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Blood Donor Clinic in ElmvaleApril 17  •  9 am to 2 pm

Elmvale Community Hall • 33 Queen St. W. To book an appointment  •  1-888-2donate

Upcoming Workshop About Climate Change to be Held by SCEYA

By: Cara Lintack – The Simcoe County Environmental Youth Alliance, a youth-led organization made up of students passionate about the environment, will be hosting a virtual mini-workshop on Saturday April 17th, 2021 at 7 pm. Titled, “A Conversation to Climate Change and Mental Health,” Dr. Hoffmann of the University of Toronto will be leading the workshop focused on climate change, how we affect it, and how it’s affecting us physically and mentally.

Dr. Hoffmann is a Professor of Political Science and a Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab whose research focuses on global environmental governance, decarbonization, and the global response to climate change. His research has been published into four books and over fifty journal articles and book chapters.

The approaching workshop is an extension of SCEYA’s current #love4water campaign: an online initiative focusing on issues concerning water on local, provincial, national, and global levels. SCEYA believes that environmental education is the first step towards a sustainable future. This event will be taking place virtually via Google Meet on the 17th. Anyone interested in participating in the workshop and gaining a new perspective on the climate crisis is encouraged to complete the following Google Form http://bit.ly/climate_conversation to register and receive further information.

High school students attending the workshop will be able to gain volunteer hours.

For more information about SCEYA, the current #love4water campaign, and future campaigns and workshops, visit their Instagram account, @sceyalliance

News & Events at the Penetanguishene Library

PD Programs are here!

Invitation to register for Spanish classes via zoom. Intermediate and advanced levels. Duration Apr. 22—May 27th 2021 at 1:00 pm. Register with your library card.

Celebrate Earth Day and get your gardening kit. Kit contains soil, coloring pages, list of gardening books and bucket. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free, limit of 2 per household. Participation with your library card number and curbside pick-up.

Scientists in-Situ. Wonderful Science Workshop sponsored by the Friends of the Library. April 30th between 1:00-2:00 pm. Receive a free kit and link to the virtual workshop. Register now. Limit of 15 children. Donations are welcome!

COVID 19 registration assistance

Need help registering for a vaccine? We will be happy assist you again soon in booking an appointment.  Keep us in mind if you need help and don’t forget your Health Card.


Stuck at home during lockdown? Why not check out our e-resources directly from our website https://www.penetanguishene.library.on.ca/. Ebooks, Emagazines and more. Simply log in with your library card and pin code and receive access to thousands of items for free directly from our data base. No fines, no over dues!

Mother’s Day

Purchase your door wreath for Mom, sponsored by Friends of the Library. Beautiful lively spring floral wreaths to brighten your door and to say “I love you Mom”.   Tea cups, saucers and chocolate also available. Spoil  Mom, Grandma, Aunt or another special someone.  Stop in or ask for a curbside pick up. 

New @PPL

Many new releases in all formats check out our online catalogue or email us at penlibbk@gmail.com to receive our new release newsletter.

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Please call your local branch for personalized requests or place holds through the Springwater Library website or the through Simcoe Libraries app. We love to help with your selections.

Materials are quarantined for 5-7 days upon return.

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca


Kanopy is an online streaming movie service new to Springwater patrons. You will receive 4 credits = 4 movies a month. You also have one ‘Great Course’ a month, and unlimited children’s programming! Don’t delay and check out the library’s Kanopy account today! See our website under “Online Resources”.

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca


We are making GIFT BAGS for Moms for the month of April in partnership with the ELMVALE FOODBANK. Each bag will contain: Mug Card Shampoo & Conditioner Lip Balm Deodorant Smiley Face Stress Ball Candle Library Pen 3 Treats – Chips, Chocolate, Mints $10 Gift Card from Tim’s or McDonalds. We are looking for companies, families, friends, etc. to join together to do a bag or donate multiple gift cards, candles, treats, etc. The gift bags will be given out in May through the Foodbank. Each bag is valued at $35-$40. Monetary cheque donations made out to the Township of Springwater and dropped off at any Springwater Library bookdrop is appreciated as well. We will do the shopping for you and sign a card in your name. To fill a bag, contact your local library to receive your bag, card, pen and list which can be put out for curbside.

Let us create SMILES together!!

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca




Experience the entire life cycle of thunderstorms with this exciting and educational presentation. See how they form and develop into powerful lightning and wind storms. Watch an Ontario Supercell Tornado from start to finish as it cuts a path through the countryside near Arthur, Canada as well as two other tornadoes to hit our province. A very powerful presentation explaining the effects storms have in Ontario.

