News Category: Announcements
Barrie Public Library is pleased to announce that we have two new online services patrons can use from home or from anywhere with a mobile device. Hoopla is a Streaming service for TV and Movies. Freegal is a Streaming / Downloading service for music and music videos.
Please feel free to ask our service staff about these great new products.
Registration is open for Lego Robotics Parents & Kids, Toddler Time, Tales for Twos, Teen Writers Club and Paws4Stories! Visit our What's Happening page for registration and program information.
In our effort to continually serve you better, we're conducting a short customer service survey. Please help us by providing your feedback:
Teen Book Chat at Downtown is cancelled. See you April 5th.
Our Spring 2017 newsletter is out! Check out what's happening at the Barrie Public Library during March, April and May.
We've got ton of programs, events and workshops taking place, including:
Freedom to Read Week is almost here! Celebrated from February 26 - March 4, it's is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Check out a list of banned and challenged books in our catalogue - some of them might surprise you!
Please join us for the next Learn to 3D Print program on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.. Registration for this free program takes place through the Library Calendar on the website with your library card.
The following are some new online resources and a couple of updates to existing ones. If you have any questions please contact us.
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
Freedom to Read Week takes place each year to recognize our right to intellectual freedom. This year, Freedom to Read Week is February 26 - March 4.
We'll be celebrating with activities, displays and a social media contest. More information about the contest will be announced in early February. Stay tuned for details!
Tonight's Around the World in 60 Minutes: Tanzania program at Painswick is cancelled due to the weather.
Registration is now open for Paws 4 Stories and True Colors for Teens Workshop.
Our 15th annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival takes place on Saturday, August 26. Planning is underway for a special year - we'll be celebrating our 15th anniversary as well as Canada's 150th year!
Registration is now open for returning teams that participated in 2016. We have a limited number of team spaces, so register early to avoid disappointment. Register online at http://barriedragonboatfestival.ca/.
General registration for new teams opens on February 13.
Registration is underway for our Winter programs! Visit our What's Happening page to register for Baby Sign Language and Circle of Readers:
Circle of Readers
Aimed at building the reading skills of children in Grades 2 - 5. Kids read with a volunteer for the first part of the hour, followed by a group activity and then a reading circle. Learn more about Circle of Readers.
We went through all the data from 2016 and have compiled Top 10 lists for the hottest fiction, non-fiction, movies and more. Check them out and get inspired for some new reads for 2017!
Top 10 Fiction
Exciting changes are coming to how you borrow DVD and Blu-Ray TV Series from our collection!
Currently, you borrow each disc in a season separately. We’ve heard that it can be challenging to watch seasons in order and have discs available when you need them. Over the next few months, we will be moving each season of 1-6 discs into one case. Any TV season containing more than 6 discs will be separated into two cases. The loan period will change from 1 week to 3 weeks and the fines will remain the same at $1.00/day overdue.
Due to weather, Painswick library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. today. Downtown library will remain open until 9:00 p.m. tonight.
Our Downtown Branch is turning 20! We are celebrating the branch's 20th anniversary on Saturday, December 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Drop-in and enjoy live music, cake and refreshments while you browse through photos and items from years past.
Spin our raffle wheel to win prizes including a chance to win a Kobo eReader!
Join us for a meet and greet with local authors at the Painswick Branch on December 3rd! Attend author talks, buy new books and get the chance to win one for free.
Our How To In 10 Festival is fast approaching. Each branch will feature local individuals, organizations and businesses demonstrating new skills you can learn in under 10 minutes. Get 5 stamps on your event passport from learning 5 new skills and be entered to win great door prizes!
Voting is now closed. Thanks for your votes!
The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival has a chance to win $50,000!
We are in the running for an Aviva Community Fund grant, which would allow us to make the festival even bigger and better for 2017. But we need your votes! Please visit our Barrie Dragon Boat Festival Project Page to vote - it takes less than 30 seconds to register, and you can use all 18 votes at once.
