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Spring 2020

Page one. Front cover.
London Public Library, Access library magazine, March, April, May 2020

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, Dr. Andrea Boyer
Break out the fun this March Break!
Arlene Dickinson is at the library.

Image: photo of Environmentalist in Residence, Andrea Boyer holding a bird.

Image: London Public Library logo

Visit London Public Library's website at

Pages 2 and 3. Visual overview of pages two and three: a collage of headings with photos, a table of contents and listing with holiday closures and Sunday hours.

Table of Contents Spring 2020

Features. Environmentalist in Residence, pages 4 and 5. Creative Tools and Resources, pages 6 and 7. Ask the Librarians! Page 8. Arlene Dickinson at the Library. Page 9.
Break Out the Fun at your Library, page 10. Historic Sites Committee, page 13. Memories of Dundas Street, page 14. Our Volunteers, page 15. Pronunciator online digital service, page 15.
One e Read Canada, page 15. A Conversation with Jane Urquhart, page 16.

In every issue: Friends of the London Public Library, page 17. Looking for a new read? Check out what's new in our collections, page 18. Information on Using Your Library, page 19. Locations and Hours, page 20.

Headings and teasers with photos. Break out the fun this March break. Page 10. Environmentalist in Residence. Pages 4 and 5. Bringing London’s History to Life. Pages 13 and 14.
Youth Giving Back: Volunteer Fair. Page 12. Authors are springing up this season at L P L. Page 12. Find some creative inspiration. The Labs. Page 6.

Holiday Closures
Friday, April 10, all locations closed.
Saturday, April 11, locations open regular hours.
Monday, April 13, all locations closed.
Monday, May 18, all locations closed.
Central Library Sunday Hours
Regular Sunday hours, 1 to 4 p m until May 3. Closed Sunday, April 12
The Rotary Reading Garden at Central Library opens for the season on April 22. Enter the Garden through the Reading Lounge on the main floor of Central Library. The Garden now features comfortable Muskoka chairs and patio tables with umbrellas.

For online information on library locations and hours, visit

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Environmentalist in Residence, Andrea Boyer, P H D.

Q and A Interview with Andrea Boyer

Is there a project that’s especially meaningful to you?

I am so proud of the City of London for taking a step toward reducing bird deaths through the Green Standards for Light Pollution and Bird Friendly Development Bylaw, expected to be enacted in 2020), that will implement bird-safe design in new buildings. Millions of birds die each year in Canada due to collisions with buildings, deaths that are entirely preventable when window design includes patterns and images that break up the reflective surfaces birds fly into.

As a main contributor to this new bylaw, through my work with the City of London’s Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee, I was able to bring forward my knowledge of bird ecology and participate in making a significant change at the municipal level. My experience is that you need to commit the time, a lot of time, to bring about this kind of positive change, but when you finally see it taking shape, it feels so worth it.

What inspired your environmental values?

I was fortunate to attend a grade school with a strong focus on environmental experiences and practices, including tree planting field trips, stream cleanups and vigorous recycling programs. It instilled a passion for protecting our ecosystems and shaped who I am today.

How do you support positive environmental change?

One of my goals as an instructor at Western and Fanshawe is to inspire students to preserve our environment and, hopefully, to develop alternative practices to maintain and protect it. In my personal life, I practice composting, using public transportation, being mindful of energy consumption and using environmentally sustainable products. It can make a difference if we all make lifestyle changes like carrying a water bottle, switching light bulbs to L E D, walking instead of driving to the corner store, carpooling, and buying local produce.

What can Londoners do to make a difference?

My advice to Londoners is to get involved and let your voice be heard! Your voice is one of the best devices for implementing change. Spread awareness to neighbours and friends. Send emails or call local representatives and let them know the environment is important to you. Even if you don’t call yourself an environmentalist or you feel you don’t have enough scientific knowledge, saying that you care has an impact.

Do you have a local good news story to share?

London has allowed its environmental roots to flourish through the restoration and conservation of environmentally significant areas; it’s rare for such an urbanized region to maintain so many unique habitats. London’s environmentally conscious population is growing and non-profit groups and active citizens coming together has led to positive responses from the City, including declaring climate emergencies and implementing a sustainability viewpoint in our municipality.

