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You will need a Library Card to access the many free resources available in our Online Library. To receive one, e-mail us at
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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.
In keeping with the gradual re-opening of businesses and services across the province, Newmarket Public Library is planning a limited re-opening beginning Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
In order to keep our users and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic we are following the York Region Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations and all visitors will be required to:
Library services will initially be limited to:
- Wear a mask or a face covering.
- Sanitize their hands prior to entry.
- Follow physical distancing rules and maintain a distance of 6ft. / 2m. between themselves and others at all times.
- Wait in line outside as a strict maximum total number of visitors inside the library will be in effect at all times.
- Picking up and checking out of items on hold.
- Issuing and renewing library cards.
Hours of operation will be:
- Using public computer workstations for one hour only.
- Returning materials using the outside drop-off slots only.
- No browsing of the shelves or use of study or lounge furniture will be permitted.
- Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When York Region is permitted to move into Stage 3 of the Province’s re-opening plan, and if the measures currently being taken are successful as it relates to user and staff safety, the Library will gradually expand services, such as retrieving material from the shelves for patrons to browse and borrow on the spot.
Items placed on hold for curbside pick-up will still be available. However, users will be required to enter the library to retrieve items. If you have items on loan, the library will continue to charge no overdue fines, but we encourage you to return items by the due date, as we will shortly begin the process of charging for the replacement of items long overdue.
Thank you for your patience and your support of the Library. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, requests, or comments via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , via text at 905-769-0433, or via phone at 905-953-5110. Library staff will monitor and respond to your questions Tuesday to Saturday.
Summer just wouldn't be summer without a Russ concert series at the library. Children's entertainer Russ is back, but this time he'll be coming to your home online via Zoom so that kids 6 months to 5 years won't miss out on any of his fun-filled musical performances. A concert with Russ is always a good time, and he's performing 8 free concerts every Thursday from July 2 to Aug. 20 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Register now and get ready as Russ brings the party right to your home!
It's a summer tradition: the TD Summer Reading Club for kids 3 to 5 and 6 to 12 is back! This year you can join in the fun by registering online through READsquared. Participants log the books they read, earn badges, a completion certificate, and get a rewards package that can be picked up at the library from Sept. 1 to 5 (reading clubs end Aug.28). Prize draws will also take place near the end of summer. Children's Services have organized several summer reading club events via Zoom for participants (find them under 'Events' on the registration webpage). And visit the TD Summer Reading Club webpage for more reading fun.
Register now for a cool summer of great reading.
A summer of great reading awaits you in the library's Teen Summer Reading Club. This year registration is through READsquared. Dive into some great books and keep track of the number you read, all while earning points toward a certificate of completion (the reading club ends on Aug. 28). You'll also be eligible for a prize draw at the end of the summer. There's also a recommended reading list, games you can play, and a fun Escape Room event. Register now and get on the right page for some fun in the sun reading.
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.
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
New Storytime: Join Dog as he meets new animals!
This week Jennifer from Children's Services reads the fun book Dog’s Noisy Day, and illustrates the story with felt cutouts. It’s a story kids will love as Dog ventures forth for a day of eye-opening experiences as he encounters a wide range of animals. View this week’s storytime
Online Library Resources
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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