Grimsby Grows Seed Library is officially open at the GPL! Start your garden off right + get your veggie seeds soon


It’s never too early to start planning your garden for the year, and we’ve got your vegetable patch covered at the Grimsby Grows Seed Library. We’re all stocked up on a bunch of varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, squash, peas, herbs, and so much more – you definitely have a great selection to choose from! Pick up your FREE seed packs and start your seedlings at home over the next couple of weeks so they’ll be ready to plant at the beginning of the growing season.

To help you build your veggie growing powers, we’ve lined up a great program this April with gardening expert Wendy Fletcher to teach you how to get the most out of your plants. Make sure you call the Library at 905.945.5142 to get more information and to register for this informative workshop. More details  will show up soon on the Grimsby Public Library’s website, or check out our most recent newsletter here.

New to the Grimsby Grows Seed Library?

Check out Seed Library 101 below:

Where is the Grimsby Grows Seed Library located?

The Grimsby Grows Seed Library is located at the Grimsby Public Library in the fireplace lounge area at the end of the magazine shelving. We have devised a seed check-out station there for your convenience.

When is the Grimsby Grows Seed Library open?

The Grimsby Grows Seed Library is open during the year from the beginning of spring to the end of fall. You can access our collection any time the Grimsby Public Library is open.

What kind of seeds does the Grimsby Grows Seed Library have?

Our collection is mainly made up of vegetable seeds. Everything from root grown vegetables, to plant grown vegetables, to vine grown vegetables – Our only rule is that they MUST be heirloom varieties. We also carry some varieties of fruit and sunflower seeds, but DO NOT carry any other flower seeds.
Types of seeds we usually always have (with many different varieties of each):
• Tomatoes • Herbs
• Peppers • Squash
• Beans • Peas

How to Borrow Seeds:

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Find the Grimsby Grows Seed Library station in the Fireplace Lounge area of the library.

2. We store our collection of seeds in small, pre-filled envelopes which are clearly labelled and then organized alphabetically in boxes. Once you choose the varieties you would like to check out, locate the appropriate envelopes and remove them from their box.

3. Using the provided checkout form fill out your name, library card number, and the varieties of seeds you have selected. Bring the checkout form to the library service counter on your way out. This helps us keep track of what varieties we need to replenish.

Enjoy! It’s that easy. Now you just take them home to plant in your yard or container garden.

How to Return or Donate Seeds:

First, read the How to Save Seeds brochures in the section below, then follow these steps:

1. Harvest seeds from your crops, setting some aside for both yourself and the library.

2. Place seeds you are going to return to the library into an envelope or container, and clearly label with the seed variety and year of harvest. (*You can pick up pre-labelled envelopes at the Grimsby Grows Seed Library station)

3. Bring your labelled seeds to the Library and drop them off at the service counter. They will be added to the collection so that other people will be able to borrow them.


For even more info about the Grimsby Grows Seed Library, visit the GPL’s website!

Keanu Reeves stars in next Grimsby Film Series showing at the Library

Catch the next Grimsby Film Series showing coming up next Friday, February 24 when we show the thrilling courtroom drama ‘The Whole Truth’ starring Keanu Reeves,  Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Renee Zellweger, and Jim Belushi.



The Whole Truth
Friday, February 24
Doors: 6:45 PM Movie: 7 PM

Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper – and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover.

Watch the trailer below:


An awesome night at the Grimsby Author Series w/ Andrew Westoll & Amy Stuart: Blog post + photos!

The second last event of the season was a classic example of the excited atmosphere the Grimsby Author Series can inspire. We had two awesome Canadian authors – who coincidentally are both MFA Alumni of the outstanding creative writing program at University of British Columbia – and have gone on to find wide-spread literary success on the bestseller lists in Canada. Amy Stuart and Andrew Westoll delighted the audience and both gave fantastic talks that had the crowd buzzing.

(Oh, and speaking of buzzes, elevating the evening too were delicious wine selections from Foreign Affair Winery – So good!)



Amy Stuart

The night was kicked off by Amy Stuart, author of the exciting hit thriller Still Mine. This novel was born out of a writing marathon where she wrote fifty pages in one weekend and turned into a debut novel that had mystery fans raving as one of the best in 2016. Breaking from the traditional ‘murder’ part of the mystery genre, Amy’s book focuses on an unexplained disappearance and the enigmatic people searching for answers. When the main character arrives in Blackmore the residents of this small mountain town treat her with suspicion, not believing her story as a nature photographer; the reader is let in on the fact that they actually have good reason to doubt her.

