September to December 2012   
'Pass the Book' Author Event 

Audiobook Banner Please join us for an afternoon of tea, desserts and literary discussion with Alissa York, the author of this year's Pass the Book selection, Fauna.


When: Thursday, September 13th at 2 pm

Where: Scugog Memorial Public             Library, in the Rotary Room


Alissa will read from the Pass the Book title and will be interviewed by author and Port Perry resident, Rob Winger.


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In This Issue
- Author Event
- Big Ideas
- The Reel Thing
- Tea & Books
- Computer Classes
- Teen Events
- Bakersville
- Snowflake Sale
- Preschool Kids
- Gallery Exhibits
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Big Ideas

TED Talks spark discussion and debate in this new program


You may already be familiar with these amazing and inspiring videos of talks filmed at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences. Many authors and idea-makers have recorded TED talks and we have chosen a few of our favourites to share. Each program, hosted by a library staff member, will include a screening of a selected TED talk. If you like big ideas and great conversation, please join us! All of the Big Ideas programs run from 2 to 3 pm.



Series Schedule:


Thursday, October 11th- Music, Passion and Leadership featuring Benjamin Zander's TED talk "The Transformative Power of Classical Music"


Thursday, October 18th- Cutting Edge Technologies featuring a variety of TED talks focused on amazing new technologies that will shape the way we live in the future


Thursday, November 1st- The Power of Introverts featuring Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking


Thursday, November 8th- Life's Third Act - Jane Fonda's inspiring TED talk features some of the ideas she explores in her newest book Prime Time.


Thursday, November 15th- Malcolm Gladwell - this bestselling author and master storyteller's TED talks are sure to spark a fascinating discussion


Join the Discussion! 
 The SMPL Book Club meets on the 4th Thursday of each month. 



All We Know of Heaven  

by Remy Rougeau

Thursday, September 27th
from 7 to 8:30 pm






The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows  

Thursday, October 25th  

from 7 to 8:30 pm 





The Road  

by Cormac McCarthy  

Thursday, November 22nd  

from 7 to 8:30 pm 




Go Green!  Bring a reusable mug to the meeting to enjoy your coffee or tea.

The Reel Thing

Screenings of recent and award-winning films on the 2nd Thursday of every month.


Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 pm

The Iron Lady (PG)

Tells the story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.



Thursday, October 11th at 6:30 pm

"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (PG)

Follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.  


Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 pm

"The Lucky One" (PG)

A Marine travels to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.





Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 pm

"Lovely, Still" (PG)

Lonely in life and love, Robert Malone braves precarious wintry snow on the walk from his job at the grocery store to his home only to discover a stranger  in his house. What begins as an awkward encounter quickly blossoms into what appears to be a new chance for romance and the elderly couples love affair takes us on a heartfelt and wonderful journey that reveals an unexpected twist.


Tickets for all films cost a toonie and may be purchased at the door or at the Library up to a week in advance of the show.  

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. 
Thurs, October 4th from 2 to 4 pm
Thurs, December 6th from 2 to 4 pm 
Computer Classes for Beginners

Class size is limited so please register in advance by visiting or calling the Library at 905-985-7686 ex. 101.  


Getting Comfortable with the Mouse  

Practice using a computer mouse to navigate the screen and improve your skills. Various simple practice exercises, websites & games (like solitaire) will be used to help with coordination, clicking, dragging and effective movement.

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, September 21st     


Windows Basics    

More of a theoretical course, this is for people who want a better understanding of what makes a computer work to help with troubleshooting computer problems. Basic file management and operating systems (Windows-based) are discussed. 

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, September 28th

World Wide Web for Beginners  

Learn the basics of getting on the Internet, navigation from page to page, entering a URL and searching for websites. Basic comfort with a computer mouse is recommended. 

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

Email for Beginners  

Sign up for a web-based email address and learn the basics of writing emails, receiving emails and  sending or opening attachments. Some experience with the Internet and basic comfort with a computer mouse are recommended. 

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, October 12th        


New Technology Seminars:


Introducing Facebook Seminar

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, October 19th


Introducing Skype Seminar

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, October 26th


E-Books and Library E-Lending Seminar

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, November 9th


Online Safety & Privacy Seminar

When: 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, November 16th

Teen Halloween
Our Teen Advisory Group is hosting a party!

It's no trick (just a lot of treats!) when we celebrate Halloween a day early at the Library. Join us for lots of spooky Halloween fun with your friends.


When: Tuesday, October 30th at 6:30 pm

Where: The Rotary Room in the Library


Please register at the information desk or call 905-985-7686 x 101.


Bakersville Gingerbread Village

A Community Tradition Continues in December Hold on to that leftover Halloween candy! You'll need it for the masterpiece you're making in December!


An annual tradition, Bakersville is a community project featuring gingerbread homes and buildings created by a wide variety of community members. 

Running from December 8th to 29th,  Bakersville offers a delightful celebration of the season.


Interested in participating in Bakersville?  Pick up an information sheet at the library with gingerbread recipes and a tip sheet to complete your 'construction'.  There is no entry fee and entries from individuals, families or groups are all welcome.  Just bring your creation to the library from December 3rd to 7th.  

Opening : Saturday, December 8th

Our Annual Snowflake Sale

A unique opportunity to purchase handcrafted items from local artisans and support the Library.

Visit the library to browse and buy a wide variety of handcrafted items created by local artists and artisans.


Favourites from previous years will be available, as well as work by new vendors.  Choose from a wide range of work in a variety of media, including: photography, jewelry, handcrafted soaps, pottery, original paintings and prints and much, much more.


This is a great way to browse for unique gift ideas and support your library, as we receive a portion of all sales.   

When: November 24th to December 21st  (during regular Library hours) 


Our Early Literacy Programs
Kent Farndale Gallery logoParent '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 year olds.

When: 11:15 to 11:45 am
Session 1: Tuesdays or Wednesdays
(Sept 11th to Oct 3rd)  

Session 2:
Tuesdays or Wednesdays (Oct 16th to Nov 7th)
Session 3: Tuesdays or Wednesdays (Nov 20th to Dec 12th) 

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.

When: 10:30 to 11:15 am
Session 1: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
(Sept 11th to Oct 4th)
Session 2: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (Oct 16th to Nov 8th)
Session 3: Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays (Nov 20th to Dec 13th)

Babytime will break for the summer, but we'll be back in September with this great 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.

Session 1: Thursdays (Sept 13th to Oct 4th)
Session 2: Thursdays (Oct 18th to Nov 8th)

Session 3: Thursdays (Nov 22nd to Dec 13th)   


Tech for Tots    
This unique program for 3 to 5 year olds teaches the basics of computer skills through child-friendly, educational web-sites.

When: 10:00 to 10:30 am
Session 1:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (Sept 11th to Oct 4th)
Session 2: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (Oct 16th to Nov 8th
Session 3: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (Nov 20th to Dec 13th)

Call 905-985-7686 or visit the Library to register.  All programs are free with the exception of Tech for Tots which costs 10 dollars for each 5 week session. 
In the Kent Farndale Gallery
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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. 


Colin Whitebread

Opening: Saturday, September 1st at 2pm


Patty Kingsley
Opening: Saturday, September 29th at 2pm

Ronald Peter
Opening: Saturday, November 3rd at 2pm

Daniel Cullen
Opening: Saturday, December 1st at 2pm

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