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Newmarket library partnerships ramp up online programming

Register now for free programs that include at-home fitness routines, a skilled trades tour, a Shadowpath play performance, and understanding youth mental health
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With in-library programs on hold for a time, Newmarket Public Library has ramped up its online programming. Partnering with organizations such as Skills Ontario, Youthspeak, Canada Learning Code and Shadowpath Theatre, the library is helping to provide programs of interest to people of all ages.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our community a wide range of programs,” says Todd Kyle, the library’s CEO. “Many are partnerships with organizations that have the knowledge, experience and insight to make their programs truly worthwhile. Add to that our own library programs and there is plenty of great programming to choose from.”

Some of the enlightening and entertaining programs coming soon include:

How To Stay Fit At Home presented by Honsberger Physio+
How can you adapt to our new reality and stay fit at home? Join Sumya Khudadad of Honsberger Physio+ on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. for a motivational discussion that will help you get started. Learn how to establish a routine that adapts to your work schedule and home life. Discover different activities for at-home fitness and how to utilize everyday household items to help with your workout. Register now and make fitness a part of your home life.

What’s Out There In The Skilled Trades & Technologies presented by Skills Ontario
Discover the pathway to a career in the skilled trades during a virtual presentation by Skills Ontario on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. Take a visual tour of careers and the technologies they utilize. Learn to access relevant resources for information, and how to develop the skills and experience you need to get started on the pathway to a career that’s right for you. Register now

Shadowpath Theatre Classical Play Reading Club presents Florence by Alice Childress
Take a front row seat at home for Florence, our next live classical play reading by Shadowpath Theatre performers and local theatre enthusiasts on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Florence is about a black woman in South Carolina who is getting ready to board a train to bring her daughter, a struggling actress, back home from New York. Written and performed in 1949, the play marked the beginning of an illustrious career in theatre for Alice Childress, the only African-American woman to have written and produced plays spanning four decades. Register now for this free online play reading.

Understanding Youth Mental Health presented by Youthspeak
Parents, educators and caring adults find out first-hand on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. how to support youth in this free online workshop by Youthspeak, a youth-led registered charity. Trained youth speakers will discuss how to engage in conversations about such issues as anxiety, depression, bullying, social media, and COVID-19. You will gain insight into the experiences of youth and learn how to support their well-being. Register now for a compassionate discussion on the issues relevant to today’s youth. 

To Will Or Not To Will presented by the Ontario Bar Association 
Do you have a will? November is Make A Will month, an opportunity to learn about the value of having one and how a lawyer can help. Join us for a free online session with a speaker from the Ontario Bar Association on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. to talk about wills, power of attorney, and managing estates. The presentation is to be informative but is not meant as legal advice. Register now

Healthy Homes: Understanding Healthy Relationships presented by Yellow Brick House
Yellow Brick House presents Healthy Homes: Understanding Healthy Relationships on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. This 60-minute workshop for adult newcomers and immigrants will be an interactive discussion about identifying the warning signs of abuse, how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, and the importance of safety in our community. Information on relevant community resources will be provided. Register now to find out more about the program and safety information. 

Online Digital and Maker Programs
Interested in online digital and maker programs? Click here to find out what we're offering in November! For example, you can learn about our new Virtual 3D Printing Service where you can submit an online file and we can print the object for you. You can also learn about our Online Library, including an introduction to Pressreader, a new service which provides access to hundreds of newspapers and magazines from around the world. 

Online Children’s Programs
Storytime is a special time to spend with your little one. Join us in November for these great programs to develop early literacy skills: Babytime, Toddlertime, Tales For Threes, and Family Storytime. We look forward to spending an engaging time with you and your child online: communicating, learning, laughing, and having lots of fun. For dates, times and to register for these programs click here.  

For more information on upcoming programs check our programs and activities calendar on the homepage of the library’s website.

Lorne Chase is the marketing and communications coordinator at Newmarket Public Library.