HERE COMES THE SUN: Spring Reading Challenge for Adults
Sundays, April 1 - June 30
Spring into reading with an online reading challenge. Downloadour Beanstack app and track the books you read, complete activities,earn digital badges or write reviews.
With each badge, you’ll get a raffle ticket you can apply to prizes from Aurora businesses.
Register at aurorapl.beanstack.org
GAME NIGHT - Jackbox Party Games
Watch our Live Stream via Facebook for all the game prompts and banter and enter your answers on a separate device.
Tuesdays, June 15 - August 31 | 7:00pm
To join, go to Jackbox.tv on your device browser and enter the room code to play. We recommend you have two devices; one to watch and one to play along.
For more information, visit aurorapl.ca
Feel the benefits of gentle core body stretches, movements, and postures that will engage both sides of the body.
Thursdays | 3:30pm
June 17 - 24, July 8 - 29, August 5 - 26
Register with firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us monthly for an interactive expert-facilitated virtual workshop for expecting parents and those with babies and toddlers.
Each month, we will feature a different guest speaker and topic.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and connect with other families.
Thursday, June 17 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Register at bit.ly/3iUd0EG
ASK GARDEN AURORA
Aurora Public Library is proud to partner with Garden Aurora to give you the 'dirt' on all of your gardening questions. From compost and carrots to weeds and wildflowers these experts have the answers.
Thursday, June 17 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
Email your questions by June 15 to Bernadette at email@example.com
and join us on Zoom for Garden Aurora's horticultural help.
Register at bit.ly/3x8odZ9
Zoom link will be emailed
Hobby Horse: June 24 (kit available) l July 8 l 7:00 pm (Zoom tutorial)
Microgreens: July 12 (kit available) | August 19 | 7:00 pm (Zoom tutorial)
You will need an APL card to participate. Waitlist participants will be emailed a list of supplies so they can still join in the Zoom meeting.
Kits are limited; one kit per card.
Register at aurorapl.ca
ENTERPRISING CAREERS (women 18+)
Boost your self-confidence as you identify your interests and skills. Discover employment options that fit your personality. Get motivated to follow your career path. Plus, access networking events with special guest speakers.
Friday, June 18 l 10:00am - 12:00pm
Register at www.wcyr.ca/registration
There is no cost to participants. Eligibility: Women 18 + | York Region Resident. Funded by The Regional Municipality of York.
TUESDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB
Join us virtually for a new topic every month in a friendly and engaging atmosphere. No prior knowledge is required, only an active and open mind. New members always welcome. In partnership with The Aurora Philosophy Institute (API)
Tuesdays | 7:00 - 9:00pm
June 22 - Topic: Narrative in Adam Smith, presented by Judith Goldman
Register at bit.ly/32Rf89Y
Saturdays, June 19, July 17, August 14 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
Take time out and relax in meditation. Learn the benefits of meditation and basic meditation techniques to de-stress and combat anxiety.
One-hour virtual sessions.
New members welcome.
For Zoom details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
LUNCHTIME TOURS: Indigenous Art at the Legislative Building
Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day!
Virtually explore Gathering Place - a collection of artworks allowing us to see Ontario in a special light, one that is focused on the relations between people and nature.
Part of Lunchtime Tours @ the Ontario Legislative Assembly.
Monday, June 21 | 12:30 - 1:00pm
Register at bit.ly/3wgmvnT
MS Teams link will be emailed.
BOYS & BOOKS
A book discussion and social group for cis and trans, gay, bisexual and queer guys. This virtual group will hold monthly meetings to discuss stories written by and about GBQ guys and how they impact our lives today.
Tuesday, July 13 | 7:00 - 9:00pm
Jonny Appleseed / Joshua Whitehead
In partnership with CAYR Community Connections.
Register at bit.ly/39zCbtE
NEWCOMER BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Join us monthly for a virtual Newcomer Book Discussion Group where you will have the opportunity to practice your English listening, reading and conversational skills. All levels welcome! *A limited number of books will be made available to participants.
In partnership with Catholic Community Services of York Region (CCSYR) through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP).
Wednesday, June 23 | 7:00 - 8:30pm
To register email LSP@ccsyr.org; Call/Text 647-859-9092; Office (message): 905-770-7040 x 227/234
Dr. Tom Hooper (PhD '16), Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.
This year is the 40th anniversary of both the Toronto bathhouse raids and the founding of Pride Toronto. This presentation will reflect on the connections between the resistance to the bathhouse raids and the forgotten histories of Pride Toronto.
Thursday, June 23 | 12:00pm
Zoom registration through York University at bit.ly/3k5rlh7
All welcome! You do not have to be a student/alumni of York U to attend.
EMPLOYMENT & MENTAL HEALTH
Workplace Stress & AnxietiesThurs June 24 | 1:30 - 2:30pm | Register at bit.ly/3hiO8sn
Managing your Mental Health at WorkThurs July 29 | 1:30 - 2:30pm | Register at bit.ly/3hRTJ93
Employment Goal SettingThurs Aug 26 | 1:30 - 2:30pm | Register at bit.ly/3bRci9R
For more information, contact Corey Harvey, Employment Specialist / Job Developer, at cHarvey-Jazbec@cmha-yr.on.ca.
