News & Reviews

Stories, tips, book reviews and more! On BPL News and Reviews you'll find thoughtful reading recommendations from our librarians, tips to make the most out of library resources, and updates on the exciting stuff happening at all of our branches.

Lita Barrie receives a rollator from Mitchell Koplowitz in front of the Brant Arts Mobility van

Brant Arts Mobility has donated six rollators, also known as “walkers with wheels” to Burlington Public Library (BPL). The devices will be available for use in the library’s branches so customers...

CEO Lita Barrie and Douglas Stuart sit in arm chairs on a stage, facing each other

Burlington Public Library (BPL) was honoured to welcome Booker Prize-winner Douglas Stuart to our Central Branch this week for a sold-out Author Talk. Stuart recently released his second book,...

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Google is likely your go-to search engine for a quick look-up, whether you’re researching something for education, or just plain fun. But do you sometimes find yourself sorting through an...

A quarterly update from Burlington Public Library CEO, Lita Barrie

Hello! And welcome to our BPL News & Reviews site. If this is your first time visiting,...

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This weekend, we celebrated 150 years of library service in Burlington with a great big party at our Central Branch. Supporters of all ages—from 9 months to 90 years—joined us for a morning of fun...

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Set yourself up for success this school year with resources to support learning in the classroom and at home. We’d love to help!  

The library has much more than books to offer. We...

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Help shape the future of public library service in our community as a Library Board Trustee.

This fall, the City of Burlington will invite applications for a four-year term on the...

Graphic with text reads: Orange Shirt Day Every Child Matters. Book covers on orange background behind.

Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school. Today, it is a national initiative to reflect on the...

wide view of the makerspace showing 3d printer, laser cutter, vinyl printer and cutter.

If you’ve never ventured into the Makerspace on Central’s 3rd floor, the space and equipment inside may seem mysterious or even intimidating. But it’s easier to use than you may think! So, let’s...

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Do your reading habits change with the season? Many people’s do. The number of books borrowed from the library ebbs and flows depending on the time of year. We also notice that the types of books...

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We are excited to announce that we are expanding our hours at Burlington Public Library! This change takes effect Monday September 12th. Kilbride hours will remain the same. ...

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International Literacy Day (September 8) reminds us to pause and remember that literacy—understanding the basics of reading and writing—is still very much a global issue today. Literacy is a...

Come Celebrate. We're 150! Two black and white photos, one of building exterior from early 1900s, one of library staff indoors from 1970s.

Come celebrate our 150th birthday! Burlington Public Library was founded in 1872, and this September we are celebrating our sesquicentennial with a birthday bash. 

Join us at Central...

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Book lovers can experience reading in a new way starting this month at Art Gallery of Burlington's latest exhibition. The Future of Work: Parallel Economies, curated by Suzanne Carte, is a...

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Whenever a bestselling book hits the screen, the debate starts again—Is it better to read the book first, or watch the movie? When the popular novel Where the Crawdads Sing hit...

MP Karina Gould stands beside BPL Board Chair Catharine Benzie. Together they hold a large folder containing a certificate.

Congratulations, Catharine! BPL’s Board Chair, Catharine Benzie recently received the Platinum Jubilee Community Hero Award in recognition of her exceptional contributions to the Burlington...

Late summer is a season of abundance. Fresh, local fruits and vegetables are in their prime. Make this delicious bounty last all year round with simple preserving techniques.

Yes,...

A bearded man leans up against a tree reading a book.

If reading a book has been hard to do the last little while, don’t fret! You are not alone. We’ve experienced a traumatic global pandemic and endured massive disruption in our personal and...

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It’s no secret we have a wealth of writing talent in Burlington. Our community is brimming with creativity and loves to celebrate it with others.  

That’s why we are excited to...

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Maybe it was The Chronicles of Narnia, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, or The Hunger Games. Or perhaps Encyclopedia Brown, The Baby-Sitters Club, Goosebumps, or Junie B. Jones. Many of us can fondly...

Elder Garry Sault in regalia at a podium in a large, bright and airy room.

Last night, Burlington Public Library welcomed renowned Elder Garry Sault for a presentation as part of Heritage Week. The event, called Between the Lakes Treaty, was sold out with an audience of...

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If you came of age in the Y2K era, you may find it hard to believe the trends of this time have made a comeback. Butterfly clips, wide-leg Modrobes, and baby tees are no longer safely in the rear-...

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Bird watching kits have hit the shelves at Burlington Public Library. The backpacks are filled with everything you need for a beginner's birding excursion.

What's in the birding kits?...

Feeling lucky? We sure are!

We are excited to announce that our Express Collection is back after a break during Covid. We are reintroducing it as Lucky Express. Why? Finding a Lucky Express...