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Summer 2018

London Public Library, Access magazine
June, July, August 2018

This document contains a text only version of the articles and news section of London Public Library’s Access magazine.
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Front cover. Page one.

London Public Library, Access magazine

June, July, August 2018

Front Cover headline: This summer, explore your passions at the library.

School’s out for summer! Check out our summer programs for kids.

The hottest spot in town. Borrow a laptop or Wi-Fi hotspot.

London Public Library logo

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Ready. Set. Summer!

Summer checklist. Sunscreen. Check. Flip flops. Check. Library card. Check.

Your Library is ready for you this summer! Our 16 locations are great places to visit with your family. Come in and unplug. Share time together in our children’s areas, then browse for books, movies and board games to take home. We offer programs to inspire the creativity and imagination of children and teens. There’s something for every passion! Whether you’re on the road, at the beach or in a tent this summer, take your Library with you on your mobile device. It’s easy to borrow audiobooks, music, magazines and eBooks online. Looking for language lessons for your trip? Try Mango Languages! Want to take better travel photos? Watch tutorial videos on Find out what’s available with your library card.

Feed your passions! T D Summer Reading Club 2018. June 23 to August 25. Discover and explore your passions while you read and have fun at the Library. Join us this summer! Register starting June 23 at your local Library.

What fires your spirit and excites your mind? Photo of boy with a soccer ball. Photo caption: Joshua is passionate about soccer! He loves to get pointers on improving his game by watching his favourite star, Cristiano Ronaldo, on YouTube.

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Passionate about reading! Fostering a love of reading in kids is one of our favourite things at the Library! Our staff take pride in making the T D Summer Reading Club one more fun reason for families to spend time at the Library. Last year 5,268 children participated, making 23,871 visits to our 16 branches during the summer. Reading over the summer is a great way for kids to prevent the summer slide leading back to the school year in September. Join us at your neighbourhood library for reading and summer fun!

What’s your passion? This year’s TD Summer Reading Club encourages you to discover and explore your passions. Are you an avid camper? Do you love taking care of your pet? Maybe you’re working on your chef skills. We’ll be sharing photos of London kids and their passions on social media this summer. Here are some kids who shared their passions with us! Karwan says he and technology are perfect together. Kelsey shoots! She scores with her hockey passion! Owls make the world go round for Madeline. For Alessandro, it’s the challenge of the Rubik’s cube. We invite families to share their photos and videos with us too! Find us at @londonlibrary on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and @teensatlpl on Instagram.

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Get Caught!

Get Caught Reading Tween Summer Reading Challenge.
Wild Kingdom Edition

June 23 to August 18. All Locations. 11 to 17 years.
Party on Saturday, August 25 at Central Library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Fox! Eagle! Cheetah! Your library’s mascot will be revealed at the June 23rd launch. Read and complete challenges to win weekly prizes. Who will be city-wide champion? Show your community pride at our annual GCR party on August 25th with special guest Shut the Front Door Improv!

handle: @ teens at lpl

hashtag: GCR 2018

Find the cat challenge.

Our Black Cat mascot is on the prowl in this issue of Access! Your first GCR challenge is to find the total number of cats throughout the magazine. This cat’s pretty sly. Make sure to check every page. When you register for GCR, tell us the correct number of cats and get an extra draw ballot. Register starting June 23.

Thanks to the Western Fair District for their generous support of Get Caught Reading.

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Wi-fi hot spots and laptops. Borrow from your library.

Starting June 1, the Library is loaning out Wi-Fi hot spots and laptop computers. People are used to coming to their local library to use internet computers and Wi-Fi, but this new service allows our community to borrow the internet to take with them.

The Library wants to address the digital divide that can exclude so many from full participation in our community. Everything has moved online – government information, forms and services, educational and training resources, businesses – making internet access and computers essential for many everyday tasks like sending resumes, downloading forms, or researching and submitting assignments for school.

Being able to take the internet and a computer home gives a job searcher extended time to pursue online employment opportunities and to work on resumes using a laptop. It means a student can do research and write a paper for school at home instead of traveling to a library branch and working on an assignment in small chunks of time.

Lisa Manax Skikos, Children and Youth Services Coordinator, talks about the challenges of not having internet access, “Families are really busy and having to physically go somewhere to use a computer every evening for a child to do school work can be a real barrier.”