In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association.
APL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUBS
If you enjoy discussing books, join us every month online!
APL Evening Book Club: Wednesdays, June 30, July 28, Aug 25 | 7:00pm
APL Online Book Club: Tuesdays, June 15, July 20, Aug 17 | 2:00pm
Feminist Book Club: Tuesdays, June 8, July 13, Aug 10 | 7:00pm
Watcha Reading: Fridays July 23, August 20 l 3:00pm
You can check out an eBook through CloudLibrary, or an audiobook through Hoopla and print copies through In-Library Pickup.
Register at aurorapl.ca
What Does Canada Mean to You?
Saturday, June 26 - Sunday, July 4
Take the Canada Day Challenge!
Hold up your poster board (can be writing or drawing) and send a photo to email@example.com for a community FB post.
Participants will be entered in a draw for prizes.
Part of Aurora’s Canada Day Festivities.
Second Career Information Session
The Second Career Information Session helps you understand this government funding option in order to assist your return to work
You will learn about eligibility, application process, extra resources to assist your labour market and school research, and more.
Thursday, June 24 | 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register at bit.ly/2OM0WLn
ADULT SUMMER READING CHALLENGE!
July 1 – August 31
Track the books you read, complete activities, write reviews and earn digital badges. Each badge gets you a raffle ticket you can apply to prizes from different Aurora businesses.
Register at aurorapl.beanstack.org
THE EVERYTHING WALL
Be inspired and transform the fencing around Library Square into the Everything Wall, an evolving community art project.
Snap a picture of your work and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a prize in a weekly draw.
Entries will be posted on APL’s FB page.Thank you for respecting community standards.
Contest dates: July 5 - 30, 2021
For information on OBOA visit onebookoneaurora.com
INTRO TO PYTHON
Mondays, July 5 - 26, August 9 - 30 | 4:00pm
Learn programming in Python with live, guided lessons.
No coding experience required.
Register at bit.ly/3u8mQaQ
SHOW & TELL for Grown Ups
Show and tell isn’t just for kids anymore!
If you have an interesting collection, photograph, or family heirloom, tell us all about it.
The Aurora Museum & Archives will also join to share an item from their collection.
Mondays, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13 | 10:00 - 11:30am
Register at bit.ly/3v4Sfwb
LUNCHTIME TOURS: Queen's Park Rocks!
Join us for a "rocking" good time as we explore the monuments and minerals of Queen's Park.
Friday, July 23 | 12:30 - 1:00pm
Register at bit.ly/33TkZvR
LUNCHTIME TOURS: A Day in the House
Interested in learning more about parliament?
Learn about a typical day in Ontario’s Parliament, including the difference between Government and Parliament, Question Period and the Orders ofthe Day.
Wednesday, August 18 | 1:00 - 2:00pm
Register at bit.ly/3wKD6Av
ESTATE PLANNING 301
David Duong presents on securing your legacy with estate protection strategies using trusts.
Tuesday, September 7 | 7:30pm
- Secure Your Legacy with Estate Protection Strategies using Trusts
- Review some types Trusts (Family Trust, Alter-Ego, Joint Partner)- Case studies
LUNCHTIME TOURS: Traditions of Parliament
From the Speaker's chair to the Mace, learn about traditions observed in Ontario's Parliament.
Part of Lunchtime Tours@ The Ontario Legislative Assembly.
Friday, September 24 | 12:30 - 1:00pm
Register at bit.ly/2QxC9fw
Microsoft Teams link will be emailed.
Todd Jamieson of the Oneida Nation of the Thames is an artist and educator. Join him for an evening of learning and creativity as he shares the richness, beauty and symbolism of his culture. Todd will lead participants in creating their own woodlands-style drawing based on their personal Birth Totem. Presentation | Q&A | Drawing Workshop
Thursday, September 16 | 7:00pm
Tickets available at bit.ly/3rDio3e
For information about OBOA visit onebookoneaurora.com
VIDEO GAMING FOR GOOD: Play in the pandemic
This presentation considers the role video games have played in our lives, focusing on the benefits and opportunities presented by gaming during the pandemic. Alison Harvey, Assistant Professor, Communications, discusses the social, creative, and intellectual possibilities of gaming as well as positive outcomes in terms of health and wellbeing.
Wednesday, Sept 22 | 12:00pm
Zoom registration through York University at bit.ly/3k5rlh7
GRAFFITI DREAMS: writing workshop
Break the rules of rational thinking. Create literary graffiti with child-like art, visualization and imagination games. Using the magic of metaphor, transform a painful aspect of a character into a rescued beast - vibrant and alive. No artistic or literary experience necessary.
