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Winter 2019-20

Page one. Front cover.
London Public Library, Access library magazine
December, January, February 2019-2020
This document contains the news and events section of London Public Library’s Access magazine.
For the most up to date listings of Library programs go to our website at

Front Cover headlines:
100 plus fun and free things for kids to do over the winter break!
Awesome news for music lovers!
Get Creative in 2020
Read the One Book London is talking about.

Image: photo of the selected book for One Book One London, The Saturday Night Ghost Club, and the branding image of the crow with the red telephone.

Image: London Public Library logo

Pages two and three.
These two pages are a collage of headings with photos, a table of contents and listing with holiday and Sunday hours.

Table of Contents Winter 2019, 2020

Music Mondays, on page 4. Junos Leave A Musical Legacy in London, on page 5. The Saturday Night Ghost Club, London's One Book One London 2020, pages 6 and 7. I Love My Library by C E O and Chief Librarian, Michael Ciccone, page 8. Cynthia Loyst At The Library, page 9. Creating New Holiday Classics at the Labs, page 10. Community Celebration of Family Literacy Day, page 16. Celebrating Black History Month at LPL, page 41. Valentines for Vets, page 43. Freedom to Read Week, page 43.

In every issue
Friends of the London Public Library, on page 44. Looking for a new read? Check out what's new in our collections, page 45. Information on Using Your Library, page 46. Locations and Hours, page. 47.

Headings and teasers with photos.
Pages 4 and 5. Music is in the air. News about music opportunities coming to L P L thanks to the generous support of donors. Image of a guitar.
Page 6. One Book One London author Craig Davidson talks about writing. Image: photo of author Craig Davidson.
Pages 16 and 41. Save the Dates for Family Fun! Look for two fantastic family celebrations coming to your Central Library this winter! Images: photos of children and families having fun at the library.
Page 19. Find Holiday Open Houses. Image of a sled with gifts.
Page 42. The Gift of Reading. Find out how you can help every child to own their own book. Image of a child looking at an open book.

Library Holiday And Sunday Hours, Winter 2019 2020.

Holidays Hours
December 23, Central Library open 9 a m to 9 p m.
December 24, All locations open 9 a m to 12:30 p m except Carson, Lambeth and Glanworth.
December 25 and 26, All locations closed.
December 27 and 28, All locations open regular hours.
December 30, Central Library open 9 a m to 9 p m.
December 31 All locations open 9 a m to 12:30 p m except Carson, Lambeth and Glanworth.
January 1, All locations closed.
Carson, Lambeth and Glanworth closed on December 24 and 31.
Central Library Sunday Hours
December 1 and 8,  1 to 4 p m.
Regular Sunday hours resume January 5, hours 1 to 4 p m.

2020 Closures
February 17, Family Day Central Library closed.

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T D Music Mondays at London Public Library
Free Concerts
Central Library Commons, 12:15 p m.

January 13, Yessica Whoahneil.
January 27, Aaron Allen.
February 10, Wolf Saga.
February 24, Justin Maki.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of T D Bank Group, there will be music on select Mondays throughout 2020. Initiatives providing shared experiences through music and art are part of T D's support for creating more connected communities, values that align with London Public Library’s commitment to inspiring creativity in our community through our programs, spaces and resources. T D Music Mondays will be held in the Library Commons at Central Library through the winter and, when summer weather returns, outdoors in the Rotary Reading Garden.

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Junos leave a musical legacy in London.
Putting musical instruments into the hands of those who need them most.

On October 3, at a news conference at Budweiser Gardens, the 2019 London Junos Host Committee announced three legacy gifts that will make a significant impact on musical education and musical literacy in the London area. Alan Reid, President and C E O of CARAS, The JUNO Awards, and MusiCounts, Mayor Ed Holder, and special guests, recording artists Dean Brody, The Reklaws and Chad Brownlee were all in attendance to support this exciting news. London Public Library is honoured to be chosen as a recipient of one of these legacy gifts.

Musical Instrument Lending at your Library
This generous support from the 2019 London JUNOS Host Committee in collaboration with the London Guitar Shop provides London Public Library with a donation of musical instruments, such as acoustic and electric guitars, that will be free to borrow with your Library card. Watch for this new Musical Instrument Lending service to launch early in the new year. We are grateful for the support of the 2019 London JUNOS Host Committee who also announced a donation of musical instruments to Standing Stone and Antler River elementary schools and a donation of $205,000 to MusiCounts, a national organization that supports music education for children and youth through instrument grants to schools and communities.

