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Spring 2019

Front cover. Page one.

London Public Library, Access library magazine

March, April, May 2019

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 headlines:

Meet our Environmentalist in Residence, Gabor Sass

Shad’s Library Shout Out

Babies Belong Here

Plus, Events, News and more

London Public Library logo




Page two.

Logo for Environmentalist in Residence.

During the month of April,London Public Library's first Environmentalist in Residence, Gabor Sass, will offer practical workshops and will answer your online questions.

Have a question for Gabor? Submit your question and find answers and information at:

Article: Acting Locally

"My philosophy,” says Gabor Sass, “is to start small and make changes that are feasible in your life. I started by turning one small piece of lawn into a garden 17 years ago. I’ve been adding to it ever since and now we have an edible landscape around our home that provides food for my family and is a habitat for wildlife like songbirds and pollinating insects.”

Gabor’s passion for gardening and naturalized landscapes has grown beyond his own backyard and out into his neighbourhood and other areas of London. His first small step has changed their traditional lawn into a more ecologically diverse and healthy landscape, sparking a lot of interest in his community of Kensington Village and leading, in 2015, to the creation of the Wood Street Park Food Forest near their home, a project Gabor initiated with his neighbours with a small amount of funding from the City of London SPARKS! program for community enhancement.

Food forests are fruit and nut producing gardens intended to be like natural forests requiring minimal tending. Not only is the Wood Street Park Food Forest providing harvests of apples, raspberries, rhubarb and other fruits for neighbourhood residents, the project has also been a positive community building experience leading to the formation of the Kensington Village Association (KEVA), additional improvements to the park, and social events like concerts and the Saturday Morning Cafe with coffee and potluck food during the summer.

The Wood Street Park Food Forest is one example of Gabor’s interest in acting locally in response to global environmental issues. His work as an instructor of environmental sciences and geography at Western University focuses on the bigger picture, the sustainability and resilience of ecosystems around the world, but what motivates him to action is being able to translate his scientific knowledge for practical applications at the community and individual level.

“Global insect loss, for example, it’s a huge concept.” he explains, “What can I do about it as an individual? Well, I can plant a pollinator garden and then teach my community how to do it and why it’s important.” Planting habitat for pollinators such as bees and butterflies is important to the survival of essential insect species, an environmental issue Gabor can speak to and is actively involved with through the Pollinator Pathways Project, a volunteer organization working to establish a network of pollinator gardens throughout the City of London. In 2018, the project inspired many residents in the communities of Kensington Village, Old East Village, Woodfield and Byron to plant pollinator gardens.

Gabor has contributed many hours of volunteer time to local environmental and community building projects, but he and his wife Monica have also implemented many sustainable practices in their own lives, making choices that include living car-free (even after they had children), growing 30-50% of their food in season and renovating their house to very high environmental standards.

Since 2009, Gabor and Monica have been working on their fixer-upper house, adding energy saving improvements like a solar panel that heats the household’s water from April to October and using a geothermal system that circulates water cooled underground to provide air conditioning in the summer. Gabor is quite proud to say they have reduced their heating bills by 70% with two layers of insulation on the house (four inches of spray foam inside the walls and another three inches of stone wool on the outside).

Home and family life are very important to Gabor. He feels fortunate to have had a flexible work schedule allowing him to spend a lot of time with his children, Sylvia and Toby, ages 13 and 9, teaching them to become defensive cyclists by accompanying them on their bike rides to and from school in their early years, involving them in the process of growing food, being a role model for community leadership, and sharing his values on making sustainable environmental choices and acting locally.



Page 3.

Story 1.

Gabor Sass, PHD, Ecosystem Scientist and Sustainability Expert.

Gabor is a recognized scientist, consultant, university instructor, writer and community builder who has lived in London with his wife for 19 years. He has worked as an environmental consultant for clients in industry, non-governmental organizations and different levels of government and as an advisor on environmental and planning advisory committees for the City of London. Gabor’s community building includes leading initiatives like the Food Forests in Wood Street Park and West Lion’s Park and the Pollinator Pathways Project, neighbourhood projects that have introduced residents to urban agricultural practices and current environmental concerns. Gabor and his family work at implementing sustainable practices into their lifestyle wherever they can.

Story 2.

Small Steps to Sustainability Workshops

Gabor Sass will present a series of very practical workshops on taking small steps toward living sustainably, see page 26 for details.

Story 3.

Living Car Free

Photo of Gabor, his mother and son on a cargo bike.

