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Feb
14
2017
Category: Adults, Announcements

You can now preview the new interface for Libraries on the Go / OverDrive by clicking the orange bar at the bottom of the Libraries on the Go home screen.

For a handy introduction to the new Libraries on the Go website and a video overview of what’s changed, take a look at this help article.

Feb
14
2017

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.  

Feb
06
2017
Category: Adults, Announcements

​The following are some new online resources and a couple of updates to existing ones. If you have any questions please contact us

Feb
02
2017
Category: Adults, Teens

We're heating things up this February with our Valentine's Month Book Sale! Visit our Downtown Branch café during the month of February and get 5 romance novels for $1.00. Happy reading! 

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

Jan
24
2017
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

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! 

Jan
17
2017
Category: Adults, Announcements

Tonight's Around the World in 60 Minutes: Tanzania program at Painswick is cancelled due to the weather. 

 

Jan
16
2017
Category: Adults

To install the latest version of the OverDrive app, you'll need iOS 8 or higher.

This version of the app requires new users to sign into the app, which authorizes you to download Adobe (DRM-protected) eBooks.

 

Jan
16
2017
Category: Kids, Teens, Announcements

Registration is now open for Paws 4 Stories and True Colors for Teens Workshop. 

Jan
16
2017
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

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. 

Jan
09
2017

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. 

Jan
06
2017

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

Jan
06
2017
Category: Adults, Teens

BPL is looking for volunteers who speak and read French fluently to assist with our French reading club which is currently being hosted at the Downtown Branch. The ideal candidate would be available Wednesday evenings in February from 6:45-8:45 p.m. and enjoy promoting French conversation. If interested please apply online: http://library.barrie.ca/about/volunteer 

Dec
20
2016
Category: Announcements

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. 

Dec
15
2016
Category: Announcements

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.  

Nov
22
2016
Category: Newsletter

Our Winter 2016/17 Newsletter is out! Check out what's happening at the Barrie Public Library during December, January and February.

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

Take Technology for a Test Drive
Magic Shows
Lego Robotics
Maker Mondays
Blind Date with a Book
Teen Coffee House...and more!

Nov
17
2016
Category: Adults, Announcements

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! 

BPL Downtown Branch

Nov
10
2016

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. 

Nov
09
2016

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! 

Oct
26
2016
Category: Adults, Announcements
Secret Path – is the new album and animated video by Gord Downie, frontman from The Tragically Hip. As you may know, Downie has recently been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and wants to use his celebrity and this multimedia project to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, an indigenous Anishinaabe boy who died while running away from a residential school, hoping to reach his family 600 kilometres away.
Oct
19
2016
Category: In The News

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

Oct
17
2016

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. 

Oct
05
2016

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!

 

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. 

Sep
09
2016
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

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.

Sep
02
2016
Category: Kids, Teens, Announcements

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.

Sep
01
2016
Category: Teens, Announcements

 

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.

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Aug
22
2016
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

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. 

Aug
16
2016
Category: Newsletter

Our Fall 2016 Newsletter is out! Check out what's happening at the Barrie Public Library during September, October and November.

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

Aug
09
2016
Category: Teens, In The News

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.

Aug
08
2016
Category: Adults, Teens

We are excited to partner with BLiSS Ann Green Yoga to offer a Karma Yoga Class on Friday, August 19. Stretch your work week stresses away with a one-hour class from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. A minimum donation of $5 is required, and all proceeds will benefit Barrie Public Library programs and services. We love partnering with our community members! 

Call the studio to reserve your space, as there will be a small class size. 

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
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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
22
2016
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

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. 

Jun
15
2016

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. 

Jun
02
2016
Category: Kids, Adults, Teens, In The News

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
18
2016
Category: Newsletter

Our Summer 2016 Newsletter is out! Check out what's happening at the Barrie Public Library during June, July and August.

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

May
13
2016

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. 

May
10
2016

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. 

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
Category: Adults, Announcements

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. 

Apr
25
2016
Category: Adults, In The News

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
Category: Business, In The News

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:

Apr
20
2016
Category: Adults

We were excited to have Shelly Skinner from The Pleasure Diva on Rogers TV visit us last week. We talked about the many titles we have available to learn about and boost pleasure in your life. We've compiled a few Reader's Advisory lists to get you started! 

