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In The News

News Category: Kids, Adults, Teens, In The News

Sep
11
2017

We are excited to announce a partnership with the Huronia Symphony Orchestra to lend out musical instruments! Our Musical Instrument Library will start with 10 instruments, including guitars, bass guitars, violins and keyboards.

Aug
28
2017

Dust off your superhero cape. Our 2nd annual BPL Comic Con® is coming! Join us Saturday, September 23 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm for a celebration of all things comic at our Downtown Branch (60 Worsley Street). 

Aug
25
2017

Join us for our 15th annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival at Heritage Park on Saturday, August 26. 

The festival is for more than just paddlers - it's a free, fun day for the whole family!

Jun
13
2017
The Other Einstein - selected for Big Library Read Digital Book Club at Barrie Public Library.
Readers can borrow and read this eBook for free without waitlists and holds for two weeks! Be part of the world's biggest online book club!
 
Jun
12
2017

We are pleased to once again be a part of Barrie Jazz Blues Festival! Join us this week for live performances at both of our branches. 

Painswick Branch
Monday, June 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Richard Whiteman & Reg Schwager)
Wednesday, June 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Alma Latina)
Friday, June 16, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (The Birdland Trio w/ Bob Livingston)

Jun
09
2017

Are you passionate about helping your community? Do you need community service hours for high school? Volunteering at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is a fun and rewarding way to fulfil your goals. 

We are recruiting for our 2017 festival, which takes place on Saturday, August 26. Volunteer positions include:

May
29
2017

Our Summer 2017 newsletter is out! Check out what's happening at the Barrie Public Library during June, July and August.

We've got ton of programs, events and workshops taking place, including:

Jan
27
2017

We are excited to once again be a part of The February Blues XX! This festival features live performances by jazz and blues artists at locations across Alliston, Barrie, Bradford-West Gwillimbury, Innisfil, Georgina, Midland and Orillia. 

Date: Saturday, February 4
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Locations: Both Branches

Oct
19
2016

All Canadians are invited to have their say on "how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world".  For more information visit this website

Sep
14
2016

We are super excited to announce that we're having an all ages Comic Book Convention (otherwise known as a Comic Con) on Saturday, October 15! Comic Cons celebrate comic books and the music and movies inspired by them. Come dressed in your favourite superhero or comic character costume! Free, all-ages.

Sep
14
2016

We are pleased to welcome Marc Saunders to the role of Chief Executive Officer, who started with us on August 2. Marc comes to the Barrie Public Library with 14 years in senior management roles in libraries.  As a part of his most recent position of Director of Libraries at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library, Marc spearheaded the creation of a digital newspaper archive and dramatically increased adult and children's programming. 

Aug
09
2016

Our monthly Teen Coffee House Night is always a great night full of very talented local teens. It's a chance to sing, recite poetry or perform improv in a casual relaxed atmosphere.

Jul
28
2016

If you haven't come to check out our Tinker Lab yet, what are you waiting for!? 

Right inside the front doors at our Downtown branch, you'll find a place of discovery, creativity and imagination. Watch the 3D printer create something neat, play with the Ozo Bots, Dash robots or Meccano. Create something on the sewing machine, or take the K'NEX roller coaster for a ride! It's all about learning and experiencing new things in a hands-on environment. All ages are welcome, as there is something for everyone. 

Jun
29
2016

Want to try dragon boating but aren't ready to join a team quite yet? Looking to get out on the water? We're holding Learn to Paddle sessions for the community this summer!  Come down to Heritage Park July 9 or 16 to learn the basics of dragon boat racing and see what all the excitement is about. 

'Learn to Paddle' Sessions

Saturday, July 9 (Register online)
Heritage Park Gazebo
Check in: 9:30 am
Session Start: 10:00 am

Jun
02
2016

June is here and we have a lot of fun activities planned to celebrate! Saturday, June 4 is an action-packed day for us at the Barrie Public Library. 

Celebrate Barrie
Celebrate Barrie takes place on Saturday, June 4 at Centennial Beach. Visit our booth to get some free swag, get or renew a library card, or just to say hi!

