Everyone is welcome to search the Library’s Online Catalogue.
Registered patrons can perform the following additional functions:
- RENEW items you have on loan
- Place a RESERVE/HOLD on an item your interested in
- View current and past transaction history
Along with our in-library print and audio collections, there are several online resources for e-books and e-audio books. For most of these resources, you will need your library card number. We have also included some great free online links. If you have any questions about these resources, visit the library, call, or e-mail us for more information.
There are two websites for this great free resource. All books are in the public domain and are available free of charge. Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 titles to read online or download and Gutenberg Canada specializes in Canadian content.
Fantastic Fiction is one of our favourite websites for finding out the order of series, what else an author has written, and when new books are being published by our popular authors.
GoodReads is a great place to get recommendations of what to read next. Sign up for a free account and you can access online book discussions, make and receive recommendations, and keep track of what you’ve read and would like to read.
LitLovers has ideas for starting an in-person book club, including theme ideas, menu suggestions, discussion questions and more. There are also “courses” you can take online for free that challenge the way you read books.
Need a dictionary, quote, or fast fact? These links are can help! Although we also have print resources in the library, these reference links are updated regularly so you always have the most recent information you are looking for.
- The Canadian Encyclopedia – the full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999.
- Encyclopedia Britannica – although this is a subscription encyclopedia, there is a lot of content that can be accessed for free.
Dictionary, Thesaurus, Almanac, Quotations
Frequently the websites that offer one of these, offer more.
- Dictionary.com – licensed content from over 15 trusted and established sources including Random House and Harper Collins. Dictionary.com also includes a thesaurus, encyclopedia references, quotations, and a translator, as well as other useful tools.
- Onelook.com – searches over 1,000 dictionaries from a single search box.
- Larousse.com has a variety of multi-lingual dictionaries. Along with English/French, you can access several different language dictionaries.
- Bartleby.com is a great source of quotations, books and reference answers.
- Infoplease is a one-stop resource centre for dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, altas, and almanac questions.
- CIA World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Canadian atlases can be found at the following sites:
- Canadian Geographic Atlas Online
- The Atlas of Canada from Natural Resources Canada
- Historical Atlas of Canada Online
World atlases can be found at these websites:
General Research and Interests
- Peterborough Employment Resource Centre is a self-help centre which provides current resource materials, equipment and professional assistance from qualified staff to individuals conducting a self-directed job search, or working on health, housing, school, or training activities. All of these services are provided at no cost to any member of the community.
- Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough offers a wealth of programs and services to assist both individuals and employers with their employment and training goals. It is a community-based, community-focused provider of programs, services, and resources.
- Canadajobs.com has listings for jobs across Canada, as well as articles to assist with resumes, interviews, and job searching.
- Job Bank is a service provided through Service Canada which lists jobs available as well as help for finding employment.
- Indeed is a Canadian job search database. There is also a link to Indeed for the United States if you are looking for international work.
- Neuvoo is an international job search database. Search for jobs in Canada and abroad.
- WowJobs provides one of Canada’s most comprehensive online job searches by aggregating job postings from over 6000 job boards throughout the country.
- Canada Business Network is a government site designed to help you start, grow, and maintain your business with help in planning and financing.
- Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities provides information for starting and running a business in Ontario.
- Since 1974, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Our work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario’s legal aid system, we work in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.
- Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law.
- PCLC (Peterborough Community Legal Centre) is a community legal clinic dedicated to providing free legal services to low income residents of Peterborough City and County.”
- Public Health Agency of Canada provides an abundance of information on infectious and chronic diseases, as well as information to promote health and safety.
- Health Canada is a government website that provides information on consumer health and safety.
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care provides information on health and health care options for Ontario residents.
- Healthy Canadians is another government of Canada website that provides health and safety information, including product recalls and government health initiative programs.
- Peterborough County Health Unit Teen Resources provides teens with information and resources to help them stay safe and healthy. Topics include alcohol and drugs, dental health, eating well, mental health, physical activity, and more.
- Health and Wellness Resource Center is a comprehensive resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health, and related information. It features a fully updated, intuitive interface—providing multiple pathways to key information. Its browser-style format lets you read the latest news, review a set of subject areas, select a particular resource, or search across the entire database.