Pleasure Diva - Fiction 

Apr
19
2016
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

See the OverDrive Blog for all of the new updated listed briefly below

OverDrive Read:

  • Updated menu icon
  • New Reading Settings - Sepia lighting option added

OverDrive Listen:

Apr
18
2016
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

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.

Apr
08
2016
Category: Adults, Teens

National Canadian Film Day is on Wednesday, April 20! 

We'll be celebrating having 2 screenings of 3 Canadian short films from 12 - 1 and 1-2 pm at our Downtown location:

Momentum (20 minutes)
A sweeping, moving tribute to Canada's stunning geography and rich cultural heritage. 

The Railrodder (25 minutes)
This short film from director Gerald Potterton (Heavy Metal) stars Buster Keaton in one of the last films of his long career. As "the railrodder", Keaton crosses Canada from east to west on a railway track speeder.

Mar
15
2016
Category: Kids, Announcements

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!

Mar
09
2016
Category: Adults, Announcements

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

Mar
09
2016

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.

Mar
01
2016
Category: Kids, Teens

March Break is coming up quick! We've got TONS of fun planned for March Minion Madness, running from March 12 - 18. For full descriptions of the programs, view our online calendar or the Spring 2016 Newsletter

ALL WEEK during library hours, both locations
Find the minion in the library, minion crafts, a minion scavenger hunt and more!

Feb
19
2016

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:

Feb
10
2016
Category: Adults, Announcements
The update for the OverDrive eBook App for Apple products (version 3.5.0) is causing some problems - the app crashing, downloaded books and holds disappearing. OverDrive are publishing further updates to remedy this but users may notice problems.
 
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!

Feb
03
2016
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

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!

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
21
2016
Category: Announcements

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!

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)

Jan
11
2016

Due to weather, the Lakehead University Education student unable to offer Homework Help this evening Downtown.

Jan
04
2016
Category: Kids, Announcements

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)

Dec
18
2015
Category: Announcements

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!

Dec
17
2015
Category: Kids, Teens, Announcements

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!   

Dec
12
2015
Category: Teens

The Library is part of a Youth Friendly Committee.  This Committee is a collaboration between the City and several youth-serving organizations with a shared commitment to work together with Barrie's youth.  This Committee is looking at how our community can become more youth friendly.  The Committee has created a survey to get input from youth.  Please go to http://www.barrie.ca/Living/YouthResources/Pages/default.aspx where you will find a link to the survey plus other information.

Dec
12
2015
Category: Kids

Registration is now open for Lego Robotics Winter 2016.  Click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BLVTDZC to register The program runs on Saturdays January 9 - February 6.  The 6-9 year group runs at Painswick from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and the 9-12 year group runs at Downtown from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m..

Dec
09
2015
Category: Announcements

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!

Nov
30
2015
Category: Announcements

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.

Nov
27
2015
Category: Announcements

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.

Nov
19
2015

The Winter 2015 Newsletter is now available, featuring Library programs, news and events from taking place December to end of February. Enjoy!

Oct
16
2015
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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

Sep
04
2015

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

Sep
04
2015
Category: Newsletter

Click to view a digital copy or pick up a print copy at any Barrie Public Library branch!

Jun
29
2015
Category: Adults, Teens

Need music for the beach or a movie for the trip to the cottage?

Check out Hoopla and Freegal - two new resources that allow you to stream or download music and, in the case of Hoopla, movies too!

Jun
25
2015

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.

Jun
14
2015
Category: Kids, Adults, In The News

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!

Jun
05
2015

Libraries on the Go have introduced a few improvements to the way you can browse and read e-books:

Jun
02
2015
Category: Announcements

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.

May
25
2015
Category: Newsletter

Our 2015 Summer Newsletter is now available!

 

 

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.

May
15
2015
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

It's time to get creative. The CBC's Poetry Prize is open for entries until June 1st, so there's still time to pen a verse or several.

Need some inspiration? Try looking into poetry at Barrie Public Library

In brief:

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

WHEN: Competition runs from April 1 to June 1.

Mar
16
2015
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

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.

Mar
09
2015

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.

Feb
24
2015

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.

Enjoy!

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.

