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West Grey Public Library has contingency plans to warm you up this winter


The West Grey Public Library is making sure patrons have a variety of ways to keep warm, busy and involved over the coldest days of winter. The Library continues to offer curbside service for the month of February, with contingency plans to allow branches to adapt quickly as rules change throughout the Province. “We’re looking forward to fewer restrictions as the weeks go by and the weather warms up,” says Kim Storz, CEO of West Grey Library.

In the meantime, its Zoom In! sessions, Together and Apart: Stories from 5 Generations dementia on February 18th with Rob Green from the Halton Black History Awareness Society, and Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather on March 18th, with West Grey Library favourite David T. Chapman, have created a lot of interest among Library patrons. And snowshoe kits for individuals or families, and cognitive wellness kits for those with dementia, have both proven very popular.

West Grey Library has added Flipster digital magazine service to those available to library card holders. Patrons can borrow over a dozen magazine titles to their device. Flipster joins the Library’s popular Kanopy service, which offers classical cinema, indie films and quality documentaries on loan without charge.

The Library’s Starry Nights competition winners are: Elianna and Ian Olver, winning $10 and $20 gift certificates to Durham’s Colour Jar, respectively, and super-reader Lois Lockner with the $30 prize. Colour Jar owner Tim Dyck donated the prizes and created the Van Gogh-style mural, which lent its name to the contest and which appeared in the shop’s window through December.

The Library continues to collect contributions to its Time Capsule for 2020, with local organizations, businesses and individuals sending in negative Covid tests, seeds native to our area, masks, promotional materials and letters to citizens of the future. Contributions will be accepted until the last week of February. Items should be accompanied by the donor’s name and the reason it would be a valuable addition to the Capsule; they can be bagged and dropped off in any West Grey Library branch or drop box, or mailed to: 453 Garafraxa St S, Durham, ON N0G 1R0, attn: K. Culkin.


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