HPL Closures All Hamilton Public Library branches are closed on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2. The Bookmobile is off the road. Regular service hours resume Monday, July 3.

 Summer Reading Club Starts Saturday, June 24 HPL’s Summer Reading Club makes a splash on Saturday, June 24! Stay cool this summer with special performances and concerts, crafts and programming, and of course, reading! Visit hpl.ca/src for the daily events taking place at your local branch. Browse or pick up the What’s Happening Summer Guide at your local branch or bookmobile visit. 

Summer Reading Buddies Program Returns  this year from July 3 to August 21. Do you have a child completing Grades one through six? The program encourages reluctant readers, ages 6-12, to enjoy reading throughout the summer months. Register your children starting Monday, June 19 in-person at your local branch. 

 29th Annual Power of the 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 before or on Friday, September 29.

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 the two newest summer-themed postcards and send special greetings to seniors living in long-term care homes and socially isolated residents. Select one or all of the homes listed, complete the mailing address and drop off at any branch – we’ll take care of the postage.

Beat the heat! Grab a good book and find a cool spot and read!