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Are you looking for your next great read?

We have a special Express Reads collection for adult fiction. Copies of the most exciting new titles go out for 7 days, they’re non-holdable, and non-renewable – so more people can read the best new books, more quickly! If you want to be guaranteed a copy, or don’t read as quickly, you can still always place a hold and get your copy for the full 21 days.

Thanks to the support of the International Dyslexia Association – Ontario, we’re adding some great decodable books to our children’s collection! Find them in a special display or ask in the children’s department.

If you’re having trouble finding a new book, we have lots of ways to help. If you click on a favourite print title in our online catalogue, it will display a dropdown section called NoveList Content, which includes information on the series, readalike titles, and other authors you might enjoy.

We also have an online personalized reading recommendations page – give us a little bit of information about what you like to read, and we’ll send along a few choices. You can find it at www.midlandlibrary.com/personal-reading-recommendations. Library staff are experts at providing recommendations, online or in person!

If you love reading, you’ll be thrilled to know that the Book Cellar, MPL’s used book store run by the Friends of the Library, is open again! This volunteer team, thanks to your donations and purchases, supports exciting Library projects like the Vault, MPL’s new teen space! You can find the Book Cellar on the Library’s lower level, and they’re open 10am – 4pm on weekdays, and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays.

If you’re not a member yet, good news! Memberships are available free of charge to all residents of Midland, and those living in Tiny, on Christian Island, or in Oro-Medonte. We also offer reciprocal library memberships to anyone living in Barrie, Orillia, Penetanguishene, or Tay, with a valid library card at their home library.

Celebrate @ Your Library!

Ontario Public Library Week takes place from October 16 to October 22 and the theme is “One Card, One Million Possibilities.”

Do you know about all the possibilities your MPL card provides? Access to our collections, the MPL MakerPlace, and outdoor equipment, thanks to the support of the Culture Alliance in the Heart of Georgian Bay. Borrowing walking poles or monoculars is the perfect way to experience Wye Marsh or Awenda Provincial Park – you can borrow family or day passes to both, with thanks to the Marsh and to Ontario Parks for their support. There’s lots more – we also loan ukuleles, light therapy lamps, and WiFi hotspots – all for free with your MPL membership! You can find all the details at www.midlandlibrary.com/cool-things-to-borrow/

We’re celebrating Ontario Public Library Week with food for fines—from October 16-22 bring in a non-perishable food item to receive $1 in fine forgiveness (up to $10). We also have some amazing programs!

Children ages 6-10 can “Be An Author” on October 19 at 4pm for a special writing activity, or kids and teens can join in now on our STEMposium science fair, with participants showing off their amazing projects October 18 starting at 5pm. Families can explore all our regular programming that week, including Baby Time, Storytime, Junior Builders, and more.

Seniors can paint a harvest scene October 17 at 2pm – no previous experience necessary! We’re also having a free concert by Shawnwaters – Shawn Corbiere – where he’ll sing his original songs about Georgian Bay, among others, October 21 at 2pm.

Adults can join us for a special screening of the film Honor Thy Mother, focused on the experiences of Indigenous women from the west coast who migrated to Bainbridge Island, the traditional territory of the Suquamish people, in the early 1940s (October 18, 7pm). We’ll also have an online author visit by Bernie Saunders, retired NHL player (October 20, 7pm).

Thanks for loving your library!

Celebrate Simcoe Reads!

7 libraries, 7 books, 1 winner! Join your Library for our annual Simcoe Reads event! A champion from each community has chosen a book they think everyone in Simcoe County should read. Our competitors are Barrie, Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, Ramara, and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries, but we know we’ll come out ahead!

Our local champion, Suzanne Marchand, has chosen Daniel Kalla’s exciting and moving novel about the opioid crisis, The Last High. A gripping thriller, The Last High explores the perfect storm of greed, addiction, and crime behind the malignant spread of fentanyl, a drug that is deadlier than any known epidemic.

Daniel Kalla is an internationally bestselling author. His novels include The Darkness in the Light, Lost Immunity, The Last High, and We All Fall Down. He practices emergency medicine in Vancouver. Find out more at DanielKalla.com or follow him on Twitter @DanielKalla.

Suzanne Marchand is the Executive Director with the Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre and is an active and engaged community member, concerned with equitable access to healthcare, sports, and wellness. She has become an avid reader and is always up for a good debate.

