HPL Closures All Hamilton Public Library branches are closed on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4. The Bookmobile is off the road. Extended Access is unavailable. Regular service hours resume Tuesday, September 5.

Back to School with HPL Students, educators and caregivers can browse a collection of activities, book lists, educational and tutoring resources, online courses and more at our website hpl.ca/articles/read-watch-listen. 

The 15th Annual Telling Tales Festival https://www.hpl.ca/articles/telling-tales-festival at Royal Botanical Gardens features a full schedule of over 40 Canada’s leading children’s authors, illustrators, and storytellers presenting on five vibrant stages. Look for Team HPL on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 10 am-4 pm, for story times and hands-on activities.

 29th Annual Power of the Pen Creative Writing Contest https://hpl.ca/articles/power-pen-creative-writing-contest  The writing competition invites writers ages 12-18 to submit original poetry and short stories in English, French or both languages. Prizes are for 1st and 2nd place in seven age groups in poetry and short story categories. Submit your work via the official entry form at https://teens.hpl.ca/forms/power-pen-contest-entry-form before or on Friday, September 29.

The Short Works Prize Writing Contest Recognizing Excellence in Writing: The Annual Short Works Prize (https;//hpl.ca/swp) for Hamilton-area writers is now open. Entries are being accepted until Saturday, October 28, 2023. Presented in partnership with Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine and Hamilton Public Library.

 After Hours Study Halls Resume Tuesday, September 5 Looking for a quiet study space or space to work? The Dundas, Red Hill, Terryberry, Turner Park, Valley Park and Waterdown branches offer this after-hours service from Mondays-Thursdays, 8pm-Midnight (except on statutory holidays). 

 2023 Hamilton Reads Title Choice is Unveiled Read Nothing The Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy by local author, Gary Barwin, this summer. Pick up a tic tac toe card at any branch or bookmobile visit, complete the activities and win yourself a stylish HPL Reads belt bag to sport around town. Visit our website for full details.

Send Postcards to Someone Special Pick up postcards at https://www.hpl.ca/Postcards and send special greetings to seniors living in long-term care homes and socially isolated residents. Complete the mailing address from the list and drop off at any branch – we’ll take care of the postage.