Need a Library Card?
You will need a Library Card to access the many free resources available in our Online Library. To receive one, e-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with temporary online access.
If your library card has expired or will expire soon, don't worry. We have extended the time to re-register your card until June 1, 2020.
During the Library’s cautious re-opening, we’ve heard from users that while it is convenient to be able to place holds and pick up items later, what they are really looking for is the ability to walk into the library and pick up something for borrowing right away.
In my last message, I said that were looking into allowing people to come in and browse the shelves. As we see the number of COVID infections ticking up across the province and in the GTA in particular, the advice we have received is telling us that we need to wait for a while before opening up to browsing. We want to make sure that we follow the best health advice and open up our services in the safest way possible.
Instead, we are beginning a walk-in service where staff will look up and retrieve materials for you while you wait. When you come to the library, you will be directed to the appropriate floor, where staff will look up a small number of books or other items for you and retrieve those that are currently in the library.
There are still some limitations. We ask that you limit your time spent—we can’t allow you to linger and read on the spot—and that you ask us for just enough books to satisfy your immediate needs. If you look through items and choose not to borrow them, staff will ask you to place them in a designated spot for quarantine. But don’t worry if you don’t get everything you need – you are still welcome to place holds online or by phone, and we will notify you when they are ready for pickup.
To sum up, Library services now include the following:
- Picking up and checking out of items on hold
- Issuing and renewing library cards
- Using public computer workstations or wi-fi for one hour only
- Returning materials using the outside drop-off slots only
- Walk-in retrieval of items to borrow
In accordance with the York Region Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations,
COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect and all visitors will be required to:
- Wear a mask or a face covering
- Sanitize their hands prior to entry
- Verbally answer COVID screening questions
- Follow physical distancing rules and maintain a distance of 6ft. / 2m. between themselves and others at all times
- Cooperate with staff to maintain a strict maximum number of visitors and maximum visit time
The library will continue to be open for limited hours only:
- Tuesday to Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At this point, use of library space for extended study or for meetings and programs will not be available. The library will continue to charge no overdue fines, but users are encouraged to return items by the due date, as the library will still be charging for the replacement of lost items. The Library thanks residents and users for their patience and support, and encourages questions, requests, or comments via e-mail at email@example.com
, via text at 905- 769-0433, or via phone at 905-953-5110. Library staff will respond to questions Tuesday to Saturday.
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. http://bit.ly/intro3Dprint
We’ve made getting a library card, or renewing one, easier than ever. Just fill out our new secure online form, including proof of ID and your address. Once approved, we’ll send you an email with your card number so you can start using it (the physical card will be sent through regular mail). No need to come into the library. If you’re renewing a card you will get an email confirming your renewal. Register for a card, or renew yours, online at http://bit.ly/nplcard
With the winter fast approaching you may think it's time to put away your bike. Think again. As avid cyclists know, winter riding can be an enjoyable experience if you do it properly. Join us for the virtual workshop Getting Ready To Ride In The Winter, hosted by Markham Cycle and NPL on Thurs., Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Learn about the proper gear for winter riding, and how to set up and maintain your bike. This free online program will provide you with all the tips you'll need to stay safe and warm when cycling this winter. Register now at http://bit.ly/bikenpl
Join Mike Drak, co-author of The Globe & Mail bestseller Victory Lap Retirement, on Thurs., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. for a timely discussion on how to re-examine retirement goals in the wake of COVID-19. During a difficult and unprecedented year, many people have experienced an abrupt end to work, loss of social connection, and making ends meet on a lower income -- an experience similar to retirement. Mike will review the lessons we've learned and discuss how now is the time to approach life differently and better prepare ourselves for when we do retire. Register now for this free session http://bit.ly/draknpl
Enjoy the groundbreaking play Overtones in a live classic play reading by Shadowpath Theatre performers and local theatre enthusiasts on Thurs., Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Overtones is about two society women who outwardly maintain proper etiquette, while trying to ignore their inner voices that tell them to say what they really mean. Written by Alice Gerstenberg, it was the first play to explore the inner thoughts of characters.
Register now for this free play reading at http://bit.ly/shadowpathovertones
NPL’s new Dark Evenings Mystery Club has lined up intriguing reads for mystery fans to see you through the long, dark nights ahead. We’ll be reading six books during the fall and winter, all of them available through the library’s Hoopla service or in print. First up in November, A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay with the club meeting taking place on Thurs., November 12 at 7 p.m. Club meetings will take place online via Zoom. Register now for some captivating reads at http://bit.ly/darkevenpl
Join us for our virtual Family Storytimes, starting Sat., Sept. 5 from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., an online experience for children 6 months to 5 years. We’ll share stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and more. Interactive fun for your little one will come right into your home this fall. Register now at http://bit.ly/storyfamily
If cooking is your passion then join us for NPL’s Online Cookbook Club starting Thurs., Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. You don’t have to be a chef to participate. All you need is the desire to stir things up and try something new. Each session will focus on a different theme such as Tarts & Pies, Soups & Stews, Thanksgiving, and more. And we’ll suggest a related cookbook from the library you can use to get some ideas. Our recipe is to learn, have fun, and show others the results. Let’s get cooking! Register now https://bit.ly/nplcookbookclub
Online Knitting, Crocheting and Sewing Circle
Let’s get together for knitting and conversation online! The Library is starting an online knitting, crocheting and sewing circle. Work on your projects, compare patterns, connect with fellow makers, share techniques and tips. And do it all from the comfort of your home on Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. beginning in August. All levels welcome. Registration required.
Online Library Resources
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 https://bit.ly/2HXQE5M
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 https://bit.ly/nplonlinelibrary
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Centre
If you’re a hobbyist, or looking to try a new hobby, the library’s Hobbies & Crafts Reference Centre is a great resource. Stamp collecting. Winemaking. Magic Tricks. Origami. Model Airplanes. LEGO. Bird Watching. Even collecting PEZ dispensers. You’ll find those and dozens more in this great database that features plenty of informative articles, photos, how-to instructions, illustrations, photos and more. Check it out on our Online Library under eResearch, DIY and hobbies.
Home Improvement Reference Centre
Planning on doing some renovations this summer? Then you may want to visit the Home Improvement Reference Centre in our Online Library. With information prepared by professionals, the database provides guidance for numerous home projects. With categories such as Remodeling, Decorating, Woodworking, and Outdoor. Get your hands on the information you need to put your hands to work in our Online Library under eResearch, DIY and hobbies.
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.
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.
Library staff are available to help with online resources every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have any questions, use the
AskNPL link at the top right of the library’s homepage, text 905-769-0433, or email
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 https://bit.ly/togetherNPL.
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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