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We’re inviting you to paddle into some unique programming this August! We’re celebrating an online Dragon Boat Month presented by Tim Hortons in honour of our annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival.

“Although we had to cancel the on-water Festival this year, our online celebration will definitely capture the spirit of community and fun,” says Katelyn Lees, Philanthropy & Resource Development Specialist at the Barrie Public Library. “We are thrilled to have Tim Hortons present this exciting month of programming with us.” 

From Dragon Tale Storytimes to online visits with the Toronto Zoo and Coffee Chats with Dragon Boat personalities, there will be something for every age. For the kids, pick up a Grab and Go Kit full of fun activities, including a Tim Hortons colouring contest for a chance to win Timbits for a year, and a build-your-own Dragon Boat craft (while quantities last), compliments of Moore Packaging. See a list of Dragon Boat Month Programs.

The Library is pleased to work with long-time Festival supporter Tim Hortons to bring this unique opportunity to the community.

At Tim Hortons, you’re always welcome,” said Geoff House, Restaurant Owner. “We’re happy to serve you each day, and even happier when we can work together to help make a difference in our community. That is why we are proud partners of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival.”

A fixture on Barrie’s waterfront since 2003, our Barrie Dragon Boat Festival has promoted community spirit, vitality, and unity, while raising money for local charities including the Library. 

“The Festival normally raises upwards of $120,000 each year, and this is the second year of missing that opportunity to help local organizations,” Lees continued. “We are encouraging the community, if you are able, to make a donation to the charity of your choice. The Library is grateful for the continued support of its sponsors, partners, and volunteers, and we can’t wait to have the event back in-person in the future.” 

Learn more about Dragon Boat Month presented by Tim Hortons:

To make a donation to a charity of your choice, visit

 Dragon Boat Month Programs 

Tuesday, August 3 at 10am Grab & Go Craft Kit
Tuesday, August 3 at 2:30pm Science & Discover: Sink or Float
Thursday, August 5 at 2:00 Coffee Chat with Kenji about the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
Monday, August 9 at 10am Reading Champions with Christine
Monday, August 9 at 11am Unleash your Dragon: Yoga with Ann Green
Wednesday, August 11 at 9am Zoo To You: Komodo Dragon and Friends
Wednesday, August 11 at 2pm Learn to Draw Dragons
Thursday, August 12 at 2pm Coffee Chat with Sean from Dragon Boat Barrie
Monday, August 16 at 10am Dragon Tales Storytime: The Paper Bag Princess
Wednesday, August 18 at 9am Zoo To You: Lizards and Friends
Wednesday, August 18 at 2pm Hook a Dragon: Craft-Along Kit
Wednesday, August 18 at 2pm Learn to Draw a Dragon Boat
Thursday, August 19 at 2pm Coffee Chat with Kathleen from Paddle the World
Friday, August 20 at 11am Unleash your Dragon: Yoga with Ann Green
Monday, August 23 at 10am Dragon Tales Storytime
Thursday, August 26 at 2pm Coffee Chat with Debbie and Donna from Barrie Ribbons of Hope
Monday, August 30 at 10am Live Lizard Bath with Norbert 


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