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Service Announcements

Printing Is Currently Unavailable At Petticoat Creek Branch

Please note: Printing from our public access computers is not currently available from our Petticoat Creek Branch. Public Printing is still available at our Central Library.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Hobby Nights Return On Wednesdays

Celebrate the joy of Hobbies!

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Bring your own hobbies to work on or join us as we host events like: Model building; arts and craft; food tasting and more!


January 11 to March 15

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Pickering Central Library

January 18: Board Games and Cards
January 24: Zen Doodling/Adult Colouring with food and refreshments. Registration is required.

Pickering Passes Available

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Every Saturday in 2017, ten Pickering Passes will be handed out at the Pickering Central Library on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A Pickering Pass provides free family access for a swim/skate at the Pickering Recreation Complex or a swim at the Dunbarton Indoor Pool.
These passes are good for a two-week period and can be used multiple times during this time frame. They cover two adults and two children. If a family has more members, they must pay the difference.

Pickering Passes has been made possible through funding from an anonymous corporate donor.

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The People Choice Awards on Freegal Music

The People's Choice Awards will air tomorrow night, January 18th.
Just some of the nominees under the category of music that are on Freegal include:

  • Favourite Pop Artist: Adele, Sia, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake ;
  • Favourite Hip: Hop Artist: DJ Khaled, G-Eazy;
  • Favorite R&B Artist: Usher, Beyonce;
  • Favourite Song: "Can't Stop The Feeling" by Justin Timberlake, "No" by Meghan Trainor, and "Pillowtalk" by Zayn.

Visit Freegal Music and start downloading (or streaming) your music collection today.

Introducing Miss Humblebee's Academy

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Pickering Public Library is excited to announce the addition of a great resource which you will find on the eLearning page

Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an interactive online resource which aims to prepare children (ages 3-6) for Kindergarten. With hundreds of lessons in core curriculum areas including Math, Science & Social Studies, Language & Literacy, Art and Music, children progress through engaging sessions of increasing difficulty. After creating an account, parents can track their child’s success through progress reports, and children gain rewards for completing different lessons, which can then be used toward fun activities and games.

While the program is obviously not meant to replace preschool, school or the learning that occurs with a child’s caregiver, it is a great mix of fun and educational content, and will be a great resource for some of our youngest clients. How can you compete with someone named Miss Humblebee? And she has wings!

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Pickering 101 Your City. Right Now.

Curious about your local government?

We want to educate Pickering residents on how their municipal government works, and encourage public involvement in the planning and processes behind the facilities, services, events and programs that touch their everyday lives.

Course Objectives

  • Increase residents' knowledge of City issues and how local government works
  • Build informed citizens who may collaborate with City staff and meaningfully contribute to developing new, or reviewing and redesigning existing, City services and programs
  • Build trust between Pickering residents and local government

The City is committed to building a culture of community engagement, to provide residents with a greater sense of agency, purpose, connectedness and responsibility. Pickering 101 - Your City. Right Now. is a recommendation identified in the City's Community Engagement Strategy, a report undertaken in 2011 to guide and enhance our engagement efforts.

Registration opens on January 4 and our Customer Care staff will advise applicants of their program status no later than March 3, 2017. Enrolment is limited to 30 participants, who must reside in the City of Pickering. Please contact us for any questions or concerns, or if you need to change or cancel your registration. Residents selected must commit to attending all classes.

Register online, or in-person at our Customer Care Centre, 905-683-7575.

Resolve to learn a language in 2017 -- the fun way with Mango Languages and Pickering Library

Learn New Language with Mango Languages

This New Year's Day, let's make a resolution to improve our language skills together! Join Mango Languages and the Pickering Public Library each day in January when we will provide you with a fun, new challenge to engage in the language you're learning.

31 Days of Languages
It's easy to participate:

  • Follow Mango Languages (or Pickering Public Library) on social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to check out the challenge of the day. These challenges will be quick enough to complete in a single day and apply to learners of all levels.
  • Be sure to tag Mango (or Pickering Public Library) and use the hashtag #31DaysofLanguage when posting your accomplished challenge.

We can't wait to see you rise to the occasion!