Amy’s suspenseful and compelling mystery had audiences on the edge of their seats as she gave a reading of the opening pages, and had them clamouring to ask questions once it was over. Amy answered tons of them and revealed a lot about her inspiration for the story (including a true, spine-tingling disappearance in B.C. where a woman wandered off into the forest from a party never to be seen again), the contrast between her life as teacher and guidance counselor and one of a successful Canadian author, as well as insights into how her writing process has evolved as she works on a Still Mine sequel (can`t wait!).

We couldn’t have been more thrilled to have Amy’s first novel be featured in the landmark 15th season of the Grimsby Author Series and we can’t wait to see more from this fabulous author. Her warmth, energy, enthusiasm, and talent will excitedly be welcomed back, and we look forward to seeing her again -fingers crossed- in Grimsby!


Andrew Westoll

Andrew Westoll started out his working life training to be a primatologist, and could once be found deep in the jungles of South America studying the fascinating social lives of Capuchin monkeys. Following his creative instincts, he gave it all up for life in Toronto and is now a successful journalist, teacher, and award-winning author. From scientist to fiction writer, his past experiences, extensive knowledge, and obvious love for the natural world are expertly imbued in his vibrantly crafted novels. His latest one, The Jungle South of the Mountain, is no exception. Andrew’s engaging talk featured several interesting and humourous anecdotes that  gave us insight into the background inspiration of this particular novel and the close connection/parallels he feels to the main character, Stanley.

Questions from the audience drew out further revelations including what it was like to surprise whip-like giant snakes on makeshift jungle trails, his best experience working in the jungle (coming over a rise and looking up to come face-to-face with a herd of 200 wild boar taking a creek-side dip – which apparently was as equally terrifying as it was amazing) and the worst one (squidging into the murky, creature-filled river in the wet season to pump water… barefoot). Not to mention his original – and favourite – working title for this book: Monkey, Monkey 🙂

Andrew`s ability to weave scientific terms and facts into a vivid setting and enjoyable story was truly a treat to experience, and the audience was definitely left educated as well as entertained as the evening drew to a close. Like Amy, we very much hope to see him back at the series again!


Both authors were impressed by the size of the audience and very generous in their approval of our series. Amy even said humourously to the crowd “I want you know that this is not normal…” and also how amazed both of them were walking into the room and seeing the size of the audience. This is truly a testament to what books, reading, and literature  mean to our community. We’d like to thank everyone who attends, participates, and supports our one-of-a-kind author series in Canada – You are amazing!



The authors were gifted with amazing wines from Foreign Affair Winery, tasty treats from The Peanut Mill, and bee-utiful mugs from  Forks Road Pottery which had their names painted on the side. The gifts were much appreciated by both Andrew and Amy, and the Forks Road mugs even inspired a new Twitter hashtag! Andrew had the awesome idea of getting past, present, and future GAS authors to tweet selfies with using them, and so the #GASmugshot was born – An awesome idea, and it’s already catching on! Thanks Amy & Andrew for posting their lovely thoughts on social media with us and kick-starting a new GAS trend.

We’d like to tip our hats as well to those who donated our fabulous door prizes including the beautiful planters from  Cole’s Florists, gift certificates from Caliga Shoes and Special Effects Art Shoppe, and tickets to Theatre Aquarius,  Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and our brand new sponsor located right in the Casablanca Winery Inn – Elipsis Day Spa!

A big hug and thanks to all of our other sponsors as well! We couldn’t do it without you ❤

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March Break is coming – Buy tickets for events at Grimsby Library now!


March Break is just around the corner, what do you have planned? We’ve lined up a full schedule of amazing events all week long here at the Grimsby Library so make sure you don’t miss out!

The Canadian Raptor Conservancy will be soaring in so you can capture a look at some magnificent predatory birds, Bubbleology will blow you away with bubbles really BIG and super small, Big Kid Entertainment will enchant with a new twist on an old fairy tale, and April Shaw from Speech Services Niagara will engage young minds with a fun story time. Also, don’t miss a free showing of the movie Storks! There are unlimited spots for our drop-in events, and unlimited spots for our ticketed events ($3 per person aged 2+) that are available for purchase now at the Library.

Let’s Talk Science* will also be back at the Library with a roster of free, fun and educational programs, but due to limited spots and being so very popular, they already filled up in the first week of registration! (They’ll be back at the Library this year though, so make sure you check out the note below this post.)

For a full listing of March Break events at the Library click here.

