Meridian Comic Book Day at Grimsby Library in pictures

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It felt like the whole community zipped, zoomed or flew down to the Grimsby Public Library for our annual Meridian Comic Book Day! It was an awesome afternoon filled with superheroes and activities for comic enthusiasts young and old. There was face painting, green screen photo shoots, pin-making, fun mascots, and free comic books to giveaway, as well as booths and games with Speech Services Niagara, Xtreme Collectables, Parka the Beaver with Parks Canada (promoting the 75th anniversary of the HMCS Haida in Hamilton), and Smoke Free Movies. Our sponsors Meridian Credit Union in Grimsby were there in full force and had fun games and free popcorn snacks. Thanks so much to Meridian for generously sponsoring this annual event!

There were some amazing young local artists showing off their wonderful work, including Zavian Lashington-Francis (who will be doing a talk at Grimsby Library on May 16 about his graphic novel The Winds of Change), Abby Nickerson, Hope Grant, Christina Cote, Julie-Ann Bihari, Jordan Da Costa, and more. Professional illustrators Mike Cope from Cope Toons, Patricia Storms were there too with activities and examples of their work, and our special guest Casey Parsons from Comic 1 Books delivered some amazing free workshops. Thanks to all the fantastic artists who attended and to John Swinimer from True North Country Comics for covering our event for his podcast, make sure you stay tuned for the one featuring this event!

Check out photos from the event below:

Grimsby Library to show Tragically Hip documentary on National Canadian Film Day 2018

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Join fellow Tragically Hip fans at the Grimsby Library on April 18 at 7 PM for a showing of the documentary Long Time Running for National Canadian Film Day. The documentary follows the band on their last tour ever in 2016, following the announcement of front man Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis. Created by friends of the band, Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, we’re honouring the Tragically Hip’s profound impact on the cultural landscape of this country by sharing this truly unique and beautiful Canadian film with you.

See event details.

“Long Time Running chronicles the emotional and epic iconic Canadian band’s now-legendary 2016 tour that captured the heart of the nation. Viewers will be given a unique and exclusive perspective into The Tragically Hip’s world through intimate moments, behind-the-scenes and on-stage footage, personal interviews with the band and close friends, as well as reactions from their devoted fans from across the country.” – thehip.com

Watch the trailer here:

Paula McLain & Katherine Ashenburg to visit Grimsby Library this June

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The Grimsby Public Library is welcoming two award-winning, critically acclaimed authors late this spring for a special event of the Grimsby Author Series. Paula McLain and Katherine will be here on Friday, June 1 (doors at 6:30 PM) to speak about their latest works and sign books for fans. Snacks and a wine tasting from Peller Estates will be provided. Tickets are just $20 each, and are on sale now at the Library, or you can buy tickets online.

You won’t want to miss this event – Wrapping up the 16th season of the Grimsby Author Series in style! Call 905-945-5142 for more information.

Love and Ruin
Paula, author of the bestselling historical fiction novel The Paris Wife, and who joined us at the series 2 years ago to talk about her next hit Circling the Sun,  is back with Love and Ruin. This book chronicles the life of Martha Gellhorn, arguably one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century, and her marriage to Ernest Hemingway.

 

Sophie and Celicia
Katherine, an award-winning non-fiction writer, she will be speaking about her first foray into fiction, Sofie & Cecilia. Her novel tells the story of two life-long friends living in Sweden in the 1940’s, wrapped up in the Scandinavian mid-century modern design movement that was just starting to explode across Europe.

 

 

 

 

March Break 2018 fun at the Grimsby Library: See pics from the events!

