How-To Festival 

October 15 to 20

Chatham-Kent Public Library is hosting its third annual How-To Festival! How-To is all about finding your passion, doing it yourself, getting inspired, letting loose, having fun, and learning something new. 

All CKPL branches are offering fun and informative “how-to” sessions between October 15 and October 20. Visit the How-To Festival at Tilbury Branch and learn:

How-To Display Your Collectables with Paul Robb 

Monday, October 15, 4:00 pm 

How-To Build a Hex Bug Maze     

Monday, October 15, 4:30 pm     

How-To Find Freebies and Bargain Hunt

Tuesday, October 16, 12:00 pm    

How-To Become a Volunteer with Your Dog with the St John Ambulance Therapy Dogs

Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 pm

How-To Make Kinetic Sand

Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 pm     

CKPL’s How-To Festival is in celebration of Ontario Public Library Week: A Visit Will Get You Thinking! Ontario Public Library Week raises awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. 

Stay & Play Activities

Come to the library to enjoy a 'make and take' craft or play a game. Each will feature something different. Drop in. 

My First Storytime (every Monday)

Date: September 24 through November 5 (closed October 8)
Time: 10:00 am
If you are looking for a fun, interactive program for you and your little one, then join us for a weekly half-hour fun program before the library opens! We’ll sing songs, listen to short stories, learn rhymes and finger stories, play with musical instruments and more. Ages 3 months to 4 years. Drop in.

Family Storytime with Block Parents of Chatham-Kent

Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 6:00 pm
Join us for some early Halloween fun! We’ll read some spooky stories, play some games, and get all weird with our craft supplies. Block Parents of Chatham-Kent will be joining us tonight to promote their safety program for kids, so please join us to learn how to help keep kids safe out on the street and in their homes.

Adult Book Club (First Tuesday of the Month) 

Dates: October 2, November 6
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to join in a lively discussion of each month’s chosen book. Call or visit the branch to request your copy!
October – "The Nightingale" / Kristen Hannah
November – "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital" / Sheri Fink

Paint Night

Date: First Thursday of the month - October 4, November 1
Time: 6:00 pm
Join our free monthly ‘Paint Nights’ where you can express yourself, explore with colour, learn new skills, and meet new people with similar interests!
Open to everyone ages 14+. Registration is required. Please call 519.682.0100 or go to and use keywords ‘Paint Night’ to reserve your spot.

Card Making Classes with Jenn Ford from CK Connections

Make Fall Festivities cards
Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: $10/person

Make 3 Fall Festivities cards in the theme of autumn or Halloween. Cost is $10.00 per person. You are asked to supply your own glue/tape if possible. All other supplies are included. Registration is required. Please call 519.682.0100 or go to and use keywords ‘Card Making’ to reserve your spot.

Transform Your Life with Positive Thinking Workshop with Jackie Lefebvre

Walk the pathway to self-discovery, take the opportunity to know a little bit more about yourself, and learn to love yourself more. Drop in.

Releasing Pain

Date: Thursday, October 16
Time: 6:00 pm
When we don’t fully process emotions they become stuck in our bodies. Learn how to release unresolved emotions and release pain.

November is “Make a Will” Month

Have You Made Your Will?
Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 6:00 pm
Join us as we celebrate “Make a Will Month” by attending a free legal information workshop presented by Whittal and Company in partnership with the Ontario Bar Association. Learn the significance of having a will, the value of Estate Planning and the importance of Power of Attorney. Registration not required.

TechConnect at the Tilbury Branch

When: by appointment
Tablet? iPad? Smartphone? eReader? Laptop? MacBook? Have some tech questions? We can help! Sessions are 45 minutes in length. Bring your device along for one-on-one technical help. Call the Tilbury Branch at 519.682.0100 to book a free, 45 minute session.

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Settlement Services

Date: First Thursday of every month  October 4, November 1
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.

Group / School Visits

Class visits or group visits are always welcome at the Tilbury Branch. Come for a visit, browse the books, find out about our free databases or participate in a program designed just for you. We are also available to come out to your location. Contact our staff to arrange a visit. 519.682.0100. Visits are arranged around the needs of the class and teacher.

Home Service to Hudson Manor

Twice a month, a volunteer delivers large or regular print books to rooms at the Hudson Manor retirement residence. If you are interested in receiving a book delivery, please call the Tilbury Branch or Hudson Manor for more information.