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What's your spark? Where's your inspiration?
Find it at our TD Summer Reading Club. Pick up your FREE kit at any
branch on Friday, June 27 and start your summer reading adventure!
Join other "makers and shakers" to invent, create, hack, tinker and
innovate. With books and stories and ideas as your inspiration, you can
try and fail and fly and fall and fly again.
This summer, it's all about connectivity and creativity, so bring yourself,
your family, your friends and spark something great!
Have you been reading? Make some noise and let us know! Track the
titles of the books you read in your complimentary TD Summer Reading
Did you love it? Did you hate it? Would you read it again?
Every time you record six books, report to your local library branch to
receive a prize, get your name on the Wall of Fame and be entered into
a draw for great prizes! Once you have read 24 books you will qualify
for our Library Champion lawn sign – showing
the world what great literary achievements
you’ve made this summer!
When your notebook is full come into any of our
branches to receive a new sheet and continue
working towards winning more great prizes.
Last day to report and claim prizes is Aug. 23.
Celebrate the upcoming Pan Am/
Parapan Am Games in this year's
Short Story Contest. Young writers
are invited to submit their works
based on sports and athletics.
Begin your story with:
"After practising my favourite
sport for years, the big
moment was finally here - the
opening day of Toronto's Pan
Am/Parapan Am Games. I was
ready to compete!"
JK - Grade 3
Grades 4 - 6
Grades 7 - 8
Winners will be chosen from each
category, plus a Best of Contest!
The Best of Contest winning story
will be published in the Ajax
News Advertiser, and the winning
stories from all categories will be
published on durhamregion.com,
the newspaper's online edition.
For complete contest rules, pick
up your guide at any branch
beginning June 27 or visit
Submission deadline: Aug. 23
Scientists in Summer
Join Scientists in School for their award-
winning, hands-on, discovery-based programs that will spark
your child's interest in science and the world around them. With
programs at each of our three branches about planets, bugs,
nature, chemistry and more, there is sure to be something that
piques your child's interest.
Detailed program information can be found on our website.
Space is limited. Registration required.
Please note: Our movie titles may change at any time. For the
most up-to-date information, please visit www.ajaxlibrary.ca
or call any of our branches.
Register online at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or
by phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8811 beginning June 30.
NOTE: Registration begins each Monday at 10 a.m. for
the following Friday’s movie.
All movies are at the Main Branch at 10:30 a.m.
July 4 Tangled Rated G
July 11 How to Train Your Dragon Rated PG
July 18 Planes Rated G
July 25 Rio Rated G
Aug. 1 Wall-E Rated G
Aug. 8 TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) Rated PG
Aug. 15 Muppets Most Wanted Rated G
Aug. 22 Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy Rated G
Aug. 29 Walking with Dinosaurs Rated PG
friday films &
July 2 - Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesdays McLean Branch
Wednesdays Main Branch
Kids age 4 to 6 are welcome to drop-in on
our Junior Reading Club. We encourage
your sense of imagination and wonder with
a blend of exciting stories, games, crafts and
Space for all movies is limited to 125.
Join us for two special screenings of hit family films en français! Whether your child
speaks French at home or studies French at school, this is a fun way to spend these
two Saturday mornings together.
Movies will be screened in French with English subtitles. See above for registration
All movies are at the Main Branch at 10:30 a.m.
July 5 Le film Lego (The LEGO Movie) Rated G
Aug. 9 La Reine des neiges (Frozen) Rated G
June 30 - Aug. 21
Mondays 6:45 p.m. Main Branch
Thursdays 1:30 p.m. ARC
The whole family is welcome at this weekly
drop-in program with stories, crafts and
special events at main branch:
Teddy Bear Sleepover
Monday, July 7 – 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
Enjoy storytime with your favourite stuffy.
Then he/she will stay for a sleepover
adventure! Return to the Library anytime
after 10 a.m. on July 9 to pick up your
well rested stuffed animal and a keepsake
album with photographs.
Knight & Princess Tea Party
Monday, Aug. 11 – 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
Join Prince Charming for a magical family
evening of fairytale fun, make-believe
magic, lemonade and cookies. Don’t forget
to dress up in your most royal attire! Pirates
and other scallywags are also welcome.
Registration required for these two events -
905-683-4000 ext. 8811.
storytime Friday, July 11 & Friday, Aug. 8
11 a.m. –noon
Pull over for the sirens at the Village
branch as we display the vehicles
from the Town’s Fire and Operations
Departments and the Durham police!
Get an up close look and chat with fire
fighters and police officers.
Enjoy a BBQ with M&M Meat
Shops who will serve up hot
dogs ($2.75), hamburgers
($3) and free peach drinks.
