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Apr
10
2017

Monday Drop in Storytime at Downtown is cancelled only for Monday, April 24th due to our Battle of the Books program and will resume again on Monday May 1st at 10:30 a.m..  Sorry for any inconvenience but please enjoy our other storytimes that week on Tuesdays at 10:00 at Painswick, Thursdays at 10:00 at Painswick and Friday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Downtown.

Apr
04
2017

All high schools in Simcoe County are invited to enter a team into our first Simcoe County High School Dragon Boat Championship! Happening on the morning of Tuesday, June 13, this event is open to all students from all grades of all high schools in Simcoe County. The race will run rain or shine. 

Race day and all practices will take place in Barrie on Kempenfelt Bay. Boats will start from the Heritage Docks next to Heritage Park. 

Race Details

Mar
27
2017

Teens ages 12 and up are invited to register for a 3-week writers club with local writer Mark Jacquemain. Join us on April 12, 19 & 26 from 7 - 8 PM for fun, creative writing games and activities and a chance to discuss your own work, stories and ideas. This will be the perfect place to share your love of reading and writing with other book lovers! Register online or call us at 705-728-1010 ext. 7019.

Mar
22
2017

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.

Mar
21
2017
We are holding a special National Film Board screening for Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) on March 22, which will be held during our Wednesday evening French Reading Club from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. We'll be showing two National Film Board documentaries on the theme of ‘Holding on and letting go, from Acadie to Vancouver’ to celebrate RVF. The films are French with English subtitles.
 
Reel Time Films - NFB Documentaries - Holding on and letting go, from Acadie to Vancouver
Mar
16
2017
Kate McDermott, author of Art of the Pie, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Oprah.com, NPR and more. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.
Mar
10
2017

In our effort to continually serve you better, we're conducting a short customer service survey. Please help us by providing your feedback:

 https://questionnaire.simplesurvey.com/s/CustomerService2017.  

Feb
27
2017

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:

Feb
14
2017

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

​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

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

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

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

 

Jan
16
2017

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

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

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 

Nov
17
2016

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
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
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
09
2016

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.

Aug
22
2016

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
08
2016

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

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

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

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
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. 

Apr
25
2016

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

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
20
2016

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

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

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

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
09
2016

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.

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
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

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
11
2016

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

Oct
16
2015

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

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

Sep
17
2015

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

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

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

Jun
29
2015

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

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:

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

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

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 

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
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

"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

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
19
2014

 

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

Important information for Barrie voters:

Sep
15
2014

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

Aug
29
2014

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

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

1.     Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord

Aug
25
2014

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

Jul
27
2014

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

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!

Jun
29
2014

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

Jun
28
2014

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

Jun
26
2014

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

Jun
17
2014

Canadian Winner - Red Doc> by Anne Carson

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

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

Jun
03
2014

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

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

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

 

 

 

Jun
02
2014

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
22
2014

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
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

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.

Apr
29
2014

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
15
2014

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

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

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

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

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

For more information go to the Poetry Institute.

Mar
26
2014

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

Mar
25
2014

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

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

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

 

Mar
13
2014

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

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

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

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

Mar
11
2014

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

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

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

Mar
06
2014

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

Check out 'Oscar nominated' reads on our library catalogue

Feb
25
2014

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
07
2014

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.

Jan
28
2014

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

Jan
22
2014

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

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

Jan
07
2014

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

Dec
27
2013

 

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

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

Dec
10
2013

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

Dec
10
2013

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

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

Nov
11
2013

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

Nov
11
2013

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
01
2013

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

Oct
28
2013

The November/December library newsletter is now available!

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

Kinder Read and Learn!

Sep
30
2013

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

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
20
2013

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

The books are:

Sep
19
2013

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

Sep
09
2013

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

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.

Jun
12
2013

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

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

May
30
2013

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

May
17
2013

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

May
05
2013

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

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.

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