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:

October 2020 Covid-19 Update:

Both branches of Asphodel-Norwood Public Library (Norwood and Westwood) are OPEN regular hours, with restrictions. If you need help, you can contact a librarian by email or telephone and we will do our best to assist you.

We will still offer curbside pickup of library materials at both of our branches during open hours for those who feel more comfortable that way. 

Check out our Reopening Guidelines here: ANPL Reopening

Library Membership – You can now apply for a library card online. If you do not have a library card and live in the Township of Asphodel-Norwood, you can Click Here to apply for a card. If you do not live in the Township, please contact us by telephone or email for assistance.

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), join one of our Facebook groups (ANPLKids, ANPL Mom-brarians Book Club, and The Crafty Corner at ANPL), and YouTube (which has video tutorials for OverDrive and our Online Catalogue).

Library Board –  Meeting on Monday October 19 at 6:30pm via Zoom. Contact Kris at for more information on how to attend.

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).

AtoZ e-resources:

World Trade Press is offering several AtoZ resources until July 31, 2020:

AtoZ World Food – learn about national cuisines and get authentic recipes from around the world.

AtoZ Food America – regional, state, and enthic food recipes from the United States of America.

AtoZ Maps Online – all your geography needs in one spot.

AtoZ World Business – an easy-to-use database about conducting business around the world.


Welcome to a new year, and new discoveries! Asphodel-Norwood Public Library has some new e-resources lined up for this year to compliment e-resources we already have.

Ancestry Library Edition (In-library use only) – Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story.

Global Road Warrior – the world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide.

AtoZ World Travel –  a comprehensive travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and recipes, culture, language, and more.

LingoLITE – uses images, text, and native speaker video to help you learn basic vocabulary in 30 languages.

World Book OnlineThe World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.

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

September News

Both branches of the library are open regular hours, but there are some restrictions. We will not be holding any in-person programming inside the library. While the weather permits, we will try to restart our Westwood Book Club with an outdoor meeting for September.

At this time, only a limited number of people are allowed inside the library at the same time (3 in Westwood, 5 in Norwood). Face coverings must be worn while inside the building (disposable masks are available if you don’t have one). Hand sanitizer is available at the front door. Computer use is restricted to 30 minutes per patron and only by appointment.

The theme for 2020 is “Create, Collaborate, Celebrate!” 

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.

ANPL Westwood Book Club

We are happy to announce that our Westwood Book Club is back up and running, with a few changes. Our meeting for September will be held on Wednesday the 23rd at 6pm. This will be an outdoor meeting so please bring a lawn chair.

Our book this month is Florence Gordon by Brian Morton – a wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust to the center of her family’s various catastrophes.

Also, please join us on our online book club on Facebook: ANPL Mom-brarians Book Club. For the month of September we are reading and discussing Bad Ideas by Missy Marston, courtesy of the Together We Read Digital Book Club. You can download the ebook or an audio copy from OverDrive, with no holds or wait lists, between September 3rd and 17th.


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.

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!