Programming

Our library offers a variety of programs that are open to the public and free for all to attend regardless of whether or not you live in the area or have a library card. All programs are facilitated by library staff or in collaboration with community groups and volunteers. If you have a program suggestion, please email info@hastingshighlandslibrary.ca 
At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our programming is limited to those where physical distancing is possible. In-House programming is only available when our region is in the Green - Prevent stage, and as permitted by our Local Health Unit as well as the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Governments. 
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Adult Programming

Sew N' Sews
Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

An open sewing group for those looking to sew in a social environment, as well as exchange tips and patterns and show off your latest work. Sewing machines are not provided. Face masks required. 

Knitting, Crocheting & Embroidery
Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Bring your knitting, crocheting and embroidery work to the library and sit by the fireplace with others to socialize and exchange tips while you work. Beginners are welcome. Face masks required. 

Book Club
The 3rd Thursday of the Month at 1:00 pm

Book Club will restart this September! Our first meeting will be October 21st, and our first book is Washington Black. Copies of Washington Black are available at the front desk. When you check out your book, you will be able to reserve a spot at our group meeting. Meetings are led by Nancy, our Info Services Librarian. We will be meeting in the large Program room. New members are welcome! Face masks required.  

 

Here’s what we will be reading and discussing this fall:⁠

October 21 - Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. An award winning Canadian novel (Giller Prize Winner 2018) set in the Barbados and Antarctica. Washington Black is the third novel by Canadian author Esi Edugyan. Historical Fiction⁠

November 18 – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Smart, warm, uplifting, Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .the only way to survive is to open your heart. Romance Novel, Psychological Fiction⁠

December 16 – Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany. Set in Cape Cod in the town of West London at 222 Baker Street is Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium where Moriarty the Cat resides along with Gemma Doyle, the manager of the bookshop. The discovery of a rare publication of the first Sherlock Homes story leads to the discovery of a body and a murder investigation. Cozy Mystery⁠

January 20 – Greenwood by Michael Christie. It's 2038 and most of the trees in the world have died in The Withering. A magnificent generational saga that charts a family’s rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, from one of Canada’s most acclaimed novelists - Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize⁠

Once we get going, book-of-the-month discussions will extend to our Online Book Club Group.

Family Ancestry
Unavailable at this time

Our regular Family Ancestry program with Pat is unavailable at this time, however if you would like assistance in beginning to compile your family tree or learn more about your family history, check out our Heritage Services or email heritage@hastingshighlandslibrary.ca

Bridge Club
Unavailable at this time

If you're looking for something to do on a Tuesday afternoon, check out our weekly bridge club! Our bridge players are more than willing to teach beginners how to play if you don't already know.

Scrabble
Unavailable at this time

A drop-in scrabble group that plays every week. Enjoy coffee, snacks, and socializing with this laidback group. 

Music in the Library
Unavailable at this time

A music group that performs in the library. Some restrictions during COVID-19 apply, such as limitations on the volume, singers and/or wind instrument players being behind a barrier from the rest of the performers, etc. 

Children & Youth Programming

Come Drum With Me
Thursdays 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  Pre-register to attend at register@nhcs.ca

Sponsored by the EarlyOn Child & Family Centre, Come Drum With Me is a toddler group that specializes literacy through drumming and teaches Indigenous cultural awareness through songs and music.

Saturday Drop-in - Kids
Re-starting!  Saturdays 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. 

Families with young children are invited to visit the library for fun paper crafts, STEAM play, and OSMO games

 

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Reading, Rhyming & Running Around
Unavailable at this time

Drop-in toddler group run by Deb Jeffrey and the MNO, "Reading, Rhyming &  Running Around" features a story, craft, snacks, and time to play in the Hastings Highlands Centre gymnasium for your toddlers. Older siblings are also welcome, and if you'd like to bring a helmet, we have tricycles the toddlers can ride! 

Youth Community Hub
Unavailable at this time

A youth group that meets every Tuesday evening for snacks and social time. The Youth Community Hub also sometimes organizes or volunteers for events, attends workshops, and more. The group is a drop-in group, and all are welcome. Check their calendar for a list of events and programs!