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There was so much happening at the Grimsby Library for March Break 2018. Let’s Talk Science was here all week running STEM programs for kids, the Team T & J show got kids dancing and singing with their energetic pop vibes, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo brought all kinds of cool creatures like a BIG spider, a BIG snake and a TINY crocodilian, and future paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts were just roaring for Club Rex. The WomEnchant Drumming Circle showed us how to play to the beat, and Craig Douglas, the Comic Juggler had kids rolling with laughter while performing amazing tricks. Craig Watson was also here to explore the world of electronics and lead a computer programming Arduino session. The Grimsby Library would like to thank all of the wonderful performers, acts, and facilitators who wowed the crowds, and everyone who came out to enjoy March Break with us!

Check out photos from each event below:

Team T + J

TEAM T&J are a fresh dose of Active and Uplifting Family Entertainment for all ages.  They create an environment where kids can explore and express their imaginations through the excitement and freedom of live music interaction. – www.teamtandj.com

 

Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo

“Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo is a privately funded zoo and animal rescue and is the largest of it’s kind in Eastern Ontario. It was founded and is owned by the husband and wife team of Paul and Sheri Goulet… Their one of a kind, fun and interactive approach to Eco-Education has been a hit with children and adults alike since 1995. ” – littleraysnaturecentres.com

 

Club Rex

“Club Rex brings a museum experience right to you! Unlike a museum though, we don’t believe in viewing dinosaurs from behind ropes or under glass. We allow you to get up close and personal with our museum pieces!” – www.clubrex.ca

 

WomEnchant Drummer’s Percussion Party

“WomEnchant Chorus & Drummers is a community ensemble of choristers and drummers, women from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of musical experience. We are committed to promoting peace, social justice, respect for planet earth and making positive changes in the world through the power of sisterhood and song.” –womenchant.ca

 

Craig Douglas: Comic Juggler

“Craig is a professional comedian, juggler and dad. For more than 20 years he has been thrilling audiences across Canada and around the world. Onstage, his boundless enthusiasm is contagious and he quickly has audiences roaring with laughter. ” – www.comicjuggler.com

 

Arduino session

Kids used simple micro-computer programming in an easy to understand, guided session, and explored the interaction of simple electronics, programming, and made things react at their command!

 

Let’s Talk Science Programs

“Let’s Talk Science strives to improve Science literacy through leadership, innovative educational programs, research and advocacy. We motivate and empower youth to use science, technology and engineering to develop critical skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to thrive in our world. In addition, our research has shown that children become more interested in STEM fields after attending LTS events.” – outreach.letstalkscience.ca/mcmaster.html

Author Catherine Graham to visit Grimsby Library this March

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Thursday, March 22
7 PM | Free | Fireplace Lounge
Register now at the Library

Join acclaimed Ontario author Catherine Graham this March at the Grimsby Library as she speaks about her debut novel Quarry. Set in southern Ontario during the 1980’s, this book is as layered as the open-pit mine for which it is named. Only child Caitlin Maharg lives with her parents beside a water-filled limestone quarry, but her idyllic upbringing collapses when she learns her mother is dying. After a series of family secrets emerges, she must confront the past and face her uncertain future. Lyrically charged, jewelled with images, and at times darkly comic, Graham’s prose weaves a mysterious, hypnotic tale of loss, deception, and the courage to swim the depths of life alone.

quarryCatherine Graham is the author of six poetry collections and the debut novel Quarry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry and The Celery Forest was published this past fall. Winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and at Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. Published internationally, she lives in Toronto. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com

 

Praise for Graham’s debut novel Quarry:

…this imaginative coming-of-age tale is by turns tense, funny, painful, wondrous and all too real: a crazy, fearless dive into life’s deepest mysteries.  – The Toronto Star

Quarry is the delightfully told coming-of-age story of a young woman named Caitlin Maharg, growing up in southern Ontario in the 1980s. – The Hamilton Spectator

Quarry is a drop-dead gorgeous piece of writing, a novel that gave me goose bumps, even on a second reading. Search it out and read it; gentle, tough, and a superb work of fiction.– Owen Sound Sun Times

Register for this program by visiting the Library or calling 905-945-5142.

