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 Step 3 Reopening Plan. Masks are still mandatory and we have a higher limited capacity, but you can browse and pick out your books. Curbside pickup will still be available at each branch. Check our flyer for more information.

Step 3 Re-opening

If you need additional assistance, you can contact a librarian by email or telephone and we will do our best to assist you.

StoryTime – Our final two StoryTimes will be special ones at the Norwood Branch of ANPL. We will meet the first two Mondays of December at 10:30am. Bring your mask and proof of vaccination.

December Storytime

Gingerbread House Contest – This year, instead of a Cookie Contest, we are inviting you to create a Gingerbread House! We partnered with Oakland Greens Golf and Country Club to supply some gingerbread kits (first come, first serve) and four prizes for this contest. The contest ends December 15th so read our Gingerbread House Contest rules and get creating!

Minds in Motion – ANPL is excited to partner with the Alzheimer Society to offer their program Minds in Motion.  A new session has been added that begins December 2nd, 2021. For more information, view Minds in Motion – Dec 2021. To register, please email

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.

Library Board Meeting – January 2022. Exact time and date TBA.

Our Online Catalogue makes it easy to keep track of your account! You will need your library card number and a PIN (books).


Welcome to a new year, and new discoveries! All you need is your library card to access these e-resources.

CreativeBug – thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. There is definitely something for everyone here.

Gale in Context: Elementary – Learn about a wide variety of topics including animals, art and music, geography, health, literature, people, plants, science, social studies, sports, and technology.

World Book OnlineThe World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.. Once you log in with your library card, you can access World Book Kids, World Book Student, and World Book Timelines.

eBook Public Library Collection (from EBSCOhost) – thousands of ebooks ready to be read in your browser or on your computer, no waiting.

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.

November News

Storytime at the Park will happen every Monday in October and November, except Thanksgiving, at the Norwood Library Courtyard at 10:30am.

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), or subscribe to our YouTube channel (which has video tutorials for OverDrive and our Online Catalogue).

The theme for 2021 is “Dream, Discover, Do!” 

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.

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 Westwood Book Club

Our Westwood Book Club is on summer vacation. The next meeting will be November 15 at 6pm at Westwood Library when we discuss I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. Pick up a copy of the book at our Westwood branch.

Interested in having a Book Club at our Norwood Branch? Contact Cheryl at 705-639-2228 or to get your name on the list. We would like to start in the spring.

Our Teen Book Club will be continuing in the new year at 6:30pm at our Norwood Branch! Email Trish to get your name on the list for updates.

We are planning to start a Family Book Club in 2022! Stay tuned for more information.

Please share with us what you are reading, and what you would recommend for future book club picks.

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.

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