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Fresh Faces at "Friends"

Friends of Brighton Public Library held their AGM on Thursday March 12.

Our Library CEO spoke on the latest trends in Libraries as well as reminding us that books were still more in demand than ever before. This blending of old and new technologies makes libraries more relevant than ever, and planning for the future very exciting.


The new Board of Friends has been installed:

Chair: Stan McMullin, Vice Chair: Chris McMullin, Past Chair: Lesley Simla, Secretary: Joan Selwood, Treasurer: Gina Gillespie, Membership: Tom Rosebush, Member at Large: Gayle Wilk


There has never been a more exciting time to become a member of "Friends" as we continue the great work we have done over the past nine years and look forward to new directions. Please support our new Board and activities. New ideas and inspiration are always welcome.

Membership is $5 a year, available at the Library, and gets you into the preview of our Annual Book Sale.

For the full minutes of the March 2015 AGM click here




New Codrington Hours - Effective April 1, 2015





Art in the Library

The art you see on the walls of the library are the creations of members of the Brighton Arts Council. The display is rotated every three to four months and the works are available for sale. A portion of each sale goes back to the library.


The Brighton Arts Council is a vibrant, busy and talented group of local artists who display their works in many Brighton locations. Members come from all areas of artistic endeavour.

During the warmer months they operate the Gates at Presqu'ile, an art gallery near the entrance to Presqu'ile Park.

Learn more at



Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection


Brighton Public Library offers a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability.

  • Lots of choice including current bestsellers, award-winners and classics
  • Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
  • Books for kids, teens and adults
  • Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats
  • Download books or receive home delivery by mail


Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:

Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book
Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes.


Access to the collection is offered in a number of ways

  • Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone
  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
  • Receive audio CDs, Braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.


Contact the library for more information or visit the CELA website at



Featured Electronic Resources


Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

hobbiesThis database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more.

Audience: General interest.
Access: Use Inside or Outside the Library


Home Improvement Reference Center

HomeThis database features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly gain the information they need

Audience: General interest.
Access: Use Inside or Outside the Library



Borrow a Pre-loaded Kobo e-Reader! kobo

Brighton Public Library is proud to introduce a new lending program featuring pre-loaded Kobo e-Readers. We have purchased 4 Kobo Touch e-Readers and separated them by genre.

This pilot project of Kobo e-Readers comes with a selection
of 3 popular fiction eBooks on each reader. See below for genres and books.

Sample Borrowing Agreement and Termsarrow

Current Titles

Kobo #1, Genre: Mystery & Suspense

Kobo #2, Genre: Romance

Watching the Dark - Peter Robinson

Stella Bain - Anita Shreve

Dust - Patricia Cornwell

Dark Witch - Nora Roberts

Cold Snap - Allison Brennon

The Harem Midwife - Roberta Rich



Kobo #3, Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Kobo #4, Genre: Best Sellers

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

The Fault in our Stars - John Green

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Sycamore Row - John Grisham



Sand Parents...changing lives two people at a time


Attention Seniors:

Do you love to read? Do you love children? Do you have a story to share with the next generation?Sand Parents
Sounds like Sandparents is just for you!

Sandparents is a fun and interactive reading program offered to children ages 3-6 years old from Brighton. Mature adults (Sandparents) are partnered with a child to read, sing, play games, make crafts, story tell and generally interact together to form a mutually beneficial friendship.

The Sandparents program offers a positive and enriched environment for children to learn and practice Early Literacy Skills.

To volunteer as a Sandparent or to inquire about the program, please contact Pat Artkin at 613 475 2038 or for more information. You can also register online at our website

It's a small time commitment, but it can make a BIG impact in the lives of these children.