She points out that learning to use online resources and developing digital literacy are essential skills for future success and are now part of the school curriculum, “Kids coming to libraries for help with their assignments are required to use reputable online sources as well as books. Children who don’t have the internet at home have limited options to get that work done.”

This new service is another way that the Library removes barriers and ensures everyone in our community has access to essential resources. The loan period for Wi-Fi hotspots is three weeks. One may be borrowed per adult or teen library card. Holds can be placed on hotspots. Laptops are available for seven days with a limit of one per adult card. Laptops must be returned to the same location where they are borrowed. Holds are not available for laptops.

The 50 laptops for this program were purchased with an Improving Library Digital Services grant from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The grant also provided funding for 46 new computers for public use in library.

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New! Digital Essentials. We’ll help you get started.

Learn the basics of using your smart phone, tablet or computer.  We’ll help you get set up, create accounts, use basic texting and email options, operate the camera, and master basic apps and gestures. Free classes available! Find class details and schedules at the end of the program listings!

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Rooted in history.

Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Christopher Paul Curtis had heard about the history of Buxton, a small town in southwestern Ontario where runaway and freed slaves had settled and prospered since the mid 1800s. By 2003, Curtis was living in Windsor and had started his extensive research into Buxton’s history that resulted in his series of novels for young readers, Elijah of Buxton, The Madman of Piney Woods, and his recently published The Journey of Little Charlie, that tell the stories of people who escaped from slavery and were living free for the first time.

Curtis is a bestselling, critically acclaimed author recognized for his award winning fiction for middle-grade readers. His first novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, received the Coretta Scott King Award, and his second, Bud, Not Buddy, was winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award. Both books, as well as his Buxton series, tell African-American stories that expand our understanding of historic time periods like the Great Depression and the civil rights movement.

Coming to writing later in life, Curtis spent years working on an auto plant assembly line before writing his first book during visits to the Windsor Public Library which now has a wing named after him. The characters and stories he has brought to life and shared with us have brought a rich voice and unique perspective to the literary world. Christopher Paul Curtis is also a beloved mentor, literacy advocate and library supporter. The Library is honoured to welcome him on August 17 for a reading from The Journey of Little Charlie. Don’t miss this special opportunity!

Historic Fiction for Young Readers by Christopher Paul Curtis.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 is about an African American family visiting Alabama in the midst of the  civil rights struggle.

Bud, Not Buddy is a novel set during the Great Depression that follows a ten year old black orphan from Flint, Michigan searching for the man he thinks is his father.

The Buxton Series

Elijah of Buxton. Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman is the main character in this book that chronicles the lives of those making the transition from slavery to freedom after their arduous journey north.

The Madman of Piney Woods. A chance meeting leads two boys to discover they have more in common than meets the eye.

The Journey of Little Charlie. Little Charlie, the son of a white sharecropper from South Carolina, accompanies a slave catcher on a life changing journey north.

Author Reading. Christopher Paul Curtis.
August 17at 1 p.m.

Wolf Performance Hall at Central Library.

Christopher Paul Curtis is the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Book Camp London. This free author event is open to the public. Everyone Welcome!

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Popping up all over town.

Summer is here! That means our Pop Up Library is on the road and coming to an event near you! Megan, our Community Outreach Librarian, raises awareness about our services by bringing the Library out to the community, often in unexpected places. Last year she made her way to the Old East Village Block Party, the Community Cup Culture Festival, Pawlooza, and the Mayor’s Newcomer Picnic – just to name a few!

Megan packs the van with related library materials that can be borrowed on the spot – vegan cookbooks at Veg Fest, or how to books on bike repair and maintenance at the Big Bike Giveaway. Library service is available at the Pop Up so you can borrow the books and DVDs on display, update your library card and renew items. Sign up for a card if you don’t have one!

There are always fun and games at the Pop Up too! You could play with a giant Scrabble board or relax in a reading tent. For kids, there’s bound to be a story time or creative activity. Find the Pop Up Library at festivals, picnics, community celebrations and more great events in London this summer.


Photo of Megan petting a dog. Caption: Who let the dogs out? Megan met lots of furry friends at Pawlooza.

Photo of Kara reading a book to three children. Caption: Kids love stories! Kara with young book lovers at the Community Cup Culture Festival last year.

Photo of buttons printed with a beer glass and the words: read responsibly, London public library. Caption: Beer enthusiasts picked up these buttons at last summer’s Forest City Beer Fest. Megan brought books to borrow – on beer tasting and brewing your own, guides to Ontario craft breweries, and price guides on vintage beer memorabilia. She also set up a display about the history of beer making in London using photos and information from the Ivey Family London Room.