Image: Photo of Library C E O with caption: Library C E O Michael Ciccone at the news conference on October 3 where the 2019 London JUNOS Host Committee announced funding of a musical instrument lending library at L P L.

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The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson.

Q and A with Craig Davidson.

On Coming of Age Stories.
I always had it in mind to write a coming of age narrative. As a writer, I think you have a kind of bucket list of novels you want to write and The Saturday Night Ghost Club was a shot at one of mine. I was trying to get into the headspace of a preteen, to go back to a time before you lose the ability to see the magic in the world. You can’t actually get back there but you can get close to it, you can remember it, or maybe you just remember your sense of remembering it. I knew I couldn’t quite get there but it was enormously fun trying to reconnect with that old self in my writing.

Coming of age narratives have a soft umber glow of nostalgia pricked by the knowledge of an adult world lurking just beyond a child’s border of awareness, those years of being blissfully unaware except for the occasional stirrings at the edges of your life. I can remember that feeling of starting to understand my parent’s conversations and the awareness that they were discussing “adult things.” My wife and I, with our seven-year-old son, are noticing moments when it’s clear he’s been following the gist of our conversation and asks us a really probing question. We can still gloss it over, explain it away, but it’s inevitable, and necessary, the gradual process of letting go of childhood beliefs.

The Ghost Stories.
If you’ve read the book, you know that each ghost story is essentially a piece of a puzzle, so the stories had to say what was needed for the narrative. As a starting point, I used ghost stories from the Niagara Falls area, like the Screaming Tunnel, but others were adapted or made up to suit the needs of the novel, coming from legends, from other places in the world or other faiths. The pretas, or hungry ghosts, in the novel, for example, are cribbed from Hindu or Buddhist beliefs. Like a lot of novelists, I’m a magpie, coming across a shiny bit of story here, a setting detail there, picking up a word choice or a character grace note somewhere else. Using all of that, I built this nest of a novel.

Origins as a P h D Thesis.
The Saturday Night Ghost Club started as my P h D thesis. Candidates were required to write a creative piece so, as I was going to write this book anyway, I thought why not wrangle a degree out of the process too. In the first draft, Jake was just a guy looking back on this one summer in his life but through the edits, he became a doctor, a surgeon and finally a brain surgeon. Since the novel deals in a big way with memory and, because I have a fascination, maybe an obsession, with surgeons, it seemed the right fit. The research process for the P h D took me down all sorts of interesting routes looking for information and background – surgeon’s memoirs, psychology, psychoanalysis, memory systems – a lot of dense but interesting texts. It was a slow accumulation of ideas and research that minted the finished book.

Craig Davidson is an author and journalist who has written several books, including Cataract City (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2013), Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on Bus 3077 (a Canada Reads nominee in 2018), and Rust and Bone (made into an Oscar-nominated feature film). He grew up in St. Catherines, near Niagara Falls, the setting for The Saturday Night Ghost Club and several other literary works. Craig also writes horror fiction under the name Nick Cutter.

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An Evening with Author Craig Davidson
Monday, March 2 at 7 p m.
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library.

Image: photo of author Craig Davidson.

Grey Matters: Conversations about Brain and Memory
Monday, January 27 at 7 p m.
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library
Experts from The Brain and Mind Institute at Western University discuss the latest research in their fields of Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Stefan Köhler is Director of the Memory Lab and Dr. Adrian Owen is the former Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging. Get free tickets at

Visit London's spookiest spots! Pick up a copy of London's Ghost Walk map at any branch!
Image of the fold out ghost walk map.

Formats available: Print, eBook, eAudiobook
For accessible formats for those with print disabilities, visit

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

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I love my library.
Michael Ciccone, C E O and Chief Librarian, London Public Library.

Image: photo of Library C E O Michael Ciccone standing in the library with shelves of books around and behind him. With photo caption: Michael Ciccone at our Oct. 30 One Book One London launch. One Book One London is funded by Library donors. Michael started his position as CEO and Chief Librarian at London Public Library at the end of August 2019. His career has included management and administrative positions with public libraries and, most recently, his position as Executive Director of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA).

My Career in Public Libraries.
I often get asked what led me to my career as a Librarian. I started in journalism at university but was drawn to the Library’s role as a neutral provider of information and services and to its open-door policy. I'm proud of the career I've chosen and my role as C E O is to ensure that the Library is at the forefront of our community in London.

