low cost services and resources that support families in London. They are distributed to parents through community organizations like the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Ontario Early Years Centres, Family Centres, and London Public Library.

Baby’s Book Bag truly demonstrates the spirit of collaboration. The Child and Youth Network Literacy Team, is a partnership of 25 organizations, including the Library, that supports improving literacy for all children in London. Working with the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London, who provided the funding essential to the project’s long-term sustainability, they have put more than 11,000 Baby’s Book Bags into the hands of parents with new babies. We call that working together!

Photo of a father reading a board book to his baby daughter.



Working Together With the Albanian Community

Additions were recently made to the Library’s Albanian language collection thanks to a donation from the Albanian Canadian Community Association. Making new books available to their community through the Library was one way this local organization could support families in maintaining their language, heritage and culture. The group has also made Albanian language classes for children available through the International Languages Elementary Program at G A Wheable Alternative and Continuing Education.

David McCord, our Coordinator of Collections Services, was pleased to work with Besnik Rexhvelaj and Andi Demcellari from the association when they approached the Library with their wish to donate Albanian books for adults and children. Through consultation with them, we were able to expand and update the collection with titles that are relevant to this community. David says it can be a challenge to purchase books in a language other than English. He values collaboration with the communities who are borrowing and reading books in their original language because it means we can make it a collection they will use and enjoy.

Photo with caption: Left to right: Besnik Rexhvelaj, David McCord and Andi Demcellari with books donated to the Library by the Albanian Canadian Community Association of London Ontario.

A World of Languages at the Library

The Library has books, magazines and newspapers available to read and borrow in 29 languages other than English and French. In addition, we also have DVDs in even more languages.

The World Languages collection is valued by newcomer communities in our city, providing them with a link to their heritage as they settle into a new country and learn a new language. Over the years, the Library has been responsive to the language needs of London’s population as new cultural groups have arrived. We are proud to say that this collection reflects the diversity of our community. Currently, our three largest and most borrowed language collections are Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.

Press reader

Online newspapers and magazines from around the world are available in over 60 languages from our website on the Press Reader digital platform. With more than 6,000 titles to choose from, it’s a great way to keep up with the news from back home.



New in Our Collections.

Adult Fiction.

Floating City by author Kerri Sakamoto. The Great Alone by author Kristin Hannah. How to Stop Time by author Matt Haig. The Rule of Stephens by author Timothy Taylor. Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by author Sue Halpern.

Adult Non-Fiction.

Factfulness: The Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World by author Hans Rosling. Fascism: A Warning by author Madeleine Albright. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by author James Comey. Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving Today’s Big Disruptions by authors Mark Penn and Meredith Fineman. The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip by author Michael Barclay.

Picture Books for Children.

Sleepy Bird by author Jeremy Tankard. They Say Blue by author Jillian Tamaki. Nothing Happens
in This Book by author Judy Ann Sadler. Love by author Matt de la Pena. I Am Enough by author Grace Byers.

Visit for more new books, music and movies.



Your digital library.

Learn with online educational services or Information Databases.

Read Magazines, newspapers or eBooks on your computer or device.

Listen. You can download music or listen to audiobooks.

Watch. You can download and stream TV shows, movies, documentaries. is an online education service with more than 6,000 courses for learning business, software, technology and creative skills. It is noted for its excellent instructional videos.

OverDrive is a digital media platform with thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks to choose from.

Hoopla is an on demand digital media service with movies, television shows, documentaries, music and audiobooks for borrowing.

PressReader lets you access same day newspapers from around the world in full-colour,
full-page format.

RBdigital is a service with dozens of e-Magazines you can access with your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Mango Languages is an online language learning system with courses in over 60 different languages.

InstantFlix is an online streaming service providing access to movies by independent filmmakers. It includes shorts, features and documentaries, with thousands of selections from 85 countries.

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.



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 upon 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.

New! Library card renewal period has been extended to every 2 years.

Borrowing  Periods.

Books and CDs. 21 days. Quick Picks and Magazines. 7 days. High demand material. 7 days. Games. 7 days.

Feature Film DVDs. 7 days. All other DVDs. 21 days. E Books and e Audio. up to 21 days. E Video. up to 5 days. Borrowing limits. Limit of 20 DVDs per card. Maximum of 60 items per card.

Returns. You can return materials to any London Public Library location. The return chutes are open when we are closed except at Westmount Branch Pop Up.

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.

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.

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.

Accessibility. We want to be accessible to you. Ask about our resources and services in person or by calling


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.

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 for free 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 of Directors.

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.



Rotary Reading Garden Opens April 23.
The Rotary Reading Garden at Central Library opens for the season on April 23. The Garden is available for all to enjoy, weather permitting, until dusk or one hour before the Library closes.

The Westmount Pop Up Library is located in Westmount Shopping Centre, near the Viscount entrance. Please
note that items can only be returned when the Pop Up Library is open.


Locations. Beacock. 1280 Huron Street. 519-451-8140. 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. Westmount Pop Up. Westmount Shopping Centre. 785 Wonderland Road. 519-473-4708.

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

Hours. Central and Children’s. 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.

Central Sunday Hours. Open March 4 to May 6 from 1 to 4 pm. Closed Sunday, April 1.

Hours. Beacock. 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. Masonville is closed from December 30 to January 29.

Westmount Pop Up Library. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:30 am to 9 pm. Friday, 9:30 am to 6 pm. Saturday, 9:30 am to 5 pm.

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

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.


Easter Weekend. All Locations closed Friday, March 30, Sunday, April 1 and Monday, April 2. All locations open Saturday, March 31.

Victoria Day. All locations closed Monday, May 21.

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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