The Final Chapter of Summer
"Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world." – Lauren Ward

It has been so wonderful having our patrons back in the library. When times can feel uncertain, we hope the library offers you a place of comfort and escape.

As always, thank you for making the library a part of your life.
Special Library News - Library is Open
The Selwyn Public Library is open to the public!

Hours of Operation are:
Bridgenorth Library - Mondays 10am - 2pm; Wednesdays 2pm - 6pm;
Thursdays 12pm - 3pm.
Ennismore Library - Tuesdays 10am - 1pm & Thursdays 4pm - 6pm.
Lakefield Library- Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10am - 2pm; Thursdays 3pm - 7pm.


Max Occupancy
  • The number of people allowed to enter the library at one time will vary based on location:
  • Bridgenorth: 15 patrons maximum at one time
  • Lakefield: 7 patrons maximum at one time
  • Ennismore: 3 patrons or 1 family maximum at one time
  • Once maximum occupancy has been reached, the “1 person out, 1 person in” rule will apply
  • Patrons, who are able, are required to wear a mask
  • Patrons must sanitize their hands when entering and exiting the branch
  • Patrons visits will be limited to 30 minutes
  • Patrons must remain 2 meters apart at all times

Computer Access
  • Computers are only available at the Bridgenorth Library & Lakefield Library
  • Computers will be available by appointment only
  • Patrons are limited to one 30 minute session per day
  • Patrons must sanitize their hands before using the computers

Washroom Access
  • Washrooms will be available use
  • Patrons must sanitize their hands before and after entering the washroom

  • Patrons will be directed to return all materials through the library book return slots or boxes located at each branch
  • All items that are returned are quarantined for 3 days before being checked in
  • Items that were overdue throughout our closure will be checked in fine-free

  • If a patron brings a reusable bag, they must bag library materials themselves

  • Photocopying and faxing must be completed by staff
  • Cash only for payment
Special Library News - Hoopla
What you need to know:
  1. Access will start on September 1st. Log in with your library card
  2. Hoopla is web and app-based only
  3. Patrons will have 5 checkouts per month
  4. Lending periods (eBooks, Audiobooks, & Comics - 21 days; Music - 7 days; TV & Movies - 3 days) 
  5. Items are always available (no holds), and automatically return
  6. Questions & Support, email Heidi or call 705 652-8623

Note: Hoopla is in addition to cloudLibrary. Patrons are welcome to have both apps on their devices and borrow content simultaneously. These apps are 100% separate from each other.
Special Library News - Inter-library Loan Resumes
We are so excited to share that Inter-library loan will resume September 1st.

What is inter-library loan?

If you search the Selwyn Public Library’s collection and don’t find what you are looking for, you can request materials through Inter-library Loan.
Selwyn Public Library is part of the information resource sharing network for Ontario public libraries allowing patrons access to public and academic libraries across the country, the Ontario Archives, and Library and Archives Canada. 

There are some restrictions on materials which can be requested. Requests for the following cannot be accepted: reference items, rare books, and new best-sellers.

To request an item through inter-library loan,
please visit your local branch where we will be happy to serve you in person.
Your Online Library - Ancestry Library Edition
The library has offered Ancestry Library Edition access from home for the past few months. We have been so happy to be able to offer this service, but it is sadly coming to an end.

Access from home will end September 30th, 2020. Patrons are welcome to continue using this eResource from home until then. After September 30th, patrons are invited to come into the library to access the eResource from one of our public computers.
Online Adult Programs - September
eBook Club - September 1st - 15th
Let's try something new! To promote Hoopla, we're encouraging people to try the Hoopla Book Club.
On September 1st, patrons will have access to Hoopla.
  • Download the app onto your tablet or phone & sign in
  • Borrow "The Bear" by Andrew Krivak (Read the eBook or listen to the audiobook)
  • Join the Facebook Hoopla Book Club LIVE! with Author Andrew Krivak - Tuesday September 15th at 7:00pm (A Facebook account is not required. We will share the link via our Facebook page and/or email it directly to you if requested)
  • Questions? Email Heidi
Online Trivia Night - Thursday, September 24
Gather your friends and family for a fun night of online trivia! Thursday Sept. 24th at 8:30pm. Trivia Night will take place online using Zoom and the game is played using Kahoot. Instructions and the Zoom link will be emailed out the morning of Trivia night.
If you have any questions please email Sarah Jones or call 705 292-8022.