Bio of Andrea Boyer:
Dr. Andrea Boyer holds a PhD in Biology with a specialization in Environment & Sustainability and is an Assistant Professor and researcher at Western University and Fanshawe College. She has contributed her expertise for five years with the Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee that provides technical advice to the City of London on environmentally significant projects. She volunteers with BirdSafe UWO and Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup events.

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Send a Question to Andrea. Submit your question about the environment and find answers and information on our web page.

Images: photo of Andrea Boyer outdoors holding a small bird next to her face. Photo of Andrea at a computer screen. Close up photo of small birds.

Andrea’s Book Picks:

Letters to a Young Scientist by author Edward O. Wilson.

Greta and the Giants by author Zoe Persico Tucker.

The Signature of All Things by author Elizabeth Gilbert.

Meet and Greet.

Meet Andrea Boyer as she begins her term as Environmentalist in Residence for the month of April. Join us for speakers, entertainment, refreshments and activities for all ages.

Saturday, April 4, 1 to 3 p m, Central Library

Workshops with Andrea.

Reducing Food Waste. Central Library, Saturday April 4, 2 to 4 p m.

Healthy Shorelines and Riverbanks: What You Can Do. Masonville, Tuesday April 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p m.

Being a Bird Friendly Community. Bostwick, Saturday April 18, 2 to 4 p m.

Project Neutral and You: Easy Ways to Contribute. Byron, Saturday April 25, 2 to 4 p m.

Find more information on workshops in our program listings online at or call 519-661-4600.

Library Spotlight. Environmental Reads.

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Creative Tools and Resources

In the Creativity Lab
The tools and resources provided in the Creativity Lab at Central Library include I Macs and P Cs with software for 3 D design, audio and video editing, creating presentations and more. This space, available for groups or individuals to use, has a projector and screen for viewing digital content, collaborative work stations and sewing machines. Ask our staff or visit us online for more information.

Join us for these classes and sessions on using the tools and resources available in the Creativity Lab.

It’s Sew Easy!
Yes, you can sew at the Library! Mother and daughter, Veronica and Dana, came to one of our sewing classes in the Creativity Lab to brush up on their skills. Veronica, who is retired, plans to use the Library’s sewing machines to make her own clothes as well as cushions and chair covers. You can use the sewing machines independently at Central Library or attend a beginner sewing class.

Create a Business Card
Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator software as you design your business card.

Maker Space Drop Ins
Each week, we will showcase a different tool in The Labs: 3 D printer, Cricut Maker, sewing machines, button maker. Come with questions or work on your project!

Garage Band
New introductory sessions on using Garage Band will get you started with recording your music or pod cast in the audio studio at Central Library.

For dates and details on these programs, visit and search labs or the name of the program you are interested in attending.

Page 7.
Story 1:
New! Creative Bug. Online Art Classes!

Get Making with Creative Bug online.

Thousands of art and design video classes by design experts and artists!

Art and Design, Sewing, Quilting, Paper, Fibre Arts, Jewellery, Food and Home.

Classes at every skill level
Downloadable patterns, templates & recipes
Videos for kids

Story 2:
It's a Hit! Musical Instrument Lending
We launched our Musical Instrument Lending service on January 13 and Londoners are loving it! Music instruments can be borrowed for 3 weeks with your Library card. Find instruments and place holds online or call us at 519-661-4600. Pick up and return of instruments is at Central Library.

Acoustic Guitars, full and three quarter size.
Electric Guitars with Amp, right and left handed.
Bass Guitars with Amp
Bongo Drums
Djembe Drum
Fiesta Conga Drum
Cajon Box Drum

Musical Instrument Lending has been made possible through the generous support of the 2019 London JUNOS Host Committee, working with London Guitars.

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Story 1:

Ask the Librarians!

Are you looking for reading suggestions? Do you have a topic of interest you’d like to learn more about? Have you read every book in your favourite mystery series and need a recommendation for a new author? Would you like to encourage your child’s interest in reading with books they will really enjoy?

There’s nothing Librarians love more than putting the right books into your hands. We invite you to use our Personal Picks service to have our staff create a personalized reading list based on your interests. We look forward to finding the right read for you!

Personal Picks. Use our online form to request a personalized reading list by clicking here:

Photo image: three librarians smiling, holding stacks of books.