The key to the 21st century public library lies in its ability to respond to the community, to the needs of library users and like-minded organizations. That can be as simple as making sure in-demand books are available in various formats or as complex as partnering to address social issues. Libraries provide the tools, including technology, that support learning and are recognized for their value as community gathering spaces. It's a tremendous feeling knowing that the organization you lead provides so much good for its community.

Why I Love Libraries.
The public library is open to everyone and is adaptable to the needs of a community. It is an unbiased provider of information and a place to be exposed to and take advantage of the latest technology. It is a social equalizer that provides access to a collection of community tools that many cannot afford on their own.

Why I Give to My Library.
As the new C E O, I recently made my first gift to London Public Library. I give because it is donated funds that allow us to stay ahead of the curve by supporting initiatives, especially in technology, that move too quickly for annual budget cycles. I believe deeply in initiatives like our Internet Hotspot lending program that makes internet access available to Londoners who otherwise would not have it, and our Inquiring Minds campaign that supports students and teachers in learning to use 3 D technology at their Library.

I love my library campaign.
We depend on donors like you for the much needed funding that helps us to go above and beyond in providing all Londoners with access to free programs and services, creative spaces and technology. Your donation will have a meaningful impact on the lives of others in your community. Please support the I Love My Library campaign.

To Donate: call 519-661-5100, extension 5460 or visit

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Cynthia Loyst at the Library.
An after-hours party in the Library!

Image: photo of the book cover for Find Your Pleasure by Cynthia Loyst.

Co-host of CTV’s The Social, Cynthia Loyst, brings her new book, Find Your Pleasure, to London Public Library. Through her insightful anecdotes in this deeply personal lifestyle book, Cynthia empowers women to revel in all of life’s joys, even the messy ones.

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:30 p m.
Central Library

25 dollars for a ticket.
50 dollars includes a ticket and a copy of Find Your Pleasure.
Tickets available at

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

Join us for an after-hours party in the Library!
Cash bar available.

About Cynthia Loyst
Cynthia Loyst is a writer, producer, television co-host of C T V’s The Social, and creator of Find Your Pleasure, a popular online destination that celebrates decadence, indulgence and pure unadulterated joy! Find her at and on Instagram and Twitter at @fypleasure and @cynthialoyst. At f y pleasure and at Cynthia Loyst.

Image: photo of Cynthia Loyst.

Watch for more author events at the Library.

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Holiday Songs Release
We launched The Labs at Central Library a year ago with the vision to support Londoners in developing new skills and achieving their creative potential. This holiday season, we are so proud to see this vision come to life in song!

Last summer, the London Music Office brought six London musicians from different genres to Central Library for a day. The artists were paired up and spent the morning in the music practice rooms at Central Library writing holiday-themed songs. The artists and Fanshawe graduate and Audio Engineer, Producer, Alex Emrich, worked on arrangements and then moved into The Studio, part of The Labs at Central Library, to demo-record each song. The result is three incredible new holiday songs by London artists!

This holiday season, two of these songs have been released on Spotify and are becoming a new holiday tradition, with roots firmly in London and The Labs at Central Library. Support local talent this holiday season and add these songs to your holiday playlists.

Listen on Spotify now! Christmas On Its Way by Casper Marcus and Saveria and Don’t Tell Me It’s Christmas by Julia Haggarty and Charlie Weber.

Check out the free resources in The Labs for making music and other creative projects.

Images: Photos with this caption: Photos left to right:  Musicians Casper Marcus and Saveria with producer Alex Emrich (centre) working on their song at The Labs at Central Library. Musician Taylor Holden recording vocals for her song with Addison Johnson in The Studio. Alex Emrich with musicians Julia Haggerty and Charlie Weber recording their song in The Studio.

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Community Baby Showers
For New and Expecting Parents

Image: photo of two pregnant couples, smiling, with dads reading from baby books.

Come out to socialize with other expecting and new parents at one of our Community Baby Showers at a Library Branch in your community.
Meet other parents in your neighbourhood.
Pick up a Free Baby’s Book Bag.
Learn about helpful, free resources for new parents available at L P L.

Find a Community Baby Shower Near You.

SHERWOOD. Wednesday, January 8 from 6:30 to 8 p m. Register starting December 27.

STONEY CREEK. Saturday, January 18 from 11 a m to 12:30 p m.Register starting January 4.

