Springwater Public Library will be closed to the public starting Monday, December 28 due to the COVID-19 provincial lockdown.
We are providing contactless curbside service during our regular open hours. Please call your local branch for personalized requests, or place holds using our website or app.
In addition to the curbside service, the Library continues to offer a number of online resources including Readers Advisory Service, eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, research databases, online story times, video programs and more. For all online programming check out the Virtual Programming page on our website.
All materials continue to be quarantined for 5 days upon return in the book drops. Stay safe and we’ll see you again soon!
YOUR NEXT GREAT READ
We know that with curbside pickup it is hard not to be able to browse the shelves of awesome items in the library. Never fear! Your friendly Springwater Librarian is here…online! Just take a moment and let us know a few of your preferences and we’ll hop right to it and help you find your next favourite author or book! You can find the link on our website: www.springwater.library.on.ca and click on the “How Do I Tab”
WINTER FAMILY CONTEST – 3 Chances to Win!!
Celebrate the season with family fun for a chance to win a hot chocolate basket to share with your family. Arrange to pick up your game card from our curbside table or print it off from our website anytime between January 2nd – 31s.t. Place the completed game sheet in our book drop with your name and phone number. Complete all 3 challenges for multiple chances to win. See our website or call for details. Draw takes place February 2nd at 5 pm.
For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca
STORYTIME WITH MISS AMANDA
On our Virtual Programming page and on our YouTube channel you’ll find Miss Amanda doing a fun interactive Storytime Program with rhymes, songs and stories. The theme for January 12th Storytime will be: “Library”.
Ask for you free Storytime Kit to interact with Miss Amanda.
For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca
KRAFTING WITH KATHY
Kathy will share a Water Bottle Penguin craft project for the whole family to enjoy. This will be on the Springwater Public Library Facebook page, on our Virtual Programming page and on our YouTube channel on Thursday January 10th for all to enjoy.
For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca
STEM FUN KITS
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) play is now available to be checked out from the library! In this new series, Miss Amanda shows you how fun and interesting STEM is and how to use our STEM kits at home.
Check our YOUTUBE channel:
1. Miss Amanda explains the difference between STEM, STEAM versus STREAM.
2. Our first STEM play video is on Magna Tiles.
3. Our second STEM video play is on straws and connectors.
Place your hold on a kit today.
LIBRARY APP: HOW TO GUIDE
Staff member Katie is happy to show you around our new (and easy to use) Library app! You never have to worry about having your library card on hand in the library. You can easily place holds, remove holds; manage your account and your children’s accounts all on this great new app!
Check out this short video by visiting our website and finding it listed under “Virtual Programs”.
LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTION
Springwater Public Library Local History Collection is a database with photos and documents that showcase the diverse heritage of Springwater Township. ACCEPTING CONTRIBUTIONS! Take a look.
C-PEN ReaderPen NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE CHECKOUT
C-PEN ReaderPen is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice. Great for students with dyslexia or other reading difficulties to help read or take written exams. Available for a 3 week checkout period. Reserve one today. For more information please see our website.
Elmvale BIA Business Highlights
Keep on Sending in Your Snowman Pics ….the weather is unpredictable…but we keep getting snow!
Build a Snowman! Submit a photo! Win!
Just to clarify a few FAQ –
– Open to all, however we can have limited delivery of kits to Elmvale area
– Now that it is Library has modified operations for COVID lockdown..kits are not available there. You can use your own creativity!!
– enter as often as you wish…through our website
Contest closes…January 10th 2021!
Happy Snowman Building!
Elmvale – in the Heart of The Township of Springwater
Downtown Elmvale, situated with the main streets of Queen and Yonge (and streets beyond), boasts a large variety of businesses offering a vast selection of retail shopping, restaurants, service options and so much more.
While some of our businesses are closed for the lockdown period, other businesses have adapted and adjusted to remain open with COVID restrictions.
– by shopping in shop (with COVID precautions in place, some businesses require pre-booking times) – Always wearing a mask
– by utilizing curbside pick-up or take out options
– by utilizing online shops for local businesses
– by leaving a great review on social media or online platforms
– by purchasing gift certificates for future use
– by spreading the word about the AMAZING products and services that can be found in Elmvale!
Check out the complete listing of our businesses www.elmvalebia.ca
Pitch on the Peak Competition Invites Local Founders to Pitch their Ideas
BARRIE, ONTARIO – As part of the Georgian Angel Network (GAN) Angel Investing Winter Summit, taking place on January 14th, local business founders are being encouraged to apply for the Pitch on the Peak competition for a chance to pitch to angel investors.
“The Pitch on the Peak competition is a great opportunity for early-stage companies to win the opportunity to pitch their ideas to angel investors from across the province,” says Michael Badham, Managing Director of GAN. “Having the chance to pitch to so many angels together in one place is not only fantastic exposure for founders, but also gives them a higher chance of attracting funding.”
The pitch competition is open to early-stage companies who are “Angel Ready”. A small group of 3 – 4 selected founders will have the opportunity to make a 10-minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A to the participants of the 3rd annual GAN Annual Angel Investing Winter Summit.
