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Outreach

We would be happy to support your organization or facility by visiting you to:

  • Teach a library-related skill or resource (e.g., downloading ebooks, accessing medical information in our databases)
  • Provide basic computer training
  • Provide a program (e.g., book discussion)
  • Promote and explain library services and collections that would be of interest to you
  • Support your existing programming with displays, resources and information

If you would like to arrange for any of these outreach services, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).


Book Deposits

Your organization or facility can arrange to have a selection of books and materials delivered to you. If you would like to know more about this service, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).


Magnifiers

Magnifiers that also serve as bookmarks and rulers can be purchased at the service desk for $1.

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Pre-programmed Searches

Magazines Geared towards Adults 65+

Catalogue Search Help

The following words may help you when searching for materials about older adults in the Library Catalogue:

  • aging
  • older people

Try adding an additional word or two to one of the above terms in order to specify your particular subject of interest. The order of the words does not matter in the Catalogue search box.

Some examples:

  • aging prevention
  • parents aging
  • older people care
  • older people computers
  • health older people
  • psychology older people
  • travel older people

For additional help, please contact a library staff member at your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323) or via email by using the email librarian form.

 
Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogical database including census, vital, church, court, immigration, and other records from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and other areas.
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Join the Online Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, or Business Books Clubs and start reading books in your email. Each day we’ll send you a 5-minute portion of a book. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters. If you’d like to finish a book, stop by the library and pick up a copy. Every week a new book is featured. Sign up today and start reading tomorrow! (Service provided by Chapter-A-Day.com.)
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Provides access to current Consumer Reports information.
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An online music library containing over 1.6 million streaming audio tracks of classical music, jazz, world, and folk music - more than 100,000 albums' worth! Stream on your computer or on your mobile device with the Naxos Music Library (NML) app.
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An electronic reader's advisory resource that assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Allow readers to use a favourite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Can be searched by keyword, and offers the option to browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 160 award lists, and 1,000 fiction-related Web sites. Contains materials for all ages.
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Instant access to 4000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages! The newspapers appear in their original format and original languages. Newspapers are often available before they hit the newsstands in their respective countries. PressReader features archived issues up to two weeks, a magnifying lens / zoom option, bookmarks, and full-text search. Newspapers are organized by country, by language, and alphabetically. Note: The Globe and Mail is only accessible from using PressReader mobile app in the library using library WiFi. Mobile users can install the PressReader app, visit the library, connect to library WiFi, and download The Globe and Mail to the app, and then they can read the newspaper at home or on the go.
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Formerly known as Pages of the Past. The online archives of the Toronto Star dating from 1894 until the new millennium. Millions of pages available for genealogical or historic research from the pages of one of Canada's most prestigious Newspapers.

Note: After you login with library barcode and PIN, you will need to input your barcode again to access the content.
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Aging in Place

Explore practical considerations to enable older adults to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life while remaining in their own home. Join in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Aging Well Club

A series for adventurous older adults to learn and interact with others, featuring different themes and guests. See the website for monthly topics. Join us in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

October 19, 2023 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Aging Well Club: Grandparents' Day Hike

Celebrate Grandparents' Day with a guided nature walk by the TRCA and the Aging Well Club. Bring the family and come on a hike with us! Register on Eventbrite.

Participants will meet at Woodbridge Library and hike through Veteran's Park.

AI Tools for Small Business

An introduction to artificial intelligence tools for entrepreneurs, including how to make ChatGPT, BingAI, and other resources work for your business. Join us in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Presented by Amanda Wheatley, Librarian for Business & Entrepreneurship, McGill University
October 16, 2023 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Ancestral Voices: Belonging & Identity in Canada

Meet and learn from established and emerging artists and authors who represent diverse Indigenous, Caribbean, African and Black communities. Discover our shared histories, our unique lived experiences, and the past, present, and future of own-voices storytelling in this conversation series. Register on Eventbrite.

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Sept 13 - Guests: Kim Wheatley and Maxine Gordon Palomino, founders of Ancestral Voices.
Oct 11 - Guest: Yolanda T. Marshall, children's author
October 11, 2023 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Challenging Life Changes

Life changes involving careers, relationships or moving can be stressful. A professional Life Skills Facilitator will discuss coping skills for managing life changes. Join in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Chess Club for Adults

Are you looking for a worthy chess opponent? Please drop in to hone your skills, test them out, or just to find a new chess partner.

September 6, 2023 to October 25, 2023

Chinese Social Hour / 中文社交活动

Chat in Chinese about books, current events and life in Canada. Call or visit the Service Desk for more details.

