Welcome to the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library

Our upcoming programs, events and much more, can be found below. Use the menu across the top of this page to see specific information about your library.

Community Feedback Survey

As we prepare our 2025-2028 Strategic Plan, we want to hear from you! Complete the survey by July 31 for a chance to win one of two $50 VISA gift cards. 

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:

July Programming Calendar 

August Programming Calendar 

Neon Nerf Night Our Youth Advisory Group invites everyone ages 12 – 18 for a night of fun NERF games and snacks! Join us Tuesday August 6th from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at our Norwood Branch. Registration is required. NERF items will be provided. Don’t forget to wear neon!!

Family Fun Nights Check out our July & August programming calendars for the dates of our STEAM, Lego and craft nights. Every time you participate in a Family Fun Night gives you a chance to win our end of summer ANPL rocks prize pack

Honky Tonk FundraiserMusic, dancing, cards and community in support of ANPL. Line dancing with Rhonda! Beginners welcome.
Friday, September 27, Norwood Town Hall
Event time 7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Dance instruction 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Intermission performance by the Norwood Ukulele Group
Tickets: $10 in advance (available at both library branches) or $15 at the door. 

Wilderness Workshop Series with Watersheds Canada – Presented by Robert Pye, Executive Director of Watersheds Canada, and a columnist for Outdoor Canada Magazine. More information.
September 18 – Habitat Heroes
November 20 – Call of the Wild
Registration is required.
Norwood Branch of the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library ~ 7-8 p.m. This program geared to adults, however ages 12 + are welcome. 

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:
September 18 2024
December 11 2024

Senior’s Wellness Wednesday – Join us Wednesday, July 17th, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at our Westwood Branch for some expert advice on physical activity and nutrition. Check out Seniors Wellness Wednesday for the full workshop details. Registration is required. 

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 July 27 at our Norwood Branch. 

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 Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am. No program August 20 or 27.

Norwood – July 9 & 23 August 6
Westwood – July 2, 16 & 30 August 13 

PJ Story Time – Put on your jammies, grab your favourite stuffed animal and join us Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Westwood Branch for a couple of bedtime stories. Registration is not required. No program August 21 or 28.

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 resumes September 6th. 

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, program resumes September 12th.

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! Program resumes September 24th.

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).

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.

Check out our Facebook group ANPLKids for activity ideas and keep up to date on future online kids programming.

Summer News

“Your library – Infinite opportunities!”

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 July 2024 and August 2024 calendars.

 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
We will not be meeting over the summer. See you in September!
September 23 – The Woman they could not Silence by Kate Moore
October 21 – Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
November 18 – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
December 9 – The last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer

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 September 10, 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:
July 30 (optional) – Read a non-fiction book
August 27 (optional) – Read a fantasy novel
September 24 – Read a cozy mystery

July and August do not have regular meetings, but the library is open for anyone who wishes to drop in on the last Tuesdays of those months for an informal meeting.


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.

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!