To ensure the safety of our members and staff during COVID-19, most adult and teen programs will be delivered through a variety of online platforms or as take-aways from the library. 

We have a variety of programs and activities for adults – some programs run for several months, and others are single events. Please see the programs below or check out our Events Calendar for a full schedule of all library programs and registration dates.

Missed one of our online Genealogy, Personal Finance or Reading Challenge programs? You might be able to view a recorded session in our Learning Portal.

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Annual Reading Challenge 2022

Explore new books, authors, and genres as you complete our Reading Challenge. Read or listen to one book from 12 categories before the clock strikes midnight on December 31.

Take me to the 2022 Reading Challenge

Project of Heart: an Exploration of the Legacy of Residential Schools

Sample art tilesHonour Indigenous History Month with an inter-generational Truth and Reconciliation activity for adults and families with children ages 10+.

In this interactive program, you will learn about the history and legacy of residential schools from Project of Heart facilitator, Nancy Hamer Strahl, and Residential School Survivor, Mary Kelly.

Participants will then create two small art tiles to commemorate the lives of children and families affected by Residential Schools – one to keep and one to add to the community reconciliation project as starting points for continued discussion and learning. 

Learn more about Project of Heart, an initiative that calls all Canadians to action, through social justice endeavors, to change our present and future history collectively.  

When: Saturday, June 4 from 10: 30 am to 12 noon
Where: FOL Community Room
Ages: 10 years and older
Online Registration begins: Monday, May 2 at 10:00 am

Register for Project of Heart

Adult Book Club

Open book with coffee cupsJoin us for our monthly librarian-led book discussion. Please register a month in advance for either the afternoon in-person or evening Zoom meeting. All registrants will receive an email confirmation and Zoom meeting details.

Registrants will have the option to reserve a print copy of the next Book Club title. You can also access digital copies through hoopla or cloudLibrary, as available.

When: Tuesday afternoons, 2:00 to 3:00 pm Where: In-person in the Multi-purpose Room starting in April
When: Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 pm Where: Zoom
Ages: 18+

To register: please register for each book club event on our online calendar when registration opens the previous month. 

Craft Along Challenges

This popular crafting program helps you learn new skills through short daily challenges over a month. Follow online tutorials in Creativebug and share your tips and tricks with fellow crafters in our exclusive Craft Along Facebook Group.

Starter kits will be available one week before the challenge begins. Please look for confirmation and instructions by email. 

When: Monthly, starting on the 1st of each month
Where: Start kits available for registrants at Mezz Info Desk a week before the start date
Ages: 14+

May: Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days 

This series is perfect for aspiring artists, crafters in a rut, and anyone who suspects a creative habit would be good for their soul. Artist Courtney Cerruti will open your eyes to new creative possibilities that are easy to practice every day, no matter your skill level. 

You’ll learn how to be prepared when the creative urge strikes, explore colours and play with motifs, and use the library and museum for resources and inspiration! 

Creativebug Class: Living a More Creative Life | Registration is now closed

June: Marker Workshop: a daily practice 

Over the next 30 days, illustrator Sasha Prood will walk you through swatching, making patterns, and building compositions while emphasizing experimentation and playing with fine-point markers. 

Take your doodling to the next level by learning strategies for sketching a subject before inking your art. You’ll also learn to create a colour chart to test all your markers. 

Creativebug Class: Marker Workshop

Registration begins: Monday, May 2 at 10:00 am 

Register for Marker Workshop

Drop-in Genealogy

Learn about the lives of the people on your family tree using local resources. Experienced researchers from the Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors will guide you to information in the library's combined local history and genealogy collection, as well as to online tools and resources. Bring your laptop and explore free library access to Ancestry online. 

When: Wednesdays, bi-weekly from 1:00 to 3:00 pm starting April 6 (see our Events Calendar)
Where: Quiet Study Area
Ages: 18+

For more information and support with local genealogy resources, please visit Ontario Ancestors, Kawartha Branch or follow them on Facebook.

Genealogy with Ontario Ancestors - Kawartha Branch

We're partnering with family history research experts, the Kawartha Branch of Ontario Ancestors, to bring you monthly presentations. Over the next few months, we'll take a virtual tour the genealogy collections of the four counties: Peterborough, Haliburton, Victoria (Kawartha Lakes) and Northumberland.

We'll explore physical and digital resources available at each of the libraries and include time for questions and answers at each meeting. You'll also learn about Ontario Ancestors and the benefits of joining your local Kawartha Branch.

  • March 17: Genealogy Resources of Victoria County at the Kawartha Lakes Public Library
  • April 21: Genealogy Resources in Cobourg and Northumberland
  • May 19: Haliburton County Genealogy Resources (rescheduled from February)

When: Thursdays, monthly from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Where: Zoom
Ages: 18+

To register: please register for each Genealogy with Ontario Ancestors event on our online calendar when registration opens the previous month. 

Registrants will receive Zoom meeting details by email the day before the event. 

Native Plant Garden Grand Opening

The Peterborough Area Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer your toughest gardening questions and to celebrate the opening of our new native plant garden! Native plants are important because they are adapted to our local climate, don’t need much extra care to thrive, and provide habitat, food and shelter for local wildlife.

This garden was created in partnership with the Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners and sponsored through funding from the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of Realtors (PKAR).

Families can also sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club and explore our first StoryWalk® of the summer!

When: Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 am to 12 noon

Where: Library Commons

Personal Finance
75 Ways to Save on Household Expenses 

Learn new ways to save on various household expenses, including utilities, transportation, groceries, and personal items. Participants will also be encouraged to share their best practices. (Credit Counselling Society)

When: Tuesday, May 10 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Zoom
Ages: 18+

Registration begins: Friday, April 1

Food and Finance

Food prices have increased substantially over the past couple of years, requiring more creative solutions for keeping food costs down. Participants will learn how to create healthy and financially sustainable meal plans and tips on frugal eating. (Credit Counselling Society)

When: Tuesday, June 7 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Zoom
Registration begins: Monday, May 2 

Register for Food and Finance 

Writing Circle

woman writing

Join other writers in a safe place to share your writing, receive feedback, offer advice, and discuss issues you may be experiencing with your writing. 

Our Writing Circle welcomes writers looking for a small community of artists who want help staying motivated, disciplined, and productive while pursuing their art. 

When: Wednesdays, biweekly starting April 6, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Where: Zoom
Ages: 18+
Registration begins: Tuesday, March 1

Register for Writing Circle

Missed our first spring registration? If space allows, you can still register for the next meeting.