Try some of these great sites for all ages, for something new for yourself or your family! We’ve developed some resources to help support families during online learning. You can also find our subscription resources, free with your library membership, here.

Family Literacy Day

Check out our YouTube playlist to find all our amazing stories and activities!

 

Virtual – Rabbit & Bear Paws Workshop

Chad Solomon, a member of the Henvey Inlet First Nation, does a workshop for all ages based on his comics, The Adventures of Rabbit & Bear Paws.

You’ll learn about Seven Grandfather Teachings and how to apply them in every day life, & create a short comic book story based on one of the teachings.

Rabbit and Bear Paws is for the young and the young at heart. This series is set in 1750’s colonized North America and features the comical adventures of two brothers, Rabbit and Bear Paws. Using traditional Anishinaabe teachings and humour, the stories are based on the Seven Fires prophecies and the Seven Grandfather teachings. Chad learned from his own grandfather that no matter how old you become, you should always be young-at-heart, and that laughter is the greatest medicine.

You can find the video on our YouTube channel.

Thanks to the Culture Alliance in the Heart of Georgian Bay for their sponsorship of this program.

 

Early Literacy Videos

Join us to learn some of our favourite songs and rhymes.

Visit our YouTube channel to watch the videos.

 

Virtual Nature Show

Watch this program on demand on our YouTube page!

This program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, via the United Way of Simcoe Muskoka.

 

Virtual Storytime

Join us each week as we read a fun book! Videos are posted every Saturday at 10:30am on our YouTube page!

 

Get Ready For Kindergarten

Learn tips, tricks and activities to help your children get ready to start school! Find all the videos on our YouTube channel.

Virtual Book Talks

We know finding your next read can be a challenge, so each week we’ll release short book talks to introduce you to some of our new arrivals and great library reads.

All booktalks are available on demand on our YouTube channel

These book talks are funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, via the United Way of Simcoe Muskoka.

 

Date Night @ Home With Quest Art

Click here for a full list of materials to create your own kit and click here to follow along with virtual instruction with Quest Art on YouTube. 

Spend an evening with your partner as you create masterpieces for your home or office! Virtual instruction provided by:

 

 

Heads Up For Healthier Brains With Alzheimer Society Of Simcoe County

A virtual workshop series to learn more about and participate in discussions on:

This series is offered in partnership with: 

 

Easy Embroidery

Enjoy working with your hands? Give embroidery a try with MPL’s Easy Embroidery program. Learn the basics of embroidery in just seven weeks! You’ll learn basic stitches, easy flower designs, and fun fonts, culminating in a beautiful final project. Find the videos on our YouTube channel and download the instruction guide and templates here. 

 

Tech Savvy Seniors

Technology can be overwhelming. But learning the basics of technology can make your life easier, keep you socially engaged, stimulate your mind, and provide you with a creative outlet. Find all the videos on our YouTube channel. Let’s tackle technology together!

 

 

Cardmaking

Our first Midland Makers DIY Night was a success! We made 4 fabulous Valentine’s Day cards and had a lot of laughs. Here’s the video! Thank you to everyone who participated and submitted photos. The Midland Makers meet virtually every Thursday and run a DIY night the second Thursday of every month. Check our social media for updates on weekly topics and presenters, as well as upcoming DIY night announcements. Email jwhipp@midlandlibrary.com for more details.

 

Virtual Author Talk With Brian Francis

To celebrate the launch of the North Simcoe Youth Wellness Hub, Jenn talks with YA author Brian Francis about his latest novel Break in Case of Emergency, the importance of depicting youth mental health in literature and his advice for aspiring writers.

Watch here on our YouTube channel.

 

Virtual Author Visit: Kate Hilton

A special conversation with Canadian author Kate Hilton, the bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle and Just Like Family. Kate’s latest novel is Better Luck Next Time, a laugh-out-loud generational family comedy for those of us who have survived siblings, children, parents, and marriage.

Watch here on our YouTube channel.

 

Local Author Showcase: Barrie Doyle

A special virtual author visit with local author Barrie Doyle, author of Musick for the King and The Oak Grove Conspiracies. 

Watch here on our YouTube channel.

 

Introduction To Ukulele

Borrow a ukulele from our lending & learning collection and check out the MPL YouTube channel for a series of introductory videos from ukulele instructor Sean McGaughey: https://youtu.be/biRL6WHLg6s

Our ukulele kits come with an instrument, instruction booklet, tuner and case!

 

Simcoe Reads

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5 libraries, 5 books, 1 winner!

Join your Library for our first ever Simcoe Reads! A champion from each community has chosen a book they think everyone in Simcoe County should read right now. Midland champion, Kristi Presse, has chosen Jesse Thistle’s heartwrenching memoir of homelessness and coming into his Metis identity, From the Ashes.

A winner was chosen at the end of September. Watch the debate online.

Ontario Ancestors Branch Meetings – Register to join in on virtual genealogy talks to help you learn more about your family history.

Ready Set Bank  – Use these self-paced lessons to learn about online banking and how to keep yourself and your finances safe.

GFC Learn Free

Digital Learn – Short, self-paced courses for beginners that are great for people who are just starting out on computers.

Excel-Easy – Tutorials for learning Microsoft Excel.

Tech Boomers

Ivy League Courses

Museum of Modern Art @ Coursera

We Are Teachers – Math

We Are Teachers – Best Podcasts

BBC Bitesize

Free Education Subscriptions

Historica Canada

211 Ontario  – Social and community services helpline.

Ontario Community Support

Spark Ontario  – Connect with your community to find out what you can do to help! Bilingual.

We Are The Villagers – Local support for children and families, including grants for homeschooling needs.

Chigamik Community Health Centre – Programs including virtual counselling & emergency food support.

United Way Urgent Needs Fund

Child, Youth, and Family Services Coalition

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Wellness Together Canada

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Coping With COVID

Public Health Ontario

World Health Organization: COVID Mythbusters