Welcome to the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library
There are always events going on at both branches of the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library. 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 being a welcoming and inclusive gathering place that provides access to resources, programming, and interactive lifelong learning and leisure opportunities.
Activities in and around the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library over the past year.
Check here to find out what’s new and upcoming at your library.
Covid -19 Update:
Both branches of Asphodel-Norwood Public Library (Norwood and Westwood) are open regular hours. You can browse and pick out your books however curbside pickup is available at each branch. To arrange for curbside pickup or if you need additional assistance, contact a librarian by email or telephone and we will do our best to assist you.
Norwood – 705-639-2228 & Westwood – 705-768-2548
Survey – The Asphodel-Norwood Public Library is looking to provide additional positive social, intellectual, and personal development opportunities for the youth and teens (12 to 18 years of age) in our community. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, if you are a guardian of an individual in this age group, or if you are a professional working with individuals in this age group, we would love to hear from you. Taking the time to complete this 5 to 10 minute survey will help us provide additional programming opportunities that meet the needs and interests of our community. You can access the survey here.
Programs & Events:
Summer Programming – We have lots going on at ANPL throughout the summer months to help provide fun free programming for families. Craft nights, board game nights and additional story times ensure we have something for the whole family! Check out our Summer Programming Calendar.
Stories & More with Ms. Trish – Join us for stories, songs, movement, crafts and community. Tuesdays at 10:30am at our Westwood Branch (312 Centre Line Westwood). Registration not required. (No program August 23 or August 30)
Story Time with Mother Swan in partnership with the Swans Club (formerly the Lioness Club) – Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at our Norwood Branch. Great for children of all ages!
Four Week Creative Writing Workshop – New Program Announcement 📣 We are incredibly excited Author Vanessa Westermann will be leading a 4 week FREE creative writing workshop!! Do you love to read and write? Join a like-minded community and explore the magic of the written word. Registration is now open! Full workshop details can be found here.
Library Membership – Click Here to apply for an Asphodel-Norwood library card. If you do not live in the Township, please contact us by telephone or email for assistance.
Our Online Catalogue makes it easy to keep track of your account! You will need your library card number and a PIN (books).
ANPL Book Clubs
Westwood Book Club:
Looking for a low key and inexpensive activity to add to your social calendar, why not join our Westwood Book Club? If interested, contact the Westwood branch at (705) 768-2548.
September 19 – The Immoralists, by Chloe Benjamin
October 24 – Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
November 21 – In the Midst of Winter, by Isabel Allende
December 12 – Beartown, by Fredrick Bachman
Youth Book Club:
Next meeting is Wednesday September 21, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., Norwood Branch. Email Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the list for updates.
2022 Reading Challenge:
Each month we will reveal a new topic. You choose your own book related to the topic. Submit a review (forms available at both branches) and you may have a chance to win a prize at the end of the challenge. Each review is an entry into the random draw. Check 2022 Reading Challenge to get a head start on the topics.
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The theme for 2022 is “Energize, Exercise, Empower!”
Summer Reading Program – Magical Mythical Marvelous Tales
Join Us Thursdays from July 7 – August 18 at 11:00 a.m. at our Westwood Branch.
Each week we will be exploring a different sub-theme that is magical, mythical or marvelous. Help prevent the “summer slide” by making reading FUN!! A little competition can be a great incentive to listen to or read books throughout the summer. This program is for all ages and we will be incorporating outdoor activities, crafts and more! Register online today!
Ontario Park Passes: ANPL is excited to be taking part in the Ontario Parks Pass program! Both of our branches have Day-Use Vehicle Permits (Park Pass) for cardholders. These permits will provide complimentary day-use access for one vehicle and its occupants at more than 100 provincial parks where fees are normally charged. Visit anpl.org/ontario-park-passes for full details.
This year our programs and events will be created to inspire you to energize your mind, exercise your body, and empower your spirit! Keep up to date with what’s happening here on our website as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages!
There are several ways you can keep up with what’s happening at ANPL. Along with our website, you can visit us on our Facebook page, connect with us on Facebook @AsphodelNorwoodPublic Library or Instagram @anpl_norwoodwestwood_library, or subscribe to our YouTube channel (which has video tutorials for OverDrive and our Online Catalogue).
Asphodel-Norwood Public Library always has great new books to check out – if we don’t own 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 through the Inter-Library Loan network.
Don’t forget to check out our Online Catalogue to search for books or check your account.
All you need is your library card to access these e-resources:
Gale in Context: Elementary – Children can find answers to their questions, practice research skills, & explore a broad range of subjects like animals, geography, science & more!
World Book Online – From pre-K to high school & beyond, World Book Online has digital resources and educational games for every learner at every level.
OverDrive – An online collection of audio and e-books that can be downloaded to your device for FREE
KidsStuff at ANPL
There is a special reading room at OverDrive made especially for children and youth. Try out the Kid’s Reading Room today.
Stories & More with Ms. Trish is up and running! Join us Tuesdays at 10:30am at our Westwood Branch for stories, songs, activities and more.
Story Time with Mother Swan happens every Saturday in Norwood at 1:30pm.
Check out our Facebook group ANPLKids for activity ideas and keep up to date on future online kids programming.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Did you know that if you read just one book a day to your child, you will read 1,095 books in three years?
On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation, we invite you to participate in this free program.
Register at either branch, keep a log of the books you read, and receive rewards for reading to your child.
Where do you go to grow? Try your public library. A visit will get you thinking!