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

Programs & Events:

Parent Seminar – Join us at our Norwood Branch on Oct. 20 for a free seminar with Evan Coghlan. Click Understanding Your Childs Behaviour for more information.

After School Club – The fall session of after school club will run from Thursday October 20 to Thursday November 17 (5 week session) from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Halloween and Dinovember themed crafts, activities and games. Activities will be geared to ages 7-10, but all school-aged children are welcome to attend. Children under 7 must have a parent stay in the Library during the program.

Songs & Signs with PCFC ANPL is looking forward to hosting PCFC’s EarlyOn Songs & Signs workshop. Preregister here. Songs & Signs is an EarlyON, interactive, three session workshop for parents and children 5 to 15 months old. Parents will learn a variety of baby signs through a weekly signs and songs circle.
Fridays – 9:30am – 10:30am
October 14th, 21st and 28th
Norwood Branch 

PA Day PacksPA Day on a Monday?? Need some inspiration?? We have you covered! Our PA Day packs are filled with customized book selections, craft kits, activities and more!  Register by Wednesday October 19 and we will contact you when your pack is ready for pick up.

Halloween Family Fun Fest – Join us if you dare for our spooktacular Halloween Family Fun Fest!
When: Saturday, October 29, 2022 (two time slots to choose from)
Where: Westwood Branch of the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library (312 Centre Line Westwood).
Registration is required by Friday, October 21, 2022. Click here to register!
Halloween activities, crafts and more! Costumes are highly recommended!!

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)

Saturday Stories – In partnership with our local Swans group, Saturday Stories is for children of all ages who love read aloud books! Bring a friend, and share a story and related activity.

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. We share tips, tricks and community when we meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday at the Westwood Branch at 10:30 a.m.

2022 Reading Challenge – There are only 3 more months left! October is: Read a book about libraries or librarians. Complete and submit a review of the book and each review is an entry for a Book Lovers gift basket. Lots of selection and review slips available at both branches.

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:
This fun group meets every other month to discuss our book selection and share our love of reading. Join us for our next meeting, Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. Norwood Branch. Email for more information or to secure your FREE book.

Book selections suitable for 12 and up.

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 have a chance to win a special 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.

October News

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

October is full of fun things to do at the library and in the township!

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.

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