Story2: For Beginning Gardeners

If you ask us how to start a garden, we could recommend:

The Beginners Guide to Starting a Garden by author Sally Roth.

Get Growing by author Frankie Flowers.

Better Homes and Gardens Gardening Made Simple.

Your First Garden by author Judith Adam

Story 3:

Book A Librarian

For staff assistance with your research, make an appointment through Book A Librarian to get one-to-one help with using our online resources, databases and print collections. Appointments take place at Central Library.

Page 9.
Arlene Dickinson at the Library.

Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p m.

Wolf Performance Hall

Central Library

Tickets: 25 dollars or 50 dollars with book.

Cash bar.

Arlene Dickinson is the General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping to market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food and health space. She is a three-time best-selling author and accomplished public speaker. Dickinson is widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning television series, Dragons’ Den.

In Reinvention, Dickinson shares the blueprint for locating your sense of purpose, realistically evaluating your strengths, assessing opportunities outside your comfort zone, and charting a bold new path. Whether you have a big career dream to achieve, or you need to rebuild after a personal setback, this step-by-step plan for reinvention will help you change your own life—for the better.

Hosted by Dr. Tima Bansal, Professor of Sustainability and Strategy at the Ivey Business School. Founder and Director of Ivey’s Centre on Building Sustainable Value and the Network for Business Sustainability.

This is a fundraising event to support literacy and learning at your Library.

Supporting sponsor for event Lazar Law Firm, with logo.

Images: photo of Arlene Dickinson, smiling, in a white shirt. Image of cover of her book Reinvention. Small image of Dr. Tima Bansal. London Public Library logo.

Page 10.
Break out the fun at your library. March 14 to 21.

Make us your go-to place for March Break! We have fantastic programs to keep the kids busy and we’re always a great place for a play break and to pick up books, movies, board games and music to take home.

For a complete list of programs, visit and use the search term March Break.

Events on March 14. Join us for family fun on March 14 at four locations across the city.

Magic Circus Show, The Amazing Corbin. Bostwick, 10 a m.

Interactive Music and Magic, Don Robertson. East London, 2:30 p m.

Concert, Paul Droog. Stoney Creek, 2 p m.

Abra KID abra Magic Show, Peter Mennie. Sherwood, 2 p m.

The generosity of Library Donors makes it possible for us to bring these four fun, dynamic family shows to library branches throughout the city.

March 21 concerts by Saidat at Central Library. Two shows. It’s a one of a kind Sesame Street Live meets a block party show!

The Saidat Show Live! Saidat is bringing the city together with her brand new show which will tour the province in 2020. The show features Saidat and her talented cast of young performers sharing high energy songs and urban contemporary dances that promote kindness and celebrate our diverse community. Meet & Greet to follow.

Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library.
Saturday, March 21
11 a m to 12 p m or 1:30 to 2:30 p m.

Free tickets available starting March 3 online through, in person at the Wolf Performance Hall Box Office, or by calling 519-661-5120.

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Library Story times
More than just books and reading!
Meet other New Parents
Play and have Fun with Your Baby
Songs, Rhymes and Stories
Puppets, Felt Stories and Toys
Discover Great New Books
Social Time for Babies
Learn Tips to Boost Your Child’s Literacy

Books for Babies and Story time programs are held at most library locations. They are a relaxed, baby friendly space where parents and babies can play, meet, learn and have fun. See our programs online at or call 519-661-4600 for information on story times.

Images: photos of babies, moms and babies, and dads and babies at a story time.

Page 12.
Story 1:
Youth Giving Back: Volunteer Fair. April 30, 3 to 6 p m, Central Library. For 13 to 18 year olds.

Do you need volunteer hours for school? Talk to representatives from organizations in London looking for youth volunteers. Volunteering helps you build job skills, gain work experience and find references for your resume. You can meet new people and gain self-confidence while making a difference in the lives of others.

Who Will Be There:
Boys and Girls Club of London
Eldon House
Home County Music and Art Festival
London 2020 Ontario Summer Games
London Fringe Festival and Palace Theatre

London Public Library
Northwest London Resource Centre
Re Forest London
South London Neighborhood Resource Centre
T D Sunfest
Thames Valley Children's Centre
More organizations to be confirmed!