Try an online course at the library or at home with Universal Class. You can brush up on your Windows 10 knowledge or get started with Reiki or Dog Training.
These courses are organized into lessons that you can do at your own pace and each course has its own tutor that you can contact with questions or for advice.
Remember that you can use our other online resources or books to supplement and support your studies!
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.
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.
Read an eBook Day is on Friday 16 September and is a celebration of modern storytelling. Be a part of the festivities by checking out your favorite eBook from the library and join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading and stories about why you love eBooks by using the hashtag #eBookLove on social media or by filling in an E-Book Love postcard in the library.
Barrie Public Library is excited to participate in Outside the Lines from September 11-17, a weeklong celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.
We're inviting local schools to participate in this event through a Twitter photo challenge! The winning class will win a private Tinker Lab session and pizza lunch at the library.
Please note: This race has been postponed until June 2017 to give schools more time to recruit team members. More details will be communicated this fall.
We are currently working on redesigning the Barrie Public Library website. Our goal is to provide a user-friendly, searchable, visually appealing website that is mobile- and tablet-friendly. But we need your help!
Please take a few minutes to fill out our website redesign survey to let us know what you like about our current website, what frustrates you, what you come to the website for, and what would be on your wish list.
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.
Barrie Public Library is taking part in the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital Book club through public libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time.
The time for Summer Reading Programs is here! We have one for kids, one for teens and one for adults, and all of them start on Monday, June 27.
We're excited to announce we're hosting our first ever Simcoe County High School Dragon Boat Championship! Open to all students from all grades in all high schools in Simcoe County, it will be held on the morning of Wednesday, September 28 on Kempenfelt Bay.
All schools are invited to enter one team made up of 21 students (10 girl and 10 boy paddlers, and one drummer). No experience is necessary, all you need is some enthusiasm and willingness to try.
We're excited to announce that we're a part of the TackleShare Program, giving new and young anglers the opportunity to go fishing at no cost!
Visit the Downtown branch (60 Worsley St.) to sign out a rod and reel and an assortment of tackle the same way you would borrow library books. It's a great way to get some time in the outdoors while learning a new skill. Head down to the beach or dock and enjoy some quality time with your family!
Fishing gear will be available throughout the summer.
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.
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!
The City of Barrie is currently developing an Age-Friendly Community Plan, an initiative to improve the quality of life for Barrie residents. As a part of the process, the City is conducting a focus group during our Adult Drop-in Social on Wednesday, May 4 at the Painswick branch. All seniors, or anyone who cares for a senior are invited to attend! Have your say in making Barrie an Age-Friendly City.
The Barrie Public Library is the proud host of Barrie's largest waterfront festival, the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival. This is an annual event that is made possible by the support of our sponsors, volunteers and community teams. The Festival is held at the City of Barrie's beautiful Heritage Park, with racing on the waters of Kempenfelt Bay.
Registration for our spring programs is now closed.
Registration for the spring sessions of our registered programs began on Monday, March 21! Lego Robotics is now full. Registration is still open for Toddler Time, Tales for Twos, Paws 4 Stories and Science for Homeschoolers:Bird Eggs. See below for program descriptions, dates and times, and registration information. You can also visit our Online Calendar to see everything we offer. As always, all of our programs are FREE!
OverDrive have released v3.5.2 of their iOS app for e-books and e-audiobooks, which resolves some of the issues that users encountered after upgrading to v3.5 in early February. You can download or update this app from the App Store.
This new version also includes:
- Displaying “Part x of y” in the audiobook player (added back based on user feedback)
- More specific and helpful error messaging, especially for issues with Adobe eBooks
- A new web view for iOS 8 and 9 that includes a loading bar for library websites and improves performance and stability
Every year OverDrive runs an event called Big Library Read. This year it lands on March 17-31. One special e-book is made available worldwide with no limit on user downloads, so all library members around the world can download and read simultaneously!
