Culture Days at the Grimsby Library: Comics, drums, and a free movie!

Culture Days

To celebrate Culture Days in Ontario, the Grimsby Public Library has lined up some fantastic events to help grow your love of culture in the community. Check out the programs below, and help us to create, participate, and celebrate!


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My Cousin Rachel
Friday, September 29
Doors: 6:45 PM | Movie: 7 PM

Celebrate Culture Days at the Grimsby Library with a FREE Grimsby Film Series showing of My Cousin Rachel. Watch the movie and then and take part in a fun cultural activity!

As part of the GPL’s participation in Culture Days in Ontario, these Grimsby Film Series showings will be FREE.


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Comics with Nate!
Saturday, September 30
Lobby | Ages 5 – 10 | Registration starts September 1 (20 spots per group)
Group A: 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Group B: 11:15 – 11:45 AM

Nate Van Lindt loves comics and knows a lot about them. He’ll be visiting the Library for Culture Days to show you how to make your very own, and if you’d like, act it out too! Do your own drawings, or work with pictures Nate supplies.

Visit or call the Library at 905.945.5142 to register for Group A or Group B. There are only 20 spots per workshop, so make sure you run fast as lightning if you want in!


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WomEnchant Drumming Circle
Sunday, October 1
2 PM | FREE | Drop-in | Lobby

womenchant_drummers_2_outdoor_drummers (1)Celebrate Culture Days by dropping by the Grimsby Library & Art Gallery for a booming good time! Grimsby’s own WomEnchant Drummers will here to lead a drumming session, no experience needed! Hear selections by the drummers, led by Artistic Director Laura Thomas, and then give it a try. 

Attendees are invited to try drums and assorted percussion instruments. This free program is offered in cooperation with the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

2017-18 Grimsby Author Series launches with Michael Redhill & Wayne Johnston


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Welcome back to the Grimsby Author Series, it’s our sweet 16th year! Last Monday we kicked it off with a fantastic evening full of laughter and great literature. With a sold out night and a packed house, there was definite excitement in the air as we welcomed our first two authors of the season, Michael Redhill and Wayne Johnston, to the Casablanca Winery Inn.

Rosewood Estates Winery was our wine sponsor for the evening and they brought with them a delicious selection for us to sample: an earthy red called Locked & Loaded and a fruity white called Origin. The wine was sipped, the snacks were scooped up, and old friends were met as the doors opened: what a wonderful way to spend an evening!

Our photographer was taking pictures all night, so check out the snapshots below along with wrap-ups of each of our speakers:



Michael Redhill

Michael Redhill returned Monday night for his second author series appearance. His first was over 10 years ago, so it was wonderful to see him back again in Grimsby. He started our evening off with a lively reading of his brand new book Bellevue Squarea comedic mystery and thriller that just recently made the Giller Prize long list. In fact, the book was so new, it was being released the next day! So we were lucky enough to get our very own sneak preview.

Michael is a natural speaker, and is funny and insightful. He can deliver a quick quip that garners a ton of laughs, but can just as quickly provide the audience with a honest look at his experiences, writing process and inspirations. Hearing his reading, it is clear that Michael has an genuine talent for creating completely convincing and authentic characters. They ring true, kind of like he just beamed into someone’s brain and recorded their thoughts. The passage he read to us was a vivid snapshot of his main character’s thought process and how she copes with what has happened to her. Darker moments are sudden and reflective, but then almost immediately shot through with humour or a heartwarming moment that lifts her, and us, out of it. The quick pace of the writing pack these moments with a thoroughly relatable, emotional punch.

Getting a sample of this book that had yet to make it out into the wider world was a privilege, and now that it’s been released, we cannot wait for more. Michael let us in on his intentions to turn the theme – tantalizingly called Modern Ghosts – into something of triptych series. Hopefully that means he’ll be back to visit us when they are finished!




Wayne Johnston

Wayne Johnston is the proud owner of not one, not two, not three, but four commemorative Grimsby Author Series mugs (which he apparently uses in order of year), and now has a fifth to add to his mounting collection. He has true GAS tenure, and we are so happy he has stuck with us throughout the years!