MASONVILLE. Tuesday, January 28 from 6:30 to 8 p m. Register starting January 14.

To register, call 519-661-4600.

Watch for more Community Baby Showers to come!

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Community Celebration of Family Literacy Day.
Saturday, January 25

Hundreds of London families love this annual fun-filled celebration! Presented by London Public Library and supported by amazing community organizations.

Activity stations with crafts, games, stories, face painting and more.
Scavenger hunt and giveaway bags, while supplies last.
Low cost pizza.
A performance of Cinderella by Duffle Bag Theatre in the Wolf Performance Hall. Free tickets for the performance are available, in person, starting at 10 a m for the show at 11 a m. Duffle Bag Theatre presents a hilarious, interactive show that’s fun for all ages!
Duffle bag Theatre is represented by Prologue to the Performing Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to bringing the performing arts to your people.

Saturday, January 25 from 10 a m to 2 p m.
The Main Floor of Central Library.

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Story 1.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
March 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Films start at 7 p m each night.
Presented by the Wolf Performance Hall.
Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas Street.
Twenty dollars per night, plus applicable fees.
Different films each night.
Tickets on Sale December 3. Available at or 519-661-5120.

Image: photo of mountains with a mountain climber walking along a ridge.

Story 2.
Unlimited Streaming of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids.
The Great Courses from Kanopy offer lifelong learning on a wide range of topics, including history, science, cooking, yoga, money management and much more. When you hit play to start a course, you have unlimited viewing of that course for 30 days.
Stream hundreds of children’s videos for free! Kanopy Kids offers the programming kids love and parents trust to inspire young minds and spark creativity.

Image of Kanopy logo. Your Library Card lets you stream thoughtful and entertaining films from Kanopy.

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Celebrating Black History Month at L P L.
Black History Month Family Day Celebration.
Our Community is Our Strength.
Saturday, February 15.
from 10 a m to 2 p m, the Main Floor of Central Library.
Join us on Family Day weekend for fun activities for the whole family! We will have performances, music, limbo dancing, games, crafts and more. Everyone is welcome!

Images: photos of families smiling and having fun and children doing the limbo dance.

18th Annual Black History Month Closing Celebration
Saturday, February 29, from 2 to 4:30 p m.
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library
An amazing show every year featuring local artists showcasing their talent with song, dance, spoken word, history and more. The show is followed by a reception with food and refreshments.
Tickets. Adults, twenty dollars, Seniors and Students, 13 to 25 years, fifteen dollars. Children, 12 years and under, Free.
Tickets are available in person at the box office from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, by phone at 519-661-5120, or on Eventbrite.
London Public Library is proud to partner with the London Black History Coordinating Committee to bring in bringing these two celebrations to our community.

Black History Month Films at Library Locations.
Beacock, February 1 at 2 p m.
East London, February 6 at 6:30 p m.
Landon, February 12 at 2 p m.
Bostwick, February 15 at 2 p m.
Central, February 19 at 6 p m.
Cherryhill, 6:30 pm, February 20 at 6:30 p m.
Stoney Creek, February 22 at 12 p m.

To find out film titles, call 519-661-4600.

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Story 1.
London Public Library.
A Book for Every Child.

Image: a smiling child holding an open book.

Each year more than 6,000 children in London, who would otherwise not own a book, receive one thanks to the generosity of donors like you. Your financial donation to A Book for Every Child can make the most impact by helping us to put the right book into a child’s hands at the right time.
Visit to donate and find promotions offered by book stores. No gift is too small!

Donate Today
519-661-5100 extension 5460

Story 2.
The Holiday Spirit at Work!
Last year, staff at McKenzie Lake Lawyers L L P embraced the holiday spirit by collecting new books and donations for the Library’s A Book for Every Child program. Chelsea Smith, an associate at the firm, pitched the idea for their annual Christmas charity campaign and everyone loved it!

The enthusiasm in their offices inspired the spirit of giving and the sharing of stories of beloved childhood books or special memories of reading with children or grandchildren. Chelsea is a Library READ volunteer, a program for children who are reluctant readers, with a passion for supporting children in developing a love of reading, so she was thrilled with the success of the campaign. It was so popular that they are participating again this year!

We are sending out a big thank you to everyone at McKenzie Lake Lawyers L L P for their generous support. To find out how your workplace can give to A Book for Every Child, call 519-661-5100, extension 5460.