This is kinda like a worldwide book club! You and your friends can all read this e-book at the same time and talk about the issues it raises using the handy discussion guide attached below.
Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is out! Check out what's happening at the Barrie Public Library during March, April and May.
We've got variety of programs, events and workshops taking place, including:
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!
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!
This time around we will be reading a biography and the winning title will be chosen entirely by our readers. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of selecting what book the world reads next by voting today!
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)
Exciting changes are happening at the Barrie Public Library! At our Downtown location, we’ve combined our Boutique and Café into one full-serve shop to help serve you better.
All Café items and used materials are available for purchase from the Café area on your left when you walk in the front door. This means you can buy your used books at the same time you buy your coffee! It also means all of our patrons will be able to browse the used books, as our former boutique wasn’t wheelchair accessible. It’s a win-win!
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)
Due to weather, the Lakehead University Education student unable to offer Homework Help this evening Downtown.
Registrations begin on January 4 for the Winter sessions of the following children's programming:
Circle of Readers
Registration is now closed.
Toddler Time Downtown
Parents or caregivers are invited to enjoy 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs and rhymes with their one year old child who is walking. Learn more.
Tuesdays, from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. (January 26 - March 1)
Wednesdays, from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (January 27 - March 2)
The elevator renovation has been completed and the elevator is back in service. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to serve you better!
Let’s get ready to rumble! We’ve got an exciting interactive display coming to the Library this holiday break – the Prodomax Robot Rumble!
On December 28th and 30th we’ll have an interactive display set up for kids to watch and play with SumoBots - small robots designed to ‘wrestle’ each other in a mini-sumo ring. They’re designed from scratch and some parts are even made with a 3D printer!
Christmas is right around the corner! With the holiday season upon us, we’re getting into the festive spirit at the library. What better way to celebrate the season than to gather together to watch Christmas movie classics!
At the Barrie Public Library, we offer an online streaming service called Hoopla that is included for free with your library membership. You can stream up to 8 movies, TV shows, CDs , audiobooks, comics or ebooks each month. The best part? There are no late fees – make that NO fees at all!
The parking lot at the Painswick branch will be closed again on Wednesday, December 2 for parking lot upgrades. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Community is at the centre of everything we do at the Barrie Public Library. On December 1, we will be hosting our first-ever Giving Tuesday campaign – a one-day give-a-thon with the goal of raising $500.00 for our newest program, Knitted Knockers.
Giving Tuesday is a Canadian movement devoted to kicking off the giving season, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. It is a day for people to rally together and support their community, whether it’s through volunteering time or supporting a charity.
The Winter 2015 Newsletter is now available, featuring Library programs, news and events from taking place December to end of February. Enjoy!
Online registration for Science Literacy Week Science Explorers, Junior Books Clubs, Lego Robotics, Toddler Time and Tales for Twos is now closed. For information about any remaining space in these programs, call 705-728-1010 ext 7019. The first session of Circle of Readers is full but we are still accepting registrations for the November session. To register for the November Circle of Readers, click November Circle of Readers registration.
The Library has a summer reading program for everyone. Summer reading begins on Monday June 29th.
Readopoly (our TD Summer Reading program) is back for kids ages 3 years to those entering Grade 6. This year we are exploring the world of play. When you complete the Readopoly board you get a free book to call your own.
Libraries on the Go have introduced a few improvements to the way you can browse and read e-books:
The vendor has resolved the recent problems in Encore caused by the server migration on May 18th. All functionality - including ebook integration, the ability to place holds, and view program information - has been restored.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
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.
From midday Tuesday, March 17 to midnight on April 1, Barrie Public Library card holders will be able to borrow and read the autobiography e-book of Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates. This is a riveting true-life tale of Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates as she teaches about the playwright in supermax solitary confinement, developing a friendship with a brilliant, dangerous convict.
Are you looking to keep up with new books or themed content in your favourite genres?
Check out our new opt-in email alerts. We have lists for younger age groups and additional lists for genres in our adult collection. Genres include general fiction as well as a range of non-fiction topics, and fiction genres.