Find more information about the youth volunteer fair at or by calling 519-661-4600.

Story 2:

Write On! Upcoming author events at London Public Library.
Craig Davidson, March 2, 7 p m. Central Library.
Arlene Dickinson, March 31, 7 p m. Central Library.
Break Down Book Tour, April 27, 7 p m. Central Library.
Desmond Ryan, March 19, 7 p m at Beacock Branch, April 9, 7 p m at Crouch Branch, and May 7, 7 p m at Bostwick Branch.
Find more information in our program listings online at or call 519-661-4600.

Story 3:

We offer a range of programs in partnership with C M H A Middlesex at our library locations.

Ask our staff for a current schedule or check the C M H A Middlesex program guide online:

Images: photo of mental health workers in front of a sign that says: How can we support your mental health? Photo of smart phone with screen showing listing of mental health programs.

Page 13.

The Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library Board. Fifty years of Commemorating London’s History

The Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library Board has been recognizing London’s history for 50 years by identifying sites of historic merit throughout the city with plaques that tell the stories of buildings, places and people of local significance. This committee of volunteers with an expertise and interest in local history share their enthusiasm for the preservation and appreciation of our heritage through their research and working with the community members who bring forward suggestions for sites. The archive of research materials they have compiled is available to everyone in the Ivey Family London Room at Central Library or online.

Call for applications to the Historic Sites Committee:

Do you have an interest in researching and sharing the story of London's heritage? The Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library Board is inviting applications from the community to fill a vacancy on this committee. Meetings are held five times each year at Central Library and additional time is spent on research.

Interested candidates are asked to apply, outlining interest and any experience, by April 3 to:

The Historic Sites Committee
care of Heather Beecroft, Executive Assistant to the C E O
by email:
by mail: 251 Dundas St., London, Ontario N6A 6H9

Image: photo of the historic sites plaque for the Dawn of Tomorrow that reads: Dawn of Tomorrow, founded in 1923 by James and Christina Jenkins, nee Howson, and for many years printed weekly on this site, The Dawn of Tomorrow was the voice of the Canadian League for the Advancement of Colored People. The aim of the newspaper was to unify the Black population by promoting Ontario events and Black success stories. This plaque erected by the Historic Sites Committee of the London Public Library Board.

Image: photo of the historic sites plaque for Nature London that reads: Nature London, William Saunders established the London Branch of the Entomological Society of Canada on 1 July 1864. The group evolved to become the McIlwraith Field Naturalists and later Nature London. The club has a long association with Springbank Park as a birding destination and has included the park in field trips and Christmas Bird Counts for more than half a century. Dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of nature, Nature London is known for its work in public education, environmental advocacy, and citizen science. This plaque was erected by the London Public Library Board, 2017.

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Images: historic photos of Dundas Street

Heading: Memories of Dundas Street.

Share memories of Dundas Street as part of a special project to celebrate the launch of Dundas Place in May. Find out how to submit your photos, stories and videos at and check there for more information as plans for this event take shape.

Photos are from the Ivey Family London Room Digital Collection. Visit: to find hundreds of digitized images from London Public Library’s archives.

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Story 1.

Our Volunteers Making a Difference

We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our volunteer program at London Public Library. Our volunteer opportunities include assisting at events and programs, helping others with technology, mentoring in our R.E.A.D. program and much more. We appreciate the more than 400 volunteers who work with us every year, supporting the Library and making an important contribution to our community.

Image: photo of group of library volunteers wearing Reading Rocks t-shirts.

Photo caption: Volunteers ready to help out at our Community Celebration of Family Literacy Day in January.

Graphic image: National Volunteer Week 2020, April 19 to 25.

hashtag n v w 2020


Story 2.

New! Pronunciator. Exciting New Language Learning Service in Our Digital Collections.

The most complete English learning program available.

Pro Citizen Canada citizenship test preparation course.

Courses in more than 100 languages, including Indigenous languages.

Largest available American Sign Language course.

Customize personalized courses for your interests, occupation and more.

Quality human voices, translations and video.


Story 3.

One e Read Canada

May 1 to 29

Across Canada Digital Book Club

Libraries will offer unlimited access to copies of the selected e Book as part of a national, bilingual digital book club initiative by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. This year’s title (to be announced) celebrates Asian Heritage Month in May.