中文社交活动: 用中文聊天, 谈论书籍, 国家时事, 以及在加拿大的生活

October 10, 2023 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Conversations on Social Inclusion: Moving Beyond Labels

True inclusion means moving beyond labels. This discussion focuses on creating cultures that engage a diversity of identities, viewpoints, ideas and experiences. Presented by Grusha Agarwal, PhD candidate @UToronto. Session hosted on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

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October 25, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Creative Aging: Hike & Haiku

At stops along the beautiful Humber trail, with the help of our instructor, Haiku will be created seemingly effortlessly. Participants will benefit from fresh air and camaraderie. Register on Eventbrite.

Experience VR

Curious about Virtual Reality? Invite your friends and join us for a guided VR session with Oculus Quest. Up to six players at a time. Register on Eventbrite.

October 10, 2023 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Food Label Reading & Grocery Shopping Tips

Grocery stores and food labels can be baffling. Learn how to properly read food labels and shop smart with a dietician from Vaughan Community Health Centre. Register on Eventbrite.

Great Novels Book Club

Join us as we read and discuss novels that explore our humanity and touch our souls. Join us in person or on Zoom! Register on Eventbrite.

Sept 27 - Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
Oct 25 - On the Ravine by Vincent Lam

October 25, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Health 1-on-1

Sign up for a personal session with our Health Literacies Specialist to help you find information and resources to make informed health decisions. Sessions are hosted live on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

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IELTS Discussion Group

Are you studying for your IELTS test? Let's study together! Discuss your questions and strategies with other studiers at the library.

October 12, 2023 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Incorporating Scenario Planning into your Business Plan

New entrepreneurs will learn how different situations or scenarios can impact their business and how a plan can help ensure their business moves forward. Session hosted on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

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October 17, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Infant Massage Seminar

Join Boomerang Health, powered by Sick Kids, for a seminar on infant massage and the many benefits it provides to your little one. Join in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Let's Go to the Movies

Enjoy a variety of interesting contemporary films with other movie enthusiasts.

No program October 9th.

September 11, 2023 to October 30, 2023

Let’s Go to the (French) Movies / Découvrez le cinéma francophone

Great French movies with English subtitles for all to enjoy.
De superbes films en français avec sous-titres anglais pour le plaisir de tous.

September 3 - Au revoir le bonheur (Goodbye Happiness)

October 1 - La promesse de l'aube (Promise at Dawn)

October 1, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Makers with a Cause: The Canadian Library

Adults and teens will work together to build a library art installation of books wrapped in Indigenous fabric. This memorial to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls contributes to The Canadian Library project. Register on Eventbrite.

October 11, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Mastering Canva

Ready to enhance your design skills? Join us and learn how CANVA can help with photo editing and design layout for creating social media posts, presentations, flyers, brochures and more. Register on Eventbrite.

McMichael艺术馆与加拿大艺术 / McMichael Gallery & Canadian Art

Learn about the McMichael Gallery and get an overview of its current exhibitions with their curatorial assistant. Session will be in Mandarin. Register on Eventbrite.

McMichael艺术馆的策展助理将向您介绍艺术馆及馆内藏画。中文线上讲座,请在图书馆的Eventbrite页面注册。"

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McMichael艺术馆的策展助理将向您介绍艺术馆及馆内藏画。中文线上讲座,请在图书馆的Eventbrite页面注册。
October 3, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Memory Lab Orientation

Do you have memories on old technology and you want to convert them? Home movies on VHS? Pictures on slides? An old mix tape? Drop in to learn about our resources that can help preserve them!

October 16, 2023 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Mindful Doodling for Adults

Improve mood and mindset and increase hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills by using repetition and design to create tile patterns.

October 11, 2023 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Nature Talks

Nature Talks will bring together lovers of nature and advocates of environmental sustainability as we hear from gardeners, scientists and environmentalists. Attend in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Oct 2 - What it Means to be a Bee in a Hot, Dry World. Presenter Lydia Wong, PhD candidate @UOttawa, will look at her research on the effects of climate change on wild bees.
Lydia has conducted field work both in the Colorado Rockies, locally in Toronto and in Ottawa where she is currently running a citizen science-driven study exploring the impacts of urban heat island effect on city-dwelling bees and wasps.
October 2, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Non-Fiction Book Club

We'll explore a variety of popular non-fiction titles, from current affairs to cutting-edge science, as well as true stories. Join us in person or on Zoom! Register on Eventbrite.