Online Genealogy Resources with the Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society - September 22nd - October 6th

Back by popular demand! Learn about free online research tools available to assist you in your genealogy research with Dr. Fraser Dunford of the Kawartha Branch of the OGS. Dr. Dunford has been involved in genealogy for about 35 years, has written six books and many articles on genealogy.

Workshops will be presented online via Zoom. A link with be sent to registrants emails on the morning of the presentation. This is a repeat of the August program series.
Email Sarah Jones if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 22, 1:30pm - Using Online Genealogy Sites and Library and Archives Canada

Tuesday, September 29, 1:30pm - FamilySearch and Archives of Ontario

Tuesday, October 6, 1:30pm - Public Record Office (England), Guild of One Name Studies, and other sites
Online Children's Programs - September
Online Storytime continued until the end of August!
A new storytime video will be posted every Wednesday until the end of August! You can also watch any of the older 80+ videos with your child at your convenience. These videos include an opening song, an introduction, a story and a closing with our mascot, Corny the Squirrel. You can find them here - Enjoy!

Not-Back-to-School Concert with Melissa Payne
Does your child have a staggered school start or are they homeschooled or too young for school? Join local artist Melissa Payne for a children’s concert on Tuesday September 8th at 10:30am. Songs, instruments, dancing and maybe even a puppet appearance! All ages.

Babytime @ Home
Babytime is a short 6-week program for ages birth to 18 months with a caregiver. We have up to 14 babies and their caregivers in our program each session that's full of bounces, tickles, books, and songs.
Location: In the comfort of your home or wherever you have a device via our private Zoom link.
Start Date: Babytime will run Fri. Sept. 25th until Fri. Oct. 23rd 2020
Time: 9:30 until approximately 9:50am

Toddlertime @ Home
A special program for children 19 - 36 months of age. This 20-minute program builds on the "Babytime" experience though the active sharing of books, fingerplays, games and songs for you and your toddler. Toddlers must be 19 months old by program start date. Sessions run for 6 weeks each via Zoom link
Location: In the comfort of your home or wherever your device takes you!
Start Date: Toddlertime will run for 6 weeks beginning Mon. Sept. 21st until Mon. Nov. 2nd (Break week of Oct. 12th for Thanksgiving)
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Storytime @ Home
Join Kathleen and Corny the squirrel for 8 weeks of stories, songs, games and instrument play in the comfort of your own home. Ages 3 and up (age range of 3-7 years is often a good fit). Younger siblings are welcome to attend with a big brother or sister. Craft ideas will be send to patrons to compliment the week’s theme. Instruments may be lent to families in advance of the program as needed.
Location: In your home or wherever you have your device via a Zoom link
Start Date: Storytime begins Wed. Sept. 16th and will run for 8 weeks.
Time: 9:30 to 10 AM

Baby & Toddler Celeb Photo Contest (birth-36 mos.)
Dress your child up as a famous celebrity, real or from a book, for a little fall fun. Prizes to top photo per age group. One photo may be entered per child. Contest runs Sept. 8th-30th. Registered patrons will be contacted on Sept. 8th with more details.

Homeschool Connect (Ages 6+)
An inquiry based learning program with meetings once per month on Tuesdays from
October—May (all dates are noted on the website). Children present their projects in some form (with or without assistance) each month. This year we anticipate most meetings to be via our online Zoom platform. 10:30am-12:00pm.
Having difficulties with online registration? 
Please call the Bridgenorth Library 705 292-5065 OR email Kathleen.
*New DVDs*

The Burnt Orange Heresy
The High Note
The King of Staten Island
You Should Have Left

*New TV Series DVDs*

His Dark Materials: First Season

*New Fiction*

The Jackal by J.R. Ward
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks
Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall
Still Here by Amy Stuart
Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan
You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie
What's Emily Reading Right Now?
With new books now regularly being shipped to our libraries, why not check out one of our newest titles: Attainable Sustainable by Kris Bordessa.
Whether you live in a city, suburb, or the country, everyone can become a little bit more sustainable --from starting your own garden and pickling the food you grow to pressing wildflowers, baking sourdough loaves, quilting, raising chickens, and creating your own natural cleaning supplies. In Attainable Sustainable, Kris Bordessa offers DIY lovers an indispensable home reference for sustainability in the 21st century, using tried-and-true advice, 50 enticing recipes, and step-by-step directions for creating fun, cost-efficient projects that will bring out your inner homesteader. Place it on hold using our online catalogue, or call any of our three branches to have a staff member assist you.
Contact Us
Bridgenorth Library: 705-292-5065
Lakefield Library: 705-652-8623
Ennismore Library: 705-292-8022

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