Line-up announced for the 2017-18 Grimsby Author Series!

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The Grimsby Public Library is very excited to announce the official line-up for the 2017-18 season of the Grimsby Author Series. We have an amazing roster Canadian literary talent for our sweet 16, can’t wait to bring you another year of quality programming with nation-wide bestselling and critically acclaimed authors. Each of the regular season events will once again be taking place at the Casablanca Winery Inn with extra events taking place here at the Grimsby Public Library.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, August 10 at 9 AM

For more information visit our website and look under Grimsby Author Series.

About the Series:

The Grimsby Author Series has become a benchmark event series in Grimsby and the Niagara Region over the past sixteen years. We would love for you to become part of our community this year and enjoy the excellent literature, high-caliber speakers, festive atmosphere of our events, and sample the wonderful Niagara wineries who take part.

What to expect and an event:
Each event features two speakers who will read from or speak about their latest books, their inspirations, and even some of their personal journeys as authors. This will be followed with a question-and-answer period with the audience. Each evening concludes with door prize draws and a chance to purchase a copy of the featured titles and to have it signed by the author. Light refreshments & delicious local wines will be served before each event!

This year we will once again be selling full and half season ticket packages. You can buy tickets at the Library or online starting on Thursday, August 10. Please visit our Ticket Information page on the Grimsby Library website for more info.

Check us out!


GAS 2017-18 Line-up:

Fall Events:

Event 1

Monday, September 18: Michael Redhill & Wayne Johnston

Event 2

Monday, October 23: Linda Spalding & Glenn Dixon

Event 3

Monday, November 20: Linden MacIntyre & Alison Pick

Winter Events:

Event 4

Monday, January 15: Claire Cameron & Elan Mastai

Event 5

Monday, February 12: Peter Robinson & Giles Blunt

Event 6

Monday, April 23: Laurie Petrou (*local author!) & Jennifer Robson

Free story time at the Library w/ author Lacey Bakker on July 19

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This fun story time features a feline friend based on an adorable real-life cat named Panda. Join the author Lacey Bakker as she reads about Panda, the mischief he gets into, and the chaos he causes for his human! Panda the Very Bad Cat will have kitty-lovers laughing out loud.

This story time is a free drop-in program, and a perfect mid-week treat for your little ones. See you there!

Hey kids! Make your own LEGO movie at Grimsby Library with stop-motion magic

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superman-Register now for this exciting and popular program at the Grimsby Public Library. This two-day workshop taking place on Wednesday, July 26 + Thursday, July 27 will see kids ages 9 – 14 flex their creative muscles and learn new skills.

They’ll explore stop-motion animation techniques to create moving images with LEGO by taking pictures with a digital camera, and using computer software to animate them into their very own, action-packed film.

The GPL has lots of LEGO to use, but we have limited cameras. So if you can, please bring a digital camera to create your movie magic with!

Call 905.945.5142 or visit the Library to register.

Enter to win Grimsby Library’s Summer Reading Raffles in July & August

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You have the chance to win two fabulous, book-ish prize baskets this summer!

Fill out a ballot for every book you read this summer and tell us a bit about what you thought about it. The more you read, the better your chances will be of taking home the prize! We will have a different prize basket for July & August. We will draw July’s prize basket on Tuesday, August 1 and August’s basket on Friday, September 1.

Submit a ballot online on our website.

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The July prize basket includes: 5 books, a mug, tea from Mr Kettle, a GPL
T-shirt, a GPL tote bag, a gift package from Steeped Tea, and handcrafted stationary. Watch out for August’s basket next month for different treats!

2017 Summer Reading Clubs open today at Grimsby Library!

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It’s official, Summer Reading Clubs at the Grimsby Public Library are officially open! Kids aged 2 – 12 will win awesome prizes all summer-long, just by reading and reporting on their favourite books. It takes just minutes to share a bit about the story they’ve read or heard with one of our SRC staff, get a small prize for each book, and enter our weekly raffle.

Summer Reading Clubs are drop-in activities where kids can see friends, share great books, and try activities like our Puppet Theatre, Magformers, or the Mystery box (so fun!). Not to mention that these clubs help reduce summer literacy loss too.


