Spring 2015

The Reel Thing   
Join us for a screening and discussion of a recently-released or notable film.         

The Judge 

Thursday, April 9th
6:30 pm (14A)


Thursday, May 14th
6:30 pm (PG)

Still Alice

Thursday, June 11th
6:30 pm (PG)

Tickets for all films are $2 each and may be purchased at the Library a week in advance of the show times.  Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early! 
In This Issue
- The Reel Thing
- Travelogues
- Tea & Books
- Seniors' Poetry Jam
- Book Club
- Teen Potluck
- Tech Club
- Re-Thinking Dyslexia
- Computer Classes
- How-to-Festival
- Preschool Kids
- Summer Reading Club
- Art Gallery
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Art House Film Nights 
Screenings of recent and notable Foreign, Independent and Documentary films.   

Keep On Keepin' On (Documentary)

Thursday, April 2nd
6:30 pm (PG)

Big Eyes

Thursday, May 7th
6:30 pm (PG)

Two Days, One Night (Subtitled)

Thursday, June 4th
6:30 pm (PG)

Tickets for all films are $2 each and may be purchased at the Library a week in advance of the show times.  Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early! 
Join us the first Tuesday of each month for a lecture series on world travel!
Tuesday, April 14th at 2 pm - Italy, Greece and Turkey with Amy Caughlin 
Join Amy for a presentation on her recent Mediterranean cruise trip to Italy, Greece and Turkey.  Amy's in-depth knowledge of Graeco-Roman culture will bring ancient sites to life in this fascinating travelogue.


Tuesday, May 12th at 2 pm, New Orleans with Jonathan van Bilsen 

Experience the sights of the Big Easy with Jonathan, as he shares his stories and amazing photographs from his most recent travels.

Tuesday, June 9th at 2 pm - Traveling off the Beaten Path with Susan Donaldson

Susan will share her experiences traveling off the beaten path in locales as varied as Argentina, Greece and Louisiana.


Travelogue Programs are Free, but we ask that you pre-register by calling the Library at 905-985-7686 extension 101 or simply visit the Information Desk.

Interested in presenting your own travelogue?  Contact Sarah White, Public Service Coordinator at extension 103 or by email at swhite@scugoglibrary.ca
Join us for Tea & Books 
Kent Farndale Gallery logo Drop by the Library for an afternoon of tea & treats and discover some great new reads!  Come and discover a new author or find out more about the titles creating a buzz in in the book biz.  Join us for 'Tea & Books' where Library staff will discuss their latest fiction and non-fiction picks, as well as some of  their all time favourites.
Thursday, April 2nd & Thursday, June 4th
from 2 to 4 pm
Seniors' Poetry Jam

This new event, in celebration of Poetry Month, is an open mic festival being hosted by the members of SMPL's Teen Advisory Committee.  Bring your favourite poem or a short story or Picture Book and read it out loud to the group. Tea and coffee and snacks will be served.  A great opportunity to mix and mingle.


When: Thursday, April 16th,  6:30 to 8:30 pm   


Please pre-register by calling 905-985-7686 x101 or visit the Information Desk

Join the Discussion at our Book Club
We have some great new selections for the Fall! Registration is not required & anyone who has read the selected title is welcome to participate!  

Thursday, April 23rd at 7 pm

The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker


Thursday, May 28th at 7 pm

The Confabulist
by Steven Galloway

Thursday, June 25th at 7 pm

by Michael Crummey

Extra copies of book club titles are available for pick up at the Information Desk.
Go Green!  Bring a reusable mug to the meeting to enjoy your coffee or tea.
School's Over Potluck


A pot-luck evening for teens & tweens, hosted by the library's Teen Advisory Group, to celebrate the end of the school year. Kick back, enjoy some great food and just chill with some music and games!



When: Thursday, June 18th from 6-8:30 pm
This program is free, but registration is required. Please register at the Information Desk or by calling 905-985-7686 ex. 101.
Zoomer Tech Club

Come in on Saturdays from 2-4 to talk about technology and get encouragement from your peers.  Sit down with your iPad, tablet or laptop and share tricks and tips that you have learned.  For one hour we will have a library staff member sit in with you to help troubleshoot computer problems. 

When: Every Saturday from 2pm-4pm

This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is not required. 
The Big Picture: Re-thinking Dyslexia

We will be partnering with the Learning Disabilities Association of Durham Region to present the film The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

directed by James Redford (son of Robert Redford). This 52 minute film provides accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and leaders at the top of their fields to help us understand that dyslexia - a persistent problem when learning to read - can be as great a gift as it sometimes is an obstacle.  


We will also offer a concurrent children's program featuring crafts and games.                

                                                                                                                                                                     When: Thursday, April 30th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Register at the library by visiting the information desk, or give us a call at 905-985-7686 ext. 101

Computer Classes

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Meet Your PC 

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 17th


Introducing Windows 

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 24th


Intro to the World Wide Web

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 1st     


Intro to Email

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 8th


Introducing to Social Networking  

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 15th 


Introducing Skype

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 22nd  

Intro to iPad  

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 29th   


NEW! Intro to Android Tablets 

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, June 5th  


Class size is limited so please register in advance by visiting or calling the Library at 905-985-7686 ext. 101.
How-to-in-Ten Festival

Join us for a day of fun and learning!