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Find the Pop Up Library at  these Events

Community Fun Day at Westminster Park on June 9.

Indigenous Solidarity Day at The Green in Wortley Village on June 21.

Old East Villge Block Party in Old East Village on July 21.

Pawlooza at Plunkett Estate on August 18.

And More!!!

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24th Annual Pride Parade. We love showing our support for diversity, inclusion and community by walking in the Pride Parade. See you there!

Sunday, July 29 at 12:30 p.m.

Photo of library staff in the Pride parade.

Drag Queen Story time. Celebrate Pride with our special guests! We’ll share stories, songs and fun. Wear your favourite party clothes!

Saturday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Children’s Library

David’s Rainbow Picks of Recommended Reads for All Ages.

They She He Me: Free To Be! By authors Maya and Matthew Gonzalez. In this book, pronouns are used to expand ideas about gender fluidity, identity and kindness.

The House of Impossible Beauties by author Joseph Cassara. Gurrrl, this book! Follows the story of four unforgettable characters during the hey day of the Harlem drag ball scene in the 1980s.

My Brother’s Husband by author Gengoroh Tagame. A graphic novel providing a unique view of Japanese culture.

The Lotterys Plus One by author Emma Donoghue. The Lotterys are a non traditional family of four parents, plus their adopted and biological children. Diversity is no big deal!

Fire Song by author Adam Garnet Jones. A novel that explores what it means to be young, different and queer on an Indigenous reserve in northern Ontario.

Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by author Sarah Prager. Profiles of LGBTQ people throughout history.

The Boy and the Bindi by author Vivek Shraya.

My Cat Yugoslavia by author Pajtim Statovci.

Marriage of a Thousand Lies by author S J Sindu.

Murder Under the Fig Tree: A Palestine Mystery by author Kate Jessica Raphael.

David McCord is Coordinator of Collections at London Public Library.

For more Staff Picks visit:

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A Community Leader. Taking care of our spirits is what it’s all about.

We all know of people who quietly work at helping others without expecting recognition or awards. They just want to make their community a better place for everyone. Dana Kennedy is one of those people. She is a Child & Youth Worker at Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services, a nonprofit agency in London providing support, education and healing services for Indigenous families.

The programs Dana coordinates grew out of Atlohsa’s commitment to supporting parents in attending counseling and healing sessions by providing them with childcare. Looking for activities to engage and inspire children whose mothers were attending the women’s circle on Monday evenings, she immediately thought of the Children’s Library, a place to read, play and access computers with educational software. So, for seven years now, Dana has been walking groups of children from Atlohsa on Richmond Street to our Central Library and introducing them to the resources available there.

Those informal visits have evolved into more organized programming, with Frances Cutt, Literacy Facilitator at the Library, working with Dana for the past two years to include the children in the Library’s R.E.A.D. program that matches 130 children in London every year with volunteer reading partners. Dana says it’s been a real success, with twelve children  from Atlohsa participating each year. The kids have a great time reading, enjoying creative activities and playing literacy games with their mentors, and the parents tell her that it has helped their children with reading and self-confidence.

Helping her community is what Dana does. “I’m always doing outreach, telling people what’s available,” she says, “A lot of people are too shy or unsure to ask or find out about services and programs. I make sure to tell them and that’s how it gets around, one person telling a friend and another friend. And if there are parents who want their child to be involved but can’t afford to get there, I don’t mind picking the child up.” Dana believes in encouraging families as they take steps to participate in programs for themselves or their children, ensuring that they have access to the essential supports like childcare and transportation provided by Atlohsa.

According to Frances, Dana is a real advocate for families, “Dana helps families with navigating systems, whether it’s at a child’s school or with an agency. She’s often the voice of the people she’s working with.” Frances says that Dana is a leader for families who have experienced marginalization and exclusion. She’s the familiar face they look for at an event or in a community space who helps them feel comfortable and that they belong.

Dana’s bigger goal is to bring more parents and children together for family programming that raises awareness of Indigenous cultural traditions and supports healing practices. Dana remembers her father speaking the Oneida language with her aunts and uncles and grandparents and feels discouraged at times that she and so many others didn’t learn it while growing up. “Atlohsa brings in speakers of the language to teach the children, even just to say their name and the clan they come from. They’re really pleased with that, learning that little bit.” She knows it will take time to bring back the language, but says, “Hopefully, one day there will be more fluent speakers again.”