Wayne Johnston is a storyteller at heart. His quiet humour had the audience laughing out loud as he treated us to various personal anecdotes that revealed his work process and his life as a successful (and chronic) Canadian writer. From his adventures in voice recognition software, to his conflicting schedule with breakfast radio, to his long answer to a short question – which began as an explanation for writing about a Newfoundland-themed book collection, and ended in an animated retelling of a little known CBC documentary film called “Waiting for Fidel Castro” – it’s clear he knows how to precisely land a punchline that gets an audience rolling with laughter.

His comedic abilities and thoughtful style translate, too, into his writing. First Snow, Last Light is the final book in a trilogy that uniquely weaves the culture and history of Newfoundland into an unfolding family mystery of the Vanishing Vatchers. It is richly layered, funny, and manages to create a strong sense of place with memorable characters that leap off the page. In the passage he read to the audience, we were treated to a fine example of this, with the multiple perspectives of his idiosyncratic and fascinating characters creating a memorable scene.

A delightful talk that we hope will be repeated with Wayne collecting a sixth, seventh, eighth (or more!) mug for his collection.



The evening was wrapped up with our regular door prize raffles which included copies of each of the books featured that evening, and items from Cole’s Florists, Objects to Desire, Stacy Heidman of Steeped TeaElipsis Day Spa, Lifelong Learning NiagaraTheatre Aquarius, and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Thanks to Rosewood Estates, The Peanut Mill and Forks Road Pottery for providing our guest speakers with their lovely gifts.

To Michael Redhill and Wayne Johnston, thank you for coming to share your stories and books with us, and for staying afterwards to sign copies for the audience – We all enjoyed the evening so much and hope you did too!


We’d like send out a HUGE thank you as well to all of our sponsors, benefactors, volunteers, and of course, the all of you in the audience for helping us get our 16th season off the ground, and for your continued support throughout every year of the Grimsby Author Series. We couldn’t do it without you!

We’d also like share our appreciation for our wonderful Library Board members, some of who were able to attend on Monday night. The board is crucial in ensuring that the Grimsby Public Library can provide the Grimsby community with kind of quality programming, such as the Author Series, they deserve.




Real Estate Info Series: Catch up on the housing market at the Grimsby Library

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Our local real estate experts are back to help you catch up with the housing market here in Grimsby, and prepare you to buy, sell, or renovate your property. The experience of buying or selling a home can often be a nerve-wracking experience, and learning more can can only help you make better-informed decisions that will benefit you now and into the future. Let us help you navigate the ins and outs of real estate!

Check out the upcoming events below:


The Buying Process
Tuesday, September 26 | 7 PM

Join Chris Knighton, Dan Carrol + Justin Sawicki from the Knighton Group of Keller Williams® Realty Centres for this informative workshop. Get a crash course in the buying process with information for both first-time buyers and current homeowners.



Home Sales in the Current Market
Tuesday, October 3 | 7 PM

Join Laura Carbell-Gillis of Royal LePage for this informative workshop about different types of markets, the current local market, and factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or sell first.



Residential Investing Basics
October 10 | 7 PM

Join Sarah Taylor from Meridian Credit Union™ and Craig Watson from RE/MAX® for this informative workshop about income properties, using home equity to build wealth, and the rules and regulations governing real estate investment.



Be a Smart Renovator
Tuesday, October 17 | 7 PM

Not all renovations will make you a good return on your investment. Join Sarah Taylor from Meridian Credit Union™ and Craig Watson from RE/MAX® for this informative workshop about planning, financing and hiring a contractor for a successful reno.


Register for one or all of these programs by visiting the Library or calling 905.945.5142.





Visit the Grimsby Public Library for Doors Open! Tours, knitting & more

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Join us during Doors Open Grimsby from 10 AM – 4 PM on September 23 for a refreshing lemonade break after strolling around town, then explore our facility! Pick up your very own self-guided tour brochure, highlighting special features in the Library’s building. Maybe you’ll discover some resources and services you never knew we had! Staff will be on site all day and happy to provide more details and answer any of your questions.

