Family Day Author Reading: Little Bear in Foster Care with S.P. Joseph Lyons

Family Day Author Reading: Little Bear in Foster Care with S.P. Joseph Lyons

Join us this Family Day, Monday, Feb. 21, for a special author reading with Algonquin author S.P. Joseph Lyons, from Kitigan Zibi First Nation, author of Little Bear in Foster Care. Lyons writes from his own experiences as he was placed in foster care as a young child and is a survivor of the Sixties Scoop. Foster care can be scary and lonely, but the Little Bear in Foster Care book makes it a little less frightening. Starting at 10 a.m, Lyons will read from his book, followed by a discussion with the author.

REGISTRATION: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Huron County Library received prestigious award for Digitized Newspaper project

Huron County Library received prestigious award for Digitized Newspaper project

The Huron County Library is honoured to receive the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Archival and Preservation Achievement Award for the Huron County Digitized Newspaper project.

Virtually presented to library staff at the OLA Super Conference on Feb. 2, 2022, the award recognizes significant achievements in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.

Beginning in 2014, the digitization project has been a collaboration between the Huron County Library, Huron County Museum, the County of Huron, and the local community. The project has resulted in the digitization of more than 350,000 local newspaper and magazine pages from microfilm and hard copies. This collection preserves more than a century’s worth of local history from communities across the County.

“The Huron County Library has always been one of the most modern and innovative library systems in the province.” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil, “The Digitization Project is just one example of its leaderful and progressive work. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project. The recognition received is well deserved.”

The online collection brings together newspapers and magazines, spanning from 1848 to 2019, in one convenient location that anyone can access, for free, from anywhere there is an internet connection. Over the past two years, as libraries and museums were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers, students, researchers, historians, and genealogists could still easily access Huron County history from around the world. In 2021 alone, the digitized newspaper collection received close to 20,000 visits, making it one of the most popular online resources that the County of Huron offers.

“The digitization project serves as an important contribution to improving access to community history for researchers, historians and genealogists, who continue to expand our understanding of our rural past,” said Beth Rumble, Director of Cultural Services and County Librarian. “New content is being digitized and added to the collection on an on-going basis, further preserving our archival resources for generations to come.”

Support for this project from the community has helped shape the success of this project.

“We appreciate how the news of the day provides tidbits and notes of interest to many researchers and are impressed how this remarkable project has evolved to become a rich asset to our community,” said Rhea Hamilton-Seeger, on behalf of the Huron County Historical Society. “We are proud that this unique resource was made possible through the foresight of the Huron County Museum and Huron County Library and is used not only in Huron, but across the digital world.”

With members across Canada and the United States, the Huron County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), having access to this digital collection has helped those researching their families’ Huron County roots.

“Newspapers provide a snapshot into our ancestors’ lives that is not available in government records,” said Huron County Branch, OGS, Chair Debra McAuslan. Having these available digitially for much of Huron County is a unique resource for an rural area in Ontario and we are grateful to the Huron County Library and Huron COunty Museum for making this possible.”

The full collection can be accessed from both the Huron County Library and the Huron County Museum websites or by directly visiting https://pubdocs.huroncounty.ca/WebLink/.

Watch the award presentation on YouTube: Ontario Library Association Awards Ceremony 2022 (presentation to Huron County Library starts at 35:15)

Spring Craft Swap

Spring Craft Swap

Calling all crafters! Love crafting and seeing others enjoy what you make? Join the Huron County Library Spring Craft Swap where you will be partnered with another crafter in Huron County! Make your partner a custom craft, while they do the same for you! All crafting mediums welcome – knitting, crocheting, sewing, candle making, pottery, scrapbooking, needlefelting, etc. The sky is the limit! And this program is open to crafters of all ages! Adult crafters will be partnered with a fellow adult crafter, and children will be partnered with children.

Guidelines:

We ask that each participant craft TWO small items or ONE medium sized item.

  • Small = A piece of jewelry, a bookmark, a washcloth, a facemask, a small candle
  • Medium = A scarf, a wallet, a set of notecards (4), a reusable shopping bag

Please note that library staff will be in touch between Feb. 23-28 to assign your partner. You will have the entire month of March to craft. Please drop your completed craft off to your local Huron County Library Branch between April 1 to April 6 (or earlier). You will receive a notification from library staff when the craft from your partner is ready for pickup at your local branch. The craft from your partner will be ready for pickup between April 11-15 from your local branch – staff will notify you when your craft is ready. And watch for email reminders along the way so you don’t miss any of the deadlines listed below. Please ensure that crafts do not exceed the size of a standard tote box (28” x 17” x 15″).

*Should a partner not complete a craft, an alternate partner will be arranged. Should multiple partners not complete a craft, individuals may be paired with one another. Pre-completed crafts will be used in reassignments (no need to make an entirely new craft!).

Important Dates:

  • Registration: Feb 1 – Feb 22
  • Partner Assigned: Feb 23 – Feb 28
  • Crafting: Whole month of March!
  • Craft Due: April 1 – 6
  • Pick up Craft: April 11-15

Registration: Huron County Library Spring Craft Swap | Huron County Connects (connectedcountyofhuron.ca)

Virtual Author Talk – Genevieve Graham

Virtual Author Talk – Genevieve Graham

The Huron County Library invites you to join us for a virtual author talk with bestselling author Genevieve Graham on Saturday, Nov. 20. Genevieve is the author of The Forgotten Home Child, Letters Across the Sea, and Bluebird, coming in 2022.
Genevieve is passionate about breathing life back into Canadian history through tales of love and adventure. Join her as she speaks about her works, and answers your questions about historical fiction, her writing process, and much more!
Cost: FREE
Registration: Zoom event