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 providing access to resources, programming, and opportunities for interactive lifelong learning and leisure.

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.

Important News:

Covid-19 Update:

Both branches of Asphodel-Norwood Public Library (Norwood and Westwood) are open regular hours for the Provincial Step 3 Reopening Plan. Masks are still mandatory and we have a higher limited capacity, but you can browse and pick out your books. Curbside pickup will still be available at each branch. Check our flyer for more information.

Step 3 Re-opening

If you need additional assistance, you can contact a librarian by email or telephone and we will do our best to assist you.



Storytime in the Park: Storytime will continue at the Community Centre Park on Mondays in September starting Monday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m.  Bring a blanket and come join us for some stories and songs. 

Burlap Wreath Workshop – Come make a burlap wreath perfect for your fall deco on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westwood Library. The workshop is free to all cardholders. To register, email Space is limited so register soon.

Burlap Wreath Take & Make – Unable to make the workshop? We will also be putting together some take & make packages with everything you need to make your burlap wreath. To register for a take and make package, email

Yard Sale, Book Sale, and BBQ – ANPL is teaming up with the Norwood Lions Club! Join us on Saturday September 25, 2021 (rain date Saturday October 2, 2021) for the Norwood Lions Yard Sale and BBQ, and the Library Book Sale from 9am until 2pm at J.J. Stewart Motors. See Yard and Book Sale Flyer for more information. If you have any gently used books to donate, please drop them off at the library during open hours before Thursday September 23, 2021.

Minds in Motion – ANPL is excited to partner with the Alzheimer Society to offer their program Minds in Motion. For more information, check out Minds in Motion at ANPL.

Library Membership – You can now 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.

Library Board Meeting – Monday September 13, 2021 at 7:00pm.

Our Online Catalogue makes it easy to keep track of your account! You will need your library card number and a PIN (password is books).


Welcome to a new year, and new discoveries! All you need is your library card to access these e-resources.

CreativeBug – thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. There is definitely something for everyone here.

Gale in Context: Elementary – Learn about a wide variety of topics including animals, art and music, geography, health, literature, people, plants, science, social studies, sports, and technology.

World Book OnlineThe World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.. Once you log in with your library card, you can access World Book Kids, World Book Student, and World Book Timelines.

eBook Public Library Collection (from EBSCOhost) – thousands of ebooks ready to be read in your browser or on your computer, no waiting.

OverDrive – An online collection of audio and e-books that can be downloaded to your device for FREE

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.

September News

Let’s celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month!

Every visit in September is a chance to win! ANPL will be giving away two $25 gift cards to an Asphodel-Norwood business of each winners choice. How can you qualify? Come to either branch this month and use your library card. Don’t have a card?? Come see us and we can hook you up, or apply online.

Storytime at the Park will happen every Monday in September at the Community Centre Park at 10:30am.

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 (Asphodel Norwood Librarians and AN PL), or subscribe to our YouTube channel (which has video tutorials for OverDrive and our Online Catalogue).

The theme for 2021 is “Dream, Discover, Do!” 

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.

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.

ANPL Westwood Book Club

Our Westwood Book Club is on summer vacation. The next meeting will be October 18 at 6pm at Westwood Library when we discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Pick up a copy of the book at our Westwood branch.

Please join us on our online book club on Facebook: ANPL Online Book Club. The selection for September is The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs.

Join our online book club and get in on the discussion. Please share with us what you are reading, and what you would recommend for future book club picks.

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.

In-person programming is on hold at this time, but you can check out our Facebook group ANPLKids for activity ideas and keep up to date on future online kids programming.

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