Swing by the Grimsby Public Library during the Summer Reading Club hours:

MONDAY – SATURDAY: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Just like every year we are splitting Summer Reading Clubs into 2 age groups. In Preschool Summer Reading Club kids aged 2 – 6 can pick up or print out their own activity booklet on our website, fill out the pages and bring them in to show us. The regular TD Summer Reading Club will read books on their own at home and come in to the Library to report on them.

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Each group will be treated to a sticker or other small prizes each week, and will also enter to win our weekly raffles for bigger prizes – To learn more about all the summer fun, go to our website for more info!

To learn more about TD Summer Reading Club, and for more great TD activities, go to their website.

We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors who make these clubs possible. We couldn’t do it without you!

Drop-in at the Grimsby Library for the Astronomy in Action show on July 7!

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Next week, the Astronomy in Action show will be at the Grimsby Library  for an interactive, comedic, and educational  outer space experience! Get ready for an energetic presentation with tons of discussion about the newest, coolest, and most fascinating topics the world of astronomy has to offer. With lots of visual demonstrations and audience participation, you’ll leave with a better appreciation of our universe around us.

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“Our passion is to bring you the most immersive, entertaining, and educational Astronomy experience available. The energy and enthusiasm our presenter has for Astronomy translates into an engaging and attention grabbing show, where you’ll be having fun and learning about space. One show won’t be enough!”–

This show is for kids ages 5 +, although grownups are sure to enjoy as well! Join us on Friday, July 7 at 10:30 AM to see all the action.


Many thanks to Grimsby Ford for sponsoring this exciting
Astronomy in Action presentation. They’re out of this world!

Join us downtown this Saturday for all day #Grimsby150 festivities!


Pick up your #Grimsby150 passports on the day at any of our locations!

On July 1, 2017 Grimsby will celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation with #Grimsby150, an activity filled day organized by Grimsby’s cultural and heritage organizations – Grimsby Historical Society, Grimsby Museum, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby Public Library and Nelles Manor Museum.

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. there will be fun and excitement for the whole family in Coronation Park and at Grimsby Museum and Nelles Manor Museum. Using the #Grimsby150 Passport discover Grimsby’s history and much more. After your passport is stamped, the back page will be your ballot for a wonderful prize. Adult participants could win a Canadian Shield Rose developed at Vineland Research. The children’s prize will be a treasure box. A path of maple leaves will lead through the park to the Museum and Nelles Manor.


In Coronation Park the Art Gallery will organize art activities for kids. Local artists will be demonstrating pleine air or outdoor painting next to Forty Mile Creek. You will be able to learn about local and Canadian authors with the Library, and the Library and Art Gallery will help you create your own time capsule. The Historical Society will be showcasing local homes, history and genealogy. Local historian Dorothy Turcotte will be on hand from 10 a.m. – 12 noon for a book signing. On stage there will be music and also a play written by Rudy Janet Powell.

The Museum will host a carnival with games. Costumed actors will talk about Grimsby’s connection to international events throughout the day. There will also be a photo contest where shutterbugs can submit their pictures of Grimsby in the year 2017. The Lion’s Club will be holding a BBQ at the museum as well.

Nelles Manor Museum will highlight the life and times of one of the original “The Forty” families. There will be a self-guided tour through the manor; you never know who you will find in the rooms! Fun and games will be on the front lawn.

At 12 noon, officials will ring the Town Bell at the Museum. Many churches will also be ringing their bells. All residents, even those not at the event, are encouraged to open your doors and ring your bells at home or listen to sound of the town. After the bells will be the singing of O Canada.

Each location will have a photo op, so use the #Grimsby150 to tweet and share your photos.

Throughout the day items from #Grimsby150 will be collected for a time capsule. The capsule will be presented to the Museum on December 31st at the New Year bell ringing for safe keeping until 2042 Canada’s 175th anniversary.

For more information and for where to pick up your passports, contact; Facebook Grimsby150 or Instagram #Grimsby150.