Check out the details for our available events below:


Big Kid Entertainment: Rapunzel – The Play
Monday March 13
10:30 AM | Tickets: $3.00 /person aged 2+

Rapunzel and the baker aren’t happy with who they are, so the Witch agrees to cast a spell sending Rapunzel to her tower, and the baker a Prince Charming makeover. They soon learn how to embrace their individuality by discovering they are special just the way they are.


Story Time with April Shaw of Speech Service Niagara
Tuesday, March 14
10:30 AM | DROP-IN

Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can’t fit inside his book! Luckily, he and his little chipmunk friend aren’t going to give up easily, and they come up with a most creative solution!



Family Movie: Storks
Tuesday, March 14
2:00 PM | DROP-IN

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant So when a baby order does arrive, their best delivery stork scrambles to get her to her destination on time!



Canadian Raptor Conservancy
Thursday, March 16
10:30 AM | Tickets: $3.00 /person aged 2+

Don’t miss this chance for a close-up view of these majestic birds. Soaring into the Grimsby Public Library will be different raptors including owls, eagles and/or hawks! Recommended for kids aged 4+



Friday, March 17
10:30 AM | Tickets: $3.00 /person aged 2+

For the most innovative and creative bubble show and performance you’ll ever see, look no further than Miss T The Bubble Queen and her team of Bubbleologists! See teeny to humongous bubbles and be wowed, surprised and enchanted!


*Feel you missed out on some Let’s Talk Science fun? Well they will be back this summer with 4 more FREE events this summer in July & August! Make sure you stay tuned to our next newsletter to get all the details.






Family Literacy Day 2017 at Grimsby Library: Wrap-up blog post + photos!


In one of our best years yet, the Grimsby Public Library and Phelps Homes Ltd. delivered a fun-filled, action-packed afternoon of literacy learning for all ages! While the weather was a little dreary, the library was the complete opposite, buzzing with amazing vendors, activities, and games. This was Family Literacy Day done right!

Kids lined up for awesome balloon animal creations by the amazing Nicole Verhoeven, enjoyed cuddling and reading to the adorable Therapy Tails pups, and exercised motor and critcial thinking skills by playing games with with Smoke Free Movies. There was also fabulous face painting by Daniela who transformed event-goers into all kinds of crazy characters and animals, and InPower Yoga who helped to exercise the body as well as the mind. Creative juices flowed in the comic colouring station with the talented Nate Van Lindt, a fabulous selection of reading materials were on offer from the Fly Away Books station, and a compelling craft time was held with April Shaw from Speech Services Niagara. Story times with new children’s author Lacey Bakker of Panda the Very Bad Cat and her purr-fect cat mascot were a big hit, along with the fire safety fun with Sparky the Dog, and blow-out, absolutely awe-inspiring performance by the Lincoln Leapers – What a whirlwind!

All the fun was accentuated with literacy-themed games & activities including a read-a-riffic tape track, obstacle course, play dough station, tattoo station, and puppet theatre. Phew, we can’t wait to start working on next year!

Check out photos from this fantastic day below:


We’d like to thank Phelps Homes Ltd. and all the wonderful volunteers who made Family Literacy Day possible at the Grimsby Public Library – You guys are amazing as always!

We’ll see you all for another one in 2018!

Boost your financial health at the Library w/ FREE seminars from Desjardins Financial Security

desjardins-financial-security-logoMake cents of your money! The Grimsby Public Library and Desjardins Financial Security have once again teamed up to bring you a series of FREE financial seminars to help ensure your financial health for the present and future. Join Michele Galante, Lance Weibe, and Patricia Semple as they share financial advice in plain, easy to understand English. It could be the best 90 minutes you’ve spent on your financial health in a long time!



February 15, 2017
7 PM | Fireplace Lounge

Will your income last as long as you? Determine how much you’ll need, how to keep it, and how to minimize taxes.




March 21, 2017
7 PM | Fireplace Lounge

Register for this workshop and learn about The Under 35 Millenial Dilemma. Make more cents of your money!




April 18, 2017
7 PM | Fireplace Lounge

What are all the different kinds of insurance and what do you really need? Register for this program and find out.

Still time to sign up for free VHS to DVD Workshop at Grimsby Library


VHS Digitization Workshop
Thursday, February 9 | 7 PM

Register now at the Library

Preserve your family videos for generations to come by learning how to record your home movie VHS tapes to DVD or digital file format in this fantastic workshop. We’ll show you everything you need to know using the Grimsby Library’s free-to-use VHS/DVD recorder and software program & how to share on social media!

Those old tapes won’t last forever, so make sure you don’t lose the recorded images of baby’s first steps, those crazy family vacations, adventures with friends, and birthday parties to the elements. Save them here!