Art Space…Call to Young Artists

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and Cultural Center is excited about the launch of a new exhibition area to feature the art of local youth… art SPACE.

art SPACE will be located in the children’s area of the Library with exhibits rotating every few months throughout the school year. The first exhibit is scheduled to be launched in mid-September. Details will follow.

Submissions for hanging are being accepted at the Borrower Services Desk, and must include the following information on the back of the artwork: title / media / artist’s name / age / telephone #. Unleash your creativity and create a masterpiece for the Library…a great summer project for budding artists!

Contact Debbie Scott: 905-775-3328 X 6108,, or contact Darlene’s studio at 905-801-5060.

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One-on-One Technology Help

Laptop, Smartphone and Tablet

Need help setting up or managing your email? Questions about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social networking sites? Have a tablet or eBook reader and don’t know where to start? Looking for help with Microsoft Office? Have other technology-related questions? We have the FREE help you need with our one-on-one tech sessions with Nathan.

Appointments are now being taken for these one-on-one sessions. Starting Tuesday, July 7, 2015 and running through Thursday, August 27, 2015, you may book appointments in 30 minute increments for the following days/times:

  • Tuesday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday afternoons from 1:30 – 5:30 pm

Visit the 1st Floor Information Desk or call (905) 775-3328 ext. 6109 to book an appointment today!

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Free Outdoor Movies for Summer 2015

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is pleased to announce a new season of Outdoor Movies with free admission for the summer of 2015.

This event includes four outdoor movies on the grass field area beside the BWG Leisure Centre and Public Library on the following Thursday evenings for families; July 9, 23, August 6 and 20, and two additional dates for “date night for adults”; August 27 and September 3.

Residents are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and their own snacks and enjoy these family friendly movies:

  • Thursday July 9 – Cinderella (rated PG) – sponsored by Genesis Gymnastics and Summerlyn Dental Care
  • Thursday July 23 – Strange Magic (rated PG) – sponsored by Summerlyn Dental Care
  • Thursday August 6 – Frozen (rated G) – sponsored by Summerlyn Dental Care
  • Thursday August 20 – Big Hero 6 (rated PG) – sponsored by Summerlyn Dental Care

New Adult, date night movies:

  • Thursday August 27 – The Proposal (rated A) – sponsored by Summerlyn Dental Care
  • Thursday September 3 – Hitch (rated A) – sponsored by Summerlyn Dental Care

“The Outdoor Movies event provides a wonderful way for families to spend time together throughout the summer period,” says Acting Director of Leisure Services, Terry Foran. “This event is another example of the Town and local business partnering together to deliver a sponsored program for the benefit of the residents of Bradford West Gwillimbury.”

Shows begin at dusk.

For more information please contact Joe Lotto at 905-775-5359 ext. 5102 or at

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Introducing Playaway Launchpad

Now available for loan…Playaway Launchpad!

What is Playaway Launchpad?

It is a durable, Android-based tablet pre-loaded with great educational games and apps for children of all ages. Configured to easily find the right apps for your child’s age group, it provides a great opportunity to learn on up-to-date and highly utilized platform. Just think…no more little fingerprints on your tablet; yours is yours, theirs is theirs.

Hours of interactive learning and play. Playaway Launchpad features high-quality learning apps grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level and age. From math to monkeys to science and superheroes, every Launchpad is a new adventure.

Let your children explore and learn with this great new addition to our Library collection. Check one out today!


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Library Welcomes Terri Watman as New CEO

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library Board is delighted to announce that Terri Watman has accepted the position as the library’s new CEO. With more than 20 years of experience in three public library systems, Ms. Watman brings with her a wealth of management and leadership expertise, a proven track record of success and a passion for providing excellent customer service.

As the current Director of Service Delivery with Vaughan Public Libraries, Ms. Watman is responsible for the development and delivery of library services for 8 branches. Her experience includes collection management, planning and communication, staff acquisition and development, and a background in children and teens services. Ms. Watman has earned a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from York University. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business.
“The board is very excited to welcome Terri, who joins us at a critical point in the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library’s development,” says Board Chair, Milt Calder. “As we embark on strategic planning for the future, it is exciting to have Terri, with her infectious enthusiasm and clear vision, lead that process.”

Ms. Watman will join the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library as CEO on Thursday, July 23rd. Ms. Watman will succeed current BWGPL CEO Liz Fenwick, who is retiring after 17 years as CEO and 21 years at BWGPL.

Read the complete press release (pdf).

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