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.

Tops of books2021 Reading Challenge

Join our year-long Reading Challenge to help you expand your reading choices and have meaningful conversations about books with a community of readers. We challenge you to read or listen to one book from 12 categories before the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2021.

Take me to the Reading Challenge

Collaborative Art Project: Celebrate Community 

image of people standing in the shape of puzzle pieceWe're connecting Ptbo, one piece at a time. Celebrate what makes our Community diverse and wonderful by adding your work to our collaborative art project during Ontario Public Library Week.

You can pick up a blank puzzle piece at the Mezz Information desk at the Library starting September 20, while supplies last.

Colour, paint, glue, or bedazzle your puzzle piece to represent what Community means to you, then return your finished art piece to the Library by October 17, to be included in our giant art puzzle.

 Adult Book Club

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

To request the next Book Club title, email after the monthly meeting. You can also access digital copies through hoopla or cloudLibrary.

When: Tuesdays, Monthly
Afternoon Meeting: 2:00 to 3:00 pm in person in the Multipurpose Room
Evening Meeting: 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Zoom
Ages 18+

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

Drop In Genealogy

Learn about the lives of the people on your family tree using local resources. Experienced researchers from the Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (KBOGS) will guide you to information in the Library and KBOG'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 in the Study Area
October 20 - December 15 | 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Ages 18+

Genealogy with KBOGS

We're partnering with family history research experts, the Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (KBOGS), to bring you monthly presentations. We'll explore a variety of genealogical topics and include time for questions and answers at each meeting.  You'll also learn about Ontario Ancestors and the benefits of joining your local branch, KBOGS.

When: Thursdays, Monthly on Zoom
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Ages 18+

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


September 16: Open House

The Kawartha Branch Council Volunteers host an Open House and Virtual Round Table Discussion time. Come join us to hear about what is happening and what we are planning within Kawartha Branch. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and discover what we have to share. Perhaps one of the projects we are preparing to embark on may be of interest to you and you could join the team and assist with bringing the project to the forefront. Please join us to help us, to help you with your research in our large area.

Register online starting August 30

October 21: Surviving the Famine: Tracing the Irish Famine Generation in Ontario

The story of the Great Irish Famine is well-known. The population of Ireland was reduced by millions through starvation, disease, and outbound migration. While much of the emphasis and research has focused on those who did not survive the passage to Canada or upon arrival, the Canada Ireland Foundation has launched a new project to celebrate the survivors of this tragedy and their success in Ontario. Join representatives from the Canada Ireland Foundation to learn more about the project and the records used to trace the migration of over 5,000 famine emigrants from Lake Ontario ports into the interior of the province in the summer of 1847. The basis of the project is a group of little-known records at Library and Archives Canada called the Emigration Service Records. These records provide a vital missing link in tracing Irish famine migrants from an era where few passenger lists exist. The speakers will outline how you can use these records to trace your own Irish Ontario ancestors and how you can get involved to help with the Canada Ireland Foundation project.

Register online starting September 15 

November 18: Genealogy Research in the Kawartha Branch area

The focus of this meeting will be Peterborough County. Speaker – Dr. Fraser Dunford has been involved in genealogy for over 35 years, has written six books and many articles on Genealogy.

Dr. Dunford will introduce you to his new website, advise of any recent updates and will respond to questions regarding research within Peterborough County. 

Register online starting October 15

Month-Long Craft-Along Challenges

This popular crafting program helps you learn new skills through short daily challenges. 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: throughout each month, starting on the 1st of the month (at your own pace)

Ages 14+

October: Daily Watercolour Challenge

Begins Friday, October 1

Online registration begins August 30 at 10:00 am and closes on September 15 at midnight

Whether you're just starting to explore watercolour or are eager to expand what you already know, Creativebug Instructor Sasha Prood will help you unlock a treasure trove of new skills and fresh inspiration. Begin with the basics, like wet-on-dry vs. wet-on-wet, flat washes and colour gradients, and then experiment further with lifting, masking, and layering using an array of mixed media.

Throughout the month, you'll alternate between learning one technique at a time and creating a small composition that highlights each new technique. Sasha will also talk you through her process of developing a piece of art, from research to sketch to final painting.