Her vision for the future is what Dana keeps in mind, even as she sees the work that lies ahead in reconnecting Indigenous peoples to their identity and culture. She finds great value in the resources offered by Atlohsa as well as spaces like the Oneida Language & Cultural Centre outside London where people can learn drumming, songs, stories and other traditions. “Taking care of our spirits is what it’s all about,” she says.

Dana continues to develop programming with Frances and other library staff, and Atlohsa has been our community partner for events held in Library space. Atlohsa is a participating partner at the Library’s annual Family Literacy Day celebration, introducing the non-Indigenous community to drumming, smudging, stories and other traditions. Last September, Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous event commemorating residential school survivors, came to Central Library with a moving presentation by a residential school survivor, and singing and drumming by the Oneida Longhouse Singers. Atlohsa was also a community partner (with CBC, Reel Canada, and LondonFuse) in bringing a special film screening of Gord Downie’s The Secret Path to the Library, an evening that included a talk by Dennis Whiteye, Atlohsa’s Manager of Community Support and Outreach Services, sharing his family’s legacy with residential schools, and a men’s drumming group providing honour songs passed down through many generations.

Photo. Photo caption: Dana Kennedy with her daughter, Alexis, at Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, an event that commemorates the legacy of residential school survivors.

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Welcoming Newcomers.

Imagine coming to a new country, leaving behind your home and everything that is familiar. Arriving in a safe place with their family is a relief for so many. They look forward to a new life and future for their children. But there is so much to learn, including a new language. Finding the services needed to get started – language lessons, applying for a work permit, enrolling a child in school – can be challenging, making settlement services an essential resource for newcomers as they move forward.

Aosan Farid, Library Settlement Worker at Jalna Branch Library, says newcomers can feel overwhelmed trying to understand a new culture while navigating our service systems as they find housing and health care, sign up for E S L or citizenship classes, get documents translated, or start the complex process of making a claim for refugee or immigration status. They find it very reassuring to visit the L S P services at the Library, knowing they will find a familiar face who can answer their questions, often in their own language. “Providing this support to newcomers,” she says, “makes a big difference as they make Canada their home.”

Photo of family with Library Settlement Worker. Story with photo: Khitam Khudeish (left), her daughter, Suha, and granddaughter, Sally, with L S P staff Aosan Farid. Khitam says when she and Suha arrived in London almost two years ago they relied on the L S P services at Jalna Branch Library. Not understanding new ways of doing things and not knowing the language made it very difficult to know where to start. The Settlement Workers helped them find an immigration lawyer, often one of the first things newcomers need in order to start their claim process. Suha was also referred to a prenatal program for newcomers at the nearby South London Community Centre where the nurse was able to help her find a family doctor for Sally’s delivery and ongoing care. Khitam and Suha are Palestinians who had sought refuge in Iraq, living there until the war broke out, then coming to Canada. Khitam hopes to be able to sponsor her husband soon and reunite the family.

Library Settlement Partnership. Library Settlement Workers are available at two London Public Library locations. L S P workers speak a variety of languages and help newcomers find services in London. They provide information about language learning, housing, health care services, immigration issues, library services and much more.

Services at Beacock Branch are:

Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Services at Jalna Branch are:

Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The L S P program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The program is a partnership between the Library, LUSO Community Services and the South London Community Centre.

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Friends of the London Public Library News and information.

Friends of the London Public Library logo.

Community support for your library.


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Friends of the London Public Library Present:

Speaking With Friends. An Evening with Valerie Mills Milde.

Join the Friends of the Library for an evening with local author Valerie Mills Milde reading from her new novel, The Land’s Long Reach, the story of Ena, a courageous and self-reliant woman living in rural Ontario during World War One. Set in Grey County during the prohibition era against the back drop of violent events in far-off battlefields, Ena faces a threat much closer to home. Valerie Mills Milde lives, works and writes in London, Ontario. Her first novel, After Drowning, won the Silver Independent Publishers Book Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2017, and her short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals across Canada. Book sale and signing after the reading.

Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m.

Central Library at 251 Dundas Street.
Admission by Donation. Reception to follow.

Speaking With Friends supports children’s and youth literacy programs at London Public Library.

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Save the Date! Friends of the Library Giant Book Sale is October 19 to 21.

