New year, new beginnings at the library

2021 is almost here which means a fresh start and a host of new library programs to look forward to.

First, for kids aged 3-12, the library is running a “Where the Wild Books Are” Reading Club. This club, based on the picture book by Maurice Sendak, challenges children to read and let their imaginations run wild through the winter months. The program will use the Beanstack App to track reading progress and will run from January 4-March 31.  Prize incentives will be given to children to encourage their reading.

To login or register with the Beanstack App, customers can download the app for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play.  You can also link to the Beanstack App through the library’s website at

Second, for all adults aged 18 and over who enjoy crafting of any kind, the Zoom craft social will run on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon starting on January 13. This program will allow participants to highlight their crafting skills virtually and enjoy each other’s company while creating their projects.

This program is free but registration via ActiveNet is required.  To register, go to: and search for barcode number 15051.

Finally, if you are looking for assistance with your device or computer, are curious about the library’s digital collections, or have a technology question, you can book a virtual tech help session via Zoom. Virtual tech help sessions will be offered on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning on January 5. Email [email protected] or call 905-642-7323 ext. 5234 to book your appointment.

If you have not checked out the new Fast Reads collection, now is the time to do so. The Fast Reads collection comprises the new, hot titles that the library staff knows our community wants to read. These titles will be able to be checked out for seven days and customers will not be able to place items on hold or renew them.

New Fast Reads titles include A Promised Land by Barack Obama and Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey.

“The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is delighted to welcome Douglas Davey, our new Manager of Library Services,” said library CEO Margaret Wallace.

Douglas previously worked at the Halton Hills Public Library where he was instrumental in developing both the children’s and youth areas in the Acton and Georgetown branches. He was also the 2020 winner of the Ontario Public Library’s Children or Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award.

“We are confident that with Douglas’s passion for children and youth, his extensive library experience, and his advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community, he will be a huge asset for the Library,” Wallace added.

Photo: Library CEO Margaret Wallace and her team have lots on tap in January to keep customers learning and entertained.


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