 

Feb
12
2015

We asked library staff to tell us what their favourite reads were for 2014, and boy did they tell us. We've got great lists to share with you for any interest.

Adult Fiction / Fiction Audiobooks 

Jan
09
2015
Category: Kids, Announcements

All registered storytimes begin the week of January 26th and go to the week of March 2nd.

Toddler Time:
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.

Jan
05
2015
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.

 

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
22
2014

NEW!!
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.

 

Dec
12
2014

Accessing our new catalogue is easy.

Just click on the Catalogue button on our Home page. This will take you right to the Catalogue page.

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.

Dec
11
2014
Category: Announcements

Barrie Public Library will be closed for parts of the holiday season. Please check out our Holiday Library Hours for more information. 

Dec
11
2014

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

Dec
05
2014

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.
 

Nov
15
2014
Category: Adults, In The News

"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): 

Nov
15
2014
Category: Adults

Gone Girl is being released in theatres October 3rd.  On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. The same day Amy goes missing, her husband is the prime suspect in the case. This book is full of twists and turns.

Sep
24
2014
Category: Announcements

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 barlib@barrie.ca.

Sep
22
2014
Category: Kids

There is still room in our Junior Book Club Downtown so register now by calling 705-728-1010 ext 7019.  The Junior Book Club is for avid readers ages 9-12 years of age and meets on the first Thursday of each month Downtown from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m..

Sep
19
2014
Category: Adults, In The News

 

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

Important information for Barrie voters:

Sep
15
2014
Category: Kids, Adults, In The News

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
Category: Adults, In The News

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
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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
27
2014
Category: Adults

Based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan have adapted the books for TV. The Strain is a one-hour high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll, House of Cards), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.

Jul
26
2014
Category: Adults

There will be a comic-book sequel to Fight club which picks up 10 years after the ending of the 1996 book. "The story of an unnamed insomniac narrator, his violent id come to life in the form of Tyler Durden, and an underground society built on bare-knuckle brawls and anarchic ideas continues in Fight Club 2, a 10-issue Dark Horse Comics maxiseries illustrated by Cameron Stewart, debuting in May 2015." (Source: USA Today article)

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!

Jul
07
2014
Category: Kids

Willy the wonder dog visited our Downtown location today for our Summer installment of "Paws 4 Stories".

Paws 4 Stories:

The Barrie Public Library is very pleased to partner with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs to offer Paws for Stories. This St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service was introduced to assist in helping to improve the reading skills of children by having a child read to a Therapy Dog.

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
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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
Category: Kids, In The News

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
Category: Adults, In The News

"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
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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
Category: Kids, In The News

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

For more details, click here.

Jun
03
2014
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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

 

 

 

Jun
02
2014
Category: Adults, Teens, Book Club

Lyrical wordsmiths out there will be intrigued with the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist (available on their website).
There is a rich menu of international and home-grown poems, which can be enjoyed in the poets' own voices in at:
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. West, Toronto on Wednesday 4th June at 7:30.

May
28
2014
Category: Kids, In The News

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
22
2014
Category: Adults, Book Club

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recently announced the winners of the 2013 Nebula awards. The winner in the novel category was Anne Leckie's Ancillary Justice. Find a copy of Ancillary Justice to read in the library catalogue, http://barrie.bibliocommons.com/item/show/633314045_ancillary_justice . Also available to round our your summer reading list are a selection of the runner-up titles in the novel category, look for them in the library catalogue.

May
20
2014
Category: Kids, Teens, In The News

 

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
05
2014
Category: Adults, Teens

Click on the title or cover to reserve Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, just announced as the winner of the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award. 

Or reserve and enjoy one of the other 5 finalist novels by clicking on their title below.

May
01
2014
Category: In The News

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
29
2014
Category: Adults

The Promised Land: A Novel of Cape Breton, Bill Conall’s hilarious tale of hippies journeying to Cape Breton in the 1970s, has earned the East Coast author the 2014 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and a $15,000 cash prize. The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour has been awarded since 1947 to honour the dean of Canadian humourists and to perpetuate comedic writing in Canada.

Apr
24
2014

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!