You won’t want to miss it! There’s always an amazing selection of used books, movies, magazines and more! The Friends will be looking for volunteers to help out at the Book Sale. Our next issue of Access will give you information on volunteering.

New location! This year’s Book Sale will be held at Centennial Hall at 550 Wellington Street, on the lower level.

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Photo of Friends President and Library Board Chair. Caption: Library Board Chair, Stuart Clark, receiving a donation from Friends of the Library President, Carmen Sprovieri, on February 22. This generous gift of $68,500 will support children’s literacy initiatives, our Book Club in a Bag service and the popular Jazz for the People concerts.

The Library Store.

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

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Opening this fall! Your new Community Centre, Y M C A and Library.

This beautiful community destination, located at 501 Southdale Road West (west of Wonderland Road and east of Bostwick Road) will offer programs for all ages and abilities, including skating, swimming, fitness, cooking and all your favourite Library activities, programs and services! Y M C A membership sales and tours will begin at the site starting on August 7. Online and phone registration for City of London Spectrum programs will begin in late August and Library programs will be included in your next issue of ACCESS magazine coming out in September. We’ll be posting important information on our website as it is confirmed, such as the closing date of the Westmount Pop Up Library and the opening date of your incredible new Library and community facility!

We can’t wait to welcome you to your beautiful new community facility. Here’s some of what you’ll find
waiting for you: a London Public Library Branch on two levels with all your favourite library materials, computers, reading and children’s areas, and rooms for attending programs, studying, meeting and being creative.

A free indoor walking loop. Indoor pools and gymnasium. A double pad arena. A Y M C A fitness facility. A community kitchen. A multipurpose community space. A Service London counter.

For more information:

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Writer in Residence for September 2018 to April 2019.
Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves.

We are excited to announce Cherie Dimaline as Writer in Residence for 2018-19. Her recent novel,The Marrow Thieves, was a finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads 2018. It received two awards in 2017, the Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature in English and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature. Cherie Dimaline was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Arts in 2014. She is the founding editor of Muskrat Magazine, an online Indigenous publication focusing on sovereignty, culture and the celebration of community excellence, and she became the first Indigenous writer in residence for the Toronto Public Library in 2014 2015. Writer in Residence office hours at the Library begin in September. More information will be available in the Fall Access and on our website.

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Come Code With Us! Code-a-pillar is one of the awesome coding toys you can play with in upcoming programs featuring the Library’s new educational technology that supports children’s creativity and interactive learning experiences. Kids will learn sequencing, problem-solving and more by connecting the segments of Code-a-pillar that make it go forward, left, right – wherever they choose! We also have Code and Go Mouse, Osmo Coding Jam, Osmo Coding Awbie, Let’s Go Code, Robot Turtles, Snapino and more! Check our Science and Technology programs for Children & Families in our listings.

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New! Online Requests for Book Club in a Bag. We have improved your search experience for Book Club in a Bag. Now you will see at a glance which book sets are available for borrowing that day. You can also search for bags that will be available on a specific date – like your book club’s next meeting! For high demand titles, you can check when the book bag will be available and submit your request for that date. Use the online request form and receive confirmation of availability by email within 48 hours. You can always call 519-661-4600 for more information and to request your Book Club in a Bag.

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New in Our Collections.

Adult fiction. Cold Skies by author Thomas King. Love and Ruin by author Paula McLain. Motherhood by author Sheila Heti. The Perfect Mother by author Aimee Mollo. Warlight by author Michael Ondaatje.

Adult non fiction. Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by author Daniel Siegel. In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy by author Mardi Michels. The Herbalist’s
Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by author Pat Crocker. My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie by author Todd Fisher. Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body through the New Science of Optimum Hydration by author Dana Cohen.

Teen books. Don’t Cosplay with my Heart by author Cecil Castellucci. The Defiant by author Lesley Livingston. Fourth Dimension by author Eric Walters. Reaper at the Gates by author Sabaa Tahir. Speak: the graphic novel by author Laurie Halse Anderson, with artwork by Emily Carroll.

Visit for more new books, music and movies.

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Create. Play. Imagine. Come In and Unplug. Join us for a play break at your Library. Our Library spaces have toys and activities to inspire curiosity, imaginative play and family memories whenever you visit.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day. June 21. A Day to Celebrate the Heritage, Diverse Cultures and Outstanding Achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis! Search these community tags in the library catalogue and tag your own recommendations. Idle No More. Indigenous Book Club. Read Indigenous Books. June is National Indigenous History Month.