October 3, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

One Minute Memoirs

Is the idea of writing your memoirs daunting? Library staff will help you create a one minute video memory to share with friends and family. Register on Eventbrite or call 905-653-7322 ext. 4303.

Parents' Guide to French E-Resources/Guide de ressources en ligne

Studying French this year? There are many great resources online to help you and your kids start the new school year right! Join us on Zoom for a walkthrough of the best services like Brainfuse and Cantook Libraries. Register on Eventbrite.

Allez-vous apprendre le français cette année? Il y a plein de superbes ressources en ligne pour parents et étudiants! Rejoignez-nous sur Zoom pour une séance d’information sur les meilleurs services disponibles tels Brainfuse et Cantook Libraries. Inscription sur Eventbrite.

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Poetry Workshop: Poesy, Rhymes & Rhythm

Poetry can be fun for everyone! Learn basic techniques of poetry from an experienced poet in this beginner-friendly workshop. Register on Eventbrite.

Romance Book Club

Want to talk about books that make you sigh and swoon, and always have a happily-ever-after? Join our Romance Book Club in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Sep 11 - Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
Oct 10 - Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

October 10, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

RRSPs: Beyond the Basics

This presentation provides a quick review of Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) covering the fundamentals and lesser-known facts. Join in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Sci-Fi Book Club

From discovering far away galaxies to alternate universes, join us to discuss a different Sci-Fi book each month, either in person or on Zoom! Register on Eventbrite.

October 16, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Seniorpreneurship

Thinking of starting a new venture? Two local, successful older adult entrepreneurs will share their experiences and VBEC will introduce their services. Join us in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

October 19, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Sensory Sessions for Adults with Dementia

Together, participants and care partners will engage in fun and stimulating sensory activities guided by library staff. Register on Eventbrite.

September 12, 2023 to October 3, 2023

Settlement Support Group for Chinese Speaking Newcomers

Monthly meetings to share settlement experiences, learn about community resources and services, and get to know the community. In partnership with CCSYR through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP). For registration and information, please contact LSP@ccsyr.org or call/text 647-212-6162

安居加国之路并不容易。很多中老年朋友来到加拿大后,面临交通不便、语言障碍、文化隔阂,感受到行动受阻,社交受限,寂寞孤独,进退两难。為此,我們特舉辦此系列活動。特色:每月以不同活动主题,利用小组互动及图书馆设施,帮助新移民朋友了解各类服务信息,分享喜怒哀乐,维持健康生活,融入新家园。可提供国语及粤语服务。

October 24, 2023 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Tech Tutor 1-on-1

Drop in and get hands-on assistance from volunteers for some basic technology questions such as navigating the internet, using your tablet or sending emails.

No program Oct. 9.
Please inquire at Service Desk for alternate times.
September 11, 2023 to October 30, 2023

The Art of Chinese Calligraphy / 书法艺术

Learn about the fascinating history of Chinese calligraphy and get a chance to try it yourself! Register on Eventbrite. For audience 13+.

This workshop will be mostly in English.
October 21, 2023 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Unwind & Design

Ignite creativity, embrace sustainability, and unwind! Engage in creative activities, express yourself through personalized designs and enjoy mindful exercises that promote relaxation. Register on Eventbrite.

October 19, 2023 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Virtual ESL Book Club

Good news for ESL learners! We offer fun and lively book discussions to build your confidence in speaking English. In partnership with CCSYR through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) in York Region. Sessions are hosted live on Zoom. For registration and information, please contact LSP@ccsyr.org or call/text 647-859-9092.

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October 12, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Virtual ESL Café

Newcomers and ESL learners can practice their English in an informal environment with adult volunteers. Sessions are hosted live on Zoom. In partnership with CCSYR through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) in York Region. For registration and information, please contact LSP@ccsyr.org or call/text 647-517-3062.

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October 10, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Virtual French Meetup for Adults / Cercle de discussion

Practice your French in good company! Through this eight-week program, you will learn useful and exciting French as well as practice with other learners. Sessions are hosted on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Venez pratiquer votre français en bonne compagnie! À travers ce programme de huit semaines, vous apprendrez du français intéressant en plus de pratiquer avec les autres participants. Le programme est en direct sur Zoom. Inscrivez-vous sur Eventbrite.

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September 6, 2023 to October 25, 2023

Visit the Therapy Dogs

Take a break and visit with the therapy dogs, in partnership with St. John Ambulance.

October 16, 2023 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Writers' Room

Work with other aspiring writers to explore the elements of writing. Perfect for discussion and feedback. Join in person or on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

October 17, 2023 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM