HPL & 150150 Things

150 Things

  1. Visit the Library
  2. Get a Library Card.  This year the cards are in celebration of the cultural and history of Municipality of the Town of Huntsville.
  3. Check out a book. Wonder which ones we have?  Visit our online catalogue.
  4. Attend storytime.
  5. Use a Library computer.
  6. Connect to the wireless network - for free.
  7. Did you know the Library replaced all our lighting in 2016 to LED?  This was our goal in the Town's Energy Tactical Team initiative.  Our use of hydro has reduced and we won't have to change a light bulb for 3 to 5 years. 
  8. Check out seeds and grow.  Yes...we have a Seed Library and you can borrow the seeds, plant them and then return more in the Fall after you have harvested your amazing crop.
  9. Recommend an item for purchase.
  10. View our 2016 Annual Report and find out just what happed in your library in 2016.  Hey, you can even have a look all the Annual Reports from 2012 to 2015 too.
  11. Print using our Makerbot 3D Replicator 2.
  12. View monthly displays of artifacts from Muskoka Heritage Place. You'll be inspired to see more by visiting the amazing place.
  13. Browse the Art in the Library.  Walk around and admire the works of Muskoka artists on display each month.  Thanks to the Huntsville Art Society for coordinating the celebration of the great talent that surrounds us.
  14. Research your family history using collections in the Muskoka Room - photographs, books, microfilm, and more.
  15. Take a tour of the Library.
  16. Check out what's happening in Town by viewing the Community Information Board.
  17. See what's being discussed at Library Board meetings each month.
  18. Checkout or download music to enjoy at home or on a trip.
  19. View Reel Alternative movies.  Thanks to the group for providing funding to purchase these great titles.
  20. Let us know what you think.  Have an idea?  Just let us know.
  21. Join in the walking tour of Library locations throughout the Town of Huntsville.  Physically or virtually.
  22. Take an audiobook home and enjoy great stories while you garden, drive, or just sit and relax.
  23. If you are registered with CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) you can check out the Daisy Reader and titles to listen to on the device.  Not registered?  We can help you. 
  24. Use an HPL Hotspot to connect you to the Internet at home.  Use the tool to research family history, find the perfect job, take a course online or do your homework. 
  25. Did you know we are governed by a Library Board made up of 7 community members and 1 Council representative that ensure that the Library meets the needs and interests of users of all ages.  
  26. Learn a language using Rosetta Stone.
  27. Browse Art in the Children's Library.  Each month a different school in the municipality displays the works of its students.  The works show the imagination and creativity of the youth in our municipality. 
  28. Join a book club.  We have more than one and hope there is a day and time that works for you.
  29. Download eBooks and eAudiobooks using Overdrive or hoopla.  No charge for access to hundreds of thousands of great titles.  And never and overdue.
  30. Come to Books & Brunch and enjoy conversation with national bestselling authors Kate Hilton and Jennifer Robson while enjoying a delicious brunch at 3 Guys and a Stove.  July 9th at 11 AM | Tickets $25.
  31. Enjoy the newly renovated Friends Room.  What's new?  With funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Grant the sound quality is improved, there comfortable & ergonomic seating, blinds that reduce glare, and a projector and screen to share projects/presentations and more.
  32. Volunteer at the Library.  Share your knowledge, skills, and experience with those around you.
  33. Get Tech Help.  Make an appointment with the eLibrarian or Teen Tech or visit the desk on Thursday evenings.  Actually, you can stop by anytime for help.
  34. Learn out the history of the Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes and Huntsville by visiting the Muskoka Digital Archives
  35. Browse the amazing titles in the Vicki Dodds Memorial Art Book Collection.  Created in memory of an inspiring and long time friend of the Library, the collection shares titles on the history of art and artists in Canada. 
  36. Get crafty.  Crafternoons are fun and crafty.  You won't walk away without developing a skill and creating something to brighten a space or share with friends and family.
  37. Get comfy in one of the lounge chairs donated by the Friends of the Library.  Chat with friends or grab a book, magazine and newspaper and relax.
  38. Enjoy a coffee, tea or hot beverage.  $2 and yummy options for all tastes.
  39. Discover our magazines.  The list is long and topics cover the interests of our users - photography, fashion, finance, history, art, archaeology, fishing, decorating, and more.
  40. Borrow a Kill-a-Watt reader and find out just how much hydro you're using each day, week, and month.  Look at ideas for reducing usage and saving money - all the while supporting sustainability in your space.
  41. PAWS to Read with a certified therapy dog for 15 minutes in a quiet and relaxed setting.  Shady is a great cuddle while enjoying a book of your choice.
  42. Join the TD Summer Reading Club.  The TD SRC is for all ages and offers great programs, fascinating reads, and amazing prizes for all ages.  See you at the launch in River Mill Park on June 24th at 11 AM.
  43. Checkout a Muskoka Trail Guide and Pedometer and set off on a journey across Muskoka while keeping track of every step. 
  44. See what's on the tables at the Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale.  It opens May 29th. 
  45. Create a reading list.  Yup.  Login to your account and select titles to read this year.  
  46. Wondering what to add to the reading lists?   Look no further than the Canada 150 Great Reads Lists.  Download the lists at home or stop by the Library to pick one up.  
  47. Attend one of the summer Friends performances at the Legion.
  48. LIKE US on Facebook!
  49. Did you know the Library has solar panels on the roof?  The Library is a part of the Town of Huntsville sustainability initiative and you can actually  find out just how much energy we're producing.
  50. Learn all about technology by signing up for Computer & Technology Classes
  51. Build with Lego.  Create structures while having a great time.   Fun for all.
  52. Want to build virtually?  Sign up for Minecraft on Mondays and build your own castle, fort, or more. 
  53. Take an online course for free.  Visit Universal Class and learn something new. Over 500 online continuing education courses. Video-based courses for users interested in professional or personal growth. Learn on your own time at your own pace. Wide range of subjects from personal finance to yoga 101
  54. Get help with your Income Tax.  In April and May make an appointment with CRA volunteers.
  55. Vist a Little Free Library.  Where?  In Huntsville - in front of the Algonquin Theatre (May to October) or in the Summit Centre (the winter months).  In Port Sydney at the Community Centre - same schedule as above.
  56. Take a tour of downtown Huntsville in the Children's Library.  Visit and guide trucks and other toys across the Huntsville play mat. 
  57. Visit the Virtual Library ( that is open 24/7 365 days a year to download books, access information, renew items on your card and more. 
  58. Book the Annex.   The Annex is found at 1 Minerva St. and at 1000 square feet is a great space to meet or offer programs.  It has a small kitchenette (with microwave, kettle and sink), 55 inch TV, gallery hangings, connection to wireless network and more.
  59. Experience the great gadgets in the Library.  3Doodler, circuit scribes, and more.
  60. Use a computer.  Log in with your Library card or we can log you in as a guest. 
  61. Visit the Creativity and Exploration Hub (The Hub) and use the iMac 27 or PC with a 27 inch monitor.  Both devices have all the Adobe Creative Cloud software and more.  
  62. Use the accessible workstation in The Hub.  The workstation has a touch screen monitor, large letter keyboard, and Kensington trackball mouse as well as software that supports physical and learning challenges. 
  63. The Library Code of Conduct is the guide used to ensure that your visit to the Library is positive and that everyone is treated with kindness and respect.