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Ontario Public Library Week & Food for Fines

a visit illustrationLibraries are special places—for everyone. During the 3rd week of October every year, we celebrate the importance of public libraries and the people we serve.

A visit will get you thinking... from tinkering with technology & hands-on making to writing with flair & parenting with confidence, there's so much to learn about and do at your local library.

You're invited to be part of it all!

#GetTheCard Contest - October 13 to 21

Tell us how you use your library card for a chance to win prizes from the Ontario Library Association!

3 easy steps... 

  1. Gather your library card(s) and take a photo with them
  2. Tell us how you use your library card
  3. Share your photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #GetTheCard.


  • Forest of Reading Award nominee book set (approx $200 value)
  • An e-reader for yourself and for your library (approx $270 value)
  • A prize pack from The Library Marketplace (approx $200 value)

Please read the fine print

Together We Read - October 16 to 30

It's Ontario's biggest book club ever! We join 235 other public libraries for two weeks this month to celebrate the joys of sharing a good book. Library customers across Ontario have open access to the 2017 Trillium Book Award winner, The Sweetest One by Melanie Mah (CBC Books review), an offbeat coming of age story about a worldy 17-year old who tackles the big questions about growing up and about life itself—ultimately to discover how to live the life she wants. 

Starting October 16, visit OverDrive on the library's website to stream or download the book until the 30th. This province-wide community read is a joint initiative of Southern Ontario Library Service and the Ontario Media Development Corporation


What's your best library memory? Let's get the conversation started! All across Canada during the month of October, you are invited to share your library story on social media at #library moments. We'll be watching for your story! An initiative sparked by Ottawa Public Library in celebration of Canada Library Month

Library Week At-A-Glance

Sun October 15 to Sun October 22 / Food for Fines

food for fines tinDuring Ontario Public Library Week, help yourself and the community by paying your overdue fines with unexpired* canned and dry food items to benefit local food banks. One food item equals $1 in fines; two items equal $2, and so on. Fines may be fully paid with donated food; no maximum. Does not apply to replacement costs or collection agency fees.

* We will be checking and will not accept expired food items.

** Food items must be donated in original packaging as purchased, for example: one box of tea bags = acceptable; one tea bag = not acceptable.

Here's where your food donations make a difference to people in need around our city:

Aldershot: Aldershot Hub

  • Greatest needs: #1 need is peanut butter. Although children are not allowed to take it in their lunch to school, it's an easy protein add to their diet at home. Making a peanut butter sandwich is one of the first things many children are able to do independently. Canned vegetables (but not legumes) and canned fruit are also very appreciated.

Alton & Tansley Woods: The Salvation Army - Burlington

  • Greatest needs: canned vegetables, canned fruit, soups & stews, Kraft Dinner, Knorr Side Kicks, rice, dry pasta, pickled items & condiments, jam, dry ingredients: sugar, flour

Brant Hills: Halton Women's Place

  • Greatest needs: all unexpired, non-perishable food items are gratefully received

Central, Kilbride: St. Christopher's Open Doors

  • Greatest needs: canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal (hot and cold), rice, canned and dried beans, canned tuna/ham or chicken

New Appleby: Our Community Cares - Food Support Cupboard

  • Greatest needs: pasta sauce, canned meat, school snacks, breakfast items such as pancake mix, oatmeal, cereal bars

Sat October 14

Mon October 16

Tue October 17

Wed October 18

Thu October 19

Fri October 20

Sat October 21

Sun October 22