Please note programs change regularly, and all programs fill up quickly!

For Children & Teens

Baby Time at Almonte branch. Wednesdays @10:30 am. For infants up to 12 months with their parent/caregiver/grandparent. Expect a fast paced 1/2 hour of tummy tickles, songs and bouncy rhymes!

RESTARTING inside – Oct 2022 – stay tuned

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Contact Monica at mblackburn@mississippimills.ca

On HIATUS for August.

Join us for a lap time Toddler Storytime at the Almonte branch on Fridays @10am. A fast-paced half hour of interactive, favourite stories, rhymes and songs. Children must be accompanied by their adult. Registration is required! Space is limited.

Storytime continues through the summer, held outside, weather permitting. Check this page often or call the library (613-256-1037) for updates!

Looking for volunteer hours? Your library is looking for you!

Required age: 12+

We are looking for tweens and teens to help promote the library’s space and collections, write book reviews and brainstorm ideas for future programs and events.

Volunteering can be done as part of the TAG group or individually.

Interested? Contact Berta at babaroa@mississippimills.ca or call 613-256-1037 for more information.

SUSPENDED in Jan 2022. Mondays 1:30 – 3:00pm, Almonte Branch

Limited space is available, please pre-register 613-283-0095 ext. 304 (you will only get a call back if space is full.)

A mobile EarlyON program will visit Pakenham on a rotation. Check the library website or Facebook often to find out dates!

EarlyON provides opportunities for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support parents and caregivers in their roles. Families and caregivers will be able to find support, advice, make personal connections and access a network of resources. It’s part of the services provided by Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening child care, family life, child development and community links in Lanark County.

For more information visit https://crowlanark.com/earlyon/

EarlyON Playgroups | CROW Lanark

Phone: 613-283-0095 extension 300 or Toll Free: 1-800-267-9252 extension 300

Fax: 613-283-3324 Email: info@crowlanark.com

For Adults

Brenda Chapman is at the Almonte branch of MMPL on Oct. 1 at 1pm. Registration is via Mill Street Books at 613-256-9090. Brenda’s newest book is Blind Date. She is also very well known for her Stonechild and Rouleau mystery series.

Travelogue Series 2022-2023. All travelogues begin at 7pm, Almonte branch library.

October 19 – Cycling in Mongolia

Mongolia. A vast unknown. The final frontier? In the summer of 2022, five local cyclists flew to Mongolia in central Asia, 11,000 kilometers and 12 time zones away, to join a thrilling COVID-delayed adventure on the steppes of Asia. They encountered thundering herds of horses, thousands of sheep parting to reveal dirt tracks through oceans of grassland, rock strewn climbs and descents, river crossings, delicious local food, and exceptionally welcoming Mongolian people. Please join these travellers on October 19 at the Almonte Branch of the Mississippi Mills Public Library for a travelogue with photos and stories.

Group photo: Stephen Cotnam, Katie Cotnam, Andy Cotnam, Mary Ann McKenna, Jonas Barter.

No registration required.


Haida Gwaii with Alicia Salyi on 16 Nov, 2022

The Mighty St Lawrence (including Isle of the Madeleine) with Sherryl Smith on 7 Dec, 2022

Costa Rica with Allan Goddard on 18 Jan, 2023

Hawaii with Elizabeth Venditti on 15 Feb, 2023

Cycling in England with Les Humphreys on 15 March, 2023

Daily life in Iran with Warren Thorngate on 19 April 2023

You must be registered to attend courses. See links below each course.

1. Indigenous Realities

with Tony Belcourt

4 Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:30

Sept. 14th – Oct. 5th

$65

NOTE: course is held at Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin Street

The uncomfortable truth about indigenous experience is revealing itself in profound ways and many of us are finally waking up to the necessity, as well as the rich potential, of reconciliation. Come and learn, from Indigenous leader Tony Belcourt, what our history books never taught us.

Registration: https://www.learningagainalmonte.ca/indigenous-realities

2. The Magic of Cinema

with Tom Shoebridge

6 Thursdays 12:30 – 3:30

Sept. 29th – Nov. 3rd

$89

At Almonte branch library

So you thought you knew how to watch a film! The ever popular Tom Shoebridge is back and will take you through six weeks of viewing, followed by discussion, that will forever broaden your experience of cinema.

COURSE IS FULL: Email learningagainalmonte@gmail.com to get on wait list

3. Online, Off course: The Trouble with the Wired World

with Dr. Val Steeves

5 Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00

Nov 1st – Nov. 29th

$75

At Almonte branch library

As you scroll through the internet, do you feel as if you’re a participant in a world you don’t really understand. Acclaimed Ottawa U professor Val Steeves has been examining this world for years and you definitely need to know what she has to say.

Registration: https://www.learningagainalmonte.ca/online-off-course

MMPL SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP

Almonte branch, every second Tuesday of the month, 3-4pm

Join the library’s Spanish Conversation Group and make new friends as you practice and learn. This is a casual Spanish conversation group and NOT a Spanish class. Some knowledge of Spanish is required to participate.

If the group is large, we subdivide into smaller groups and there are prompts, vocabulary, cheat sheets, phrases, and verb conjugations sheets to help participants practice Spanish around a specific topic.

Topic examples: how to introduce yourself, places you have visited and how to give directions, hobbies, food, pets, daily routines, the weather, things that interest you, etc. The group is lead by a Spanish native speaker. Participants can bring questions about grammar and spoken Spanish but grammar lessons won’t be offered, as you can study grammar on your own. Grammar resource sites:

Registration is mandatory (only 15 spots) THE GROUP IS CURRENTLY FULL. Email the coordinator to be put on a waiting list babaroa@mississippimills.ca

One-on-one training on computers and the Internet, both branches.