Other titles include: Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black; Omar El-Akkad’s What Strange Paradise; Genevieve Graham’s The Forgotten Home Child; Hench by Natalie Zina Walshots; Alexandra Morton’s Not on My Watch; and Can You Hear Me Now? by Celina Caesar-Chavannes. Read them all and help us decide which book all of Simcoe County should read! Watch the debate between champions on September 17 and get ready to place your vote. Find all the details at midlandlibrary.com/simcoe-reads.

If you love reading, you’ll be thrilled to know that the Book Cellar, MPL’s used book store run by the Friends of the Library, is open again! This volunteer team, thanks to your donations and purchases, supports exciting Library projects like the Vault, MPL’s new teen space! You can find the Book Cellar on the Library’s lower level, and they’re open 10am – 4pm on weekdays, and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays.

Go Beyond the Books!

At the Midland Public Library you can go beyond the books! We connect our community with resources that they might not otherwise be able to access, and a great example is our outdoor equipment collection.

Thanks to a generous donation from Jill and Bob Strachan, MPL is happy to announce a large expansion of our outdoor equipment collection. If you’ve ever wanted to play a game of disc golf at Little Lake Park, try checking out one of our disc golf sets. If you’re in the mood for more traditional lawn games, we’ve got you covered with badminton, bocce, and croquet. If you’re feeling adventurous, you might enjoy taking along one of our GoPro cameras to capture the action; just don’t forget a microSD card!  If strolling is more your speed, try one of our new pedometers.  You may even consider borrowing one of our Wye Marsh or Ontario Parks passes to take it on the trails, and some walking poles!  Want to explore the secrets of the universe?  Our new microscopes and telescopes can help.

Through the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ TackleShare program, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, we’re a loaner site for fishing rods, reels, and tackle. If water isn’t your thing, you could borrow a monocular and try your hand at birding, or borrow a ukulele for a bonfire singalong.  Remember us in the winter, too, when our snowshoes are available for loan in both adult and child sizes.

If you’re looking for indoor fun, remember that we have robotics and technology kits in our Maker @ Home collection, board games, and escape room kits!

These items and more are available for one or two week loans with a valid adult library card. To place a hold, visit our website at midlandlibrary.com or call 705-526-4216.

We’re still about books, too. Don’t forget our Express Reads collection for adult fiction. These books go out for 7 days, they’re non-holdable, and non-renewable – so more people can read the best new books, more quickly!

Summer Fun @ Your Library!

Our summer reading programs run June 13-September 4, and we have lots of options for all ages. You can read, report and repeat! Download the free Beanstack app for a link to our summer reading challenges. It’s easy to set up one summer reading account and do a whole family’s reporting!

Kids and teens can record their reading and do fun activities to earn badges and win prizes, including a super reader lawn sign, or gift cards, including a $100 grand prize, from fun local businesses! For teens, there’s also a $100 Amazon gift card grand prize!

The TD Summer Reading Club theme for ages 0-18 is Once Upon a Time: Myths and Legends, so we have lots to spark your imagination, from merpeople to valiant knights to ancient civilizations, including writing, art, and science programs for kids, and lots of ways for everyone to have fun!

You can start reporting on June 13, but we know you can’t party until school’s out, so on June 29, 1-4pm, join us for our Summer Reading Launch Party! There’ll be lots of great activities and you can register for summer reading. The coolest part will be free ice cream for SRP participants (or a small donation). MPL is hosting an ice cream truck, thanks in part to TD Bank!

Adults don’t have to let kids have all the fun – if they log their reading on Beanstack, people who participate in our adult summer reading challenge can put in their ballots for a grand prize draw!

MPL is also joining in on Simcoe Reads – 7 libraries, 7 books, 1 winner! Our competitors are Barrie, Bradford, Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, and Ramara, but we know we’ll come out ahead! The champions and books will be announced July 4 – watch our website for updates and join in on our July 14 author visit – also announced July 4 –  to show you’re #mplproud. The final debate happens September 17!

MPL is for Seniors!

Midland Public Library is the place for seniors!

