May / June 2011  

Welcome Home, Scugog!

We are back where we belong in our newly renovated and expanded Library at 231 Water Street. Our 'soft' opening was Monday, April 25th and, though our landscaping won't be complete until mid-June, we think you will agree that our new space is a true home away from home.

If you haven't seen it yet: what are you waiting for?


In This Issue
- Welcome Home
- Films Nights
- Pass the Book
- Book Club
- E-Books
- Tea & Books
- Preschool Kids
- Summer Reading
- Art Gallery
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The Reel Thing (with Michael Winn Johnson)    

Screenings and discussion of award winning & notable films on the big screen in our new state-of-the-art Rotary Community Room.    

Join Michael Winn Johnson, for the launch of an exciting new season of "Reel Thing". Michael is a graduate of York University's prestigious BFA film program and a former student of the award winning Animation program at Seneca College. Michael now teaches Film & Animation all over the Greater Toronto Area and helped re-launch the John Crocker Film Festival here in Scugog .


One of Michael's proudest accomplishments is pioneering 'Reel School', a fast-growing online forum; posting film tutorials, opinions and reviews on some of Hollywood's latest releases. Reel School's video tutorials have been used in schools and websites in Europe, and as part of the curriculum at Baker university in Kansas.


True Grit (2010)

Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 pm


Rated 14A (OFRB). 109 minutes.

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross's (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in

cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined

to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy,

drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with

him - over his objections - to hunt down Chaney. Her father's blood

demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him

before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and

brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.   


Tickets for each film are $2 and may be purchased at the Library up to a week in advance of the show times.  Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early!  

Pass the Book
Join the Scugog, Ajax, Clarington, Oshawa, Uxbridge and Whitby public libraries for the 2011 Pass the Book community reading program.  The title this year is:

Stories from the Vinyl Caf
é by Stuart McLean

The first of several books collecting the stories that humourist Stuart McLean tells on his "Vinyl Café" radio program. This book is made up of small episodes from the lives of accident prone record store owner Dave, his wife Morley, their children Stephanie and Sam, Arthur the dog, Galway the cat, and assorted neighbours. McLean has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for three of his books about this ordinary, but unforgettable family. McLean writes and tells stories that we can all relate to - stories about family, friends, neighbours and tells them with such poignancy, grace and humour. Watch the official Pass the Book website for program information at the participating libraries.

Join the Discussion at our Monthly Book Club!
The Library Book Club meets on the 4th Thursday of each month
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Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 pm

Book Discussion: Through Black Spruce
by Joseph Boynton

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Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 pm

Book Discussion: Long Way Gone
by Ishmael Beah 

Registration is not required and anyone who has read the selected title is welcome to participate!  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.
Overdrive Fridays!
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Register now for one-on-one training to use our great new e-book service.

Would you like to download audiobooks or e-books through our Overdrive service but need a little

help getting started?  


Due to the popularity of this new service, we will continue to offer sessions for individual assistance on Fridays in May & June. Drop by the Library to let us know what your training

needs are and our library staff will contact you to set up your appointment. We will need to know what you would like to learn so that we can tailor the session to your training needs.


You can bring in your own e-book reader or mobile device (for downloading e-books) or your mp3 player (for downloading audiobooks) along with your own laptop. If you don't have a laptop, we can demonstrate the Overdrive service with the library's laptop and Kobo e-book reader so you can see the

process from start to finish and try it out yourself at home with your own device.


Drop by the Library to register for a free session and you'll be well on your way to enjoying Scugog Memorial Public Library's exciting new service!


When: Friday May 27th, June 3rd and 10th

Tea & Books 
Kent Farndale Gallery logo Drop by the Library for an afternoon of tea & treats and discover some great new reads! 
Join us for a special Pass the Book session of Tea & Books, our popular bi-monthly program where Library staff will discuss their latest fiction and non-fiction picks, as well as some of their all time favourites.  This session of Tea & Books will include a reading from the highly-anticipated Pass the Book Title Selection (Stories from the Vinyl Cafe). Refreshments are provided. 
Thursday, June 2nd from 2 to 4 pm
Our Early Literacy Programs
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Bring your little one for songs, stories and movement activities in this fast-paced, fun-filled half-hour program.  For 1 to 3 year olds. Tuesday or Wednesday mornings 11:15 to 11:45 am
Session 1: May 24th to June 15th
Session 2: June 29th to July 28th (Wednesdays & Thursdays in Summer)

Babytime  Join us for our newest program designed just for babies (newborn to 18 months) and their parents or care-givers.  Learn new songs, rhymes and bounces you can share with your baby at home!  Older siblings are welcome to come along-they can even bring a doll or a stuffed toy and join in the fun! 11:15 to 11:45 am  on Thursdays 
Session 1: May 26th to June 16th

Preschool Storytime Children 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, Wednesday or Thursday mornings 10:30 to 11:15 am
Session 1: May 24th to June 16th
Session 2: June 29th to July 28th (Wednesdays & Thursdays in Summer)

Tech for Tots    This unique program for 3 to 5 year olds teaches the basics of computer skills through child-friendly, educationalweb-sites. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings 10:00 to 10:30 am
Session 1: May 24th to June 16th
Session 2: June 29th to July 28th (Wednesdays & Thursdays in Summer)

Call 905-985-7686 or visit the Library to register.  All programs are free with the exception of Tech for Tots which costs $10 for each 5 week session.
Get ready for another summer of fun with the TD Summer Reading Club!
We'll be offering tons of fun activities throughout the summer months through our Summer Reading Club.  Kids will be keeping up their reading skills throughout the school break while having a great time at the Library! 
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!
We also be offering lots of fun programs for the whole family, like campfire nights and family story times. 
This year's theme is "SPLASH - Celebrate Summer!"

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I join the Summer Reading Club?
Summer Reading Club Registration starts on June 24th, 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, starting July 2nd.  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 July and August 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.

Kent Farndale Gallery
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Spring Exhibition:

Studio 4 - Port Perry Then & Now

May 6th to June 30th
Opening Reception: May 7th 1-2 pm

The Kent Farndale Gallery is open to the public during the Library's hours of operation. 

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