This will be followed by a Q & A. with David T. Chapman. 

This 1 hour informative session will be done via Zoom.

Please call the library to register and a link will be sent to you 2 days before the event.  Call 705 322-1482.

Cost: FREE

For more information:  www.springwater.library.on.ca



Get the kiddos making lego! It’s easy, it’s in your house and they could win a lego prize when they watch staff member Amanda’s video and then put together a R2D2 lego creation.  Be sure to follow us at Facebook to catch our monthly series. 

Snap a quick picture of your lego creation and send it via email to midhurst.library@springwater.ca or below our Facebook post of Amanda’s video for your chance to win! 

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca


FRIDAY, APRIL 16th, 10:00 am. ONLINE

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) play is now available to be checked out from the library. 

Miss Amanda shows you how fun and interesting STEM is and how to use our STEM kits at home.  

Check our Springwater Library YOUTUBE channel. This month’s STEM video play is on the Night Sky Telescope that is available for checkout, and will come out on Friday, April 16th.Many more STEM kits and Videos to view on our YouTube channel Place a hold on your STEM kit today.

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

Simcoe Eight Author Talk Series

Psychologist and bestselling author Catherine Gildiner discusses her book, Good Morning Monster over Zoom on April 22nd,  7 PM. 

This book is nonfiction about patients she has had in her psychology practice who, despite their desolate childhoods, have overcome their traumas and managed to thrive. The book looks at their resilience and what traits they used to persevere.

The book was on the Canadian best sellers’ list and was chosen in the U.S as one of the three top Amazon Choices for the fall

To register: Go to the event listed on our website and register through the link provided.

Springwater Public Library has joined literary forces with seven other libraries (Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Barrie, Essa, Innisfil, Ramara, Penetanguishene ) to offer a 2021 virtual author talk series. 

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca


Due to the current pandemic, our tax program looks a little different this year but through our curbside services as well as email/phone we can help facilitate your contact with the volunteers who run this program.  Call the Elmvale Library at 705 322-1482 during business hours to get set up with this great service.

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca



Hit the road with your family and discover some beautiful spots in Springwater. Take out your camera and capture some funny pictures to get extra points. Call the library to get your Road Trip sheet or print one from our website. Enter to win 1 of 3 – $25 gift cards. The winners will be drawn early June.

Prizes donated by Moreau Family Law.

Cost: FREE

For more information: www.springwater.library.on.ca

NVCA March 2021 Board Meeting Highlights

Next Meeting: April 23, 2021, held virtually

For the full meeting agenda including documents and reports, visit nvca.on.ca/about/boardofdirectors

Presentation on Engineering

The NVCA has the responsibility to regulate activities in natural and hazardous areas in order to avoid the loss of life and damage to property due to flooding and erosion, and conserve and enhance natural resources.

The Senior Engineer provided an overview of NVCA’s engineering program, which consists of three components: flood and erosion management, natural hazards and engineering services

Flood and Erosion Management

NVCA is on the front lines of the Provincial Flood Forecasting and Warning program, as the Province of Ontario has delegated responsibility to conservation authorities to operate a flood forecasting and warning program, as well as manage flood and erosion control structures.

Tasks include data collection, issuing flood warning messages and ice management.

Natural Hazards

NVCA is empowered by the Conservation Authorities Act to regulate development and activities in or adjacent to natural infrastructure by delineating natural hazards and develop policy to guide the management and use of natural infrastructure.

Some hazards in the Nottawasaga Valley Watershed include river hazards, shoreline hazards, unstable soils, watercourses (including municipal drains and crossings).

Engineering Services

The engineering team also provides services to other NVCA teams and municipal partners.

For planning application reviews, the engineering department provides comments on flood and erosion hazard management, stormwater control, erosion and sediment control and low impact development.

Staff in the engineering team work closely with NVCA’s Regulations staff to ensure permit applications comply with engineering guidelines.

Permit application process

NVCA staff will prepare a staff report for a future Board meeting, detailing the permit application process for NVCA in relation to getting permits from municipalities.


Star Wars has impacted generations since it first hit the big screen in 1977 and Gilda’s Club is celebrating with a huge auction of collectible, limited edition and other memorabilia from a private collection.