We’ve added Playaways to our collection. These are portable, preloaded audiobook devices that fit in the palm of your hand. No other device, subscription, or wifi connection is required. One AAA battery (provided by MPL) lets you listen to your title of choice for 30 hours. Let us know if you need earphones or an audio cable when you check out. We still have lots of audiobooks in our downloadable collections and on CD. We also have large print books, free downloadable e-books, puzzles, magazines, and much more! You can place holds on our website, the free Simcoe County Libraries app, or by calling 705-526-4216.

We also have outreach services to help everyone get the books and other materials they need. Our Books on Wheels visiting library service is free and available to patrons who have long- or short-term needs. Volunteers select items based on patron requests and reading habits, and deliver on a set schedule. If you’d like to be a Books on Wheels volunteer or patron, reach out to Jenn, jpaquette@midlandlibrary.com.

We have two book clubs at seniors’ centres – our book club at Askennonia meets on the second Tuesday afternoon of the month at 2:30, and our book club at Georgian Shores in Tiny meets on the third Thursday at 1:30. Contact Faith, fshergold@midlandlibrary.com, to find out more about joining in.

Pop-up libraries are available monthly at Tiffin House and at the Villa. We also have lending collections of large print and audiobooks to provide to seniors’ residences thanks to an Emergency Community Support Fund grant. If you or someone you know is at a seniors’ residence and interested in our outreach services, contact Faith or Jenn to make arrangements.

Don’t forget, you can also borrow ukuleles, wifi hubs, sun light lamps, and our Maker robotics, electronics, and building kits, along with our traditional collections! MPL membership is open to everyone in North Simcoe. Find all the details about these and our other programs and services on our website or call 705-526-4216 for help from staff.

March Break @ MPL

We’re so excited to see you again! The library is open from 9:30am-6pm on Monday and Friday, 9:30am-8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9:30am-4pm on Saturday. Time and capacity limits are in place. Adults and children 2 years or older are required to wear a face mask if they’d like to browse or use computers in person. We’re also ready and waiting to provide curbside service, and happy to select books for you based on your reading preferences – there’s a form on our website or you can call 705-526-4216.

We’ve got something for everyone this March Break!

Join us for a virtual visit with Tasha Spillett-Summers, one of our favourite authors (I Sang You Down From the Stars, Surviving the City). She’ll talk with families with elementary school-age kids about her books and how her Cree and Trinidadian heritage informs her work on March 15 at 5pm. Email Kelsi, kmaracle@midlandlibrary.com to register.

Kids ages 4-8 can also register with Kelsi for a spring take & make kit available March 15 to make their own flowerpot creation, expressing their creativity and developing their fine motor skills! Or for a Science and Engineering Challenge kit with three exciting projects to try, released on Monday, March 14.

Maker kids ages 8-12 can try our Hacky Sack Take & Make kit available March 16, providing everything needed to create their own fun toy, and encouraging outside play. Email Melanie, mnichol@midlandlibrary.com, to register and to find out more about the MPL MakerPlace!

Try our fun painting project with Make a Mess studio, for kids ages 6-12 on Friday, March 18, at 2pm. Email Beverley, bbesenyodi@midlandlibrary.com to register for your kit and the virtual meetup!

Teens looking to explore their future options are invited to online meetups about telling stories through acting (Tuesday March 15 @ 2pm) or video games (Wednesday March 16 @ 5pm). Email jpaquette@midlandlibrary.com to register!

All of our March Break programs are absolutely free! Check www.midlandlibrary.com/events for dates, times, and details, including how to register for our take & makes and online meet ups.

Learn Something New at MPL!

Do you want to learn something new? MPL can help!

We have great online resources, including LinkedIn Learning. With thousands of courses taught by industry professionals in everything from design, business, photography, to learning to play musical instruments, these videos, learning paths, and certifications can help you meet your personal and professional goals.

You’re probably joining in on our online programs, but if you missed one, you can find lots of our recorded programs at www.midlandlibrary.com/free-online-activities, as well as curated resources from around the web and helpful tips for virtual learning. Our early literacy and family storytime recordings are there, as well as the videos and supply lists you need for some of our great DIY programs, author visits, and much more!

If you want to connect with your community and learn something new, join in on one of our great online group sessions for adults. Our French Conversation Group with La Clé meets weekly on Fridays at 11 am. Good for everyone from beginner to bilingual, email jpaquette@midlandlibrary.com for all the details.