Register online starting August 30

Sashiko embroideryNovember: Daily Japanese Sashiko Challenge

Begins Monday, November 1

Online registration begins September 15 at 10:00 am and closes on October 15 at midnight

Creativebug mixed media artist Lisa Solomon shows you 30 designs in the Japanese tradition of sashiko stitching. This beautiful and functional embroidery can be traced back to the thriftiness of 17th century Japanese peasant women. You will learn their traditional patterns, which you can then use to make decorative pieces or mend and patch garments. No matter the method you choose, you'll find that sashiko is a great way to slow down and stitch with intention, creating beauty from simplicity. 

Register online starting September 15

December: Daily Creative Lettering Challenge

Begins Wednesday, December 1

Online registration begins October 15 at 10:00 am and closes on November 15 at midnight

Take your lettering to the next level in this super-creative daily lettering challenge, taught by Creativebug artist and art journaler Pam Garrison. Every day for 31 days, you'll learn a new way to fearlessly approach lettering. Pam will guide you through each prompt with easy-to-follow instruction and inspiring ideas for further exploration, from doodled monograms to a Sumi ink alphabet. Great for card making, journaling, and illustration, this class will help you grow your lettering skills and stretch your idea of what words can look like.

Register Online Starting October 15


NaNoWriMo Prologue

Now is the time to turn your dreams of writing your novel into a reality. Learn all about National Novel Writing Month and how you can join thousands of writers all working to make their someday dreams into "one-month" realities.

When: Wednesday, October 6
7:00 to 7:30 pm on Zoom
Ages 18+ 

Register Online Starting September 15

NaNoWriMo Epilogue

Join other Wrimos for a celebration of your writing accomplishments. Share your challenges and successes with our "read and share" postlude to National Novel Writing Month. Readers and listeners are equally welcome!

When: Wednesday, Dec. 1
7:00 to 8:30 pm on Zoom
Ages 18+

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

Register Online Starting November 15

 PRIDE Week: September 17-26
Love is in the Air PRIDE Grab & Go Craft Kits for Teens & Adults

Roll, loop, curl and twist a rainbow heart on canvas to celebrate Peterborough PRIDE. Paper quilling kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last (note:  crafters will need to supply their own glue).  

When: available starting Friday, September 17 at 10 am
Where: Mezz Information Desk, while supplies last
Ages 14+

PRIDE rainbow coloursReading with PRIDE

Do you have a favourite LBGTQ+ book or movie? Stop by the Library during Peterborough PRIDE Week September 17-25, share your recommendation on a Post-It, and add it to our Heart Wall to celebrate PRIDE in Ptbo!

When: Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 26, 2021
Where: Main Level Lobby

Special Events

October 5: Holistic Wealth: How to Find Purpose, Prosperity and Happiness Cover of Holistic Wealth book

Meet Keisha Blair, author of Holistic Wealth. In this presentation, Keisha will go over the meaning of Holistic Wealth and how you can find prosperity in key aspects of life, from financial stability and physical health to your emotional and spiritual connections with others. Keisha believes that cultivating these strengths will build the mental toughness and grit you need to weather life's inevitable storms and setbacks.

Eight weeks after her second child was born, author and trained economist Keisha Blair lost her husband to a rare disease. Keisha will share her inspiring story of finding purpose, prosperity, and happiness even after tragedy.

Keisha is also the host of the Holistic Wealth Podcast with Keisha Blair and the Founder of the Institute on Holistic Wealth. Her writing has appeared in CBC, the New York Observer, MSN, Yahoo and many other publications.

When: Tuesday, October 5
7:00 to 8:00 pm on Zoom
Ages 18+

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

Register Online Starting September 15

November 23: How to Talk To Your Teen About Cannabis

Talking with youth about cannabis can be tricky and complicated. This evidence-based presentation by the Canadian Mental Health Association is  OctIn this presentation, you will gain a deeper understanding of what leads to cannabis use, signs to look out for and 10 tools you can start using right away, along with additional local resources.

When: Tuesday, November 23
7:00 to 8:00 pm on Zoom
Ages 18+ 

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

Register Online Starting October 15


Writing Circle

Pencil writing in notebookWriting doesn't have to be a lonely pursuit: join other writers in a safe place to receive feedback, offer advice, give moral support, and discuss issues you may be experiencing with your writing.

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

When: Wednesdays, bi-monthly on Zoom starting September 22
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Ages 18+

To register: Registration is ongoing. Please see our calendar to register for the next upcoming date. Registrants will receive Zoom meeting details by email the day before the event.

Writing Circle Registration