Newmarket Public Library


Municipal Office

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

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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 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. 

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Dear library users and residents,

Many of you are probably aware of the Premier’s announcement made on Thursday, May 14, that public libraries in Ontario have been given permission to begin curbside pickup services as of Tuesday, May 19. 

This is good news, and a first step toward the eventual re-opening of the library.  

However, the announcement came as a surprise to libraries throughout Ontario. Newmarket Public Library is committed to introducing curbside pickup, but only when we can ensure the safety of staff and library users. As you can imagine there are a number of procedures that need to be in place to maintain social distancing for library staff and anyone coming to the library. Adequate supplies of personal protective equipment are also necessary and part of government health and safety requirements.

Now that we’ve been given the go ahead to introduce curbside pickup, staff at the library are working to make that happen. This will take time, however, and we don’t expect to be ready to provide this service until at least the beginning of June. 

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions via e-mail at, via the AskNPL link on our website, or via text at 905-769-0433. Our Online Library remains open and we can help you with any problems you may have gaining access. 

Rest assured that when we do have curbside service ready for you it will be done in a way that adheres to the best practices required to ensure that we all stay safe and healthy. 

Todd Kyle

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You can contribute to the Library’s digital time capsule 

The Library has created Together In Isolation COVID-19, an online archive that will serve as a digital time capsule. History is happening now, and we can all help to create a first-hand look at how events are unfolding in Newmarket. You can play a part in recording history by sharing a photo with your comments or a story about your experiences here. Look for Together in Isolation (COVID-19) in the column on the left.

Online Programs

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Our next Online Baking Club: Bread 

In the next session of NPL’s Online Baking Club we’ll be making bread. Try a recipe from "Bread, Bread, Bread" by Martin Johansson from Hoopla eBooks or any other bread recipe. Perhaps a no-yeast quick bread or a gluten-free bread. We’ll get together via Zoom conference on Thursday, May 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. to show each other the results, offer tips and suggestions, and chat about baking. Register now for this great baking program.

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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 Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. beginning April 29. All levels welcome. Registration required.

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Up next in our Stay at Home Book Chat: The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson

A critically-acclaimed novel about past deeds, it’s the story of a young nun sent to a school to investigate allegations of misconduct. There she learns that one of the students, a young boy, witnessed the death of the school’s headmaster. This event haunts the boy. Years later, as a grown man, he and the ageing nun will seek to unravel what happened in the past. Borrow the book from Hoopla in our Online Library, then register for our next book chat to share your thoughts on Wednesday, May 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 


Children's Online Story Times

The library’s Children’s Services department continues to engage young children with enjoyable storytimes. Only now, those storytimes are online, and staff are reading the books from their own homes. Look for all the library's storytimes on our YouTube account

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This Week’s Storytime: Fun with Frogs & Toads

Ribbit! Ribbit! Jump right in for some great storytelling this week with Dora from Children’s Services, who will be reading two great books about frogs and toads: The Wide-Mouthed Frog and Toad on the Road: A Cautionary Tale. View this week’s storytime now.

Previous Week’s Storytimes: 

Monkeys Are Marvelous!

Hands up if you like fun books to read that feature monkeys, red wagons and speckled frogs. Tracy from Children’s Services reads the enjoyable book "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb!" and it’s one kids will love. With great singalong songs as well.

This One's for Mom 

To celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, Susan from Children’s Services reads two books that celebrate the role mother’s play in our lives: The Mommy Book and Joey Runs Away. Susan also has a few singalong favourites for the kids to enjoy.

A Shout Out to Essential Workers 

Susan from Children’s Services reads two books highlighting the roles of essential workers: Trashy Town and Doctor Nice. Susan also has a few singalong favourites for the kids to enjoy.


Dragons are the theme this week as Dora, from Children’s Services, reads two wonderful books featuring these marvellous mythical creatures: The Paper Bag Princess and Do Not Take Your Dragon To Dinner.


Mortimer just won’t settle down and go to sleep in this classic by Robert Munsch, read by Tracy from Children’s Services. Tracy also has a few singalong favourites for the kids, including Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed with colourful monkey cut-outs. 

Watch for more storytimes to come.

Online Library Resources 

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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. 


Hoopla Streaming Movies

With movie theatres closed during this time, you can catch a movie through our Online Library.  And we've increased the number of films you can stream with our Hoopla service from 5 a month to 8 a month until May 31, 2020. Catch a movie today through our Online Library under eVideos.

And right now, Hoopla is providing over 1,000 titles called "Hoopla Bonus Borrows" which do not count against your 8 monthly uses. Extended to May 31, 2020. 


Ancestry Library Edition

Your library card now gives you free remote access to one of the most popular online genealogy resources until May 31, 2020. When you login to your account look for the link on the bottom right side of your page to access this database.


Freegal Music Streaming

Listening to music is a great way to take your mind off things during these uncertain times. From now until September 30, 2020, the library's Freegal music service has temporarily increased streaming from 3 hours a day to 24 hours a day. Freegal has over 10 million songs, as well as thousands of music videos. Look for Freegal in our Online Library under eMusic.


PebbleGo Children's Research

A great resource for children, PebbleGo is now offering free access until May 31 on all of its content. This includes modules for children in kindergarten to grade three on topics such as animals, science, dinosaurs, and more. Content for children in grades 5 to 8 that includes science, biographies and social studies. And its Read More companion audiobooks for both the science and animal modules. Find PebbleGo in our Online Library under Kid's Online Library, eResearch.

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Phone Check-in Service

To help you stay connected during isolation, the library has launched a Phone Check-in Service. You can request a phone call from a library staff member, who will call to see how you're doing, answer your questions about our Online Library and its many e-resources, or simply have a friendly chat. If you are experiencing hardship as a result of isolation, we can also help connect you to community resources. Register now. Or call 905-953-5110. We encourage you to let your isolated neighbours who may not have Internet access know about this service.

Recommended Websites:

Library Journal: 8 Blooming Botanical Gardens To Explore Virtually

Toonbooks has a variety of free resources on its website. It also offers a cartoon maker activity, downloadable lesson plans and activities, and, for adults, free access to its guidebook Comics: Easy as ABC!

DC has launched DC Kids Camp, which makes available drawing lessons and other activities on its DC Kids Instagram and Twitter accounts

Scholastic Learning at Home provides free resources for K-12 learning, available until June 30, 2020. 

TumbleMath is a great resource for children from kindergarten to grade 6, available free until August 31, 2020. 

My Lockdown Diary, created for children by an artist in New Zealand. The diary offers daily activities for children, and a way for families to keep a positive record of their experiences during their time at home. 

What Should I Read Next?

One of the things we miss during the library’s closure is helping you find your next great read.  We always enjoy talking to you in person about books. But if we can’t do that right now, at least we can help you with suggestions about what eBooks or eAudiobooks would be a good match for your interests. All you have to do is fill out our online form indicating your favourite genre, author, etc., and we’ll get back to you with some recommendations for more enjoyable reading.

What are you Reading Newmarket? 

Tell us what books you're reading to pass the time and take your mind off things while at home. Visit the library's Instagram Account to see what staff members at NPL are reading. And don't forget you can still borrow eBooks from our Online Library under eBooks.

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

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