The Gooderham Branch of the Haliburton County Public Library was established in 1965 and was located in the former Municipal Office where the parking lot is now. Two hundred books were on loan from the Victoria County Public Library (now Kawartha Lakes) and were exchanged every two months.
The library was eventually moved in to the new Municipal Building and currently offers over 3000 titles and approximately 100 dvd’s (from informative documentaries to “those other movies” and the latest releases). The Haliburton County Public Library has over 36,000 volumes of books, magazines and dvd’s for you to request, and Inter-Library loans from almost all of the public libraries in Ontario make almost any book you could want only a request away.
Supervisor Marilyn Billings hosts a Book Discussion Group on the first Thursday evening of every month starting at 7pm. Drop by to find out the book selection of the month. It might even be one of their ever-popular “free reads” where participants bring their favourite book or one they are currently reading. It’s a great way to learn about different books that you might not have selected.
The library also offers a CAP (Community Access Program) Computer with high-speed internet, and wi-fi is also available. Online databases such as Ancestry.ca (to trace your family history) and Halidex (local newspapers) are also just a click of the mouse away.
Watch the community events calendar in early Summer for the Library’s Author’s Day. This is a great way to learn about and meet local author’s and spotlight their work. Did you know that in all of Haliburton County there are over 75 published authors?!
Every Summer the Gooderham Branch, along with all the libraries in Haliburton County participate in the TD Summer Reading Program. This is a great program to keep kids reading and exploring all that great books have to offer, with a fun activity book, poster and certificate at the end for reading 10 books over the summer time.
Whether you are looking for adult fiction and non fiction, children’s books, juvenile or young adult, magazines, large print books, paperbacks and audio and e-books, and tumble books you are bound to find something you will enjoy. Be sure to stop in, sign up for a library card if you don’t already have one and explore all that the Gooderham Library has to offer.
1032 Gooderham Street
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