Celebrating Father's Day

Father’s Day is a special occasion dedicated to honoring the fathers, grandfathers, and father figures who enrich our lives with their guidance, love, and support. This day provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse family structures that contribute to the vibrancy of our community and to recognize the unique and invaluable roles that fathers play in our lives.

At Brampton Library, we are committed to supporting and celebrating caregivers in their roles within their families and our broader community. Our Library offers a wide array of resources and programs designed to enrich the lives of fathers and their families. From educational workshops to engaging storytimes, and community events, we strive to provide fathers with the tools and opportunities they need to thrive.

Book Recommendations to Honour Fathers 

Here are some powerful book recommendations featuring inspiring father figures and touching father-child relationships, perfect for celebrating Father’s Day:

  1. ”The Road" by Cormac McCarthy : A poignant tale of a father and son’s journey through a post-apocalyptic world, showcasing the strength of paternal love and resilience.
  2.  "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates: A powerful letter from a father to his son, discussing race, identity, and the realities of growing up Black in America. 
  3. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee: One of literature’s most beloved father figures, Atticus Finch, this classic novel explores themes of justice, morality, and the impact of a father’s guidance. 
  4. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini: A story of redemption and the complex relationship between fathers and sons set against the backdrop of a changing Afghanistan.
  5. "Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces" by Michael Chabon: A collection of personal essays reflecting on the joys and challenges of being a father.

Whether it's a touching narrative about fatherhood, a heartwarming tale of a father's sacrifice, or a story that highlights the unique bond between fathers and their children, we'd love to hear your recommendations too! Connect with us on our social platforms, and let’s discuss these influential stories together!

Related Brampton Library programs:

At Brampton Library, we value the significance of supporting all family members, including fathers. We acknowledge the diversity of family structures and aim to provide resources and programs that cater to this variety. Here are some of the programs we offer that are particularly beneficial for men:

Family Storytime: These special storytime sessions are offered at many of our branches and are designed for children and their families to enjoy books together, fostering a love of reading and strengthening bonds.

Adult Summer Reading Club (ASRC): This program encourages adults (19+) to engage in reading festivities throughout the summer. They’ll have the opportunity to win prizes, accomplish their reading goals, meet fellow book lovers and attend the Summer Soiree, an exclusive after hours event.

Black Family Support Program: This is a multifaceted program offered to Black Families in partnership with the Malton Neighbourhood Services. It provides children (0-12 years) the opportunity to play, connect and learn in a safe environment, while their parents are offered resources, culturally-sensitive counseling and opportunities to engage in discussions with other families to enhance their livelihoods. 

Nutrition for Healthy Aging with Queen Square: This program focuses on encouraging healthy eating habits for seniors. Dietitians promote fun and engaging ways to build and maintain nutritious diets, and overall gain a healthier relationship with food. 

This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2024

As we celebrate this upcoming Father’s Day, it’s important to acknowledge and support those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one or dealing with mental health challenges. Each family structure is unique, and these occasions can bring forth different emotions for everyone. 

For those who lost a father figure or individuals struggling with mental health issues, here are some helpful resources in Canada:

Kids Help Phone: Available 24/7 for youth and young adults, offering free, confidential support visit Kids Help Phone or call 1-800-668-6868.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): Provides information on mental health and local resources. Visit CMHA or contact your local branch. 

Crisis Services Canada: For anyone in crisis, available 24/7. Visit Crisis Services Canada or call 1-833-456-4566.

Remember seeking help is a sign of strength. Let’s support each other and recognize the diverse experiences within our families. Happy Father’s Day!

The seventh annual Local Authors Showcase event will kick off the summer, and it will be bigger than ever. 

This year's showcase proudly presents the works of over 70 authors and nearly 100 titles, marking our largest number of submissions to date. What began in 2017 as an initiative to spotlight new and emerging writers in Peel Region has blossomed into a cherished collection of local stories and experiences, culminating in a flagship event at the Brampton Farmers' Market.

Whatever your literary interests, the Local Authors Showcase offers something for everyone, catering to readers of all ages and interests. From captivating fiction and insightful non-fiction, to engaging memoirs and expressive poetry, the showcase features a diverse range of genres. 

Join us on June 22nd at the Brampton Farmers' Market, on Main Street South and in Ken Whillans Square, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the launch of the 2024-25 Local Authors Showcase. You’ll have the opportunity to check out enthralling stories and connect with an outstanding lineup of talented local authors.

Following the event, you can explore the 2024-25  Local Authors Showcase collection of print materials at our Gore Meadows branch, conveniently access titles online via our cloudLibrary app, or reserve books through our catalogue for pickup at your favourite Library branch.

We extend our thanks to all the authors participating in this year's showcase, as well as to our dedicated library teams whose efforts make this event possible year after year.

Hope to see you at the Brampton Farmers’ Market on June 22nd!

For more details about the 2024-25 authors, please click here.

On behalf of Brampton Library, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to our exciting Summer at the Library for 2024! 

