Norwood Branch 705-639-2228 / Westwood Branch 705-768-2548

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.

View the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library Strategic Plan 2021-2024.

Activities in and around the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library over the past year.

Library Notices

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:

Drop-In Craft NightsSeptember Drop-in Craft Nights are all about you showcasing your own creativity! With the Norwood Fair just around the corner, we wanted to help provide a space and some supplies for you to work on your home hobby crafts. Drop-in craft nights are for all ages and skill level. Each week we will provide a selection of craft supplies, you supply the creative vision. We can’t wait to see your completed projects.
Westwood – Wednesdays, 5-7pm from September 7 – 28 
Norwood – Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm from September 8 – 29

Stories & More with Ms. Trish – This program is for toddlers and pre-schoolers looking to have fun while sharing in our love of books! Music, movement, stories and more. Come join the fun, registration not required.
Where – Norwood Branch
When – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (Beginning September 6)

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! 

Together Stitching – This fun program is all about social connection, and maybe a little crafting! Beginner to advanced knitters, crocheters or other yarn artists are welcome. We share tips, tricks and community when we meet every other Thursday at the Westwood Branch at 10:30 a.m. Registration is not required.
Upcoming meeting dates – September 15, September 29, October 13, October 27

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 MembershipClick 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.

2022 schedule
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 28, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., Norwood Branch. Email Trish at 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.

September News

The theme for 2022 is “Energize, Exercise, Empower!” 

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 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.

Check the Township website and calendar for local news and events.


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.

More information can be found in our 1000BB4K flyer, on our Children’s Services page, or contact the library if you have any questions.

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.

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