May
04
2016

Science Odyssey: Ten Days of Discovery & Innovation is a collaborative event happening May 6 - 15th.  This event is a celebration of science led by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.  For more information, visit their website Science.gc.ca.  The library is offering a STEAM storytime for ages 3 years and older on Saturday May 7th Downtown at 2:30 p.m. as part of this celebration.

May
03
2016

The 2016 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is coming up on Saturday, August 27! As Barrie's largest waterfront festival, we couldn't run it without the support of our many volunteers. Volunteering at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is a great way to get your community service hours, AND have a blast while doing it! 

Apr
25
2016

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago but his plays, poems and the man himself, is celebrated and read now more than ever. Take some time to relish one his works or read about the mystery of Shakespeare's true identity with the help of our reading list:

Apr
23
2016

Congratulations to Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff on winning the National Business Book Award for 2016. 
 

Their book, Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Blackberry is an inside account of Research in Motion, the company behind the Blackberry.

Other nominees for this award were:

Feb
08
2016

Freedom to Read Week is almost here! From February 21 - 27, we come together to celebrate and defend our right to read books. Our theme for this year is Freedom to Choose, and our slogan is "They don't want you to know that."

Here's how we're celebrating:

In the Library
Mug Shots - We'll have a mug shot area set up where you can take your picture with a banned book. Share it on social media with the hash tag #FTRWeek and see what others are saying! 

Feb
03
2016

We've got lots on tap this weekend! Barrie Winterfest is taking place on February 6, and 7 and we're getting in on the fun at the Downtown branch of the library.

Free Snowman Kit with New Kid's Membership
Saturday and Sunday during library hours
Drop in any time this weekend to sign your kids up for a library card, and take home a snowman kit! These great kits have all you need to decorate your snowman - felt hat and scarf, orange nose and buttons! Free with all new kids memberships. We may not have much snow yet, but it's coming!

Jan
25
2016

The Barrie Public Library will be singing the Blues on February 6! As a part of February Blues Festival XIX, we’re hosting live performances by some of Canada’s finest Jazz and Blues artists. Both the Downtown and Painswick library branches are featuring performances between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Painswick: Richard Whiteman & Trevor Giancola (48 Dean Ave., Barrie)
Downtown: The Kene Hyatt Trio feat. Mike Lewis (60 Worsley St., Barrie)

Jan
11
2016

We're excited that our Knitted Knockers program has been receiving a lot of attention! CTV News Barrie featured a great story on January 7: http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=777631&binId=1.1476789&playlistPageNum=1 (clip starts at 9:25)

Oct
16
2015

Unsure which party to vote for on Monday 19 October? Take a look at these resources:

Platform comparison (Globe & Mail, last updated October 13)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/elections/party-platform-comparison/article26758784/

Sep
17
2015

Our books come in E as well as P. Well, no-one calls printed books 'p-Books' yet but I'm sure it will catch on eventually. We are celebrating 'Read an eBook Day' to promote our e-books, which come in all flavours, styles and genres.

Books made into movies: A walk in the woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail - Bill Bryson

Jun
14
2015

Did you know that there are over 100 summer day camps in the Barrie area? Each year, Information Barrie collects information about these camps for kids and parents. We are your starting point for planning a fun filled summer!

May
19
2015

We have a brand new business database at the library - SimplyMap

SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application allowing you to interact with complex data. It enables non-technical and advanced users to quickly create professional thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data taken from the Canadian Census, Canadian Survey of Household Spending and the Dun & Bradstreet Canadian Company Database.

Feb
20
2015

 

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week with Barrie Public Library

February 22-28, 2015

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

Jan
02
2015

We now have a new Library Events Calendar. The new calendar allows you to search our catalogue for programs and events, as well as register online. If you need assistance with our new Calendar and registration program, please speak to a staff member. 

 

Remember to change your Favourite /Bookmark to the new link (http://sierra-app.barriepubliclibrary.ca/iii/calendar/month)

Dec
11
2014

Due to weather conditions this evening, our "The Art of Storytelling Program" has been cancelled. 

Nov
15
2014

"Daring Ladies of Lowell' by Kate Alcott has just been added to our Book Club Kits.

