Gail Anderson-Dargatz + Kevin Patterson inspire at Grimsby Author Series: Wrap-up + photos!


The second evening of the 2016-17 Grimsby Author Series was truly inspiring. There was a definite buzz in the air as our authors arrived at Casablanca Winery Inn, and they did not disappoint, with both providing fascinating insights into their latest highly-praised novels and the processes they go through to come up with such brilliant and moving stories.

Before the talks officially began the audience was treated to light snacks and delicious wines from this evening’s wine sponsor Henry of Pelham.  Music was in the air as the crowd filtered in from our smooth house band Quarter Past Two (care of the Blessed Trinity music program) creating festive atmosphere and added to the excitement of the event – the scene was being set!

As Ken took the stage everyone took their seats and settled down for another unforgettable night. The audience and authors were treated to two more of his signature introductions, which Gail Anderson-Dargatz, the first of our speakers, described as the best one she ever had received! Kevin Patterson equally expressed his appreciation in his turn, and their reactions made it clear our series made a good impression on them both.

Gail delighted the audience with what can only be described as a magical reading of her new novel The Spawning Grounds. Intertwining the real world with the mythical, her vivid characters and eloquently described settings made you feel as if you were watching the scenes unfold right before your eyes; immersing you in legend and a dream-like world where anything could happen. If a novel could ever be described as ‘visually stunning’ – this would be it. Gail let us in on the inspirations for this novel and her string of other award-winning and internationally acclaimed books: The magic of real life and those ‘Velcro’ moments (the ones that really stick) which fuel her creativity. Whether it’s the memory of the graceful fall of mating eagles careening and cartwheeling toward the earth, or the dream of a young boy standing on a writhing river of salmon, the elements she molds into her stories are beautiful and moving.


Kevin Patterson, we can say without exaggeration, is an excessively accomplished renaissance man. Currently living on a sailboat off of Saltspring Island in B.C., Kevin is an author, medical doctor, and former solider to boot. He has lead a varied and adventurous life that has introduced him to amazing people and situations that have fed his ability to write rich and realistic stories by drawing on those experiences. In his new novel News From the Red Desert he gives us an insider’s perspective into a modern war in the Middle East unlike any other we’ve fought before, and how the total optimism felt by soldiers at the beginning of it eventually fell into harsh reality and moral chaos. In his book, and in his talk, he very effectively shone a light on the media’s role in war, and the danger of ‘infotainment’ feeding the war machine and our fascination with it. Kevin managed to temper the seriousness of the subject matter with warmth and humour, including singling out an audience member close to his heart (a true hero, old friend, and nurse in Northern Canada named Linda), and very much captivated the audience.


After the talks both authors very generously stayed to sign copies of their books for audience members, but not before we raffled off our many fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors. These include Caliga shoes, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cole’s Florists & Garden Centre, Special Effects Art Shoppe, and Theatre Aquarius. The authors received gifts from The Peanut MillHenry of Pelham  and Forks Road Pottery.

We’d like to thank both Gail Anderson-Dargatz and Kevin Patterson for including us on their book tours and to all the sponsors and volunteers that elevated the evening and made this night go so smoothly. We’ll see you, and everyone else in November!

Get spoOoky at the Library + Art Gallery’s annual Halloween BASH!


3:30 – 5 PM | Ages 5 – 12

The Library & Art Gallery are brewing up another Halloween Bash for kids ages 5 – 12 including a spoOoky movie and ghoulish seasonal crafts. Curious? Kids can give their Halloween costumes a practice run, make decorations to take home, munch out on some nut-free treats, all while watching The Dog Who Saved Halloween!

Register at the Library or by calling us at 905.945.5142

“Everything is going well in the Bannister’s new house until they notice strange lights & sounds coming from a neighbour’s home. After getting trapped in the spooky house, only Zeus is left to save Halloween!”

Grimsby Library welcomes Brian Merritt in honour of Remembrance Day as part of Memory Project


2016-memory-project-brian-merritt-photocroppedSunday, November 6
2PM | Fireplace Lounge | Free

Historical records often overlook the experiences of children during wartime. Growing up in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, Brian Merritt and his friends enjoyed childhood escapades during the early part of WWII. Together, they pretended to be soldiers or airmen. Realization of the horror of war came suddenly in 1941 as Birkenhead and Liverpool were both strategic targets for German bombing raids.

Brian and his family, like many, were billeted with a family in the countryside until alternative housing was available. Brian’s father survived serious injury in a later bombing raid and several relatives survived horrific wartime experiences serving in the military. Brian has recently published a novel, Jack Brandon’s War, which draws on these experiences and those of his uncles who served in WWII convoys and warships.

Drop-in to learn all about Brian’s story here at the Grimsby Library in honour of Remembrance Day this fall as part of The Memory Project.

jack-brandons-war-by-brian-merritt-cover“Jack Brandon’s War is a fictional mémoire of two generations’ struggle to survive the Second World War and to come to grips with the war’s impact on their lives. JACK BRANDON’S WAR follows the parallel stories of Jack, an eight-year-old boy growing up in the small industrial town of Birkenhead, England during the Second World War and his father Tom, a ship’s engineer in Britain’s Merchant Navy. Both face terrible loss. Both grapple with mental and physical trauma and both find themselves fighting the war on fronts that are seldom explored in literature. Tom is away at sea when war descends on his family, residents of urban England. In fact, Tom returns home oblivious to the tragedy that struck his family only days before his ship, the merchant vessel S.S. Griffon, reached port. There’s a lot of work to be done, bodies, souls, and families to be mended before Tom is, once again, called to duty aboard the Griffon. When separated again both Tom and his son Jack are confronted by the war. Their struggles threaten to keep them apart forever, their only hope for survival and reunion lies in the kindness of their neighbours and the spirit inside them.”

