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Spring Seed Library 

Chatham-Kent residents can “borrow” seeds from all 11 CKPL locations. CKPL Grows Seed Library will offer a variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds at each branch. Last year over 6,300 seed packages were distributed across Chatham-Kent!  

CKPL Grows Seed Library provides an opportunity for residents of Chatham-Kent to grow healthy gardens, have access to affordable food, and create beautiful spaces in their own backyards and local communities.  Chatham-Kent Public Library members can borrow seeds for free, save the seeds they grow, and return some of those seeds back to the library at the end of the growing season.

Gardeners are also encouraged to “grow a row” for Salvation Army Food Banks using vegetable seeds from CKPL’s Spring Seed Library. Produce can be donated at Salvation Army Food Banks located in Chatham (19 Raleigh Street), Blenheim (24 Talbot Street), Ridgetown (19 Main Street) and Wallaceburg (600 Lowe Street).

CKPL's 2024 Reading Challenge

Download a copy of CKPL's 2024 Reading Challenge or pick up a copy at your local branch.  Watch CKPL's social media pages every month for suggestions on what to read for each challenge.



January - Read one of 2023's best books.
February - Read a book to reflect on Black History Month.
March - Read the 2024 CK Reads title before the author visit.
April - Read a book set in space.
May - Read a book with lots of action and adventure!
June - Summer can be busy. Read a novella.
July - Read a book by a BIPOC author (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour).
August - Summer is still busy! Read a graphic novel, comic, or manga.
September - Read a book by an Indigenous author.
October - Happy Canadian Library Month! Read a book by a Canadian author.
November - Read an award-winning book.
December - Read a book recommended to you by CKPL staff (by a person or in a display!)

Lower Thames Valley Conservation Area Parking Pass

Borrow a 2024 LTVCA Parking Pass! These passes are available to all patrons and allow day use parking access to all LTVCA conservation areas, C.M. Wilson, Sharon Creek, and Longwoods Road/Ska-Nah-Doht Village. Passes are available for a loan period of 7 days and can be checked out at all 11 CKPL branches.

Provincial Park Pass

Borrow a 2024 Ontario Parks Annual Vehicle Permit from any of our 11 branches. Passes are loaned for 7 days and provide day use access to all Ontario Provincial Parks. A limited number of passes will also be available as part of CKPL's Express Collection. Express Collection items are loaned on a "first come first served" basis. Items in this collection cannot be placed on hold, nor can they be set aside for pickup. Passes were provided by Ontario Parks as part of their library day-use vehicle lending program. The motivation behind this program is to help Ontarians spend more time in nature. 

Audiobooks, eBooks, and More at Your Fingertips

With your CKPL card, you have access to digital platforms filled with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, movies, and magazines... all for free! You can read, watch, and listen any time, anywhere.

Visit for more information about Hoopla, Kanopy, Libby, PressReader, and Tumblebook Library.

Decodable Books

CKPL received a grant from the International Dyslexia Association of Ontario to purchase dyslexia friendly resources, called decodable books, for the library collection. Decoding means using knowledge of letter sounds and English spelling patterns to "sound out" a word. Decodable books are purposely written to help beginning and emerging readers master decoding.  

CKPL's decodable books include phonics books, early readers, beginner chapter books, and advanced chapter books for kids and teens. CKPL also has audiobooks that you can access from home! The Tumblebooks database includes early reader, chapter book, and advanced reader read-alongs. 

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