This brings us to 11 Fiction and 4 non-fiction titles.  Each Kit has 10 regular print, 3 Large Print, 2 audio-CDs, plus discussion questions and critiques.

Kits can be booked for a 6 week period, Saturday to Saturday.  For more information, or to book a kit, please speak to Information staff.

Nov
15
2014

Now's the time to cast your vote for your favourite Evergreen Award 2014 book. Vote online or come into one of our locations (Downtown or Painswick) and fill out a ballot. Voting runs from October 1 - 31 2014. Don't delay. Choose your favourite from this year's awesome roster of Canadian books!

VOTE NOW for the Evergreen 2014 Award.

Nov
15
2014

Twelve Canadian writers are contending for what has undoubtedly become the richest fiction prize in Canada - the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The shortlisted authors will be unveiled on Monday, Oct. 6. The winner will be revealed at the annual Scotiabank Giller Prize gala, which will air on CBC Television on Monday, Nov. 10 with host Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio's Q.

The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted books are (links to the titles in the library catalogue included below): 

Sep
19
2014

 

The final voting day for the next municipal election is Monday October 27, 2014 

Important information for Barrie voters:

Sep
15
2014

Online registration has now closed. For details about remaining space in the programs, check out our newsletter, or call 705-728-1010 ext 7019, or email barlib@barrie.ca

Aug
29
2014

The Toronto International Film Festival begins September 4th and runs through Septempter14th. Get ready to watch these documentaries and movies by checking out books from this TIFF reading list. More than 20 of these films were inspired by books, short stories or plays; 16 are listed here.

Click on the links below to find these titles in the library catalogue.

1.     Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord

Aug
25
2014

You may be hearing about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for the first time as the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' is raising awareness about this fatal neurodegenerative disease. "ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. Every day two or three Canadians die of the disease." (Source ALS Canada http://www.als.ca/en)

Jul
11
2014

Did you know that there are over 90 summer day camps in the Barrie area?

Each year, Information Barrie collects information about these camps for kids and parents. We are your starting point for planning a fun filled summer!

Jun
29
2014

Looking for summer reads? Take part in Reading Bingo for Adults; which runs July 2nd - September 30th. This is your chance to read more widely from Canadian fiction and non-fiction and to have fun doing it! How does reading bingo work? Read current or past Evergreen nominated books to fill in your bingo squares, you can find a list here. Staff are happy to assist with suggestions for reads that fit the various criteria/bingo squares if desired.

Jun
28
2014

28 June, 1914 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed in Sarajevo; an act that precipitated the First World War. This event, and its aftermath, shaped politics, geography, art and virtually all other spheres of life for the next century.

Jun
26
2014

What's your spark? Where's your inspiration? Find out this summer playing Readopoly, the Barrie Public Library's TD Summer Reading Club. Readopoly is our free summer reading activity played using a big board game. Every year we use the TD Summer Reading Program theme to make up a new board. The places on the board suggest what kinds of books to read or some fun things to do. All you have to do is have fun reading and then tell us about it. When you complete four turns playing on the board, you get a free book to keep!

Jun
26
2014

"The Leftovers" is poised to become the next must-watch TV series (it premieres June 29 on HBO). In a single day, a Rapture-like event has occurred, and those who remain on earth are left to battle the daily challenges of life (bills, school, health, etc.) despite the impact of the large-scale loss. The first season will be ten-episodes. Actors whom you may recognize include: Amy Brenneman and Liv Tyler. For a full-cast list see the IMDB listing for The Leftovers here.

Jun
17
2014

Canadian Winner - Red Doc> by Anne Carson

International Winner - Seasonal Works With Letters on Fire by Brenda Hillman

Be stimulated, enervated and elevated by poetry at Barrie Public Library!

Jun
05
2014

LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign hits $1-million goal in one day!

For more details, click here.

Jun
03
2014

On Sunday June 22nd the following well-known authors will be in our area:

1:00pm author Diana Gabaldon will be at the Chapters store in Barrie signing her books.

