Newmarket Public Library


Municipal Office

395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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Newmarket Public Library is open for limited services and hours, please see our website for more details.

April Break 2021

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Date: Tuesday, April 13 |  Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Ages: 5 to 10
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom / Cost: Free / Register at

Kids 5 to 10 can join us in celebrating their wonderful pets during our Virtual Pet Show & Tell. They can participate with their actual pet, a picture of it, or their favourite stuffy pet. We’ll read the book The Perfect Pet and create something fun together. Register now for a super fun time for kids and their pets!

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Date: Tuesday, April 13 |  Time: 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Ages: 5 to 12
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom / Cost: Free / Register at

Join us for a celebration of a galaxy far, far away with our free online program May The Force Be With You. Kids 5 to 12 and their caregivers can tap into their own creative force to design crafts based on the popular Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian, featuring the hugely popular character Baby Yoda. Register now for a program Star Wars fans will love.

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Walking Water: Let’s Grow A Rainbow

Date: Wednesday, April 14 | Time: 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Ages: 7 - 12
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom | Cost: Free | Register at

Join us for this free S.T.E.A.M. program that children 7 to 12 will love as they conduct an interactive science experiment. All they’ll need to create their own rainbows are paper towels, washable markers, and two cups of water. We’ll also read stories and learn about rainbows. Register now for a fun time that’s also educational.

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Virtual Wheel Of Fortune
Date: Wednesday, April 14 | Time: 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Ages: 8 - 12
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom | Cost: Free | Register at
Let’s get together and play Virtual Wheel of Fortune for kids 8 to 12. Try to guess words and choose letters to fill in the blanks with a spin of the wheel. Correct guesses will win a round and earn a player points, but when it comes to having a fun time with words everyone’s a winner!

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Mad Science: Crazy Concoctions

Date: Thursday, April 15 | Time: 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 5 to 12
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom | Cost: $3 per child | Register at

Join us for amazing feats of chemistry when Mad Science performs an exciting show. Watch as the Mad Scientist creates an extra hand to help with his experiments, and see the dazzling colour changes and exothermic reactions that will produce a Genie Out Of A Bottle and a Giant Foam Snake! Mad Science puts the fun into learning for kids 5 to 12 years.

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Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Date: Friday, April 16 | Time: 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Ages: 6 to 12
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom | Cost: Free | Register at

We’ll have a great time with an interactive scavenger hunt for kids 6 to 12 years. Each participant will receive a list of common items that can be found in their home, then search for them in a given period of time. Afterwards, we’ll all share with each other the items we’ve found.

Online Programs

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Ancestral Voices Author Series: An Evening with Lee Maracle

Date: Thurs., April 15 | Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom / Cost: Free / Register at

We are excited to have award-winning Indigenous author Lee Maracle at our next Ancestral Voices: Belonging and Identity in Canada author event. Lee is renowned for her works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and is the recipient of the Officer of the Order of Canada. Lee will read from and talk about her books Memory Serves and My Conversations With Canadians. Her insightful reflections are distilled from a lifetime of conversations and oratories about her experiences as a Canadian, First Nations leader and woman. The Ancestral Voices series features the experiences of Indigenous, Caribbean and African Peoples in Canada.

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Discover the Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve

Date: Thurs., April 22 | Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom | Cost: Free | Register at 

With the better weather on the way it’s time to get out in nature. Join us for a look at the Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve in an online event hosted by York Simcoe Nature Club. Discover the natural beauty of this reserve that’s located near Newmarket, and the role that the Club plays as stewards who provide nature walks, speaker nights, and more. Register now and discover this wonderful nature reserve.

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Spring Into Gardening

Date: Tues., April 27 | Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Streaming Live On Zoom | Cost: Free | Register at 

May is right around the corner, which means it’s time to spring into gardening. Join York Region Food Network and discover how to get your garden ready for the season. Learn seed starting basics, proper seedling care, and how to cultivate and grow a beautiful garden. You’ll also find out about Newmarket’s Community Gardens and how you can get involved.

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A great way to boost your physical and mental health is spending a day at one of Ontario’s provincial parks. NPL now has three 2021 day-use vehicle permits that can be borrowed for one week and will provide you with free entry into Algonquin, Killarney, Point Pelee, Killbear, and more than 100 beautiful provincial parks. Get ready to spend some time relaxing, exploring, and communing with nature this year.