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Get the app! Unlimited Magazine Checkouts! R B digital lets you borrow as many magazines as you want. Keep them as long as you like!

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Freeze that hold! Save your place in line. You’re going on vacation. Don't let that book you’ve been waiting for arrive while you’re away. To Freeze  Your Holds: Log in to your account in our catalogue. Go to your holds list. Check the box in the right column beside titles due to arrive soon. When you’re back home, uncheck the box to go back in the queue.

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Take your library with you! Download the My Library app to your device. Search the catalogue. Use your virtual card for check outs. Download e books and e audio. Place holds. Manage your account. At a book store? Scan the I S B N barcode to find it in our catalogue and place a hold right away. Find the My Library app in the app store or on google play.

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Enriching lives. Your Library strengthens people and neighbourhoods with services, resources and welcoming spaces available to everyone. Your donation helps us to enrich lives, inspire creativity and support opportunities for all Londoners at every stage of life. Thank you, Library Donors, for the generous support of your community.

For more information about giving to your Library:

519-661-5100 extension 5460

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Science and Engineering Winners! We congratulate the winners of the London Public Library Award at the 2018 Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair, presented March 26 at Althouse College, Faculty of Education, Western University. Project topics and winners. Solar Tracking Panel by Julia Geurten. Phone Charger Powered by Body Heat by Natalie McIntosh and Timna-Sera Habta. Plastic From Milk? by Hamail Raza. Easy, Green, Inexpensive: Water Purification by Sunaina Vallamkonda and Jenn Xu.

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Stem & steam library resources. Find e Books for your science projects in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, a database that includes encyclopedias and specialized reference resources on a wide range of subjects. The titles we select for this database focus on the school curriculum, ensuring students can find relevant materials for assignments. The database performs a search within all e Books, letting you attain targeted and specific search results, and the articles contain links to more related subjects. Find G V R L in the Information Databases on our website and log in with your library card number.

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Your digital library.

Learn with online educational services or Information Databases.

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

Listen. Download music or listen to audiobooks.

Watch. 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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Information on using your library.

Get a Library Card. Library cards are free to London residents and to members of county libraries in Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, except the town of Woodstock. Cards are issued on presentation of personal identification and proof of London or eligible county residency. Non-residents may obtain a Library card for ten dollars a month, to a maximum of fifty dollars a year. 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. Feature Film DVDs. 7 days. Games. 7 days. All other DVDs. 21 days. E Books and e Audio. up to 21 days. E Video. up to 5 days. Laptops. 7 days. Hot spots. 21 days.

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

Returns. You can return most materials to any London Public Library location during any open hours or in our return chutes when we are closed. Return games and laptops 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, or by phone at 519-661-4600.

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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Many programs are drop in, with no registration needed!

For children’s programs requiring registration, register in person, online or call 519-661-4600:
starting Saturday, June 16 for July programs
starting Saturday, July 21 for August programs

Register starting Saturday, June 23 for the TD Summer Reading Club and Get Caught Reading programs.

Upcoming Byron Branch Improvements. Byron Branch is next on our schedule of branch improvement work. Byron Branch will be temporarily closed this fall for H VAC replacement and a refresh of the interior (paint, etc.). Stay tuned for temporary closure dates.

Crouch Branch Open During Road Construction. Access to the Crouch Branch Library and parking lot will remain available during road construction on Hamilton Road and Sackville Street this summer and fall. Keep up to date on road construction at

Westmount Pop Up. Excitement is building as construction on the new Community Centre, YMCA and Library facility at 501 Southdale Road West (at Bostwick Road) nears completion. Later this summer we'll be able to confirm when the Westmount Pop Up Branch will close and move into its beautiful new home, along with other details about the new facility:

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. Sunday hours at Central resume October 14. 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. Hours. 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. Hours. Glanworth. Tuesday, 7 to 9 pm. Saturday, 10 am to noon. Hours. Carson and Lambeth. Tuesday, 1 to 5 pm, and 6 to 9 pm. Wednesday, 9 am to noon, and 1 to 5 pm. Thursday, 1 to 5 pm, and 6 to 9 pm. Friday, 9 am to noon, and 1 to 5 pm. Saturday, 9 am to noon, and 1 to 5 pm.


All Locations Closed on Canada Day, Monday, July 2. Civic Holiday, Monday, August 6. Labour Day, Monday, September 3.

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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