Apr
19
2014
Category: Teens, In The News

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
15
2014
Category: Adults

The five finalists for the 2014 Leacock Medal shortlist have been annnounced. Get your name on the list for these books today before they announce the winner on April 24th. See if your pick for number one is the same as the judge's final decision. The Orillia-based Stephen Leacock Associates awards the annual literary prize to the book judged to be the most humorous published in Canada, written by a Canadian, in the previous year.

Apr
11
2014
Category: Adults

From your home computer you can learn a new language online, or improve your English speaking skills. There are 2 different resources for online language learning : Mango Language Learning (61 languages, including learning English from other languages) and Muzzy Online (animated language learning for kids). 

Apr
09
2014
Category: Kids, Adults, Teens, In The News

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.

Apr
03
2014
Category: Kids

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association (CSWA) offers two annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing 1) intended for and available to children/middle grades ages 8-12 years, and 2) intended for and available to the general public. Entries, in either French or English were published in Canada during the 2013 calendar year. The winners of this year’s award will be announced in mid-April and the award will be presented during the CSWA awards banquet at the annual conference in Toronto on June 7th.

 

Mar
26
2014
Category: Adults, In The News

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
17
2014
Category: Kids

For information about our 2014 Spring registered storytimes click here.

Mar
13
2014
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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
13
2014
Category: Kids

March Break has been a BLAST at the Barrie Public Library! Check out what's still to come this week. Click here for details.

Mar
11
2014
Category: Adults

Several new cookbooks in Large Print have arrived for your enjoyment.  Three shown below include recipes for special diets.

Please check our New Large Print Non-fiction section, or ask staff for assistance in placing a hold on these Large Print titles.

 

Mar
06
2014
Category: Adults

You can look forward to a TV adaptation of the novel The Book of Negroes by Hamilton, Ontario author Lawrence Hill. Principal photography is underway in South Africa and continues in Nova Scotia this spring; so no release date is set. The miniseries will feature an impressive cast which will include Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis Republic of Doyle star and creator Allan Hawco, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin and Jane Alexander.

Mar
06
2014
Category: Adults, In The News

 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
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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

Check out 'Oscar nominated' reads on our library catalogue

Mar
06
2014
Category: Business

Seth Godin: Why I want you to steal my ideas

Please don’t steal my car.

If you drive away with it, I won’t have it any more, which is a real hassle.

Please don’t steal my identity or my reputation either. Neither travels well, and all the time you’re using it, you’re degrading something that belongs to me.

Feb
25
2014
Category: Adults

This week is our first National Energy Awareness Week. Let's Talk Energy is a national program that aims to enhance energy awareness and literacy among Canadians to contribute to a sustainable energy future. Visit letstalkenergy.ca to explore and discuss the vital role energy plays in all aspects of our lives. To learn more about Energy you can also borrow materials from the Energy display at the Painswick branch.

Feb
12
2014
Category: Adults

BLR_KeysKitchen

Feb
07
2014
Category: Adults

IndieFlix films include documentaries, and feature films by independent filmmakers from film festivals all around the world.  Go to the Barrie Public Library IndieFlix site, enter your library card number, create an account, and watch these amazing films.

Feb
07
2014
Category: Announcements

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.

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
Category: Adults, Teens, In The News

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
Category: Business, In The News

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

Jan
07
2014
Category: Adults, Announcements

Due to a building issue plus impending weather, this travel program will be rescheduled for a later date, to be announced.

Jan
06
2014
Category: Kids

For information on our 2014 Winter registered storytimes click here.

Dec
27
2013
Category: Adults, Teens, Announcements

 

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.

Dec
19
2013

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!

 

Dec
13
2013
Category: Adults, In The News

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
Category: Adults, In The News

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
10
2013
Category: Adults, Announcements

Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries through our IndieFlix link

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
Category: Adults, In The News

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
15
2013
Category: Business

Do you want to read the Globe and Mail about D-Day, June 6, 1945? Check the Toronto Star for Pierre Trudeau during the October Crisis in 1970? The full text of the Globe and Mail is available from 1844-2009 and the Toronto Star, 1892-2011. The look and feel of the search pages has changed, to make it easy to find things and read the pages of the newspapers.

Nov
11
2013
Category: Adults, In The News

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

Nov
11
2013
Category: Adults

The Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner is Hellgoing by Lynn Coady. This is an intriguing collection of short stories. Borrow a copy from the library. Hold list long? Wait for this book while reading previous Giller winners.