Gabor, with his son Toby and mother Ilona, on the family’s Yuba cargo bike after picking up his mom at the Greyhound station downtown, with the trailer attached to carry the luggage. Gabor and his family have always lived without a car. They cycle during good weather and take public transit or walk in the winter, but do rent a car for trips out of town.

Story 4.

The Hueston Family Foundation, a registered Canadian charity focusing on animal welfare and environmental issues, is pleased to support London Public Library’s Environmentalist in Residence initiative and environmental events at the Library in April.



Page 4.

Story 1.

Love Your Greats!

The Search for Social and Environmental Optimism

April 30  at 7 p m
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library

Jennifer Pate, Geographer, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur

Jennifer Pate has an incredible and contagious passion for our Great Lakes! Join her as she shares the story of how a group of people was moved by a passion for their local waterways to instigate meaningful change for a healthier future. What motivates us to actively care for our environment? She believes it’s our experiences, feeling a sense of connection, and love that move us to action. If we don’t care about something, we are less likely to act to protect it. This event is generously supported by the Hueston Family Foundation.

Jennifer Pate has presented internationally on environmental and social issues with the aim of instilling hope and empowering audiences to make changes for a healthier future. Through her initiative, Love Your Greats, Jennifer promotes protecting the environmental health of our Great Lakes.

Story 2.

Go Wild, Grow Wild. The largest, greenest event in southern Ontario!

April 6 at Western Fair District

Visit Our Pop Up Library!
Borrow books, DVDs and new digital resources on green topics. Enjoy a fun family activity. Sign up for a library card, including fine free children’s cards.

Story 3.

Tom Cull, Read his poem After Rivers on page 43.

Tom’s poem is inspired by his work with Antler River Rally, a grassroots environmental group he started with his partner, Miriam Love, that organizes monthly cleanups of garbage on Deshkan Ziibi (translated as Antler River), the Anishnaabemowin name for our river.

Tom Cull is a poet, activist, professor, and community organizer. He was the Poet Laureate for the City of London from 2016 to 2018.




Page 5.

Taking Your Calls

When you call our main phone line, 519-661-4600, our friendly staff are ready to answer your question or to transfer you to the department or branch that can help you best.

Photo of staff person with telephone head set sitting in front of a computer. Photo caption: Casandra is one of the friendly voices you’ll hear when you call the Library. Our Telefact staff answer your questions directly or transfer you to the department or branch location that can help you best.

25 Years Ago

The Library’s Telefact department opened on May 30, 1994 as a way to manage the increasing number of information requests we were receiving by telephone. A department with multiple phone lines and staff answering basic reference questions and information on library services and programs provided the public with more efficient service and allowed librarians to focus on reference questions and research assistance with visitors in the Library. In the first five months of operation, Telefact staff took 10,000 calls.

The Original Search Engines

Before the internet, libraries were the go-to place for information you might now search for on Google. If you needed a phone number from another city or province, for example, the Library carried telephone directories from across the country. The Telefact department was set up with its own set of print resources, specialized directories, encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps and newspapers, to give staff quick access to reference information.

Interesting fact: before you could go online to find the news of the day, library staff would create files of newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other print material on current events to use as a reference resource. Telefact was soon maintaining its own files of information on news items like the Oscar award winners, sports game scores, election results, big news stories and local happenings, in anticipation of calls they were sure to receive from the public.

Before Google Maps

Yes, there was a time when print maps were used to figure out travel routes and Telefact staff could be called upon to provide directions for someone setting out on a trip.

Support for the Digital Transition

As the world of information and reading moved online, our Telefact department became the frontline for providing assistance to Library users learning to borrow e Books, a process that involved multiple steps before the era of smart mobile devices. The learning curve was often steep as digital resources became increasingly popular, but it was Telefact staff who were just a phone call away. They deserve recognition for the friendly technical support they provided to our Library community during that transition into the digital age, a service they continue to provide today.

Telefact Today

We currently respond to more than 3,000 calls per month and Telefact staff assist our community in many ways: providing support with using Library resources and collections, booking study rooms, looking up information on programs and services, and much more. Bookings for the 189 bags in our popular Book Club in a Bag collection are coordinated in our Telefact department and there are still many requests to look up phone numbers, postal codes and business listings from those who don’t have the internet at home. We also know that the voice on our phone line may be one of the few connections in the life of someone who is socially isolated, like the regular caller who asks to have her horoscope read daily.



Page 6.

Story 1.

Baby’s Book Bag

We want to make it easy for you to talk, read and sing with your baby. It really makes a difference in your child’s learning and development. And it’s fun! New and expecting parents can pick up a FREE Baby’s Book Bag at any London Public Library location or Early ON Family Centre.