We have a dedicated group learning more about Indigenous history and current issues by working through the University of Alberta / Coursera’s Indigenous Canada course, made popular by Dan Levy. We go over the course content and meet online every other Thursday evening for discussion. Contact fshergold@midlandlibrary.com to join in.

If you’ve got a creative bent, consider joining in on our January Introduction to Cricut sessions – there are 4 dates and times to choose from! If you want to level up your DIY projects, we’ll show you how to use Cricut Design Space and cut vinyl, paper, and more on our Cricut Makers. Email mnichol@midlandlibrary.com for more details. We also have a follow-up photo-editing workshop with Kevin Cascagnette in February – stay tuned!

Family Literacy Day is January 28. This year’s theme is Learning in the Great Outdoors! We’ll have lots of take home kits, fun surprises, and virtual programs. Email kmaracle@midlandlibrary.com to register or to find out more!

The Place for Making!

by Melanie Nichol

If you’re a DIY-er of any kind, Midland Public Library really is THE place!

With a background in theatrical production and a strong desire to create, I am thrilled to join the MPL staff as the new MakerPlace Coordinator.  Whether painting, baking, building, or digitizing, I am always excited to get involved and learn something new.  And trust me, there is nowhere better than the library’s MakerPlace for learning new things.

The MakerLab has a wide variety of tools and equipment to help you discover a new hobby or take it to the next level.  Our 3D printers and laser cutter are currently only available to those who were trained prior to COVID-19, but we have so much more to explore that can be used by anyone with a valid library card or Maker card!  Cricut Makers, sewing and embroidery machines, leather working tools, a button maker, and more are all available for you to enjoy.

The other half of our space is the MediaLab, dedicated to all your digital needs.  Want to record a song? We’ve got microphones, a piano, a drumbox and more.  Photo editing? For sure!  And if you’ve got any old media you want to preserve to enjoy in the digital age, we have the ability to digitize cassettes, VHS, vinyl, 8mm, film negatives and slides. Email mnichol@midlandlibrary.com or call 705-526-4216 ext. 3321 to learn more about our spaces or book some making time.

Let’s not forget the equipment you can take home, either.  Ukuleles, Makey Makey, Ozobots, stop motion animation, and virtual reality are all things you can borrow from the library to explore and enjoy at home!

My vision for the MakerPlace is a community hub where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to share their hobbies with one another and try new things with no fear of failure.  The MakerPlace is a space for experimenting, for “what if” and “I wonder.”  My goal is to take you from “I never thought of doing that at the library” to “Let’s do that again!”

Melanie Nichol is the MakerPlace Coordinator at the Midland Public Library.

Get to Know Your MPL Team!

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the Library, we’d like to help you get to know all of us!

Trish is our new CEO and Chief Librarian. She’s an experienced leader who’s worked with public libraries for 30 years. We’re excited to have a new CEO who’s so passionate about experiencing and contributing to everything Midland has to offer.

Our circulation coordinator, Amy, has been with MPL for 22 years! She makes sure everything runs smoothly when you make a visit to check items in and out, focuses on great customer service, and takes care of our circulation team, including Kim, Linda, Michelle, Sandy, and Sarah – all the happy faces you see at the main desk.

Angie and Nicole are our technical services experts – they get all the new materials ready to be checked out, take care of interlibrary loans, and keep our catalogue and account services running!

I’m your community engagement coordinator, Faith. I oversee our programs and outreach, and do lots of my own, including business services, Indigenous culture programs, volunteer tax clinics, and more.

Kelsi joined us as our children’s services coordinator this spring! She takes care of all of the kids and families who come into the children’s department, and offers great programs.

Jenn is our adult and teen services coordinator – you probably know her from a book club for tweens, teens, or adults, or our French conversation group with La Clé, or seniors’ programs.

Melanie is the newest member of our team! She just joined us as MakerPlace coordinator, and she’s excited to dive in with all the exciting technology in our Maker and Media labs, and to book your self-serve appointments in the space.

Beverley’s our program assistant, who’s doing our great virtual Ways to Wellness and Try This At Home programs!

You may also be interested in some of our exciting new lending programs and collections, including Express Reads for adult fiction, a new dyslexia-friendly collection in our children’s department, and our outdoor equipment loans, thanks to the Culture Alliance in the Heart of Georgian Bay!

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