Nov
11
2013
Category: Kids

Drop-in Family Storytime with Special Guest Anthea King (Downtown)

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:00am  

We are pleased to welcome local author Anthea King to our usual storytime. Anthea will be reading from her book "Where Do Butterflies Go". Stories, songs and activities for children ages 5 and under accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Nov
07
2013
Category: Announcements

The catalogue will be unavailable on Saturday, November 9th between 4 am - 5 am for regular maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nov
01
2013
Category: Business, Adults

Check out our New York Times Business Best Sellers Books for October 2013

1. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

2. Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson

3. Before Happiness by Shawn Achor

Nov
01
2013
Category: Business, Announcements

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.

http://library.barrie.ca/about/rooms

Thank you.

 

Oct
28
2013

The November/December library newsletter is now available!

Oct
22
2013
Category: Kids
Friday Fright Night (Downtown)

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

 
Oct
15
2013
Category: In The News

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
15
2013
Category: Teens

This will be the 14th Teen Read Week held at the Barrie Public Library and it’s a great way to celebrate Canadian Library Month.   The theme this year is Seek the Unknown @ your Library™, which encourages teens to read something just for the fun of it!  Fill out activity sheets in the Young Adult area for a chance to win a free book in our daily draw!  Our infamous rubber chicken is hiding somewhere in the library.

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!

Oct
07
2013
Category: Kids, Adults, Announcements

Kinder Read and Learn!

Sep
30
2013
Category: Adults, Announcements

Ruby Anniversary of VLS

Sep
30
2013

Calling all library patrons! It time to vote for your favourite Canadian book from the 2013 list of nominated titles. Vote here.

Click here to see a list of the authors and their books at Barrie Public Library.

Sep
27
2013

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.

Sep
21
2013
Category: Adults, Book Club

Link here to see the Scotiabank Giller prize longlist published on Sep 16.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1225371/scotiabank-giller-prize-2013-announces-its-longlist#

You can request 12 of the 13 titles right now.  'How to get along with Woman' should appear on the catalogue in the next few days.

Enjoy!

Your Barrie Public Library Reader's Advisory Staff  

Sep
19
2013
Category: Adults, In The News

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!

Sep
08
2013
Category: Announcements

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

Aug
28
2013
Category: Newsletter

The September/October Newsletter is now available. Browse through the online version or pick-up your copy at any Barrie Public Library branch today!

Aug
24
2013
Category: In The News

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
12
2013
Category: Business

The Winner of the National Business Book Award is Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland.

Read more about the award.

We've got it to borrow if you want to check it out in hardcopy format or in audiobook format.

Jul
03
2013
Category: Kids, Teens, In The News

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
Category: In The News

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
Category: Adults

The Scottish novelist Iain Banks died this week due to cancer. His most well known works are The Wasp Factory and The Crow Road. His writing alternated between literary fiction and science fiction and he had a devoted group of readers. If you haven't tried him, check out his books.

Obituary in the Guardian

Jun
12
2013
Category: Kids, Adults, Teens, In The News
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
Category: Adults, In The News

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!!

May
05
2013
Category: Adults

The Agatha Awards are for mysteries, and the award is named for Agatha Christie.

For 2012, the nominees were announced in February 2013, and the winners were chosen May 4, 2013. For the full list of nominees, see the link above.
Here are the winners: 

Apr
30
2013
Category: Kids, Announcements

After 2 days of "Battle of the books",  the six teams who will be battling for the trophy are:

  • Homeschoolers
  • 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.

Apr
30
2013
Category: Business, Adults

On April 22nd, the finalists were announced for the National Business Book Award. The winner will be announced on May 28th. Why don't you decide for yourself. Here are the finalists.

Mar
22
2013
Category: Announcements

Painswick turns one on March 23, 2013.

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01
2012
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2012
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01
2012
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01
2012
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01
2012
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05
2012
Category: Teens

On Friday, May 4, 60 teens celebrated National Youth Week with a Bands Night at the downtown library, aptly titled “May the Fourth be with You!” 6 local bands performed a variety of music in the Young Adult area of the library until 11pm!

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