Almonte Programs

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:

Wednesday Afternoon Films

We will begin showing films again in mid-September and run them through to the end of March.   We’ll post more information closer to that time.  Our film license doesn’t allow us to advertise our films outside of the library venue but we’ll post a reminder that films are starting up again in the Millstone and you can check here or on our Facebook page for more info.  We’ll also be putting posters up at both branches and there will be handouts at the front desk with the dates and film titles.  Email with your suggestions.

A Series of Sustainable Living Talks

22 August 2018 – 7 pm
Preserving the Harvest:  Simple Methods to Eat LOCAL All Year Round
Sarah Lickley
of Wild Oak Homestead will be speaking on season extension methods, other preservation methods – drying, canning, force ripening, cellaring and other storage methods.
Sarah is a first generation farmer who has learned through hands-on experimentation, working with nature, and absorbing information from books, internships, courses and other organic growers.  She has a passion for getting her hands dirty growing vegetables and loves the nuances of cultivating mushrooms.   You won’t want to miss this informative talk.

12 September 2018 – 7 pm
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.

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

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

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. Contact Katherine Pillsworth for more information.

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

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