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November/December 2023

Progams & Services

WLPL Makerspace Helps to Make the Holidays Easy

Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Come visit WLPL MakerSpace and use our Cricut cutting and drawing machines to make beautiful cards, custom mugs, and even shirts that will help you take your Christmas and other holiday crafts to the next level.

Good Food Box

Place your orders for fresh and affordable local produce, either in person at Smithville Branch (cash only) or online at linksforgreenerlearning.org. The deadline for orders is November 16 and December 7, with deliveries being made to Smithville Branch on November 22 and December 13.

Featured Programs & Events

Merry Mario Kart - Smithville Branch

December 8 @ 4:30pm
It’s the season of giving and gaming! We will have popular video games available for patrons to drop in and play all afternoon. We will also be accepting non-perishable food items for the West Lincoln Community Food Bank. Come play and support the community! Drop-in.

Now Accepting Santa Letters

November 13 to December 6
It’s that time of year again! All of the WLPL Branches are accepting letters written to Santa and helping them be delivered to the North Pole in time for Christmas! For any patrons who might need help writing their letters, all three branches will be hosting in-branch sessions to help make everyone’s letters perfect. Please drop off your letters by December 6 to ensure that they’ll arrive at the North Pole in time to receive a reply before Christmas.

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November is Dinovember at the Caistorville Branch! Visit us Wednesday nights to learn all about your favourite dinosaurs and make fun crafts and treats! Starting November 1 @ 6:00pm. Registration required.

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All Ages

Board Game Night is the place to be on Friday nights in Smithville! Make new friends, enjoy hot chocolate, and browse our new board game collections. Drop-in.

illustration of Christmas cards sticking out of envelopes


Christmas with Cricut is back for the holiday season. Register to learn the basics of using our MakerSpace Cricut cutting and drawing machines to make beautiful cards for the upcoming holidays.

Children's Programs

Children's Programs

Bedtime Stories With Your Teddy Bear - Wellandport Branch

Thursday November 16 @ 6:30pm
Join us to celebrate “Party With Your Bear Day“ in your comfiest pajamas! Bring your teddy bear for an evening of making new friends as we read children's stories and colour. Drop-in.

Caistorville Crafternoon - Caistorville Branch

Saturdays @ 12:00pm, November 4 & 18, December 2 & 16
Come and spend the afternoon creatively crafting with library staff. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Registration required.

Dinovember - Caistorville Branch

Wednesdays @ 6:00pm, November 1 to November 29
November is Dinovember - when the dinosaurs come out to play. It‘s a month-long celebration jam-packed with all kinds of dinosaur-themed activities: art, storytimes, and STEAM programs. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Registration required.

Drop-In Storytime - All Branches

Caistorville Branch - Saturdays @ 11:00am, November 25, December 9 & 23; Smithville Branch - Saturdays @ 11:00am; Wellandport Branch - Saturdays @ 11:00am, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16, & 30
A weekly themed story and craft program. Recommended for kids ages 2 to 5. Drop-in.

Grinch Gingerbread Man - Wellandport Branch

Wednesday December 13 @ 3:30pm
Visit the Wellandport Branch to make a cute, paper gingerbread man based off of everyone‘s favourite grouch from the classic story, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”. Recommended for ages 5 to 10. Drop-in.

High Five a Librarian Day - All Branches

Saturday November 18
Visit any of our Branches to celebrate the awesome staff members who help our library run. Give them a high-five to show you care!

LEGO Club - Caistorville & Wellandport Branches

Caistorville Branch - Saturdays @ 2:00pm, November 4 & 18, December 2, 16, & 30; Wellandport Branch - Tuesdays @ 6:00pm, November 7 & 21, December 5 & 19
Lego Club invites you to come and have fun while being creative! When you're building with new friends, the only limit to what you can make is your own imagination. Drop-in.

Maker Mondays - Smithville Branch

Mondays @ 6:00pm, November 13 & 27
Learn how to create new projects every Maker Monday using our amazing MakerSpace equipment. Recommended for children ages 8 to 12. Registration required.

