Port Hope Public Library - Port Hope Branch

Ongoing Programs at the Library

Ongoing Programs at the Library

Programs For All Ages

Port Hope Public Library's goal is to support extensive and comprehensive library programming and outreach that meets the diversity of needs in the community, and that supports the Library's collections and service mandate. The Library actively partners with other community agencies, organizations, educational and cultural institutions, or individuals to develop and present co-sponsored public programs. The Library's philosophy of open access to information and ideas extends to Library programming with all programs open to the public and largely offered free of charge.

Port Hope Public Library approaches programming with innovation and vision, which has been recognized provincially as the recipient for two consecutive years of the Ministry of Culture's Angus Mowat Award of Excellence in Public Library Service.

There are a wide variety of fun, informative and entertaining programs available at the library. See the details of the program by clicking on the title of program below.



Ontario Public Library Week, October 18-24 2020

Author chat with Rachel McMillan about her work & new novel London Restoration

Author chat with Matt Haig about his new novel Midnight Library and his biography and children's books

Counting Buttons Day video 

Count your buttons day! For Ontario Public Library Week we challenge you to guess how many buttons are in the jar! The closest person without going over wins a prize! Submit your answer by email  or comment on FaceBook. Good luck!

The First Chapter Podcast

The First Chapter Podcast 

Library Staff will be reading the first chapter of a different children’s book each week. Discover something new to read on your own, or together as a family!    

Podcast for August 26, 2020 The swallow by Charis Cotter                                                    

Podcast for August 6, 2020  The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter


Grab a Craft! - Craft kits to borrow

Watch for a new craft project each month

Vampire Bookmark craft for October 2020

Please ask staff to put the craft kit on hold for you, you'll be notified when your kit is ready for pickup. Here is the video showing you how to make your bookmark.  Send us a picture of your finished project to have it posted to social media porthopepubliclibrary@gmail.com


Mindful Mondays to Watch at your Leisure

Episode for Monday August 31, 2020  Mindful Walk at the St. Mark's Labyrinth

Episode for Monday August 24, 2020 Mindfulness and thinking

Episode for Monday August 17, 2020   Learning about gratitude

Episode for Monday August 10, 2020 Mindful listening from the Library's Podcast studio

Episode for Monday July 20, 2020 One Pointed Focus

Episode for Monday July 13, 2020 Mindful breathing

Episode for Monday July 6, 2020 What is Mindfulness?

Coronation Street PING

Calling All Corrie Fans ….

Come by for a cuppa, some street talk and a trivia quiz with prizes. Three times a year at our Coronation Street PING fans of the long running British serial get together to celebrate all things Corrie. A ‘PING’ is a gathering of fans of the Street and our gatherings are full of fun so seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

The event is held on a Monday evening at 6 p.m. in the Program Room of the Mary J. Benson Branch.  Please check the What’s On or our Events Calendar for program dates and times.

Treats and prizes are courtesy of our sponsor Pharmasave, 60 Ontario Street in Port Hope. The Library thanks them for their very generous support of this program.

Talking Books on Northumberland 89.7


Northumberland 89.7 morning host Jim Glover and Library staff chat Thursday mornings at 8:40 am about Library resources, programs, and events. Listen to Truly Local Radio all about your public library.

Future of Port Hope Library service some of the same and something new. Podcast with CEO Margaret Scott and Robert Washburn on 

February 15th, 2018 - Listen Now!

February 1st, 2018 - Listen Now!

January 25th, 2018 - Listen Now!





Summer Tutoring - Due to Covid 19 not running Summer 2020

One-to-one attention can make a big difference.

The Library offers free help to students in kindergarten to grade 8 who have been identified by their school as having reading and math skills below grade level. Students register for a two week session and attend every weekday for one hour. Tutors in reading help students improve their skills through new word lists, daily journals and other reading-based games and activities. Math tutoring provides extra help to students through worksheets, number games, flash cards and other math-based activities. Tutoring is also available in the French language.

  • Learning takes place in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Children meet one-on-one with a tutor for an hour every day for two weeks at the Mary J. Benson Branch.  (The Hub at Canton spots will be available if there is demand.)
  • Parents are given written reports and are asked to complete a program evaluation at the end of their child’s session.

Places are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

The Summer Tutoring Program is designed specifically for students who are working below grade level. It is not a ‘maintenance program.’

  • The tutors do not teach reading or math. They provide structured practice for students needing extra help.
  • Parents are asked to register only children who have been identified by their school as needing extra help
  • Attendance is important. Participation for the full two weeks is necessary so that children receive the maximum benefit from the program.


  • Registration normally begins each year in May.
  • Parents are required to fill in a registration form and return it to either branch in-person to complete the registration process. Forms are available at either Branch. For 2019 all of our tutoring spots have been filled.

  • Children registered for the program must have a valid Port Hope Public Library card.

For further information, please contact Alison Houston at 905.885.4712 or email.

Mystery Readers Book Club

A group dedicated to discovering who dunnit!

Mystery Readers Book Club members want to solve the crime and figure out who the culprit may be. Cozy mysteries, police procedurals, thrillers, hard boiled detectives and a little bit of true crime are discussed monthly along with a cup of tea and a cookie. Book club titles can be ordered through the Library’s interlibrary loan service.

Mystery Readers Book Club meets in the Program Room of the Mary J. Benson Branch at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month from September to June. New members are always welcome.  For further information or to register, please visit the Library or contact us at 905.885.4712 or email

Library Book Club

Warning - attendance may be habit-forming!

Port Hope Public Library Book Club is a lively collection of readers who meet to mull over a monthly book selection. Literary fiction, nonfiction, family sagas and memoirs – in fact, any book is fair game. The good-natured discussion ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Meetings are open to all. Book club titles can be ordered for members through the Library’s interlibrary loan service.

Library Book Club meets in the Program Room of the Mary J. Benson Branch at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month from September to June. New members are always welcome.  For further information or to register, please visit the Library or contact us at 905.885.4712 or email

Learning, Laughter and Play - Family Storytime

Learning, Laughter & Play

Mondays 1-3 PM, Mary J. Benson Branch and Thursdays 10 AM-Noon, The Hub Branch                                 

Introducing our youngest patrons to the Library. In partnership with Early On Northumberland the Library presents stories and interactive play designed for children ages 0-6 however older children are welcome to attend. There is no cost, and registration is not required.

 For specific dates please refer to What’s On or our Events Calendar.