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 for the Provincial Modified Step 2 Reopening Plan. Masks are mandatory and we have limited capacity posted at each location, 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


Please remember that masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend indoor Library Events.

Winter StoryTime Storytime Monday January 17th has been cancelled due to the winter storm warning. Hope to see you next week! We are moving back outside! StoryTime will continue on Mondays at 10:30am at the Community Centre Park, 88 Alma Street Norwood. Join us for some social, stories, song and out door play. Dress for the weather and let’s have some fun. StoryTime will start Monday January 10th, 2022.

Winter Reading Program – Keep up your reading through the winter! Our Winter Reading Program (WRP) runs from January 3rd to February 26th. Get your library card ready and read so you can collect stickers, make crafts, get a certificate, and win prizes! Register here. If you want to get started now, download and print your Winter Reading Program Log.

Literacy in Winter – Get ready for another PA Day with our PA Day Packs. Family Literacy Day is January 27th. Sign up with Trish to enter our photo contest. Click Family Literacy Day for more details. If you’re looking for some fun activities, click FLD-2022-Activity-Book for some inspiration.

Vision Board & Goal Setting – Sunday, February 6, 2022. Email Trish at to get on the list. REGISTRATION FULL!

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:
Monday January 17 7:00 p.m. – Ru, by Kim Thuy Virtual Meeting
Wednesday February 23 7:00 p.m. – Garden of Small Beginnings, by Abbi Waxman
Monday March 21 7:00 p.m. – Educated, Tara Westover
Wednesday April 20 7:00 p.m. – Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See

Youth Book Club:
January 26, 2022 at 6:30pm virtually to talk about Legend by Marie Lu! 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.

Please remember that all Book Clubs meeting in person at the library must wear masks and provide proof of vaccination.

January News

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

Our Norwood Branch hours will be changing at the end of this month! The new hours, as of February 1, 2022, will be:
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesdays and Fridays: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Saturdays: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (no change)
Our Westwood Branch hours will remain the same.

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! With restrictions constantly changing, we may not be able to give much notice for new events or cancellations.

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 (AN PL) 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 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 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.

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.

StoryTime is up and running, just a little differently than we used to do it – Mondays at 10:30am at the Community Centre Park..

Regular in-person programs are not running during library hours. Check out our Facebook group ANPLKids for activity ideas and keep up to date on future online kids programming.


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

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!