Inside you’ll find: two Baby Board Books, Booklet of Songs and Rhymes, SoundCloud Song List, Information on free and low-cost resources in the community, Information on Child Development and more great information to support you as a parent!

Baby’s Book Bag is a community initiative of London’s Child and Youth Network Literacy Team, a partnership of 25 organizations (including London Public Library), that supports making literacy a way of life. The Library plays a key role in developing recommendations for community literacy resources and distributing the bags.

Photo of father with baby girl looking at a baby board book together.

Photo of the Baby’s Book Bag.

Story 2.

Babies Belong at the Library

Babies belong at the Library right from birth! Books for Babies story times, held at most of our locations all year round, are for babies with a parent or caregiver. Have fun learning rhymes and songs to share with your baby and get suggestions for baby books to borrow and read at home. There’s also time to meet other new parents and let babies play at these fun, baby-centred meetups.

Photo of a baby sitting surrounded by baby books and toys.

Story 3.

We've got Board Books!

Reading baby books and sharing nursery rhymes are fun and easy ways to be verbal with your child. We have a huge selection of baby board books to borrow at the Library.  Ask our staff for suggestions on books you'll love
reading to your baby.

Photo of book covers of baby board books.



Page 7.

Story 1.

Baby Let’s Talk.

There’s a reason we sing, talk and rhyme to our babies. Babies respond to the sound of our voices and show interest when we talk to them. Before they understand what we’re saying, they are listening and learning. Soon they start to coo and gurgle back, trying to sound like us and join the conversation. Language starts with parents repeating the names of everyday objects and activities, singing simple rhymes and reading baby books.

Talking to babies in a warm, happy voice and interacting with them helps to develop their brains in positive ways and leads to earlier speech. That in turn is associated with better reading, writing and social skills later in childhood, leading to more success in school and in life. What’s amazing is that this is one of the best ways to support our babies and it doesn’t cost anything!

Make talking to your baby a two-way conversation. Imitate your baby’s sounds back to her or him and wait for a response. Regular interactions give babies (and older kids) what they want most from their parents: to spend time together. Making time to talk lets your child know you care about their ideas and feelings, building their confidence and inspiring them to explore and discover.

Larger print quotation on the page: Talking is one of the best ways to support a baby’s development and it doesn’t cost anything!

Photo of mother holding up her baby. They are face to face and smiling at each other.

Story 2.

Less Screen Time

In today’s world of smartphones and constant connectivity, it’s too easy to check just one more text, tweet or email and to always have your device at hand. But it’s becoming clear that it’s best for families to spend tech-free time together and set limits on screen time for both kids and parents.

The latest research recommends no screen time for children under three because of the tremendous amount of development a baby’s brain undergoes to learn language and make sense of their physical and social world. Babies need to see the faces and hear the voices of those they love most. They need to touch, shake and toss things, and move around and explore their environment. Screen time can’t provide those essentials for a baby’s healthy development.

Story 3.

Face to Face Time

Research is confirming the value of face-to-face communication between parent and child, beginning from infancy. Non-verbal signals like eye contact and facial expressions are a big part of communication and babies learn this through interaction. Giving your child undivided attention and time to talk will not only create a physical and emotional bond to last a lifetime, but also models social behaviour they will use as they go out into the world.



Page 8.

Into The  Future

Digitize Your Personal Memories at the Library

If you’re of a certain age, many of your family’s memorable moments will have been captured on older technologies like VHS tapes or projector slides that may no longer be easy to view. Good news! You can digitize your personal content in our Memory Lab, ensuring your family can look back at their history well into the future.

We have scanners and equipment to convert a number of formats and even have a handheld scanner for bulkier items like scrapbooks and memorabilia. The Memory Lab is located in the Ivey Family London Room on the third floor of Central Library. Our staff can show you how to get started.

Easy to Use!

It’s just a few simple steps and clicks to scan photos, slides or documents, or to start copying tapes. Preserve your family history and make it available to future generations. It’s not complicated to use any of the equipment in the Memory Lab. Ask our staff how to get started!

Save It!

Bring a large capacity USB drive or set up a cloud storage account to save your digitized content.

Digitize these Formats In the Memory Lab

V H S Video, W H S C Camcorder Video, Projector Slides, Audio Cassettes, Photos, Film Negatives, Documents.

The Memory Lab is generously supported by The Richard & Beryl Ivey Fund, within the London Community Foundation.



Page 9.

Canadian rapper, Shad

Shad grew up right here in London! We talked to him about his London Public Library days and he sent a shout out to Beacock Branch!