Summer is a time to indulge your personal interests and even your guilty pleasures in finding the right books and other materials just for you. Make Brampton Library your companion and join one of our Summer Clubs to keep track of your reading, participate in fun activities, and win prizes! 

Registration for all three summer clubs - TD Summer Reading Club (0-12 years), Teen Summer Reading Club (13 - 18 years), and Adult Summer Reading Club (19+ years) opens in all eight branches and online on Monday, June 3rd.  Be eligible for early bird prizes when registering for TDSRC and TSRC by July 10th, and keep logging your reading and completing challenges to be eligible for bi-weekly and grand prizes. Check our website for full details.

This year's summer reading program will offer a variety of exciting activities, including a giant planetarium for kids, the popular teen Battle of the Books, and our Adult Summer soiree, after hours at Chinguacousy Branch in the ski Chalet. Each branch will also start off the season with a fun-filled summer launch party for the TD summer Reading Club.

And summer reading is just the beginning! Our award-winning Newcomer Bus Tour is back, ready to help you navigate the city's services and attractions. Discover our Library of Things, featuring summer-ready items from Seasonal Activity Kits to passes for PAMA and Ontario parks! Or try out our new STEM at home-kits for hands-on-fun and learning. If a relaxing night at home is more your style, you can stream a wide selection of movies and tv shows through our Kanopy service. 

Join us for a summer of discovery, fun and community at the Brampton Library. We look forward to having you!

Pride month is finally here! It’s a great time of the year to collectively celebrate the diversity and resilience of the 2SLGBTQ+ community! As the temporary Marketing and Communications Assistant at the Brampton Library and a queer person of colour I'm thrilled to share how Brampton Library supports and celebrates Pride, including the wealth of resources we offer here.

Our diverse LGBTQ+ Collection

At Brampton Library, we pride ourselves on our extensive collection of 2SLGBTQ+ literature for your convenience. Our collection ranges from classic queer novels to contemporary works by 2SLGBTQ+ authors—our shelves are filled with stories that reflect the rich tapestry of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re looking for fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, or poetry, we can confidently say there’s something for everyone! 

Here are some highlights:

Fiction: Discover compelling stories that explore 2SLGBTQ+ experiences through diverse characters and settings.

Browse our fiction collection

Non-Fiction: Learn about 2SLGBTQ+ history, activism, and personal stories that inspire and educate.

Explore our non-fiction books

Children’s Books: Introduce young readers to inclusive stories that celebrate diversity and acceptance. 

Find children's books here

Events and Programs

Throughout Pride Month, we also host a variety of events and programs created with the hope of educating, entertaining, and bringing our community together. Some of these include:

The Gathering: A program that’s offered to children, youth and families, partnered with Malton Neighborhood Services. It strives to empower black individuals in a positive environment and offers open-discussions, interactive workshops, guest speakers, and educational activities that are aimed to foster a brighter future and encourage a solution-driven process when addressing the discrimination and stigma faced within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 

Check our events calendar for The Gathering’s upcoming dates 

Rainbow Game Night: An adult game night offered at our Cyril Clark location that provides a diverse collection of games to browse from! We promise our guests a safe and inclusive space that’ll allow you to comfortably connect and foster positive connections with other queer and allied individuals within our Brampton community.

Check out our Events calendar for Rainbow Game Night’s upcoming dates 

Pride Book Club: A virtual book club to connect with queer and allied individuals to discuss promising titles from featured 2SLGBTQ+ authors and a diverse collection of 2SLGBTQ+ focused novels waiting to be discovered.

Join the waitlist for our Pride Book Club’s virtual meetings 

Digital Resources

For those who prefer digital resources, the Brampton Library offers a variety of ebooks, audiobooks, and other online features that are accessible from the comfort of your own home!

Check out our collection of e-resources

Kanopy: A streaming platform to access 2SLGBTQ+ films and documentaries that celebrate and explore queer lives and histories.

Stream your favourite LGBTQ+ films on Kanopy 

A Personal Perspective

As the temporary Marketing and Communications Assistant and a queer person of colour living in Brampton, I’ve found Brampton Library to be a sanctuary and a source of empowerment. Growing up, I often struggled to find representation in the media and literature. Working at Brampton Library has allowed me to not only discover a wealth of resources that resonate with my identity but also to help others find the same connection and understanding.

Being part of the Brampton community, I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that access to inclusive resources can have. It’s fulfilling to witness other young readers discover books that reflect their experiences, or community members engaging in meaningful discussions during our events. The library isn’t just a place to borrow books; it’s a hub for learning, connection, and celebration.

Join Us in Celebrating Pride

This Pride Month, we invite you to explore the resources and programs Brampton Library has to offer. Whether you’re looking to educate yourself, find community, or simply enjoy a good book, the library is here to support you. Celebrate with us, and let’s continue to create a more inclusive and understanding community together.

Visit Brampton Library’s website to learn more about our Pride Month events and resources. Happy Pride!

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