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French 4 Tots (3 to 4 years)

In partnership with French 4 Tots, the Pickering Library is offering a program that introduces toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten children to the French language in a fun and engaging way. We use songs, arts and crafts, stories, and imaginative play to engage little learners in a second language.
Registration is required. Please use our Online Program Registration Calendar for the following dates.
At the Central Library:
Tuesday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 12th at 11:00 a.m.


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Black History Month: Freedom Quilt (all ages - children, teens & adults)
Many African slaves traveled from America to Canada through the Underground Railroad in secret. How did they know how to escape to freedom? People who worked and traveled on the Railroad used secret codes to learn the routes from one safe place to the next. These secret codes were hidden in Quilts. Pick-up your paper quilt square at any Pickering Public Library branch or download it here (ideally printed on 11" X 17" paper). Decorate your quilt square and drop it off at any branch from January 19 to February 23. The quilt squares will be combined to make paper quilts and hung in the Library. The draw will take place on February 27. All entries will be entered in a draw for a prize basket.

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Black History Month: ‘I Have a Dream’ Contest (all ages - children, teens and adults)
Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech had a vision of an integrated and unified country where people of all colours would be treated with equality. What is your dream of a better world?
Come to any Pickering Public Library location and submit your dream, for a chance to a win a gift basket. Entries must be submitted on ballots provided by staff (see Library staff for more information). Ballots are available for download and in all library branches and submissions can be dropped off from January 19 to February 6. Submissions will be posted in the Library and a draw will take place on February 27.

Black History Month

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Join us in celebrating Black History Month during the month of February. Following are the scheduled programs. Visit the contests page for some extra fun.

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Black History Month: African Folktales (2 to 5 years)
Celebrate Black History Month by watching puppet shows based on African folktales. Make an African craft to take home.
At the Central Library: Tuesday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m.
At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Black History Month: Freedom Quilt (9 to 12 years)
Learn how secret messages were hidden in quilts to help slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Make your own quilt square to add to the Library’s freedom quilt. For a guaranteed spot be sure to register. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis.
At the Central Library: Saturday, February 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At the Petticoat Creek Branch: Thursday, February 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Black History Month: Interactive Drumming Workshop (10 – 14)
Join Mystic Drumz as we travel to Africa and find Log Drums, North America for Snare Drums, India for Lizard Skin Tambourines (Kanjira), Tibet for Giant Temple Bells and Chimes, Nunavut for Pow-Wow drumming and more. Registration is required for a guaranteed spot. There will be limited spots available at the door. They will be given on a first come first served basis.
At the Central Library: Tuesday, February 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Black History Month: Tea and Talent
The AIDS Committee of Durham Region is planning a lively night of author readings, performances and artistry on Friday, February 6th in celebration of Black History Month. Join us for a creative and inspiring evening, with themed snacks and entertainment provided by local writers, performers and guest speakers.
Share your talent. We are looking for more performances to fill out the evening’s exciting, inspiring program. You can read something you wrote or choose literature celebrating Black heritage supplied by the Library. Or, come and perform some music for us! Young performers are welcome.
To sign up, please call Devorah at 905-576-1445, ext. 30; email: [email protected].
At the Central Library: Friday, February 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Black History Month: Olive Senior in Conversation with Donna Bailey Nurse
In her dazzling poetry, award winning fiction and glorious Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage, Olive Senior celebrates the stories of her beloved island nation. Her latest book is Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal. Join Olive Senior in conversation with critic Donna Bailey Nurse for a memorable evening of dynamic readings and lively discussion. Registration is required.
At the Central Library: Wednesday, February 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Quiet Space & Resources for Studying

Exam Study for Teens
It’s that time again. Ugh, exams! You’ll find plenty of quiet space, without distractions and with all the Library’s resources at your fingertips. Don’t forget, librarians are the human version of Google so ask a librarian if you need help. The Central Library auditorium will be open for more study space. We will also be serving juice and water, and healthy snacks to help you with studying.