The presentations will be judged by the participants using PitchScore (a polling app) to assess the Angel Readiness and Value Proposition of the early-stage companies for angel investment. There is an Open category and a Local category. The Local category is for businesses based in the Simcoe, Collingwood, Barrie, Muskoka regions. The two winners in this category have an opportunity to pitch at a formal GAN Investor Meeting in early 2021 and will be referred to the selection committees of Capital Angel Network, York Angel Investors and Niagara Angel Investors.
The application process is as follows:
*Online application form to be completed by Jan. 10th, 2021.
*Applications will be screened and given confirmation of their eligibility to attend the Winter Summit to participate in the pitch competition by January 12th, 2021.
To learn more and apply for Pitch on the Peak visit: www.georgianangelnet.ca/wintersummit/
The Pitch on the Peak competition is part of the annual angel investing winter summit which is featuring angel investing subject matter experts from across the country. Participants also have the opportunity to network with leaders in the angel investing ecosystem, watch business founders pitch their ideas in a live-pitch competition and learn about business trends and innovative ideas that will shape our collective futures.
The event is taking place on January 14th beginning at 8:30 am and the first 100 registrants will receive a winter summit experience box.
Georgian Angel Network (GAN) is a not-for-profit organization that connects investors in the Barrie, South Georgian Bay, Orangeville, and Muskoka regions with entrepreneurs needing equity capital to commercialize their innovations. GAN serves as a catalyst for economic development, facilitating deal flow between accredited investors and high-quality opportunities as well as providing investor and founder education. Since 2011 members of GAN have invested over $20 million in 75 portfolio companies, through initial financings as well as follow-on financings. GAN is supported by the Government of Canada through funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and various corporate sponsors.
To learn more about the Georgian Angel Network, and get involved please visit http://www.georgianangelnet.ca.
County of Simcoe Paramedics wrap-up the 2020 Toy Drive
Midhurst/December 23, 2020 – On December 18th, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services wrapped up its 18th annual Toy Drive having collected 3,259 toys, 5,593 lbs of food, $25,536 in cash, and $3,100 in gift cards thanks to the generosity of the community and a number of significant donations from businesses and organizations including Toys for the North, Thomson Terminal Limited, Couchiching Jubilee House and Global Medic.
“The generosity shown by local residents through their donations of tens of thousands of dollars in toys, food and cash during this year’s Toy Drive is an excellent demonstration of our character, strength and resiliency,” said Warden George Cornell. “With Ontario under increasing public health restrictions, many charitable initiatives are suffering. However, these kind donations, combined with the outstanding efforts of our Paramedics who volunteered their time to make the Toy Drive possible, have helped to bring happiness and joy to families across our region, providing another shining example of inspiration and hope for Simcoe County residents to celebrate this festive season.”
With this year’s totals, the Toy Drive has collected 87,524 toys, 42,773 lbs of food, and approximately $200,893 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County over the last 18 years.
“I am so proud of our County of Simcoe Paramedics who once again gave their time and energy to help those in need and provide for struggling residents during a pandemic. COVID-19 has challenged us all to stand together as one community and this year’s results have been truly outstanding,” said Andrew Robert, Director and Chief, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. “Thanks to the Simcoe County Paramedic Association, we were able to create a virtual donation option that allowed our residents to continue to show their support from the safety of their own homes. I’d also like to thank the students from the Paramedic programs at Georgian College and CTS Canadian Career College for helping to promote this year’s Toy Drive to their families, friends and followers via their social media accounts.”
All donations will be distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. Charities supported by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive include the Salvation Army, Wasaga Beach Kinettes, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, and several local food banks including those in Elmvale, Tottenham, Orillia and Wasaga Beach.
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.
2021 VIRTUAL MARCH CLASSIC REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
GUELPH, ON (January 4, 2021) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province‘s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers, is pleased to announce registration for the March Classic is now open.
Grain Farmers of Ontario wants to celebrate the tenacity and perseverance of grain farmers at the 2021 Virtual March Classic. There is a legacy of care, hope, and nourishment to grain farming and we bring that legacy with us into the future as farming shifts and adapts to meet modern needs. We celebrate the new chapters grain farming is writing now and will continue to create in the future. Our best way forward is Marching Ahead Together.
“The March Classic continues to raise the bar as a premier event for our farmer-members and the grain industry as whole. We are committed to ensuring that high quality event experience in our new virtual format and being a leader in online events. We look forward to joining our farmer-members online to hear from world-class speakers, network and connect with our industry partners,” said Victoria Berry, Manager, Communications at Grain Farmers of Ontario.
The 2021 speaker lineup includes the first Canadian virtual recording of the U.S Farm Report featuring Tyne Morgan as the host. Attendees will also hear from Jim Handman, one of the producers of CBC‘s Quirks & Quarks who will talk to the disconnect between science and the mainstream media as well as Jo-Ann McArthur president of Nourish Food Marketing to discuss upcoming food trends.
Join us for our two-day virtual March Classic on March 22 and 23, 2021 that will host engaging and interactive content including contesting and prizes; and the ability to virtually network with sponsors, exhibitors and other farmer- members. For more information about our virtual 2021 March Classic and to register early, please click here.
Those that register early can be entered into January and February early bird draws for Grain Farmers of Ontario virtual prizes!
More information can be found at www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic or by calling Grain Farmers of Ontario at 1-800-265-0550 x308.