Welcome to the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library

Welcome to the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library. There are always events going on at both branches. Below you will find the latest happenings plus books, videos and community events we would like to share with you. Notice that each post on this page has one or more categories associated with it. Click on these category links to see similar items. Don’t forget to use the menu across the top of this page to see specific information about your library. Have fun and contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help you.

Our Mission Statement: The Asphodel-Norwood Public Library supports and enriches the community by providing access to resources, programming, and opportunities for interactive lifelong learning and leisure.

Above: Photos of activities in and around the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library over the past year.

Where do you go to grow? Try your public library. A visit will get you thinking!

Summer Reading Program

The TD Summer Reading Program is almost over for this year.

Join us Friday August 18, 2017 at Westwood at 10:30am for the Grand Finale featuring Team T & J Entertainers!

Check our brochures for more information:

TD SRP Launch brochure 2017

TD-SRP Brochure 2017

Legal Assistance

Asphodel-Norwood Public Library has some new links to add to our general research links.

“Since 1974, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Our work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario’s legal aid system, we work in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.”


Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law.”


PCLC (Peterborough Community Legal Centre) is a community legal clinic dedicated to providing free legal services to low income residents of Peterborough City and County.”


ServiceOntario is the website to go to for all provincial government services here in Ontario.

Get information on how to renew your driver’s license or health card, how to get a birth or marriage certificate, how to obtain or renew your Outdoors Card, or how to register your business.

If you need help, ask a librarian.

SYNC Audiobooks

The SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive, kicks off its eighth year with an exciting lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors. SYNC gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week over the summer to listeners age 13+.

These books are totally free and yours to keep forever. You can download them to your computer, tablet, or other device. You can sign up for email or text alerts at AudioBookSync so you don’t miss any, and you don’t want to miss the downloads because they are only available for one week – once the next set comes out, the old ones are gone forever. This program runs from April 27 to August 16, 2017.

Crafts for Community Club

Do you love to knit or crochet? Are you interested in using your skills to make something for others?

We would love to have you join us for our Crafts for Community Club at Norwood Public Library on the third Tuesday of the month.

We are looking for people to make projects such as hats, mittens, scarves, slippers, lap blankets, etc. for people in our community who need them.

If you know a cause that we could work toward, let us know.

If you don’t knit or crochet, you can still help out by donating supplies.

Our next meeting is Tuesday May 23rd at 6:30pm.



Are you confused about Pinterest? Want more out of Facebook? Can’t figure out how to upload that video to Youtube?

Asphodel-Norwood Public Library now has a link to an excellent resource for all things online!

TechBoomers has tutorial courses for just about everything on the internet, including Social Media, Entertainment, Shopping, Learning, Everyday interests, and of course, Internet 101.

You can learn at home, or visit the library on the second Tuesday of each month and do the tutorials there with a librarian at hand in case you need help.

New E-Resources

Asphodel-Norwood Public Library now has access to the following e-resources:


Health and Wellness Resource Center

Health Reference Center Academic

Kids InfoBits

Ancestry.ca (in library use only)

NoveList (link coming soon)

August News

It’s August!!

This year Canada celebrates 150 years!!

To continue this amazing year, this month’s theme is “Explore Nova Scotia”

Drop by either branch of the library this month for a variety of crafts and activities.

While you’re visiting, enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate from our Keurig machines for just $1.50.

Come in to the Norwood Branch for Preschool Storytime on Friday mornings and activities on Tuesday nights.

Drop in to the Westwood Branch for crafts on Mondays and Wednesdays, Family drop-in on Thursdays and Saturday morning crafts.

Asphodel-Norwood Public Library always has great new books to books to check out – if we don’t have it, you can ask for it to be added to our suggestion list, or if it’s an older title, we may be able to borrow it from another library. Check out our Online Catalogue to search for books or check your account.

Check the Township website and calendar for local news and events and view our activity schedule by clicking the link below.  

August 2017 Events Calendar

August 2017 newsletter


Book Club Books

Asphodel-Norwood Public Library now has a new pool of books – The Book Club Pool Collection is a set of ten books of one title, designed for book clubs but available to everyone.

There are two sets available. We keep one set at the Norwood Branch and one at the Westwood Branch.

If you have, or would like to start, a book club then contact the library to see about borrowing multiple copies.


KidStuff at ANPL

Try out the new Kid’s Version on the ANPL Catalogue. There are themes to customize your look, big green buttons to let you know the item is in the library, and a bookbag to keep track of the books you want to read.

All the same information as the regular catalogue, but a lot more fun to use!

Try out the Kid’s  Catalogue today and let us know what you think.

There is a special reading room at OverDrive made especially for children and youth.

Try out the Kid’s Reading Room today.

And don’t forget to visit the library branches for games, crafts and story times.

Our Norwood Branch has Pre-school Story Time every Friday morning at 10am.

Check out the Family Drop-in program at our Westwood Branch on Thursday mornings.