Call either branch for details:

Almonte: 613-256-1037   Pakenham: 613-624-5306

MORE INFO

Access seeds, grow, donate seeds to the library! Seeds at both branches.

Quick facts

  1. The Seed Library is a community resource, open to everyone.
  2. You can access the Seed Library in both Pakenham and Almonte branches.
  3. Seeds are available while supplies last (usually March-June each year). We cannot guarantee stock or supply.

Current “learn to garden” programs

The Neighbourhood Tomato Community Farm (a community group) is offering FREE webinar workshops with Master Gardeners to kick start this growing season. Read about the webinars here and how to registerYou can also catch up with the Neighbourhood Tomato on Facebook.

Find information about how the Seed Library works and how to save seeds here: https://www.missmillslibrary.com/seed-library/

3D printer is being repaired (Sept 2022)

Schedule an appointment (generally 45 minutes) with the Tech Tutor to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer! Patrons who want to use the 3D printer must have taken a training session first. Call or email the library to make an appointment, or check this page.

The library’s Youtube channel also has videos about choosing, using & maintaining a 3D printer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9GgvQ5b7YoO1Aq-FBmLQfA

Seasonal Craft in a Bag for Seniors

Seasonal Craft in a Bag for Seniors are kits of crafts and/or diversions that you can take home. Senior bags contain fun activities like sudoku, origami, mandalas, trivia, crossword puzzles and sometimes a craft to paint or build. Ask for colouring materials with your first bag.

The kits are generally released seasonally, fall (around Halloween), winter, spring and summer. Follow the library’s Facebook page for updates and sneak peeks https://www.facebook.com/mississippimillspubliclibrary

Bags can be picked up at either Almonte or Pakenham branches.

First Wednesday of the Month  1:30-3:00 pm – Almonte Branch

Registration required – due to high interest the club is FULL  as of Sept 2022 (possible waiting list)

Running September through June.  Come and meet your neighbours and indulge your love of books in this relaxed Book Club environment. The library provides the books. Please call 613-256-1037 to place your name on the waiting list or to discuss with Monica Blackburn.

First Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.

Runs September through June. Meet your neighbours and share your love of books. Call 613-624-5306 for more information. Registration required.

Visit the library’s YouTube Channel!

There’s something for everyone to watch & learn.

And, the library’s Facebook Groups serve a variety of interests.

Explore these groups, if you “do” Facebook!

Calendar of events

October 1, 2022
  • Almonte - Author event

    October 1, 2022  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Brenda Chapman will present at Almonte branch library at 1pm. Register to attend at Mill Street Books: 613-256-9090

    See more details

October 5, 2022
October 6, 2022
  • Learning Again in Almonte - registration required COURSE FULL

    October 6, 2022  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    The Magic of Cinema, with Tom Shoebridge

    Course at the Almonte Branch library


    So you thought you knew how to watch a film! The ever popular Tom Shoebridge is back and will take you through six weeks of viewing, followed by discussion, that will forever broaden your experience of cinema.

    register: https://www.learningagainalmonte.ca/the-magic-of-cinema
    Course full - email to get on wait list: learningagaininAlmonte@gmail.com

    See more details

October 10, 2022
October 13, 2022
  • Learning Again in Almonte - registration required COURSE FULL

    October 13, 2022  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    The Magic of Cinema, with Tom Shoebridge

    Course at the Almonte Branch library


    So you thought you knew how to watch a film! The ever popular Tom Shoebridge is back and will take you through six weeks of viewing, followed by discussion, that will forever broaden your experience of cinema.

    register: https://www.learningagainalmonte.ca/the-magic-of-cinema
    Course full - email to get on wait list: learningagaininAlmonte@gmail.com

    See more details

October 19, 2022
  • Almonte - Mongolia Travelogue

    October 19, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    See more details

October 20, 2022
  • Learning Again in Almonte - registration required COURSE FULL

    October 20, 2022  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    The Magic of Cinema, with Tom Shoebridge

    Course at the Almonte Branch library


    So you thought you knew how to watch a film! The ever popular Tom Shoebridge is back and will take you through six weeks of viewing, followed by discussion, that will forever broaden your experience of cinema.

    register: https://www.learningagainalmonte.ca/the-magic-of-cinema
    Course full - email to get on wait list: learningagaininAlmonte@gmail.com

    See more details

October 21, 2022
  • FRIENDS MMPL Book Sale - Rexall Mall

    October 21, 2022 - October 23, 2022  

    For info: friends@missmillslibrary.com

    See more details

  • Library Board Meeting

    October 21, 2022  10:30 am - 12:30 pm

    For a Zoom invitation , please email Christine at crow@mississippimills.ca

    See more details

October 22, 2022
  • FRIENDS MMPL Book Sale - Rexall Mall

    October 21, 2022 - October 23, 2022  

    For info: friends@missmillslibrary.com

    See more details

October 23, 2022
  • FRIENDS MMPL Book Sale - Rexall Mall

    October 21, 2022 - October 23, 2022  

    For info: friends@missmillslibrary.com

    See more details

October 25, 2022
  • MM OPEN book club

    October 25, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Meets at Almonte branch. Discussing The Book of Joy and Klara and the Sun

    See more details

October 27, 2022
  • Learning Again in Almonte - registration required COURSE FULL

    October 27, 2022  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    The Magic of Cinema, with Tom Shoebridge

    Course at the Almonte Branch library


    So you thought you knew how to watch a film! The ever popular Tom Shoebridge is back and will take you through six weeks of viewing, followed by discussion, that will forever broaden your experience of cinema.

    register: https://www.learningagainalmonte.ca/the-magic-of-cinema
    Course full - email to get on wait list: learningagaininAlmonte@gmail.com

    See more details