Here’s what he told us:

"My Dad is a big library user. He loves books. He would take me and my sister to the library often, especially during the summer break, to make sure we were reading and not just hanging out all day or spending too much time at the mall.

Beacock Branch on Huron Street was my local library during junior high and high school days. I borrowed lots of books there. I also have good memories of the Westmount Branch from my nursery school days in the 1980s. These days, my visits to a library are usually for a community event or an author reading.

I think libraries are wonderful community spaces, family friendly, accessible and safe. They’re great for kids, especially if they love books, or if they don’t have many places where they feel safe. Libraries also offer good spaces for community meetings and cultural events, making events accessible in neighbourhoods."

Shad is a hip hop artist with four albums, including his recently released A Short Story About A War that uses poetic storytelling to look at the themes of war, migration, economics, politics and the deepest parts of our spirit. He won the JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2011 for his second album T S O L. He has hosted the award winning H B O docuseries, Hip-Hop Revolution. Borrow Shad’s music at the Library!



Page 10.

Story 1.

Donors Brighten our Day

Thanks to the generous support of Library donors, light therapy lamps are now available for use at library locations. Designed to mimic spring and summer light levels, these lamps are a way to treat the "winter blues" or seasonal affective disorder, S A D. Research by the Canadian Mental Health Association suggests that 2 to 3 percent of people in Ontario have S A D and another 15 percent have a less severe experience. With therapy lamps at your Library, all Londoners will now have access to light therapy if they require it.

It’s as simple as turning on the light and sitting, reading or working in front of it for 20 to 30 minutes. Instructions for recommended usage are provided. The lamps are for use in designated areas of the library and available on a first-come, first-served basis at all locations except Glanworth.

Larger print quote on the page: Light therapy lamps are one of the many free resources available to support mental wellness at your library.

Story 2.

A Gift from the Heart

In March 2018, Doug Cairns’ life was saved by two London sanitation workers after he had a cardiac arrest in his driveway. A year later, inspired by Doug’s generosity and story, you will find A E Ds at all London Public Library locations.

An avid reader, Doug Cairns with his wife, decided to honour Chris Lynch and John Sweitzer, the men who performed C P R and called paramedics after Cairns collapsed in his driveway, by donating an A E D to London Public Library. The donated A E D, which is accompanied by a plaque, was installed this past summer in the Hudson Bay Passageway at Central Library following a small ceremony. London Public Library was inspired by Doug’s generous act to purchase A E Ds for all library locations and each floor of Central Library.

Photo of presentation of A E D to library staff.

Photo caption:

Dedication ceremony for the donation of an A E D at Central Library, left to right: city workers John Sweitzer and Chris Lynch, donor Doug Cairns, London Public Library’s Kim Travers, Nancy Collister, and paramedic
Miranda Bothwell.

Story 3.

These community projects were made possible through the generosity of London Public Library donors.

To learn more about making a community impact and donations at your Library contact Colleen at 519-661-5144



Page 11.

After Rivers , a poem by Tom Cull. Published in his collection Bad Animals (Insomniac Press, 2018)


After Rivers

after City Parks (2016, photograph on paper), Nick Cote

I’ve waded below the Hunt Weir
where the dam drops the river
into vortices of water
pinning drunken swimmers
by their shoulders to the bottom.

Low-head dam, drowning machines
they’re called, but the fishing’s good—
I’ve been pulled by  swirling  eddies,
an 18-foot pole in hand, fashioned
from pipes bought at Home Depot,
a fishing net bolted to one end.

In August the water is low.
I net plastic bottles, cans,
Tim Hortons cups,
a flip-flop, diaper, needles
caught in the elliptical froth.
Anglers cast suspicion—
one pulls a carp from the depths,
its carnival colours like backyard koi;
I catch a neon pink stuffy
snagged on a branch
and toss it back to shore.


The river transports
to the Pacific
our dollar-store pottage.
We’ll live there soon—
fog catchers,
salted, dried, and hung—
building our empire
on the flotsam, jetsam
filtered by rivers.

Ce n’est pas une rivière.
Outside it slithers by, beyond the gallery glass,
past the workers rebuilding the London Dyke.
But the waters will have their way—
they will break these banks again,
drown us in our beds, carry our bloated
bodies aloft downstream, jostled
like frat boys in blow-up sumo suits.
This is the dawning of the age of aquariums.


What does the river convey?
It is hard to say: wood, cement, grain, rice,
chair, ink jet, markers, watercolours,
crayon, rag and paper, acrylic, charcoal,
faux fur stuffing, glass beads, duct tape—
printed on, etched on, cut out, glazed, your brush will paint blue-green algae
on the canvas of a perch’s belly.