Page 16.

A Conversation with Jane Urquhart

We have been delighted to have Jane Urquhart as Writer-in-Residence at Central Library. She has been meeting with aspiring writers to discuss their work and inviting readers to join her for conversations about books. We talked to Jane about her role as Writer-in-Residence and significant books in her life.

On Being Writer-in-Residence

Jane is enjoying the diversity of the narratives being submitted to her by people seeking feedback on their writing. She says, “Always, the stories are a surprise – illuminating, moving and authentic.”

When asked how talking to a successful, established author like herself can help beginning writers, Jane responds, “I’m not sure a writer is ever established. Risk is such a big part of being a writer at any stage of your career. I do think a sense of vulnerability is a good thing for emerging writers to learn. It’s something that most of us experience all through our lives as authors.”

Books in Our Lives

There are books that stay with us forever because they bring a message or show us possibilities at the right time in our lives. Here is what Jane told us about books that have been meaningful in her life.

Emily of New Moon by L M Montgomery: “As a nine-year-old, discovering Emily of New Moon about a Canadian girl determined to be an author made me believe that a life of writing was possible for a girl like me.”

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro: “I was in my twenties when I first read Lives of Girls and Women. It was given to me by my mother and it helped me to fully understand her for the first time. She saw reflected in this book the agricultural world she was born into and the story of her own departure from it. She wanted so much to be educated and to live the wider life that her voracious reading had suggested was out there. But she always maintained deep ties to her family and a respect for that former life and the people who still lived in it. Lives of Girls and Women affirmed both that respect and her desire for connection to the outside world.”

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese: “I first read Indian Horse in 2013 when Richard Wagamese and I both had books selected for CBC Canada Reads. Richard and I went to Thunder Bay together for a few days of events with CBC Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Public Library, and both of us were returning to northwestern Ontario where we spent our early childhoods, Richard on a reserve and me in a small mining settlement. It was a life changing trip. I had already been powerfully affected by the novel, and then I learned so much about creativity and being human from spending time with Richard, a spellbinding reader and storyteller. His kindness, hearing about his life story and the Indigenous people of this country, that will never leave me.”

Conversations with Jane. Join Jane Urquhart to talk about the books in our lives. Mondays, 12 to 1 p m,
March 2, 16 and 30. Central Library.

Author Reading: Jane Urquhart. Thursday, April 9, 7 to 8:30 p m. Central Library.

Writer in Residence. Jane Urquhart is Writer-in-Residence at Central Library until March 30. Find information online about this program, our partners at Western University and making an appointment to discuss your writing.


Page 17. Friends of the London Public Library.

Story 1.

Friends of the Year 2019. Mary Blasl and Scott Curoe.

Co-managers of the Friends of the Library Book Store, Mary Blasl and Scott Curoe, were recognized for their dedication, skills and contribution of many volunteer hours that make the store such a successful fundraising enterprise that generously supports library programs. Mary has been a co-manager since 2010 and Scott began in 2011. As a management team, they take great pride in the Book Store and its volunteer staff.

Scott handles the operational side of the store, including inventory management, pricing, promotion and display, and Mary coordinates the recruitment, training and scheduling of volunteers for work shifts. Together they have implemented improvements to operations and volunteer management that focus on creating a rewarding work experience in the store, resulting in long-term commitments from their volunteer staff.

In 2016, when the Book Store moved to its spacious new location in Central Library, Scott and Mary contributed many hours to the transition. In addition to store duties, Mary recruits and coordinates volunteers for the Friends annual Fall Book Sale, and Scott has assisted with numerous pickups of donated books and other items that end up for sale in the store and at the book sale. This award lets Team Scott and Mary know they are greatly appreciated for all that they do!

Image: photo of Scott and Mary. Inset photo: the Friends of the Library Book Store.

Photo caption: 2019 Friends of the Year, Scott Curoe and Mary Blasl.
Inset: Friends of the Library Book Store.

Story 2.

A Gift from Friends

We thank the Friends of the London Public Library for their generous gift of $50,000, presented to the Library Board on December 12, 2019 as part of their pledge to our Infinite Possibilities campaign. In photo, from left to right are Carmen Sprovieri, Friends of the Library President, Mariam Hamou, Library Board Chair, and Michael Ciccone, Library C E O and Chief Librarian.