Merry Mariokart - Smithville Branch

Friday December 8 @ 4:30pm
Come participate in our ‘Merry MarioKart’ tournament, where we can host up to 16 players at a time and everyone can simultaneously play popular video games such as MarioKart, Minecraft, and Fortnite all afternoon. During the event, we will be accepting non-perishable food for the West Lincoln Community Food Bank. Come play and support the community! Drop-in.

Noon Year's Eve - All Branches

Saturday December 30 @ 12:30pm
Ring in the New Year before midnight with us! Every WLPL Branch will be making Wishing Wands you can bring home to celebrate 2024 with your family. Join us as we ring in the New Year, library style! Drop-in.

Children & Teen Programs

Children & Teen Programs

Open Mic Caroling - Smithville Branch

Monday December 11 @ 5:00pm
We hope you’re ready to take the stage! WLPL is hosting a Holiday Open Mic Night where we invite patrons to join us and sing their favourite carols, recite beloved holiday poems, and even tell a few festive jokes! Drop in

Paint and Play - Smithville Branch

Tuesdays @ 11:00am, November 7 to November 28
A 4-week art program for infants that incorporates movement, colour, and making lasting memories! Recommended for children ages 0-2. Registration required.

Remembrance Day Poppies - All Branches

Saturday November 11 @ 11:00am
Join us in honouring those who fought for our country and commemorate Remembrance Day as we read about Canada's WWI history. Take part as we make poppies to honour our military service members. Drop-in.

CANCELLED - S.T.E.A.M. Saturdays - Wellandport Branch

Saturdays @ 11:00am, November 11 & 25
Explore science, technology, engineering, art and math with fun, hands-on learning. Recommended for children ages 8 to 12. Registration required.

Therapy Tails - Smithville Branch

Mondays @ 5:00pm, November 20 & December 18
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Spend the afternoon with the Therapy Tails team, Marion and Wifi. Enjoy a cuddle session and a good book with a furry friend. Drop-in.

Writing Letters to Santa - All Branches

Caistorville Branch - Friday December 1 @ 4:00pm; Smithville Branch - Thursday November 30 @ 3:30pm; Wellandport Branch - Tuesday November 28 @ 6:00pm
Do you need some last-minute help making your letter to Santa just right? Visit the Library and we’ll help you think of just the right words to say to get your letter on its way to the North Pole in time for Christmas! Drop-in.


Cosplay Club - Smithville Branch

Fridays @ 6:00pm, November 3 & 17, December 1, 15, & 29
Newcomers and pros alike are welcome to learn all about costuming with Sarah. Recommended for ages 13 to 18. Registration required

Get Baking! - Smithville Branch

Saturdays @ 2:00pm, November 18 & December 16
Get Baking! teaches teens basic baking skills while making a new, fun and tasty treat each month. November's recipe is Pumpkin Scones. December will have teens baking a Bûche de Noël - a festive log cake Recommended for ages 13 to 18. Registration required as space is limited.

International Doctor Who Day - Smithville Branch

Thursday November 23 @ 3:30pm
Allons-y, Whovians! Grab your sonic screwdrivers and fly over in your T.A.R.D.I.S. to compete in some interstellar trivia for International Doctor Who Day! Come dressed up as your favourite Time Lord and participate to win fun prizes and treats. Recommended for all ages. Drop-in.

Sewing a Gingerbread Man - Smithville Branch

Monday December 18 @ 4:30pm
You don‘t need to catch the Gingerbread Man when you can make your own! Learn to sew an easy, plush gingerbread man that looks good enough to eat (but not really)! Recommended for ages 13 to 18. Registration required as space is limited.

Adult Programs

Adult Programs

Adult Book Club - Smithville Branch

Monday November 27 @ 6:30pm
November's discussion will feature the book American Dirtby Jeanine Cummins. There is no Adult Book Club novel or meeting for December. Registration required as space is limited.

As Seen on Pinterest - Caistorville Branch

Tuesdays @ 6:00pm, November 21 & December 5
Ever wondered how you can make all those interesting crafts and home projects you see on your Pinterest boards? November's project will be a holiday advent calendar, and December will feature Winter Sock Gnomes. Come try your hand at fun, beginner-friendly crafts! Registration required as supplies are limited.

Button Up for Transgender Awareness - Smithville Branch

Monday November 6 @ 3:30pm
November is Transgender Awareness Month and we are celebrating with a plethora of buttons! Come make your own Transgender Awareness pin using our button maker. Several different designs available. Drop-in.