It is hard to say: Askunessippi, Antler River, la Tranche, the Thames, Deshkan Ziibi.
Tangled narratives
in the abandoned place.



Page 12.

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 Year 2018, Liz Etherington and Ann Henderson.


Every year the Friends of the Library recognize one or two volunteers who contribute to the valuable work that the Friends do to support the Library. Liz Etherington and Ann Henderson were chosen as 2018 Friends of the Year in recognition of their many years of volunteer service, especially as Cashier Coordinators for the annual Friends Book Sale.

The Cashier Coordinator spends many hours scheduling, training and supervising volunteers prior to and during the three days of the Book Sale, ensuring that sales at this popular event go smoothly. They have made a significant contribution to the success of this annual fundraising event.

Liz has been an integral part of the Friends of the Library from the beginning, serving as Secretary in the early days, then as Cashier Coordinator for many years. She continues to volunteer at the Book Sale every year and works weekly shifts in the Book Store.

Ann has been in the position of Cashier Coordinator for nine years but has volunteered with the Friends in a number of roles for 21 years.

London Public Library and the Friends extend a big thank you
to Liz and Ann!

Story 2.

Appreciation for Book Store Volunteers

In December, the Friends of the Library celebrated the volunteers who work in the Friends Book Store and sorting room. Fifty volunteers spend many hours sorting the used books, DVDs, CDs and other materials donated by members of our community, preparing them to be sold in the store or at the book sale. Their generous contribution helps the Friends to raise approximately $6,000 a month in the store, providing the Library with support for value-added programs and services as well as large community initiatives like the Library Commons area on the main floor of Central Library. We are very grateful for the generosity and ongoing commitment of the Friends and appreciate every hour of volunteer time contributed to the community

Story 3.

Ad for 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.



Page 13.

New in Our Collections.


Adult fiction.

Days By Moonlight by Andre Alexis. Canadian.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn.

The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood. Canadian.

The Border by Don Winslow.

The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper. Canadian.


Adult non fiction.

Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How the Body Can Heal Itself by William W. Li.

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott. Canadian.

Our Planet: The Greatest Story of All by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey.

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey.

The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben. Canadian.


Young Adult Fiction.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

The Dysasters by P C Cast.

Chicken Girl by Heather Smith. Canadian.

Amber Fang: Hunted by Arthur Slade. Canadian.

The Afterward by E K Johnston. Canadian.


Visit for more new books, music and movies.



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Information on using your library. Call 519-661-4600 if you have questions on how to use your library.

Get a 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 has been extended to every 2 years.

Borrowing  Periods.

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

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

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 to the location from which they were borrowed during open hours, 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 tab, 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 Seniors.  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.

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

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

Visiting library. Home delivery for those with restricted mobility, and materials for those with visual impairment. Call 519-661-6444 or visit for information.

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.

More than Books. Borrow laptops, hot spots, board games and more.

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 Meetings and Events Services. Space is available in many locations. Let us help you plan your next event. Call 519-661-5120, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or email

Program Registration. 519-661-5122. Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

London Public Library Board of Directors.

Meets monthly on a Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 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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Call 519-661-4600 with any questions about library hours and locations.



Dundas Place Construction

Phase 2 of the Dundas Place construction project begins in March. Pedestrian access into Central Library from Dundas Street should remain available. See page 10 for more information. For daily construction and road work information:


Sunday Service At Central Library

Sunday service ends May 5 and returns Oct. 20.


Holiday Closures for March, April and May.

All locations closed Friday, April 19.

All locations open Saturday, April 20.

Central Library closed Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22.

Central Library closed May 20.


Questions? Call 519-661-4600 during library hours. Call for any inquiries or to be transferred to any library location.

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



Central and Children’s. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours at Central. 1 to 4 p.m. January 6 to May 5.

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


Carson and Lambeth. Tuesday, 1 to 5 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m.


Glanworth. Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.


Call 519-661-4600 with any questions about library hours and locations.



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Your digital library. – Learn new skills in business, software, technology, or creative skills from instructional videos by industry experts.


Over Drive – Choose from thousands of eBooks and audiobooks.


Libby – Use this app to access OverDrive on your smartphone or tablet.


R B digital – View and download dozens of popular and specialty magazines.


Flipster – Check out a diverse selection of magazines including many popular Canadian titles.


Press Reader – Read current newspapers and magazines from around the world. Publications in over 60 languages.


hoopla – Easily stream or download movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, comics and audiobooks.


Kanopy and Kanopy Kids – Stream thoughtful and entertaining classic films, world cinema, documentaries
and popular movies.


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