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.



The First Paragraph Competition

The First Paragraph Competition

For grades 6-8 and 9-12. Deadline for submissions is noon on Friday November 27, 2020. Submit an original work of fiction on the theme “A World Indoors”, based on the experiences people around the world faced while in lockdown during the beginning of the Pandemic. This is a joint initiative between Friends of the Library and Port Hope Public Library in celebration of November as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Winners to be announced on November 30.

Rules and Instructions:

Paragraph should be 60 words or less.

No inappropriate language.

Must be original content that sticks to the theme

Email your finished paragraph to loleary@porthope.ca You can attach your paragraph or include it in the body of the email along with your contact information. Good luck!

Grab a Craft! - Craft kits to borrow

Watch for a new craft project each month

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

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 vampire bookmark.

Seed/Bean Harvest Mandala craft for November 2020

We will provide you with a bag of beans and seeds as well as a square of Bristol board. You will need: scissors (to cut the shape you desire out of the Bristol board) and glue. 

In the ancient Sanskrit language of Hinduism and Buddhism, mandala means “circle.” Traditionally, a mandala is a geometric design or pattern that represents the cosmos. 
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 - 60th Anniversary Podcast

Coronation Street Ping!

December 9, 2020 is the 60th Anniversary of  the debut of the world's longest running serial Coronation Street. We can’t get together in person to celebrate but we can discuss the 10,100+ episodes, the 90+ current cast members and all the touching, laughable and outrageous plot lines with our super fans. So check out these podcasts and hear Nicki, Jo-Anne and Deborah’s podcasts about all things Coronation.

Street Podcast number one

Street Podcast number two

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.

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