How to Get the Most From Your Library

Date: Tuesday, June 4 
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm

When are the bins delivered? How do I put a hold on a specific DVD? How do I sign up for Hoopla movies? Bring your questions to this workshop and let us share some tricks we have discovered that will make using CKPL so easy. For more information, please call 519.354.7424.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Date: Wednesday, June 5
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am
Ages: 5 years and younger

Teddy stories, Teddy games, Teddy songs, Teddy, crafts, Teddy snacks. Yes, It's Teddy everything! Everyone will meet under the big tree in the park across from the library. Don't forget to bring your friends. For more information, please call 519.354.7424.

Dresden Book Sale

Date: Saturday, June 15 to Saturday, June 22
Time: During library open hours

The book sale will be set up in the basement of the Dresden Branch. You will be impressed at the state of these used books so bring your friends and spend some time browsing the tables.

You are welcome to donate items in good condition to the Dresden staff. Please call Dresden Branch at 519.683.4922 for more information.

TD Summer Reading Club registration starts

Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Ages: 0 to 16

Summer will be here in no time. Make sure you put this date on your calendar so you can register early. There will be activities all summer long and lots of prizes!

Mystic Drumz

Date: Friday, June 28
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ages: All ages

Kick off the summer with a unique interactive percussion experience. Rhythm and sound instruments from around the world will excite, enlighten and engage the whole family. Please call to register for this program 519.683.4922.

Dresden Branch July programs include:

Name of ProgramDate/TimeBrief Description

Art Splash

Best for ages 2-5


July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

10:00 am

Interactive stories, music and crafts for the wee ones.

Summer Stories

All ages welcome


July 4, 11, 18, 25

6:30 pm

Bring the whole family to the library for some fun stories under the big tree.

Summer Slam

Best for ages 5-13


July 5, 12, 19, 26

1:00 pm

Crazy summer stories and fun games.

Stay & Play

Every day the Dresden Branch has drop-in activities in the children's area. Bring your friends and let them see how much fun you can have at CKPL's Dresden Branch! 

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club

Date: Second Tuesday of the month
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 pm 

Each month will be a different theme for this book club for adults. There is no registration, so just read (or listen to) a book from the month's theme and then join us for great discussions. Newcomers are always welcome. Call the branch if you have questions. 519.683.4922.

June - CKReads book "City of the Lost" by Kelly Armstrong

July - Non-Fic DVD

August - Something written by Dean Koontz

September - Satire

October - Politics

November - Animal (can be a vampire story)

December - Something by Agatha Christie

Settlement Services

Date: the first Thursday of every month 
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Are you a newcomer to Canada? Settlement Services can help with immigration issues, legal issues, education, housing and more. For more information, please call 519.354.7424.

Community Navigators

In partnership with Employment and Social Services, Chatham-Kent Public Library can help connect you with community services, fill in applications and more. Open to all, with the help of a Community Navigator, CKPL can:

  • provide one-on-one instruction in accessing government, social and health services online
  • assist with completing online forms and applications
  • help with referrals to community agencies
  • provide employment support and referrals to employment support agencies
  • help to identifying continuing learning opportunities based on your individual needs
  • wellness visits

To make an appointment with a Community Navigator, please contact Dresden Branch for information on available appointments!

Friends of the Dresden Library

The Friends of the Dresden Library is a volunteer group focused on raising money to help enhance programs. Anyone is welcome to join this group and your assistance is greatly appreciated by the Dresden Branch staff. For information, please call 519.683.4922 or email