Fireside fun coming up at local libraries

Did you know that all of the branches listed below in Wellington County Library have fireplaces?

Picture the quiet hum of a library, a comfortable arm chair where you can curl up with a book, newspaper, or magazine, and the warm glow of the fireplace on your face. 

If you prefer not to leave the cozy comforts of your home unless necessary this month, you can still access everything but the fireplace at home. Download our Libby app and read e-Books and magazines, or listen to an audiobook from your phone or tablet.

Did you know there are no wait lists for magazines when you read online? Some of our most popular titles this time of year include Style at Home, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, and Farmhouse Style for their holiday content. The New York Times is also available on your computer or mobile device via the Library’s subscription.

December and January are full of festivities from many cultures. No matter what you celebrate, get in the spirit of the holidays with programming from Wellington County Library. Some of our programming this month even takes place beside the fireplace! Stories, knitting, and more all become a little more atmospheric with the flicker of firelight. Please contact your local branch or visit for a full list of programming and to register online.



Hooks and Needles (Adults)

Bring your own project and join others for knitting, cross-stitch, and other fibre arts.
Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm 

Fireside Stories (All Ages)

We’ll read stories, do activities, and have holiday-themed fun for the whole family.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7 to 7:30pm



Creative Kids – Tree Decorating Party (All Ages)

Help the Clifford branch get ready for the holiday season with a tree decorating party and personalized ornament craft. Snacks provided!
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6 to 7pm

Fireside Stories – Stories with Mrs. Claus (All Ages)

We’ll read stories, do activities, and have holiday-themed fun for the whole family. Special guest, Mrs. Claus. Snacks and refreshments also provided.
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7 to 7:30pm



Creative Kids – Holiday Edition (All Ages)

Drop in throughout the day for festive green screen photos and a holiday craft. We will be showing the animated classic “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (25 minutes, rated G), throughout the day.
Saturday, Dec.  3, 10am to 3pm

After School Adventures – Lego Challenge (JK – Grade 6)

It’s all about Lego! Together we will put our creativity and building skills to the test. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday, Dec. 12, 3:45 – 4:45pm



Dungeons and Dragons Club (Adults)

Join fellow fantasy fans to build characters and explore new worlds.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6 – 7:30pm

Fireside Stories (All Ages)

We’ll have stories, activities, and holiday-themed fun for the whole family.
Friday, Dec. 23, 3:30 to 4pm



At the Movies – Downton Abbey: A New Era (Adults)

Join us for a showing of Downton Abbey: A New Era. Running time 2 hr., 5 min.; rated PG. Popcorn will be provided!
Thursday, Dec.8, 1 to 3pm

After School Adventures – Christmas Cardmaking for Kids!

Join Mount Forest branch staff and make unique holiday cards for friends and family!
Thursday, Dec. 15, 4 to 4:45pm



Family Story Time (Families)

Our Story Times are designed to help your child get ready for reading. Share stories, songs, rhymes, and activities aimed at developing your child’s early literacy skills.
Wednesdays, Dec. 7 and 14, 10:30 to 11am

Saturday Stories – Holiday Stories (All Ages)

Join us as we read holiday stories and sing some holiday songs.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30 to 11:30am.


Submitted by Rosie Krul, Harriston Branch Supervisor

Rosie Krul