Children’s Programming:

Drop-in Story Time

Fridays 10:30 – 11:00 am
Every Friday (from the Friday after Labour Day to the End of June)
No pre-registration required

Open to all ages but geared to preschoolers, enjoy interactive, fast paced stories, rhymes and songs. Parents and caregivers are required to stay with their children.

Baby Time at the Library

Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 10:00 am
Registration is required

Through singing, rhyming, reading, physical activity and playing, you and your baby learn pre-literacy skills and meet with other parents and babies. A fun and lively half hour!  This program runs for a six week period. Space is limited. Please call 613-256-1037 or email Monica Blackburn,

Drop-in Baby Talk

Monday afternoons from 2:00 — 3:00 p.m.
No pre-registration is required

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is hosting their Baby Talk, alternating weeks with Children’s Resources on Wheels.

Summer Programs

The popular TD Summer Children’s Program runs through July and August each year, and offers a wide variety of activities and crafts for children 3 years of age and older. This program is designed to encourage children to continue reading over the summer. Participants receive a full colour poster, stickers and activity book.

Adult Programming:

A Meet the Author Event

Meet Tim Cook, Author of The Secret History of Soldiers
Sunday, 30 September  2-4 pm
Almonte Branch Library Meeting Room

Renowned author and historian Tim Cook will make a presentation at the Almonte Public Library on Sunday, September 30 at 2 pm.  There have been thousands of books on the Great War, but few have focused on the daily lives of the combatants.  In the Secret History of Soldiers, Tim Cook, Canada’s foremost military historian, examines how those who survived trench warfare on the Western Front found entertainment, solace, relief, and distraction for the relentless slaughter.

These tales come from the personal accounts and artifacts of more than five hundred soldiers.  The fighting at the front was devastating, but behind the battle lines, another layer of life existed, which included songs, skits, art and soldier-produced newspapers.

With his trademark narrative abilities and an unerring eye for the telling human detail, Cook has created another landmark history of Canadian military life as he reveals the secrets of how soldiers survived the carnage of the Western Front.

Seating is limited.  Call organizer, Mill Street Books at 613-256-9090 to reserve your place.

Wednesday Afternoon Films

Movie Reel

Beginning again this fall 2018 – The Almonte Branch of the Mississippi Mills Public Library will once again be showing films twice a month on Wednesday afternoons throughout the months of September through December.

Mark the following dates on your calendar:

First Film of the 2018/19 Season
September 26 – 1:30 pm

LOVING VINCENT –  In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating the artist’s final days.  A triumph of painstaking technical prowess and stunning visuals over storytelling and dialogue.  Released in October 2017.

October 10 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
October 24 – The Intouchables
November 14 – Dunkirk
November 28 – The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
December 12- to be decided

Email with your suggestions.

A Series of Sustainable Living Talks

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12 September 2018 – 7 pm
NOTE:  this event has been postponed – stay tuned for new date
Bill Kemp
of Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee is a local single origin small-scale coffee roaster with a focus on quality and attention to detail.  Bill and Lorraine have lived off the electrical grid for the past 25 years, generating electricity and heat directly from renewable resources.  100% of their water use is recycled back to nature and their garbage waste stream motto is, “if we can’t recycle it or reuse it, we don’t use it”.  They also drive a fully electric car that is charged using solar electricity.
They have translated their way of life into the same philosophy for their business.  Come and listen to Bill talk about their successes and maybe even some lessons learned in living off the grid.

Forest Floor Mushrooms - Wild + Tame Logo

10 October 2018 – 7 pm
Brodie Barrie
of Forest Floor Mushrooms  will be focusing on home mushroom cultivation techniques and incorporating mushrooms into your garden.  He will also touch on foraging and some edible species to keep an eye out for in Mississippi Mills.
You may have already met Brodie at the Almonte Farmer’s Market selling cultivated & wild mushrooms, grow your own kits and logs.  If you are a fan of mushrooms you won’t want to miss this interesting talk.

Registration is required and space is limited.  Please register at the Almonte branch or by calling 613-256-1037.

Food for Thought
A Seasonal Cookbook Book Club

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Interested in cooking food, talking food and eating food?  The Almonte branch of the library runs a Cookbook Book Club that  meets quarterly in the spring, summer, fall and winter to do just that.  Each season there will be a theme and the library will bring in enough cookbooks to lend to all participants.  Everyone cooks from the same cookbook and brings samples for each other to try.

Fall 2018 Meeting
17 October 2018 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
 Almonte Branch Meeting Room

Registration is required and space is limited.  Please register by August 28 at the Almonte branch or by calling 613-256-1037.

Relaxed Readers Adult Book Club

Relaxed Readers Book Club

First Wednesday of the Month  1:30-3:00 pm – Almonte Branch
Registration Required (waiting list)
Running September through June.  Come and meet your neighbours and indulge your love of books in this relaxed Book Club environment. We will provide the books. Refreshments will also be provided, but please bring your own mug. Due to high interest we have had to start a waiting list. Please call 613-256-1037 or email Margo to place your name on the list.

Free One on One Tech Tutoring

For more details on availability and appointment bookings click here. Available until December 31st, 2018.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Our Teen Advisory Group is a venue for teens in grades 9 through 12 to develop leadership skills, create library programs and influence our teen collection, while gaining community service hours! This is a great opportunity to:

  • Suggest new teen programs
  • Volunteer at programs such as travelogues, technology workshops, and other library
  • Write book reviews for our review blog
  • Create book or art displays and make recommendations to improve our teen spaces

Meetings are held in the Almonte Branch meeting room. To join email Katherine Pillsworth or call 613-256-1037. Don’t forget to check out the Group’s blog!

Travelogue Series

Our community is remarkably well traveled and this program allows for the sharing of travel advice, stories and photographs. For more information visit the travelogue series page. Contact Katherine Pillsworth if you have any questions.


With branches in Almonte and Pakenham, the library offers 67,000+ items, both print and digital.

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