March Break 2018 at the Grimsby Library

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There’s so much to do during March Break at the Grimsby Public Library! Let’s Talk Science will be with us all week running programs for kids aged 8 – 12, the Team T & J show will get you dancing, and Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo will bring all kinds of creatures. Dinosaur lovers will love Club Rex and Craig Douglas, the Comic Juggler will have kids rolling with laughter.

There will be a babysitting course, and chess too for older kids. Our Percussion Party, Arduino Action session, and the Electronic Music Workshop are already full, so make sure you sign up or buy your tickets soon!

Check out the available event listings below:

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Team T & J Show
Monday, March 12 | Great for ages 2 – 10
10:30 AM | Centre Space | Tickets: $3.00 /person aged 2+

Experience TEAM T&J’s live show! Kids will enjoy this interactive journey of exploration, creativity and participation that encourages kids to see and feel what it means to STICK2GETHER!

 

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Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
Tuesday, March 13 | Great for ages 4 – 12
10:30 AM | Centre Space | Tickets: $3.00 /person aged 2+

This awesome presentation includes 8 -12 animals including amphibians, arachnids, lizards, turtles, tortoises, a small crocodilian and a large snake.

 

 

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Club Rex
Wednesday, March 14 | Great for ages 4 – 12
10:30 AM | Centre Space | Tickets: $3.00 /person aged 2+

Dinosaur lovers will be very excited to see Club Rex! Have a hands-on museum experience without ever leaving town.

 

Craig Douglas Comic Juggler

Craig Douglas: Comic Juggler
Friday, March 16 | Great for ages 3 – 12
10:30 AM | Centre Space | Tickets: $3.00 /person aged 2+

Join Craig the Comic Juggler for a fun, entertaining, and high energy show at the Library. Get ready to laugh!

 

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2 PM | Fireplace Lounge | 45 – 60 minutes
Register starting Jan 27 (20 spots each) | Free

►Handheld Digestive System
Monday, March 12 at 2 PM | Ages 10 – 12
Create a digestive system that you can see and hold. From the mouth to the stomach and intestines, follow the process of digestion & nutrient absorption.

►Playful Machines
Wednesday, March 14 at 2 PM | Ages 8 – 12
Examine simple machines by incorporating levers, wheels, axles, pulleys, gears and inclined planes in a playful environment.

►Red Cabbage pH + Polymers
Thursday, March 15 at 2 pm | Ages 8 – 12
Discover the wonders of pH levels using red cabbage & polymer science using a super-absorbent polymer found in diapers.

►Archimedes Screw
Friday, March 16 at 2 PM | Ages 8 – 12
Kids use household supplies to build their own Archimedes screw!


 

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Babysitting Course
Saturday, March 10
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Studio | Ages 11+
Registration now open.

Learn all you need to know & receive a certificate. Please bring a nut-free lunch & snack to this all day program. Register at firstaidclinics.ca or call 1-888-406-9117.

 

 

 

Visit the Library to purchase tickets and call or visit to register for the other programs (except for the Babysitting course – go to firstaidclinics.ca)

Loose leaf tea tasting with Stacy Heidman of Steeped Tea at the Grimsby Library

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Monday, March 5
7 PM | Fireplace Lounge
Free | Register now

Join Stacy Heidman, Independent Consultant with Steeped Tea, at the Grimsby Library to learn about the many different varieties of tea. Sign up and bring a friend to enjoy a cup, and get the chance to win a giveaway!

Our premium quality handpicked White, Green, Matcha, Black, Oolong and Pu’erh loose leaf teas all come from the legendary Camellia Sinensis (ca-MEEL-e a sy-NEN-sis) plant. We expertly select teas for their superior flavour that will kick start your taste buds” – steepedtea.com

What a treat that we get to have a taste of these amazing teas with an expert.

Register now for this program by visiting the Library or calling 905-945-5142, spots are filling up fast!