This impressive lot includes a “Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike” sculpture by Sideshow Collectibles. This limited-edition sculpture (#606/1,500) is predicted to fetch between $3,000 – $4,500. Over 200 pieces are valued at over $250, with many items increasing in value since appraisal in late 2019.

Browse through all 1,059 objects and place your bid on the Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka auction website now. Sale will conclude on May 4, 2021 and 100% of proceeds are directed to our FREE Cancer Support Program.

Auction Site link direct: https://givergy.ca/gildasclubsm/?controller=home

About Gilda’s Club:

Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer, family members and friends of those diagnosed, children, and people who have lost someone to cancer. Our evidence-based programming includes support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures and community resource information.


Unique Partnership with Good in Every Grain, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and Award-winning Author/Illustrator Rob Biddulph to deliver educator resources.

GUELPH, ON (March 30, 2021) — Good in Every Grain, the public-facing educational brand from Grain Farmers of Ontario, and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (CAFM) — one of three museums under Ingenium — Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation — are partnering to deliver new, free education resources in English and French for elementary students that use art to highlight the important role agriculture plays in Ontario.

Award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph inspires students to draw and learn through art. Good in Every Grain and CAFM are delivering art-inspired agriculture activities that have been developed with education experts to incorporate key concepts within the Grade 1 – 4 Ontario curriculum.

“So much of our lives depend on the soil, how we grow food, and how we cultivate the ground for the future, and we wanted to offer a simple, robust, and fun way for teachers to incorporate those ideas into their classroom planning. Students are more interested than ever in the connection between food, the environment and nutrition,” said Victoria Berry, Manager, Communications at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We are pleased to work with our partners CAFM and Rob Biddulph to support educators with engaging resources for students that meet Ontario curriculum concepts.”

“We believe that cultivating the healthy food-healthy environment connection from a young age helps to spark a lifelong interest in local food origins, and the importance of nutrition, sustainable farming practices and the role of technology in agriculture,” said Kerry-Leigh Burchill, Director General at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. “Partnering with Good in Every Grain to build and deliver this program was a natural connection and we look forward to continued partnership.”

Author and Illustrator Rob Biddulph to Lead Drawing Lessons

Each project is based on an exclusive Draw with Rob episode that explores the following themes through interactive and curriculum-based art activities*:

Plant Growth — Rob Biddulph guides students through drawing some magic soybean characters inside — and out — of their cozy pod, while introducing the concept of plant growth and the many uses of soybeans (including crayons!). Draw with Rob: Magic Beans video available March 30.

Soil Health — Just in time for Earth Day, Rob Biddulph guides students through simple steps to draw some wiggly worms as they squirm through the soil, while introducing the concept of soil health. Draw with Rob: Wiggly Worms! video available on April 19 (ahead of Earth Day).

Technology — Rob Biddulph guides students as they draw a tractor (complete with modern satellite linkup), while introducing the concept of farming technology that provides the background for students’ creative exploration of modern farm equipment. Draw with Rob: Tractor video available May 11.
Detailed educator resources for every episode include a variety of art activities, book recommendations, fact sheets and even a bonus draw-along worksheet, all connected to the episode theme. Along the way, the activities introduce students to diverse Canadian and Indigenous art forms. Each project also encourages the development of students’ growth mindset and resiliency by impressing on them that perfection is not required and there is no wrong way to approach art. 

Classroom Contest Announced

Between March 30, 2021 and May 16, 2021, teachers can submit a photo of their students’ artwork, to be entered in our Junior Artist Contest. One classroom will win a virtual class visit from Rob Biddulph and $500 towards art supplies. Teachers must take a picture of their classroom’s Draw with Rob inspired artwork, and post to Twitter @GoodinGrain, Facebook @GoodinEveryGrain or Instagram @goodineverygrain, along with the name of their school, as well as tag Good in Every Grain and use hashtag #DrawWithRobCanada in their post.

To access the drawings, activities and complete contest rules please visit www.goodineverygrain.ca/draw-with-rob.

Simcoe County Branch Executive Webinar

With the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Simcoe County Branch Executive will offer online webinars utilizing the Zoom platform.  Both  members & non-members are welcome.

WED. MAY 26, 2021 3:00 to 4:00
Speaker: Christine Woodcock
Topic: Navigating the Scotlands People Website
You will need to Register by going to the Events tab on the Simcoe County Branch Meetings web page

(https://simcoe.ogs.on.ca/branch-meetings/), or our Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/groups/827393414004460/) for information about other online events until we can meet in person again.  

We hope you will be able to join us virtually.