Parent Consultations: Early Years Programs and Services

Tuesday, September 10, 2013; 6:30 – 8:30pm; Zima Room (please RSVP, details below)

County of Simcoe logoYou’re invited to attend a Parent Consultation session to provide feedback on the Early Years Programs and Services in Simcoe County. Please join Social and Community Services to share your thoughts and ideas about the early years programs and services including quality of services, accessibility of child care, local needs and gaps in services, and how we can improve the early learning and care system for children.

The Ministry of Education recently introduced the new Ontario Child Care Service Management and Funding Guidelines for all municipal partners. The County of Simcoe plans and manages a broad range of child care services. This includes licensed childcare and Special Needs Resourcing.

Light refreshments will be provided (Please indicate any dietary or environmental allergies, or any accessibility requirements when you RSVP).

Please indicate you plan on attending the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library session by September 6 to: Barb Whelan (

If you are unable to attend a session, send your comments to:

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Quilts by Marcia Lee

Detail of quilt showing houses and landscape

Detail from Mountain and Stream by Marcia Lee

The work of local quilter Marcia Lee is on display on the main floor of the Library. Marcia started making traditional quilts by hand about 25 years ago. She became interested in making smaller sized quilts to hang on the wall, using traditional and modern quilting techniques, including bargello, stained glass and machine quilting.

Five examples of Marcia’s art quilting are on exhibit this month, as part of our display of the work of artists participating in the BWG Studio Art Tour.

View of the five quilts on display

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Book Review: A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel

Photo of book cover of A Sunless SeaA Sunless Sea: A William Monk novel by Anne Perry

Of all of Anne Perry’s series, I like the William Monk novels best.  The “Pitt” series seem coy, the holiday novels are too romantic for me and the World War I novels didn’t capture my interest.

The Monk series consistently captures the underbelly of Victorian London and the hazards of life in that time and under less than comfortable circumstances.  In A Sunless Sea, Monk, Hester, Rathbone and, surprisingly, Runcorn tackle the problem of unregulated opium.  Monk and his associates are up against ruthless businessmen capitalizing on the highly addictive method of injecting opium directly into the body with a syringe.

As always a very enjoyable read.

~Liz Fenwick

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Beat the Heat at the Library!

Need a great place to stay cool during those long hot days of summer? The library is a perfect escape from the heat and has been designated by the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury as a local cooling centre.

We have a number of great ways to keep you occupied while enjoying a break from the weather. Here are just a few of the things you can do at the library:

  • Bring your children to our many fun, creative and entertaining programs (see our Kid’s Program page for all the details).
  • Catch up on the latest news or check out the latest issues of your favourite magazines in our Reading Room.
  • Surf the Internet on your laptop (or other electronic device) through our wireless network, or on one of our eight lab computers.
  • Research your family history through our online resources and local history room.
  • Dive into your next great read from our extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction titles.

For more information on how to stay cool during a time of extreme heat, please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit website. They also offer an extreme heat fact sheet.

Come see what we have to offer while keeping cool!

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Friends of the Library Golf Tournament a Success!

Going for the green...Another year and another Friends of the Library Golf Tournament success! Despite a humid afternoon everyone enjoyed a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie at the Bradford Highlands Golf Club. The event raised valuable funds for the library thanks to the hard work and generosity of many volunteers, sponsors, and of course golfers! We also extend our thanks to the staff at the Bradford Highlands who helped ensure the success of this event.

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