Supplies: Colourful crayons, chalk or pencils and paper are a must, as is a notebook with pencil or pen. A PDF of images will be made available for participants to download prior to the workshop.
Saturday, September 25 at 1:30pm
Tickets available August 1 at bit.ly/3qS3AwB
PESTICIDES & GMOs: a review of the science
York Region Environmental Alliance presents food for thought on the impact of pesticides and GMOs on human health and the environment.
Learn what we all can do to minimize harm.
Tuesday, September 28 at 2:00 to 3:30pm
Register at bit.ly/3tiifCl
Zoom details will be emailed.
AN EVENING WITH ANNA YIN
Conversation l Reading l Q&A In English and Mandarin
Co-facilitated by journalist and poet, Yafang Shi
Mirrors and Windows 镜子与窗户 bridges modern poets of East and West, including 36 English-language poets and 20 Chinese-language poets, with translations provided by award-winning poet, Anna Yin.
Thursday, September 30 at 7:00pm
Register at bit.ly/3t1xWO8
OBOA GRAND FINALE
Join us for the grand finale of the 2021 OneBookOneAurora project.
Meet Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Chasing Painted Horses, and enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the back story of this fabulous book. Q&A
Saturday, October 23 at 2:00pm
Tickets available August 1 at bit.ly/3pzC8mV
LUNCHTIME TOURS: Urban Legends, Ghosts of Queen's Park
Join us for a ghoulishly good time to hear the urban legends of Ghosts of Queen's Park.
Part of Lunchtime Tours @ The Ontario Legislative Assembly.
Friday, October 29 | 12:30 - 1:00pm
Register at bit.ly/2QxP8Oi
OBOA PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST (adults 18+)
This year’s OBOA Photography Contest invites your photos of art encountered in unexpected places.
For information about OBOA and the photography contest,
Send your entry to: email@example.comContest Deadline: Friday October 1, 2021
OBOA WRITING CONTEST (adults 18+)
This year’s OBOA writing contest invites you to tap into your imagination and draw from elements of fantasy, fairy tale, science fiction, or magic realism.
For information about OBOA and the writing contest,
Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contest Deadline: Friday October 1, 2021
ESL CONVERSATION GROUP
Practice everyday conversation, learn new vocabulary, improve pronunciation and speaking skills!
This continuing adult English conversation program is facilitatedby a York Catholic District School Board instructor.
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 12:30 - 2:30pm
Register in two steps:
1) Register online at ce.ycdsb.ca/esl/
2) A free language assessment test is required: email at email@example.com
or call 1-855-330-8655
PFLAG COFFEE NIGHT AURORA
Pflag Coffee Night Aurora is a safe space where members of the LGBTQ2 community, their friends, family or allies can come together. This is a place to seek support if you have questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, or a place you can make new friends or connect with old ones.
Second Monday of every month | 7:00 - 8:30pm
We are taking our Coffee Nights online - So BYO coffee for now :)
Registration through Pflag at forms.gle/DaLHEwy5TM4GpzLq7
PANDEMIC PEN PALS FOR ADULTS
For older adults who may be feeling lonely or isolated, or would just enjoy exchanging letters with a high school student.
Letters will transmitted via Library staff to ensure appropriateness and to protect the privacy and contact details of both pen pals.
If you're interested in volunteering as a Pandemic Pen Pal,
please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAROUSEL OF HORSES
Artists Sue Foerster and Archie Maghsoudloo play with pigment and form, expressing horses as symbol, power and mythology in a joint exhibit of painting and sculpture.
Enjoy the gallery experience from the comfort of your home at www.aurorapl.ca/content/art-gallery
Join us every Wednesday night at 8:00 pm for online trivia.
Test your skills, be social and maybe learn something new!
Playing is easy- simply go to APL's Facebook page at 8:00pm and type your answer in "Comments".
BOOKTALKING: Find Your Next Read
Not sure what your child would like to read next?
Need some recommendations for a picture or chapter book?
Join us every Monday at noon for an exciting selection of books for different ages and reading levels. Picture books, early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels!
Weekly videos posted on our APL Facebook page and our APL YouTube channel.
APL WRITERS' GROUP
The APL Writers’ Group is a small working collective that meets for the purpose of supporting and critiquing each other’s work.
For information, email at email@example.com
TAKE & MAKE KITS
Bring our Creative Studio home with our new Take & Make kits!
Fun new kits will be available every week for you to reserve through
In-Library pick-up. Take home and follow our easy online tutorial to create something awesome!
Activities will launch on a first-come-first-served basis.
Each account is limited to one kit per activity.
Reserve at aurora.biblocommons.com
This is a call to action!
Arm yourself with knowledge, expand your vision of others and heighten your awareness of issues of racial and social injustice.
Register at https://aurorapl.beanstack.com/reader365
KAHOOT TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Take our weekly Kahoot Challenge.
Click the post on our Facebook and make your way through 20 themed trivia questions to test your knowledge.
The challenge will be live Sunday to noon on Friday.
Winners will be announced Friday at 4:00pm via Facebook.