Christmas With Cricut - Caistorville Branch

Friday December 8 @ 3:00pm
Christmas with Cricut is back! Join us as we explore the limitless ways the Cricut Maker can help you take your Christmas crafts to the next level. No experience necessary. Registration required as space is limited.

Cricut Craft Club - Smithville Branch

Thursdays @ 1:00pm, November 9 & 23, December 14 & 28
The craft club meets twice a month to work on new projects using our Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Design Space. No experience necessary. Registration required as space is limited.

Dust Jacket Art - Caistorville Branch

Wednesdays @ 5:30pm, November 29 & December 27
A monthly social program for adults to enjoy making art collages with recycled dust jackets. Drop-in.

Gingerbread House Flowerpot - Caistorville Branch

Friday December 22 @ 3:00pm
Visit us to make an ornamental hanging flowerpot that you can decorate to look like a Gingerbread House! Use paint to customize your gingerbread house and make it your own. Registration required as space is limited.

Knitting Circle - Smithville Branch

Wednesdays @ 1:30pm
Come be a part of our weekly social knitting circle. Beginner and advanced knitters and crocheters are invited to attend. Registration required as space is limited.

Old Book, New Look - Wellandport Branch

Thursdays @ 6:00pm, November 30 & December 7
Find new ways to upcycle your beloved old books by taking part in beginner-friendly crafts and home decor projects. November's project is a Swedish Star and December's is gift bags and tags. Registration required.

Seed Savers Club - Wellandport Branch

Thursdays @ 6:30pm, November 9 & December 14
Seed Savers Club is open to anyone interested in knowing more about growing food. Registration required.

Smithville Stitchers - Smithville Branch

10:30am to 4:30pm, November 1, 2, 4, 15, 16 & 18, December 6, 7 & 9
Beginner and skilled quilters are invited to attend this monthly friendship-building program. Registration required as space is limited.

Adult Programs Continued

Adult Programs Continued

Transgender Awareness & Allyship With Celeste Turner & Ilana Dixon - Smithville Branch

Monday November 13 @ 5:30pm
Join WLPL, Celeste Turner and Ilana Dixon, members of the LGBTQ2+ Support Alliance at the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre for an evening of open discussion on the subject of strong allyship and supporting LGBTQ2+ individuals in our community. Registration required.

Watercolour Painting - Caistorville Branch

Fridays @ 1:00pm; November 17 & December 15
Join us in November to create a beautiful pumpkin painting as we round out autumn. In December, we'll be re-running our Watercolour Pet Portrait program. Registration required as space is limited.

All Ages

Board Game Nights - Smithville Branch

Fridays @ 5:00pm
Friday nights are the place to be to enjoy the West Lincoln Public Library’s updated board and card game collection. With a mug of hot chocolate, you can play all your favourites like Sorry, Rack-O, Clue, and more. Drop-in.

Remembrance Day Reads

Remembrance by Alistair MacLeod book cover  The Long March Home by Marcus Brotherton book cover  The Diary Keepers by Nina Siegal book cover  My Friend Anne Frank by Hannah Pick-Goslar book cover 

Under the Iron Bridge by Kathy Kacer book cover  Remembrance Day by Jill Foran book cover  What War World War I by Nico Medina book cover  Abandon Ship! by Michael J. Tougias book cover 

Library Branch Info

westlincolnlibrary.ca; info@westlincolnlibrary.ca

Caistorville Branch

front of Caistorville branch9549 York Street, Caistorville, ON
Tuesday & Wednesday - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CLOSED: Monday, Thursday & Sunday

Smithville Branch

front of Smithville branch177 West Street, Smithville, ON
Monday & Friday - 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CLOSED: Sunday

Wellandport Branch

front of Wellandport branch5042 Canborough Road, Wellandport, ON
Tuesday & Thursday - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CLOSED: Monday, Friday & Sunday

Library Closures: Saturday, November 25th at 4:00pm the Smithville Branch will be closing early for the Santa Claus Parade; Monday December 25th for Christmas Day; Tuesday December 26th for Boxing Day; Monday, January 1st for New Year‘s Day

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