The Spring Newsletter has arrived!
We have recently made a small but BIG change to our newsletter. The Barrie Public Library newsletter will now be available on a quaterly basis. This publication includes programs and events for March, April and May! For more information or questions, please visit our website library.barrie.ca or reach our friendly staff by calling (705) 728-1010.
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.
All registered storytimes begin the week of January 26th and go to the week of March 2nd.
30 minutes of songs, stories and activities for parents and caregivers with their one year old child who is walking. This program is designed to be a one-on-one program with an adult. Online registration will start on January 12th. Please register for only one storytime group and library location per child. A library card is required to register.
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)
When placing holds on TV series, or other multi-DVD sets when they are “on order”, any hold placed will automatically go on disc 1 of the set.
Once the individual discs are listed in the catalogue, you can place holds on the other discs in the set as you are ready for them.
Accessing our new catalogue is easy.
One of the new features of our Catalogue is Catalogue Plus. Clicking on this tab when you search expands your search to include material from our Online Resources such as Databases. We hope this will make it easier for you to access this type of material to meet your information needs.
Barrie Public Library will be closed for parts of the holiday season. Please check out our Holiday Library Hours for more information.
Due to weather conditions this evening, our "The Art of Storytelling Program" has been cancelled.
The Library is in the process of changing to a new Catalogue System.
* From now until our new system launches on December 9th, the library will not be placing any holds for material.
* From now through December 10th, due dates have been shifted. Any material that would normally be due from December 5th through December 10th will now be due on December 11th.
* Renewals cannot be done through our online system. If you need to renew material for any reason before our new system is up and running, please ask staff for assistance.
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!
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):
To provide additional security for your library account, PINs are now required when using the self checkout stations or logging into your account in Libraries On The Go. If you do not know your PIN, please bring your card to the library to reset your PIN. For more information, call 705-728-1010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The May/June 2014 Newsletter is now available. Click to view a digital copy or pick up a print copy at any Barrie Public Library branch!
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.
We are aware that a small number of patrons are not receiving email notifications of upcoming due dates and we are working to identify the cause and resolve the issue. These emails are courtesy reminders and there are a number of other ways to verify your due date: on your checkout receipt, by logging in to "My Account" on this website, or by calling the library at 705-728-1010, extension 7033.
Due to a building issue plus impending weather, this travel program will be rescheduled for a later date, to be announced.
Barrie Public Library now offers Mango Languages - an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages, such as Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. It also offers English language lessons if English is not your first language. Click here to start learning a new language.
The January/February 2014 Newsletter is now available. Click to view a digital copy or pick up a print copy at any Barrie Public Library branch today!
Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries through our IndieFlix link
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!
The catalogue will be unavailable on Saturday, November 9th between 4 am - 5 am for regular maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Interested in hosting your next business meeting at the Barrie Public Library? Our room booking calendar will open December 1, 2013. Check back for more details.
The November/December library newsletter is now available!
Do you want to read Canadian Living or Rolling Stone or Macleans or Bicycling for free online? Through our website, you can check out and read almost 100 current magazines as they appear on the newsstand, by signing up with your library card. You can read an issue online, or off line by downloading the issue to the Zinio Reader. Check with the Information Services staff for step by step details.
On September 19th, the shortlist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction was announced.
The books are:
Did you know that the guide is now available on-line? Browse the latest City of Barrie Recreation Guide here!
Registration for all of these programs starts Monday Sept. 9th by calling 728-1010 ext 7019 or at any Information Service Desk. For details of these programs, check our Library Calendar under the Community Tab
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.
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!
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!!
After 2 days of "Battle of the books", the six teams who will be battling for the trophy are:
- St. Catherine of Siena
- St. Gabriel
- St. Monica’s
- Trillium Woods
- W.C. Little
The Grand Battle takes place on Thursday May 2nd at 7:00 p.m., City Hall, Council Chambers.