Then, if you’re into knitting, crocheting, or any kind of needle craft, join us for…

2 PM | Fireplace Lounge | Drop-in

Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch …whatever! Meet with other stitching enthusiasts during Doors Open to work on your latest project. We’ll discuss plans for future monthly meetups too!

Movies for kids at the Grimsby Library: We have their days off from school covered

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Looking for something fun & easy to do with your kids on school PA Days? Well the Grimsby Public Library has got you covered! We line up some great movies each PA and Early Release Day that gets your kids out to the Library and entertained for the afternoon. Just drop-in to these free movies at show time – easy peasy!

Check out what we have in store this season below:




Early Release Day Movie
Friday, September 15
1:30 PM | Fireplace Lounge

Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.



PA Day Movie
Friday, October 6
10:30 AM | Fireplace Lounge

A new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator — a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at Tim’s home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies.



PA Day Movie
Friday, November 17
10:30 AM | Fireplace Lounge

George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.


Science Literacy Week activities at the Grimsby Library: Registration open

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We have an action-packed schedule planned for national Science Literacy Week here at the Grimsby Public Library, so make sure you sign up,  pick up your ticket, and/or drop-in to these fantastic educational programs!

Check out what’s on offer below:


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Saturday, September 16
10:30 AM | FREE | Fireplace Lounge

Pick up your FREE ticket starting September 1.

Kids can explore a thrilling combination of chemistry and physics with the Spin! Pop! Boom! show. You will be wowed by a cool, centrifugal force platform and bungee jumping pet. An awesome CO2 launcher, incredible booming balloons, and flaming Didgeridoo will amaze. Watch Mad Science create a rainbow before your eyes with their magical rainbow maker!

Royal Ontario Museum Raffle: To add to the excitement, the Library will raffle off one free admission to the ROM at the end of the Mad Science presentation. Be there to win!


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Saturday, September 16
2 – 4 PM | Lobby | Free

Science is everywhere! In celebration of Science Literacy Week in Canada, we’re showcasing science projects in the Lobby of the Grimsby Public Library.

There is still time to submit your project! Just call us to sign up. Any kids with fun, cool and/or interesting science projects they would like to display are welcome! To show your project at the display, contact the Library at 905.945.5142!



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Drop in Story Time: Sensational Science
Sunday, September 17
2 PM | Fireplace Lounge | Free | Ages 2 – 5

Share stories, songs and rhymes with your little ones

Your littlest ones can celebrate Science Literacy Week with stories & non-fiction books about the wonders of science!
Are your older kids registered for the ScratchJr program? Conveniently, this story time runs at the same time, so younger siblings can join in some science fun as well!


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Tuesday, September 19
7 PM | Fireplace Lounge | Free

Register at the Library ( 40 spots) – This program is best for adult and teen visitors!

In this richly illustrated tour of the universe, astronomy expert John Gauvreau takes us from the safety of our home planet out through the solar system, visiting the cur-rent rovers on Mars and the rings of Saturn, before head-ing out into deep space. The latest images from space probes show us giant clouds of gas where new stars are being formed. We leave the Milky Way galaxy to travel to the farthest reaches of the universe and come face to face with the incredible vastness of our cosmos before finally returning to Earth from a rather unique perspective.



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It’s Electrifying! – Thursday, September 21
7 PM | Register now | 20 spots available | Grades 4 – 7 | Fireplace Lounge

We use electricity every day in all kinds of ways. With It’s Electrifying, kids can gain a basic understanding of electricity by experimenting with circuits, conductors, insulator and electromagnets. (45 – 100 minutes)

Friction Lab – Saturday, September 23
10:30 am | Register now | 20 spots | Grades 4 – 7 | Studio

Friction keeps us from slipping and falling everywhere.Registrants will creatively explore the properties of friction and build a friction-testing device during this hands-on, interactive, brainstorming lab. (45 – 60 minutes)





Book Reviews from Grimsby Library Summer Reading Raffle – Find yours!