Ad for The Friends of the Library Book Store.

The store is operated by Friends of the London Public Library, and run entirely by volunteers. It is located at the Central Library at 251 Dundas Street. Store hours. Monday to Thursday, from 10 a m to 5:30 p m. Friday, from 10 a m to 5 p m. Saturday, from 10 a m to 4 p m. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

Contact information for Friends of the London Public Library.


Page 18. New in our collections.

Adult fiction books.

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel.

The City We Became by N K Jemisin.

Mercy House by Alena Dillon.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.

Apeirogon by Colum McCann.

Adult non fiction books.

The House of Kennedy by James Patterson.

Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein.

Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul and Get Strong with the Fit 52 Life by Carrie Underwood.

Fierce, Free and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You by Jen Hatmaker.

The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed by Globalization by Jeff Rubin.

Picture Books

Watch it Grow: Backyard Life Cycles by Barbara Reid.

My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano. Illustrator: Jillian Tamaki.

Teddy Bear of the Year by Vikki VanSickle. Illustrator: Sydney Hanson.

Keeper of Wild Words by Brooke Smith. Illustrator: Madeline Kloepper.

Violet Shrink by Christine Baldacchino. Illustrator: Carmen Mok.

Visit for more new books, music and movies.

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Information on using your library. Visit for online information on borrowing and registering for a library card. Call 519-661-4600 if you have questions on how to use your library.

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

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 10 dollars a month, to a maximum of 50 dollars a year. Library cards are renewed every 2 years.

Children’s Card. Sign up for our special library card for children 12 years and under, issued to children on presentation of personal identification and proof of address by a parent or guardian. You can trade in your old card.

Educator Card. For teachers and educators to borrow resources for their classrooms and daycare centres. Available to anyone working in a public or private school, daycare centre, Early ON Family Centre or afterschool program in London. Educators from the surrounding Indigenous communities are also eligible. Borrow up to 60 items. Loan period of 60 days.

Borrowing Periods unless otherwise noted. Limit of 20 D V Ds per card. Maximum of 60 items per card.

Books and C Ds, 21 days. E books and e audio, up to 21 days. Hot spots, 21 days. All non feature film D V Ds, 21 days. Music Instruments, 21 days. Feature Film D V Ds, 7 days. Quick Picks and Magazines, 7 days. High demand material, 7 days. Games, 7 days. E Video, up to 5 days.

Returns. Return most materials to any London Public Library during open hours or in return chutes when we are closed. Return games to the location they were borrowed from 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 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. D V Ds, Quick Picks, Book Club in a Bag, Games and Music Instruments. 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. D V Ds, Quick Picks, Games and Music Instruments. 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 and older. D V Ds, Quick Picks, Book Club in a Bag, Games and Music Instruments, 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.

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

Personal Picks. Use our online form to have staff create personalized reading lists for your interests.

Book A Librarian. Make an appointment at Central Library for one-on-one help with our online resources, databases and print collections, online at or by phone at 519-661-4600.

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

Book a Meeting, Event or Art Exhibit through 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 5 p m. Email: or visit

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

London Public Library Board. Meets monthly on a Thursday at 5:30 pm in the third floor Board
Room at Central Library. All welcome. Find meeting dates, agendas, reports and minutes at

Mariam Hamou (Chair), Michelle Boyce, Stuart Clark, Brian Gibson, Councillor Shawn Lewis, Jeremy McCall, Councillor Elizabeth Peloza, James Shelley, Donna Vachon.

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


Page 20. Hours and locations.

Call 519-661-4600 with any questions about library hours and locations, or visit online at

Holiday Closures
Friday, April 10, All locations closed.
Saturday, April 11, All locations open regular hours.
Monday, April 13, all locations closed.
Monday, May 18, all locations closed.

Central Library Sunday Hours
Regular Sunday hours until May 3.
Closed Sunday, April 12.

Rotary Reading Garden at Central Library opens for the season on April 22. Enter the Garden through the Reading Lounge on the main floor of Central Library. The Garden now features comfortable Muskoka chairs and patio tables with umbrellas.

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. 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 Library. Monday, 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. Central Sunday hours. Until May 3, 1 to 4 p m.

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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Libby and Over Drive

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Press Reader

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