Library heats up during winter chill

Outdoors that polar vortex is creating plenty of chills. Indoors, though, things are heating up thanks to the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay. Maybe you’re at home enjoying your borrowed book, e-book or DVD or maybe you’re visiting the Library to participate in an activity. Either way, this winter MV Public Library offers lots of activities for you to choose from.

Book Club

The book club for adults meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Library. Space is limited. Please inquire at the Library about joining.

Interested in an evening book club? Let Library staff know!

Valentine’s Day

With February comes Valentine’s Day, the day when tradition calls for a celebration of love and relationships – not something that everyone is able to enjoy. If you’re going to be on your lonesome anyway, why not inject the element of surprise into your Valentine’s Day and sign up for a Blind Date with a Book (or DVD)! You’ll receive a mystery book (or DVD) to entertain you on Feb.14. An active library card is required to borrow books and DVDs. Registration is required, the program runs Feb.1-17.

On Saturday, Feb.11 at 10:30 am your kids can attend the Children’s Valentine Craft Hour at the Library and create their own heart-themed crafts.


BIAK First Nations programming

BIAK Early Learning programs are regular events at MV Library. This month, on Monday, Feb.27 at 10:30amBIAK First Nations program for children up to and including 6 years of age will be held at George Vanier Catholic School in Combermere. This interactive, Indigenous program features stories and drumming.

Please register so there are enough drums and take-home materials.

Ontario Parks and Ottawa Museums passes

Your Library card allows you to borrow an Ottawa Museum Pass for FREE family entrance to seven Ottawa museums from MV Library.

For those hardy souls who prefer to enjoy the great outdoors, you can also borrow Ontario Park Passes for free day entry to Ontario parks. This winter when you borrow an Ontario Park Pass from the Library, you will receive a bag of bird seed to feed the chickadees — and their feathered friends. Ontario Park Passes are free to borrow and good for day use only. All you need is your MV Library card.

Early warning!

Cabin Fever Trivia Night: It’s time to get your team of six people ready for this popular annual event. Details to follow soon.

March Break activities: Keep an eye on the MV Library Facebook page for details of a week jam-packed with fun activities, in partnership with Madawaska Valley Township.

For more information and to register for a program, please contact MV Library staff:

  • in-person at the Library
  • by phone at 613.756.2000 or
  • email to

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