As a hub of lifelong learning for the entire community, we are thrilled to take part in the annual 'How-to-in-10' Festival - an entertaining and education symposium where participants can learn a variety of new and useful skills in breezy 10-minute intervals. We all love to learn new things, and this festival makes it fun, easy and free!


A broad range of community partners will be on hand to share their knowledge and expertise. Guests that have their event passport stamped by 10 or more stations throughout the day will be eligible to win our grand prize!


This event will take place in and around the Scugog Library on

Saturday, May 30th from 11 am to 2 pm.


Be sure and watch our website and Facebook page to find out more details.


Memoir Writing Workshop

Telling Your Own Story-with Jennifer Graham


Join Jennifer Graham, author of An Immoral Proposal: Forbidden Love Under Apartheid, her own personal memoir about coming of age in Apartheid-era South Africa. Jennifer has generously given her time to allow us to offer for this four-week memoir writing workshop free of charge .



Session 1-Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, on April 29th, May 6th, 13th and 20th


Session 2-Saturdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, on May 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th


Spaces are limited, so register early by calling the information desk at 905-985-7686 x101

Our Early Literacy Programs
Kent Farndale Gallery logoBabytime 
Bring your little one for songs, stories and movement activities in this gentle half-hour program.  For newborn to 12 months. 
Thursdays morning 11:20 to 11:50 am

Session 1: Thursdays from March 26th-April 16th                                                                               Session 2: Thursdays from April 30th-May 21st

Session 3: Thursdays from June 4th -June 25th

Parent 'n' Tot

Bring your little one for songs, stories and movement activities in this fast-paced, fun-filled half-hour program.  For 1 to 3 years old.
Tuesday & Wednesday mornings
11:20 to 11:50am

Session 1: Tuesdays or Wednesdays from March 24th-April 15th                                                  

Session 2: Tuesdays or Wednesdays from April 28th-May 20th

Session 3: Tuesdays or Wednesdays from June 2nd -June 24th



Preschool Storytime          
n ages 3 to 5 will enjoy a 45 minute session  featuring exciting and educational literacy activities. Join us for stories, songs and take-home crafts.
Tuesday, Wednesda
y or Thursday mornings 10:30 to 11:15 am 

Session 1: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from March 24th-April 16th                              

Session 2: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from April 28th -May 21st                                               Session 3: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from June 2nd-June 25th


Tech for Tots
This unique program for 3 to 5 year olds teaches the basics of computer skills through child-friendly, educational web-sites.  
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings 10:00 to 10:25 am  


Session 1: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from March 24th-April 16th                            

Session 2: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from April 28th -May 21st                                               Session 3: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from June 2nd-June 25th

Call 905-985-7686 ex. 101 or visit the Library to register.  All programs are free with the exception of Tech for Tots which costs $10 for each 4 week session. 
Summer Reading Club 2015

Get ready for another summer of fun with the TD Summer Reading Club! 

Summer Reading Club is easy to participate in. Just sign up, read for the fun of it, talk to us about the books you are reading and enter to win some great prizes! You'll get a copy of the great poster when you sign up and you can collect stickers all summer long by visiting the library!


Frequently Asked Questions 


How do I join the Summer Reading Club?

Summer Reading Club Registration starts on June 26th, but you can sign up anytime after that as well. Just visit us here at the Library to register and get your free poster and booklet.


How much does the Summer Reading Club cost?

The Summer Reading Club is absolutely free, thanks to financial support from the TD bank!


When does the Summer Reading Club take place?

You can participate any time the library is open. Just bring your books to the reporting station and tell us about what you've been reading.   You can earn stickers for your poster and enter to win some great prizes! We'll also be offering weekly meetings and Summer Reading Club programs throughout July and August. Check out the Library's website or the Summer newsletter (available mid-June) for dates and times!


If someone can't read yet, can they still join?

Yes! Preschoolers are welcome to join in the fun. Good listening counts and helps to develop literacy skills. Pre-readers can go to the reporting station to tell us about stories that have been read to them or they can earn stickers by participating in the preschool storytime programs that we'll be offering at the Library this summer. Check out our July/August newsletter for the summer story-time schedule.
In the Kent Farndale Gallery

farndale logo The Kent Farndale Gallery focuses on exhibiting the works of emerging and established artists and craftspeople in many media. Throughout the years, it has showcased the talents of both local and international artists.


Mar 7th - Apr 2nd

Diversity - Jim Ogilvie 

Apr 4th - Apr 30th 

Studio Tour Preview - 2015 Lake Scugog Spring Studio Tour 

May 2nd - June 4th 

Henry's World - Henry Fernandes


June 6th - June 25th

Annual Student Exhibit - Port Perry High School

June 27th - August 6th 

Portals - Annabelle Jane Murray


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