12:30pm author Margaret Atwood will be in Midhurst as part of a presentation on rural life.  Tickets are $20.00; and she will be available for book signing after the presentation.  Full details at: http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139039865

 

 

 

May
28
2014

The First Nation Communities Read has announced the title for the 2014-15 year, it is Wild Berries/Pakwa Che Menisu by Julie Flett. First Nation Communities Read is an annual reading program launched in 2003 by the First Nations public library community in Ontario.

May
20
2014

 

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and IFOA are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Forest of Reading® Awards:

Blue Spruce™

Dave Whamond - Oddrey (Owlkids Books)

Silver Birch® Express

Rebecca Upjohn and Renné Benoit - The Secret of the Village Fool (Second Story Press)

Silver Birch® Fiction

May
06
2014

Winners of the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards in mystery fiction and non-fiction have been announced by the Mystery Writers of America.

Enjoy any or all of these award winning titles:

BEST NOVEL
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

May
01
2014

TD Canadian Children's Book Week

May 3 - 10, 2014

The theme of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2014 is Read to Remember and will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I in 2014. Books can help us to remember WWI, WWII and subsequent wars, books can help us to honour those involved and books can help us to recognize that wars are still happening in other parts of the world today. Our theme guide will focus on books that explore WWI, WWII and subsequent wars Canada has been involved in.

Apr
19
2014

The Canadian Library Association / Association Canadienne des Bibliothèques has announced the 2014 Young Adult Book Award winner and Honour Book for books published in 2013. Established in 1980, the Young Adult Book Award recognizes an author of an outstanding Canadian English-language work of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18.

Apr
09
2014

The Poetry institute of Canada has a Poetry Contest and a Creative Writing Contest closing July 31, 2014.

Poems must be original and 24 lines or less.  Creative Writing must be original and 850 words or less.

There are categories for children, teens, and adults.  Prizes will be awarded.

For more information go to the Poetry Institute.

Mar
26
2014

The Winner of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize is Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People, published by Doubleday Canada. This was the 13th awarding of the country's most prestigious prize for literary non-fiction.

Mar
25
2014

Between May and October we’ll be featuring several of the 2014 Evergreen nominees through author visits, book club discussions, and themed events. Watch our website for list of upcoming Evergreen events.

Start reading this awesome selection of Canadian fiction and non-fiction books selected by Ontario librarians. Then, vote for your favourite in October.

Barrie Reads Evergreen Bookmarks will soon be available at both Downtown and Painswick.

 

Mar
13
2014

POETRY PRIZE NOW OPEN! Deadline to submit: May 1, 2014!

WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection. The entry must be between 400 and 600 words.

WHEN: Competition opens: March 1, 2014. Deadline to submit: May 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.

Mar
06
2014

 The novel, The Orenda, written by Joseph Boyden is the winner of CBC Canada Reads 2014. It was chosen over Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood,

Mar
06
2014

Well done to 'Twelve Years a Slave' for winning the award for Best Picture!

Check out 'Oscar nominated' reads on our library catalogue

Jan
28
2014

The RBC Taylor prize short-list has been announced. The award is given "to a non-fiction Canadian author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception" www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca.

Jan
22
2014

CBC's competition for creative non-fiction closes on 1 February!

If you have a story to tell about life experiences or observations you can enter and stand to win a prize of $6000. The winner's story will be featured in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony.

Jan
13
2014

Astronaut Chris Hadfield has some advice for business owners, including “do sweat the small stuff”.

Dec
13
2013

Find out which author's works will be "given a new lease on life as they pass into the Public Domain" on January 1st, 2014. The list of authors, all who died in 1943 includes Beatrix Potter, Fatts Waller, Simone Weil, George Washington-Carver and Saul Tchernichovsky. You can read these author's works at your library also. You may just see some of their works cropping up as free e-books in the future!

Dec
10
2013

Oprah has announced her 3rd Pick for the Oprah's Book Club 2.0 (virtual)! The book is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd which is due out January 7, 2014. Place your hold today on a library copy.Read the full announcement and watch a video-clip of Oprah telling you why she choose this book as her new 'pick' before she even finished reading it!

Dec
02
2013

Tuesday December 3rd is National Giving Day. Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday – but now Canada has introduced Giving Tuesday!

