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.

Programs & Events:

Book Sale – May 18th 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cash only by donation to the library. If weather permits, see you across from Lion’s Park. If there is rain in the forecast, we will be at the Norwood Branch. 

Family Fun Nights Join us for some free and local family fun!
Westwood Branch Wednesdays 5-7 p.m.
May 1 – Lego Night
May 15 – S.T.E.A.M. Night

Norwood Branch – Tuesdays 5-7 p.m.
May 28 – S.T.E.A.M. and Lego Night

Babysitter Course with Heffernan First Aid – Become a successful babysitter through this full day program. Recommended for ages 12+.
Friday June 7 (PA Day)
9a.m.-4p.m. Westwood Branch
$93 per person
Contact heffernanfirstaid@gmail.com to register.

Mid-Week Matinee Club – Members of the Mid Week Matinee Club gather to watch a film/ documentary together and then discuss it. Films will cover a wide array of topics and a Library staff member will be present to guide the discussion and present questions and points of interest related to the film. Registration is required. 2024 Meeting Dates – Norwood Branch – Screening at 1:30 p.m. with discussion to follow:
June 12 2024
September 18 2024
December 11 2024

Drop-In Crafternoon We provide the supplies and instructions, you supply the creativity!  Drop-in from 1:30 p.m.-  3:00 p.m. Saturday May 25 at our Norwood Branch. 

Career Edge at the Library – Career Edge will be back at the Library to answer your job related inquiries. Job seekers can receive help with resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job search techniques, and training opportunities. Employers can get assistance with job postings, possible training incentives, hosting job fairs, and a free, easy-to-use online job bank! Drop-in to our Norwood Branch between 2-5 p.m. on May 28.

Stories & More with Ms. Trish – This program is for toddlers and preschoolers looking to have fun while sharing in our love of books! Music, movement, stories and more. Come join the fun every Tuesday morning at our Norwood branch at 10:30 am. Registration is not required.

Feel Good Fridays – This program for adults focuses on feeling good with movement, laughter, and community. Click here to register or call either branch of the library. Program ends for the season on May 24th.

Together Stitching – This fun program is all about social connection, stitched together with a little yarn! Beginner to advanced knitters, crocheters or other yarn artists are welcome. This drop-in program happens at our Westwood Branch every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 10:30 am. 

PJ Story Time – Put on your jammies, grab your favourite stuffed animal and join us Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Westwood Branch for a couple of bedtime stories. 

Homeschoolers at the Library – Join other homeschool families for activities and community building during this drop-in program. Explore all the library has to offer while it is closed to the public. All ages welcome!
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month Norwood Branch 1-2 p.m.

CO2 Monitor – This item can be now be borrowed from our Norwood branch. It is a small battery operated device used to monitor the CO2 (Carbon dioxide) levels in your home to determine your indoor air quality. You can visit Peterborough Public Health for more information. Our ‘Library of Things’ collection is growing. See what we have to offer by selecting “Library Services” at the top of the page.

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).



All you need is your library card to access these e-resources:

SUMMA – Summa provides patrons unlimited access to thousands of hours of captivating and informative video covering a vast array of topics, from interesting and fun DIY projects to nature documentaries presented in stunning detail. Summa also gives you access to an unrivalled collection of content featuring Indigenous voices and issues. Login using your library card number in the barcode field, password library. 

SUMMA-Kids – Summa kids includes a wealth of kid-targeted video programming focused on children under 12. Login using your library card number in the barcode field, password library. 

Mango Languages – An adaptive language-learning experience that provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills. Choose use Mango as a guest and enter your card number. Click Mango-Overview for more information.

CBC Corner – Discover the best Canadian shows, stories & more. This digital portal allows you to discover trusted news, entertaining TV and radio shows, educational kids content, news in foreign languages and much more!

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

If you need assistance accessing our e-resources, please drop by and visit with one of our librarians.

May News

“Energize, Exercise, Empower!” 

Our programs and events are 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! Get a quick view of the month with our monthly calendar so you don’t miss anything!

Plan your fun with our May 2024 Calendar.

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.

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.

2024 schedule
May 27 – Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
June 24 – We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama
We will not be meeting over the summer. See you in September!

Youth Book Club:
This fun group meets every other month to discuss our book selection and share our love of reading.
Join us for our next meeting on May 14, 2024 at our Norwood branch at 6pm to talk about our next selection.

Email treed@antownship.ca for more information or to secure your FREE book. Book selections suitable for 12 and up.

For the Love of Books (Norwood Book Club and Reading Challenge):
Each month we will reveal a new theme. You choose your own book related to the topic. Check our Book Club 2024 poster for more information. We will meet at our Norwood Branch at 6:00 pm on the last Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise specified) to talk about our choices over refreshments. If we don’t have a meeting, or you can’t make them, the year will go like this: Book Challenge 2024.

Meeting dates:
May 28 – Read a mystery or suspense novel
June 25 – Read a novel by an Indigenous author

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Kids Stuff 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 Norwood Branch for stories, songs, activities and more.

PJ Story Time  happens Mondays at 6:00 p.m. Westwood Branch. Bring a stuffy and get cozy! 

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!