- Health Reference Center – created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers and health care professionals, Health Reference Center Academic integrates millions of articles from a wide range of full-text nursing and allied health journals, magazines, newsletters and select consumer health information sources with full-text reference works and hundreds of health-related multimedia.
- CanGenealogy is a resource page for recommended links for genealogy research in Canada
- Library and Archives Canada has various search engines for genealogy research.
- Ancestry Library Edition is available only at the library branches.
- Driver’s Ed is a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free G1 practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on the official ON driver’s handbook materials. This partnership allows the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library to harness the power of G1.ca’s specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers. The new program will work as an outreach for several valued groups of patrons, such as teens, those with disabilities, those who participate in the library’s programs for seniors and need to take a renewal exam, and patrons at every other stage of life.
- Auto Repair Help is an auto repair information site that offers their readers a variety of helpful tutorials, articles, and diagnostic information to get their auto repair problems solved fast.
- Popular Mechanics Car Section has vehicle-related news, car reviews and DIY help
- Ontario Plaques is a website devoted to historic plaques across the province.
- Ontario Parks shows all the provincial parks in Ontario with information about each park including fees, accessible activities and how to reserve your camping spot.
- Peterborough County Recreation and Leisure offers a list of recreation activities such as trail locations, museums, seniors programs, and sports in Peterborough County.
The following links provide local, provincial, and federal government information. We have also included Canadian reference sites such as Canada411, Canada Post and Canada Revenue.
Local Government Information
- Township of Asphodel-Norwood
The Township website provides information about the Town Council, by-laws, taxes, business and community events, to name a few.
- Peterborough County
This website provides information about the entire county, including government departments, services, and facilities with links to townships, communities, business, lodging, sights and attractions in the County of Peterborough.
- City of Peterborough
The seat of Peterborough County, this website provides information and services that encompass the entire county.
Provincial and Federal Government Information
- Canada and Government of Ontario
This is a comprehensive list of services provided by the federal and provincial governments.
- Government of Ontario
For all government services, forms, and information, this is the place to go.
- Service Ontario
- Government of Canada
For all things Canadian, this website provides the information you need.
- Service Canada
Like Service Ontario, this website provides information and assistance to access programs and services on the federal level.
- Canada Benefits
No matter what province you live in, this website can help you find what benefit programs are available to you from both provincial and federal agencies.
- Canada Revenue
For all things tax related, this website has the information you need.
A part of the Government of Ontario website, Service Ontario provides information to renew your driver’s license, get a health card, or find a government job, as well as many other services provided to residents of our province.
Other Important Information
Are you interested in finding out more about homeschooling options? We have some resources to help you.
Do you homeschool? Asphodel-Norwood Public Library can help! Along with books we have on varied subjects at several grade levels, we can use Inter-Library Loan to get you items on subject matter we don’t currently carry; we can extend due dates for projects (just let us know when you borrow the item how long you need it for); a quiet room for studying if you need a less distracting area.
- Ontario Ministry of Education
- The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents is a provincial homeschool group providing support to homeschooling families and information on home-based education to our members and the public at large.
- Life Learning offers Canadian home-based learning resources for homeschooling, unschooling, and self-education.
- Discovery Education has free resources to compliment and extend learning.
- Home School Legal Defense Association is the place to go if you have legal questions regarding homeschooling.
- Asphodel-Norwood Public Library Catalogue: check our catalogue for items on subjects you are covering. If you need a specific title and it is not in our collection, ask us about Inter-Library Loan.
Books about Homeschooling
These books are in our catalogue and available for circulation.
- The Everything Homeschooling Book – all you need to create the best curriculum and learning environment for your child, 2nd edition
- Free Range Learning – how homeschooling changes everything
- Homeschooling for the rest of us – how your one-of-a-kind family can make homeschooling and real life work
- Homeschooling your kids (without losing your sanity) – how to balance your home, your family, and your child’s education
- Homeschooling FAQs – 101 questions every homeschooling parent should ask
- Project-based homeschooling – mentoring self-directed learners
If you have any suggestions how Asphodel-Norwood Public Library can better serve our homeschooling community, please contact us.
Where do you go to grow? Try your public library. A visit will get you thinking!