We received tons of thoughtful book reviews this summer when Grimsby Library patrons like you entered to win our annual Summer Reading Raffles. We thought we’d share some so everyone can benefit from some home-grown literary insights, and maybe even get some  recommendations for your fall reading lists (or ones to avoid 😉 ). Check out the reviews from your fellow library-goers below!

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The Nix by Nathan Hill
“A college professor tries to find out about his mother’s secret past and why she abandoned him after she is arrested for attacking a politician. Very interesting, disturbing, and humourous novel” – R. R.

Siracusa by Delia Ephron

“An easy beach read – like a summer movie. Kind of predictable.” – L. N.

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

“15 dogs are given human intelligence! I will never look at my dog the same way again!” – L. K.

The Outsider by Anthony Franze

“Lots of twists and turns. Will read more from this author” – J. K.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

“My first Atwood novel! An experience not soon forgotten. If it seems too good to be true, it likely is!” – L. K.


The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe
“…The story follows two daughters through their lives after their mother gives them away and their grandmother’s search for them. It is heart-wrenching and sad.” – V. H.

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
“Couldn’t put it down. Enjoyed how the author weaved the lives of the two main characters who lived 40,000 years apart” – C. B. 

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
“I’ve read a lot of books that this author has written, but this one is so far the best. It keeps you hooked from the beginning to the end. Fast & fascinating book :)” – M. D.

Juliet’s Letters by Glenn Dixon

“This book brought to life the story of Romeo & Juliet. Loved the definition of ‘love’ as well as the description of life in Verona, Italy.” – C. M.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“It was interesting and had a good start, but the ending was abrupt. The author could have spent less time with the lead up and more time on the ending.” – J. Z.

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

“Ghost story or psychological thriller? Or international intrigue? Unfortunately what starts out as a slow burn mystery takes on too many twists and turns of the genre. Not quite horror, not quite classic ghost story, more action than necessary, but okay. I liked his previous books more.” – L. G.


In this Moment by Karma Brown
“Meg, the main character, really shows that you can’t escape unresolved issues. To live in peace you have to come to terms with yourself” – J. K.

Chain Mail by Hiroshi Ishizaki

“Four teenagers in Japan begin a group email about a fictional stalker. Eventually one of the girls begins to get stalked and they realize they do not really know each other.” – P. Q.

Come Closer by Sara Gran

“A perfect, all-in-one sitting tale of one woman’s possession. Well written, and so much fun – great summer read.” – L. G.

Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin

“A woman needs closure about a past relationship. It causes some problems in her marriage but in the end she figures out who she loves… It was a compelling read; lots of emotion. You didn’t know who she would choose.” – V. H.

Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez

“Wonderful book about a place close by. Poverty and isolation are topics.” – S. D.

The Child by Fiona Barton

“It was a great read! Had a really good story line, lots of interesting twists and a great ending.” – K. B.

You Can Have a Dog When I’m Dead by Paul Benedetti

“A selection of his humourous essays. It was a joy to read from start to finish!” – S. D

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon

“Donna has a very comfortable and delicious writing style. Great history, insight of being human, compelling, satisfying. Could hardly put it down.” – V. W.

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

“Roller coaster of emotions!” – C. S.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

“An amazing recollection of a true Canadian mystery and murder. Loved the poems, the true recounts of the murders, and the story line. Beautifully written.” – K. B.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

“Loved it! Laughed and cried 30 pages in. Cried and laughed, and laughed and cried!” – T. C.

The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys

“I loved the development of emotions of the three main characters. A great read!” – A. F.

The Break by Katherena Vermette

“Good book, tough read. Important for Canadian women to read.” – E. E.

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

“Story of Laura Decter who returns to visit her college boyfriend after years of changing her identity. George gets caught up in her world of lies.” – C. W.

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

“Borrowed the audio book through Hoopla and loved it. Heartbreakingly sad but with a hopeful ending.” – C. W.


Find most or all of these books in the Grimsby Public Library’s collection. Take a look in our online catalogue and place a hold on one that grabs your interest today! Read and see if you agree with the review.