Culture Days

Culture Days 

Join us in this National Celebration where arts, culture, and creativity intersect. From September 23 to October 16, 2022 discover the incredible world of arts and culture across Canada, explore Barrie Public Library programs, and celebrate the diversity of Simcoe County with our cultural family Storytime Specials, English Conversation Circle, and more. 


Book Chats

Looking for your next great read? Check out BPL staff book recommendations! 

WatchBook Chats

Storytime with EarlyON Indigenous Coordinator Angelia

Join us online for songs, rhymes, activities, and lots of early literacy fun! Angelia will do a smudge and teach us some traditional drumming songs and stories. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

Coffee Chat

Listen and learn as BPL staff chat with artists throughout the month to celebrate local talent. 

Watch: Coffee Chats

DIY and Maker: Make a Watercolour Bookmark with Holly

As Holly creates a floral inspired bookmark, she'll share tips on painting and tassel making. Find out about the many watercolour resources available to you at the library.

Watch: DIY & Maker

DIY and Maker: Cooking with Holly 

Join Holly for this special edition of DIY & Maker as she shares a Mexican-Peruvian take on soft tacos.

Watch: DIY & Maker

 English Conversation Circles 

Practice English, meet new friends, and learn more about life and culture in Canada. Challenge yourself to build your speaking confidence! Held every Saturday morning at our Downtown branch at 11:00 am, hosted by community volunteers. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

Learn Spanish

Learn the basics of Spanish with the Barrie Latin Resource Centre.

Open Mic Night with the Barrie Folk Society

Listen to the sound of live folk music or take the mic and perform your favourite folk tune. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

Community Voices

Join us for this special Culture Days series as we learn more about our neighbours, listen to their stories, and celebrate the diversity of Simcoe County. 

Community Voices with Vanessa from Quilts for Survivors Project
Watch: Quilts for Survivors

Community Voices with Melina Mellé
Melina Mellé

Community Voices with Scott Hurst 
Scott Hurst

Community Voices with Nikki from the Hate Has No Home Here Campaign 
Watch: Hate Has No Home Here Campaign 

In collaboration with community contributors.

The Stories of Us

The Stories of Us aims to share the stories of Canadian newcomers and turn them into empowering educational tools for English Language Learners. Join us as BPL staff listen to local newcomer experiences after arriving in Canada. 

Watch: The Stories of Us with Manuel and Zorica

In collaboration with The Department of Imaginary Affairs.