Grimsby Public Library introduces new digital service: hoopla® has arrived!


8 titles a month – no late fees – great selections

It’s Ontario Public Library Week and we’re celebrating by officially launching our brand new digital service: hoopla®! Instantly borrow free digital music, eBooks, movies, and more, 24/7 with your library card: NO LATE FEES attached. There are literally hundreds of thousands of titles in six different formats to discover in this revolutionary online collection.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla® provides you the freedom you’ve been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now. Sign up today!


Here at the Grimsby Public Library we’re always striving to bring you the latest and greatest digital services and make sure we the ones we choose are compatible with your devices and current technologies. With it’s easy-to-navigate format and user-friendly app, hoopla® epitomizes this goal and we know it will be a huge asset to your digital entertainment. We hope you enjoy this new service as much as we enjoy helping to make your life easier!

Launching hoopla® during Ontario Public Library Week allows us to showcase our endeavours and highlight our committment to our patrons on a province-wide platform. A visit will get you thinking🙂

To learn more about hoopla® and for help getting started visit our website.



Get your finances in check at the Grimsby Library this fall


November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM) in Canada. This year’s FLM aims to rally organizations and individuals across Canada to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians and empower them to manage debt wisely, save for the future, and understand their rights and responsibilities.The Grimsby Public Library is helping to promote financial literacy for Canadians of all ages by offering the following FREE programs:


Register now at the Library

November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada and the Grimsby Public Library and Grimsby’s Meridian™ Credit Union are teaming up for a workshop to help young families learn about and develop basic money management skills. Adults will learn about RESPs and savings, while teens and young adults will have budgeting and credit scores demystified. There will even be a great activity for children 6+ where they will learn how to make play money work for them by buying nut-free treats – yum!

Your money. Your way. Imagine that™



Every Wednesday in November
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

9:30 – 12 PM | FREE | 5-week workshop
Register now at the Library

Do you make the most of your money? Join the Niagara West Adult Learning
Centre and Grimsby Public Library for a series of informative workshops
that will help boost your financial literacy. We’ll cover topics such as
budgeting, credit basics, banking & financial services, debt
management, maximizing income & more!

Halloween Haunts at the Grimsby Public Library: Halloween Bash, Niagara’s Most Haunted & more!

halloween-2The Halloween season is officially upon us! People are picking up mountains of candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, you’re picking out your costumes, stores are stacked to the brim with creepy decorations (yes we know that’s been since August), and the Grimsby Public Library is pulling out all the stops so you can have a most frightfully delightful Halloween!

We have several programs this year for several different age groups that are sure to satisfy, entertain, and maybe even give you a scare or two…. Boo!

Click on the posters below to get the full scoop on all the spooky programs we’ve got going on this season:

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Go Wild! Get Back to Nature with the Grimsby Library, Art Gallery & WWF


Have you heard the bzzzz?? The Grimsby Public Library & Art Gallery have been the lucky recipients of a $1000.00 grant from World Wildlife Fund Canada, and we’re using it to bring you a fun-filled day of amazing community programming to celebrate getting back to nature on Saturday, October 15! We’re thrilled to be offering several free presentations, workshops and displays that will teach participants of all ages about the natural world around us.

From talks about wild bees and community gardens to building cast paper pollinator dispersers and wild bee houses, we’ve got something for everyone! We’ll even be doing free showings of The Bee Movie for little ones as you attend the programming for grownups.


Get the scoop on all the awesome stuff we’ve got going on from 10 AM – 4 PM below:

Program Schedule

Throughout the day starting at 10:00 AM:
• Refreshments & light snacks
• Exhibition at the Gallery Southern Ontario Nature & Science Illustrators (SONSI)
• DIY Bee House Workshop

Displays throughout the lobby:
Niagara College – Beekeeping program
Forks Road Pottery – bee and dragonfly pottery
Conservation Halton & The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

10:30 – 12:00 PM:
• Cast Paper Pollinator-Friendly Seed Dispersers Workshop – Hands-on art session – Ages 4+ – Lisa Agnew *Pre-registration with the art gallery is encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome if space allows.*

12:50 PM:
Drop-in Movie for Kids: The Bee Movie in the Story Time room

1:00 PM:
• Photography workshop and field trip with photographer Phil Gebhardt. Plan B, in case of inclement weather, Phil gives a brief presentation on nature photography in the studio at 1 PM, 2 PM, & 3 PM. *Pre-registration with the art gallery is encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome if space allows.*


Speaker Series: 1:00 – 3:30 PM

• 1:00 – 2:00 PM Speaker # 1 – Karin Davidson-Taylor – Garden Pollinators
Royal Botanical Gardens

• 2:00 – 2:30 Speaker #2 – Tracey Jennings – Community Gardens
– Niagara West Community Garden Collective

• 2:30 – 3:30 Speaker #3 – Brenda Van Ryswyk – Wild Bees
Conservation Halton

2:30 PM:
Drop-in Movie for Kids: The Bee Movie in the Story Time room

3:30 PM:
Nature Photography presentation: Wrap-up Session



For more details visit us at:

18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1

Or contact us here:

Library: 905.945.5142

Art Gallery: 905.945.3246