Passport to Discovery

Passport to Discovery

Calling all young explorers! Adventure awaits you with the Huron County Library’s Passport to Discovery program. Pick up a passport from your local branch to begin a full year of learning, reading, doing, and having a whole lot of fun! Visit your local branch each month to pick up a themed craft kit and activity sheet. Once you have completed at least one of the activities, return to the branch to get your passport stamped and ballot entered into a grand prize draw that will take place at the end of the program in February, 2024.

To kick things off, February’s theme is Fairy Tales and includes the following acitvities:

  • Pick up a Take & Make Kit to make a Frog Prince Pin-up Game. Based off the famous fairy tale, this craft is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
  • Go on a Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt to find the fairy tale characters hiding around your local branch.
  • Write your own fairy tale using a dice and the story prompts shared on this month’s activity sheet.
  • Read one of these fairy tale-themed books from our collection.
  • Download this month’s activity sheet if you prefer to get started from home.
Tiny Art Show

Tiny Art Show

Get creative this winter by participating in the Clinton Branch‘s Tiny Art Show! Pick up a 5” X 5” board from the branch and get creative with your tiny artwork. Use your own art supplies to decorate your board (paint, draw, decoupage, collage, sew, etc.) or attend an in-person decorating event taking place on Saturday, Feb. 25 or Saturday, March 18, 1-3 p.m. We will have an assortment of art supplies available.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 20. The Tiny Art Show opening will be held on March 30, 7 p.m. Artwork will be displayed in the library from March 30 to April 28, 2023. Tiny refreshments will be served.

Download an entry form and return to the Clinton Branch along with your piece by March 20. Entry forms are also available from the branch.

Art Show Rules:

  • One board per person or group. Available while supplies last.
  • Teens and adults may participate.
  • No candles or electrical devices, including battery operated.
  • Objects, paper, and materials of any kind, except food, may be glued to the canvas, but artwork must remain 5” X 5” and must be able to hang flat against the wall.
  • Please write your name on the back of the canvas and include an arrow to show which way is the top.
  • After the show opening on March 30, artwork will be displayed until April 28. Art will be available for pick-up beginning Friday, April 28 at the Circulation Desk. The last day to pick up your artwork will be Friday, May 5. Please note, any artwork not picked up will become library property for use as we deem fit.
  • The Huron County Library reserves the right to refuse any work considered unsuitable and/or does not meet these guidelines. Or if it cannot be accommodated safely or comfortably within the library space.
  • By participating in the Clinton Branch Tiny Art Show, you agree to allow Huron County Library to publicly display and photograph your art for promotion and engagement.
What’s new for teens?

What’s new for teens?

There is a lot happening at the Goderich Branch for teens this fall!

YA Lounge: Upgrades

Did you know that the Goderich Branch has its very own area just for teens? This space is reserved for patrons ages 12-18 and has recently been updated. It now has a laptop bar installed looking out the windows onto Montreal Street. Teens can bring their own device or borrow a laptop from the branch!

YA Lounge: Nintendo Switch

The YA Lounge also has a big screen TV and a new Nintendo Switch. Enjoy Mario Party, Mario Kart and a selection of other ‘retro’ games. Let us know what games you want us to purchase! All you need to come in and play is a Huron County Library card.

Teen Program: Cards & Controller

Are you interested in trying out a new board game? Do you want to challenge your friends to a game of Mario Kart? Join us every Monday from 6-7:30 p.m. for this fun drop-in program just for teens.

Teen Reviewers

Teens can earn volunteer hours by writing book reviews for the Huron County Library! It’s a great way to share your favourite books with other teens in Huron County.

Virtual Dungeons & Dragons

Go on an epic fantasy adventure, right from the comfort of your own home! Learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons from the ground up in a hands-on virtual game (or series of games) geared towards beginners. This program runs weekly on Thursday evenings. Participants are welcome to join at any time.

Respectful Subject Headings Project

Respectful Subject Headings Project

Since January 2021, the Huron County Library has been taking steps to update catalogue subject headings to be respectful and inclusive to all members of society. This project was spurred on by the social need for improved representation in library catalogues for Indigenous peoples, who are currently identified using colonial and offensive terms, which libraries across Canada have deemed unacceptable for further use. Libraries rely heavily on subject headings to provide access to information. When terminology is incorrect, or disrespectful, this affects the users both consciously and sub-consciously, often reinforcing stereotypes and bias.

The Library began receiving catalogue records from our material vendor, Library Services Centre, that included updated Indigenous subject headings that are based on the great work done by the Greater Victoria Public Library system, who shared their list of respectful headings compiled from a variety of sources including the University of Manitoba, the Association of Manitoba Archives, and through resources put out by the Indigenous Corporate Training Incorporation such as Indigenous Peoples: a Guide to Terminology, Usage Tips and Definitions for Indigenous peoples and subjects.

At the time, these headings were not the official authority subject headings put out by the Library of Congress or by Library and Archives Canada, however the demand was too great to wait for these institutions to come to an industry standard. Since then, Library and Archives Canada has begun extensive work on Canadian Subject Headings that will be used in our records as they come available.

In order to update headings already in our catalogue, Huron County Library joined a committee along with other members of the Ontario Library Consortium to work on a system for updating subject headings and have begun compiling a list of old headings within the catalogue, are finding valid new headings from the agreed upon sources, and then updating or records on a monthly basis. These ongoing updates aim to remove bias, improve access and look for new ways of describing material. While our records will continue to hold the official Library of Congress or Canadian Authority Heading, as well as the updated versions of the headings until the official authority records change, once complete, this work will enable a dynamic, multilingual set of terminologies applied to all Indigenous Peoples, places, heritage, tradition, and communities.

Huron County Library is a supporter of Indigenous Authors and of the First Nations Communities Read Program. Check out some of this year’s titles!

TD Summer Reading – Colouring Pages

TD Summer Reading – Colouring Pages

Hey everybody! We are Gwyneth and Olivia, your Huron County Library TD Summer Reading coordinators and we are really excited to lead this year’s program! The fun starts at a branch near you the week of July 4 and we are looking forward to a summer filled with adventure, play, social connection, and lots of reading, of course!

We are super excited to visit each one of Huron County’s amazing elementary schools over the next few weeks to talk to you about our summer reading club! And we hope you are just as excited as us for the TD Summer Reading Club this year, because we have planned a jam-packed summer built around this year’s theme, Once Upon a Time; Myths and Legends.

Registration opens online on Monday, June 13, but we wanted to give you a little sneak peak of just one of our awesome activities that you can enjoy on this PD Day! You can download and print these magical colouring pages and design them in any way you like!