Image: photo with this caption: Chelsea Smith, left, an associate at McKenzie Lake Lawyers L L P, led a workplace campaign last year to collect donations and new books for L P L’s A Book for Every Child. With her is articling student Nusaiba Al-Azem.

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Story 1.
Valentines for Vets.
Show Veterans You Care.
Through the month of January, create handmade valentines to express your gratitude to veterans for their sacrifices. We will mail the valentines to Veterans Affairs Canada to distribute to veterans in long-term care facilities in time for Valentine’s Day. Materials to make valentines will be available at all library locations from January 2 to 31.

Image of handmade paper valentines.

Story 2.
Freedom to Read Week
February 23 to 29, 2020.
Readings from the Works of Banned and Imprisoned Authors
Monday, February 24 at 1:30 p m.
Central Library
Global Importune presents a public reading to raise awareness of the works of persecuted authors who are recognized by Amnesty International as political prisoners. You can sign letters provided to help gain the release of these writers worldwide.

Freedom to Read Week
The Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom during Freedom to Read week. Every year they publish a review of current censorship issues in Canada and make educational materials available for classrooms, libraries and events. Find out more at and look for displays of banned books in London Public Library locations.

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Story 1.
Friends of the Library
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 p m at Central Library.
All Welcome.
Jazz For the People at 7:15 p m in the Wolf Performance Hall.
Friends Reception during Intermission.
Come out for an evening of jazz and meet the Friends of the London Public Library, a dedicated group of volunteers who support library programs and projects through fundraising initiatives like the Friends of the Library Book Store and the annual Giant Book Sale. Jazz for the People is a free concert series featuring local and regional musicians, made possible through funding by the Friends.
Wow! Jazz for the People celebrates 40 years at L P L this season!

Story 2.
Book Sale Success!
Book Sale Coordinator, Don Menard, reports that the Friends of the Library Giant Book Sale in October raised 38,400 dollars thanks to the enthusiasm and help of nearly 150 volunteers who participated, and to Yale Industrial Trucks and Campbell Brothers Movers for their support in moving sale items to the site. Shoppers are drawn to the book sale year after year, looking for used books, D V Ds, C Ds, magazines and more – all at bargain prices! Funds raised from the sale support value added projects at the Library, including literacy programs.

Story 3.
A Book for Every Child 2019. November 2 to December 14.
To Donate: visit or call 519-661-5100 extension 5460.
Participating local book stores generously offer a 20 percent discount on books purchased and donated at the store during the campaign. The books are picked up by Friends of the Library volunteers.

20 percent discount at these book stores.
Chapters, 1037 Wellington Road. South
Coles Bookstore, Masonville Place
Indigo, 86 Fanshawe Park Road. East
Oxford Book Shop, 262 Piccadilly Street
The Book Store at Western, University Community Centre
Read more about A Book for Every Child on page 15.

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.


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New in Our Collections.

Adult fiction books.
The Obsidian Murders by Thomas King.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald who is a local author who lives in Woodstock!
The Whispers of War by Julia Kelly.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

Adult non fiction books
Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still: Hope and Humor from My Seriously Flawed Life by Kristina, Kuzmic.
The Impossible First by Colin O’Brady.
The Future of Food: How Digital Technology is Changing the Way We Feed the World by Caleb Harper.
Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene.
Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual by Jocko Willink.

Picture Books
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S K Ali. Illustrator, Hatem Aly.
Just Because by Mac Barnett. Illustrator, Isabelle Arsenault.
Small in the City by Sydney Smith.
Saturday by Oge Mora.
The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise. Illustrator, Lucy Ruth Cummins.

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 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.

New. 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. 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 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. D V Ds, 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 and older. D V Ds, 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.

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.

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

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

Holiday Hours

December 23, Central Library open 9 a m to 9 p m. December 24, All locations open 9 a m to 12:30 p m except Carson, Lambeth and Glanworth. December 25 and 26, All locations closed. December 27 and 28, All locations open regular hours. December 30, Central Library open 9 a m to 9 p m. December 31 All locations open 9 a m to 12:30 p m except Carson, Lambeth and Glanworth. January 1, All locations closed. Carson, Lambeth and Glanworth closed on December 24 and 31.

Central Library Sunday Hours
December 1 and 8,  1 to 4 p m. Regular Sunday hours resume January 5, hours 1 to 4 p m.

2020 Closures
February 17, Family Day Central Library closed.

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. 1 to 4 p.m. October 20 to December 8, 2019. January 5 to May 3, 2020.

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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