“It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.” –givingtuesday.ca

…still curious? Check out this video!

Nov
28
2013

The 2014 Canada Reads Contenders have been announced. If you haven't read them yet, we've got them for you to come check out.

Stephen Lewis defends The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Nov
16
2013

Congratulations to author Terry Fallis, whose book 'Up and Down', was the favourite of readers involved in the Forest of Reading's 2013 Evergreen Award.

“There were so many wonderful books shortlisted this year and I’m honoured that Up and Down was in their company,” says Fallis. “I think the real satisfaction for all of the shortlisted authors is the knowledge that so many readers headed to their local library and borrowed our books. That’s really what it’s all about.”

Nov
15
2013

Oprah introduced us to Cheryl Strayed's Wild, her first Web 2.0 Bookclub book, which is now being made into a movie to be released 2014. Reese Witherspoon loves this book - and is in the middle of filming it!

Nov
11
2013

The CW and CBS TV Studios are planning a TV Show based on The Painted Girls by Canadian author Cathy Marie Buchanan. "1878 Paris.

Oct
15
2013

The Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Program has announced its 2014 Nominees. Follow the link to find out which Canadian titles have been selected!

Click Here.

Oct
10
2013

Link here to see the Scotiabank Giller prize shortlist published on Oct. 8.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1238699/the-2013-scotiabank-giller-prize-announces-its-shortlist?relation=org

All titles are available at the Barrie Public Library.

Enjoy!

Sep
20
2013

On September 19th, the shortlist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction was announced.

The books are:

Sep
19
2013

Click here to see the 2013 Giller Prize long listWatch out for these titles on our library shelves!

Sep
09
2013

Did you know that the guide is now available on-line?  Browse the latest City of Barrie Recreation Guide here!

Aug
24
2013

Just a friendly reminder that all Barrie Public Library branches will be closed Sunday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept 2, 2013 for Labour Day.

More information can be found here:http://library.barrie.ca/about/holidays

Jul
15
2013

    Our 4th annual Barrie Reads Evergreen event is fast approaching. Mark September 25, 7 p.m. on your calendars and start reading the 2013 Evergreen Award nominees now. For a list of titles, pick up a bookmark in the library or look under Awards on the library catalogue. Don't miss Barrie's biggest ever book club evening! 

A complete list of Evergreen Books 2013.

Jul
03
2013

Kick off the summer with some reading fun for all ages! Registration starts this week for:

Readopoly Great Canadian Reading Race - "Go! Bon Voyage! TD Summer Reading Program"

Jun
24
2013

Just a friendly reminder that all Barrie Public Library branches will be closed Sunday, June 30 to Monday, July 1, 2013 for Canada Day.

More information can be found here:http://library.barrie.ca/about/holidays

 

Jun
12
2013
Did you know that there are over 90 summer day camps in the Barrie area?

Each year, Information Barrie collects information about these camps for kids and parents. We are your starting point for planning a fun filled summer!

May
30
2013

Boaters and Mechanics... with the boating season just starting, come to the library to view the Seloc Marine Library, an online database of maintenance and repair manuals for outboard, inboard and stern drive engines. Models from 1974 are covered, including wiring diagrams, specifications, and repair procedures. For more information, call the library at 705-728-1010 x7020

May
17
2013

Be a part of creating a global book club by joining the Big Library Read pilot program! Michael Malone's novel 'The Four Corners of the Sky' is available for download via the Barrie Public Library's Overdrive system until June 1st! For more information, please visit our Libraries on the Go webpage: http://librariesonthego.library.on.ca/113DFDB1-7288-4801-820D-55CE5D1E311B/10/50/en/Default.htm. Happy reading!

May
07
2013

Congratulations to St. Catherine of Siena's Battle of the Books team, gold medal winners for the third year in a row!

We had a great night at City Hall on Thursday, May 2.  Six school teams came out to battle their book knowledge in the nineteenth annual Battle of the Books Grand Battle.  St. Monica's came in a close second, with the Homeschool Team winning the bronze.

We hope to see everyone again next year for our twentieth Battle of the Books!!

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