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Date: On Now  | Time: Voting at the end of April
Cost: Free | Register at

Kids, the annual Forest of Reading awards program is here! Discover great books, read 5 of the 10 titles nominated in your age group’s award category, then vote through the library or your school in April for your favourites. NPL has three programs: The Silver Birch Express Award (ages 8 to10), The Silver Birch Fiction Award (ages 8 to12), and The Red Maple Award (ages 12 to 14). All titles can be borrowed from NPL, either as eBooks or print books that can be placed on hold for curbside pickup. Register now to venture into a forest of enjoyable reading.

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Good news for anyone missing the library's Maker Hub and its 3D printers. You can now submit a file for printing using our new online 3D printing service. Just fill out a 3D print submission form and our staff will contact you to let you know the cost. Details on cost, files accepted, and picking up prints are outlined on the submission form. To learn more about this new service register now for an online overview on Fri., Nov. 6 or Thurs., Nov. 26 at 1 p.m.


Are you up for a reading challenge that will take you beyond your reading comfort zone? Then prepare for NPL’s Winter 2021 Reading Challenge, with 10 different categories to explore. Keep track of your reads on a checklist and then bring it into the library to enter it in a prize draw at the end of April. Ready, set, let’s read! To access the checklist online and for more information visit


Online Library Resources 

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During the lockdown you can pass some time with a good book and NPL has plenty of those.  Choose from thousands of books in whatever format you prefer: print or digital. Our eBook collections can be found in our Online Library under eBooks And you can peruse our catalogue for print books to put on hold for curbside pickup.

If you want help choosing a book don’t forget to fill out our online form What Should I Read Next?

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Remote access for Ancestry Library Edition extended again
Once again there’s good news for anyone interested in genealogy, Ancestry Library Edition has extended its remote access until Wed., June 30, 2021. Until then you can use this great online resource directly from home. Sign into your account and look for the link on the bottom right side of your page to access the database. Please contact us at or ASKNPL if you have forgotten your PIN number.

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Pressreader™ is a great new service that provides you with 100s of digital publications from around the world. Browse and read newspapers from different countries, and magazines in a wide variety of categories including parenting & family, sports, outdoors, business, music, health & fitness, gaming, and more. With automatic downloads that never expire, easy to use keyword search tools, and instant translation of up to 18 languages so you can read publications from different countries. Stay informed with Pressreader™ in our Online Library under eMagazines and eNewspapers

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Choosing the right career path is important, and Career Cruising can help. Find out about careers in business, health care, finance, IT, and much more. Select a job title to learn the level of education you’ll need, how much you can earn, the core tasks involved, and where you can find work. Start cruising for your new career in our Online Library under eResearch, Business and Careers

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Mango Languages

Now may be the time to learn a new language with Mango Languages. Choose from over 70 languages including English as a Second Language (ESL). Mango lets you learn at your own pace. Kids up to age six can learn too, with Little Pim, a fun way for them to discover words and phrases from 12 different languages. Discover both in our Online Library under eLearning.

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RBDigital Magazine Service

Access digital magazines from Newmarket Public Library such as Canadian Living, The Hockey News, Wired, Vanity Fair, Popular Science, and more with the library's RBDigital service. No holds. No due dates. Check out as many as you like. Find them in NPL’s Online Library under eMagazines. Watch videos on how to access and use RBDigital magazines on your computer or tablet. 

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During lockdown you can still get your hands on the library’s extensive collection of magazines by placing them on hold for curbside pickup. Choose from a wide variety of titles for every interest and age. How many magazines does NPL have? Check out our collection to place a hold on any of the 163 different print magazines that are available.

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Last spring NPL created the online archive Together In Isolation COVID-19 to serve as a digital time capsule providing a first-hand look at events as they unfold in Newmarket during the pandemic. Since then, many of us are no longer in isolation but we are all still coping with life being affected by the COVID-19 virus. You can play a part in recording history now for future generations. Share your photos with comments or a story about your personal experiences at Look for Together in Isolation (COVID-19) in the column on the left. Thanks to all those who have already participated.

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