Drop-in program. May be cancelled due
to inclement weather. Phone the branch
if in doubt.
books for babies - Birth to 2 years old
Enjoy songs, poems and finger plays and simple books with your baby. Moms
and Dads are welcome to stay and chat at the end of storytime.
tales for toddlers - 2 to 3 years old
Toddlers will enjoy simple stories, felt boards and action rhymes. We can also
help you choose books to take home and share with your little one.
Early literacy begins with you. Help
your child get ready to read with simple
activities every day.
Summer Storytime runs from June 30 to Aug. 20.
Wednesdays July 2 - Aug. 27
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Drop in and create with LEGO. Each week
we will explore a different theme to spark
your creativity. Ages 4 and up.
July 2 - Aug. 20
Wednesdays 2 – 3 p.m.
Avoid summer ‘Brain Drain’ during this hour of reading with your teen buddy!
Offered in both English and French, sample iPad and eReader titles are
available, as well as a great variety of paperbacks and graphic novels, and crafts
and activities to stimulate creative minds and encourage social interactions.
Don’t forget your library card to continue your literacy adventures at home!
Tamil Reading Circle
Saturday, July 12
Saturday, Aug. 9
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join instructors from Academic and Fine
Arts of Durham for an hour of storytelling
and books shared in both Tamil and
English. Practice your Tamil speaking
skills to win prizes. Enjoy fun educational
activities including crafts, games, dance
and music with a cultural twist.
Family drop-in program for children
ages 2 and up. Parental participation
Main Branch - Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.
July 8 - Up, Up and Away*
Discover the principles of air pressure and how it affects
the world around you. The Mad Scientist will make a hot air
balloon out of a dry cleaning bag, create giant smoke rings, a
Dinosaur Sneeze, demonstrate how pressure can be used to
create special effects in the movies and much more!
July 15 - Garden Warriors
Create colourful garden ornaments to sparkle and save your
gardens from unwanted visitors. All ornaments are made with
July 22 - Mini Golf Course Design
Build your own wacky and wild mini golf hole using recycled
materials and then tee up to test all the other designers’
holes. If possible, please bring an old plastic container
(margarine, ice cream, etc.) and a putter. Fore!
July 29 - Sock Puppets
Bring your imagination AND one of your own socks to create
a “sock puppet” who will go on to become a character in a
Aug. 5 - Build a Board Game
Unleash your inner Milton Bradley and create your own board
game complete with action cards, game pieces and more.
Build a life-size board game where YOU will be the game
piece. Do not pass Go – head straight to this program!
Aug. 12 - Ajax Acting*
Be the star of the show as you learn acting skills with
Christine from Ajax Acting. Space limited to 50.
Aug. 19 - Plastic Bonanza
Plastic bottles have endless possibilities to reinvent
themselves. Join us to find out how.
Hours & Locations
McLean Branch (905) 428-8489
95 Magill Drive
Mon & Fri 1 – 9 p.m.
Tue –Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Village Branch (905) 683-1140
58 Church St. North
Mon –Thu 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fri –Sat 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Main Branch (905) 683-4000
55 Harwood Ave. South
Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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McLean Branch - Thursdays 10:30 a.m.
kick off event at 1:30 p.m.!
July 3 - Rapunzel Untangled
Enjoy a theatrical experience as Big Kid Entertainment adds
a twist to the well-known Rapunzel story in an interactive
July 10 - More Than Basket Weaving
From prehistoric times and in all countries of the world, people
have used weaving to make useful things. Make your own
creations by weaving with wool and paper.
July 17 - Great Thinkers
Celebrate your great mind, other great minds and discoveries
in this program. Make a flying butterfly. Brush up on inventions
and who created them. Be prepared to act out!
July 24 - Suncatchers
Harness the sun's rays and design your very own suncatcher.
July 31 - Robo Friends
Talk like a robot, dance like a robot and make your own Robo
friend to take home.
Aug. 7 - Dream a Little Dream
What lulls you to sleep? What dreams do you dream? Create a
beautiful dream catcher and explore your dreams.
Aug. 14 - Beach Party!
Flip flops, Beach Blanket Bingo, and fish crafts. Join Library staff
for beach activities to celebrate summer.
Aug. 21 - Cardboard Mania
Not a box! Once you add your imagination you will turn the
ordinary into monsters and more.
Textnet (866) 460-4489
All branches are closed July 1 & Aug. 4
Eureka! Bring your creativity and sense of discovery to the Library this summer and join the Senior Reading Club for kids
age 7 to 12. Each week we will explore different topics and allow hands on time for your own creations.
Space is limited by room capacity. Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to program start. *Registration required.