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For Adults

Adult programming and groups

For more information about Adult Programming and/or Groups please contact
Krista at kristar@quintewest.ca  or 613-394-3381 ext. 3325

September programs

Technology and Learning

Tuesday Tech Time

Have technology questions or need help navigating your device?

Drop-in from 2:30pm till 4pm on Tuesdays at the Trenton Branch. September 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Drop-in Makerspace Tech time

Drop in Thursdays, Sep 14th and 28 from 1pm- 3pm to learn more about creating with our Makerspace tech equipment like our Glowforge laser cutter, 3D Printer or Cricut machine!

Doors Open Quinte West

Did you know the newly renovated Trenton Branch has a bigger Makerspace, comfy new seating and unique study spaces? Come see everything that’s offered during Doors Open Quinte West! Sat, Sep 16 10am-4pm

Genealogy Drop-in

Are you researching your family tree or just getting started? Come to our drop-in genealogy program and delve into the past using library resources with help from the experts! Tue, Sep 19th at 11am. Trenton Branch.

Crafts and Hobbies

Crafting in the Makerspace

Join us every Wednesday 10:30am – 12:30pm for no-tech crafting. Work on your latest project in our Makerspace! We have crafting tools like a label maker, button maker, laminator and more that you can use. Minimal cost for some supplies. 

Drop-in Wednesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm. Trenton Branch.



Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images. Our Zentangle program is led by certified Zentangle teacher, Marita. All skill levels welcome.

Join us in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Trenton Branch Friday, Sep, 8 at 10am to 12noon. No registration required.

Holiday-themed Trivet

Join us Saturday, Sep 9th at 10am to create a Thanksgiving or holiday-themed laser engraved trivet! Learn how you can create your own design to have laser-engraved using our Glowforge! Just in time for Thanksgiving! Make it as a unique house warming gift or keep it for yourself. All supplies are provided.

Social Group

Join our Social Group at the Trenton Branch! Engage in fun activities with others like trivia and easy crafts. 

Join us Mon, Sep 11 and Mon, Sep 25th from 10:30am – 12noon. In partnership with BQWCHC. No registration required.


Paper Luminary

Learn how to cut and make a paper luminary! All supplies will be provided. Join us Wed, Sep 13th at 5:30pm at the Trenton Branch OR Fri, Sep 15th at 10am at the Frankford Branch.

Cricut Decal Tile Coasters

Make vinyl-decal tile coasters! All supplies will be provided Join us on Wed, Sep 20th at 5:30pm (Trenton) OR Fri, Sep, 22nd at 10am (Frankford). Registration required.

Plant Bring n’ take Event!

Plant lovers unite! It’s time for our Bring n’ Take Plant event! Sat, Sep 23rd starting at 10am until supplies run out. Drop off plants you’d like to donate or trade starting on Fri, Sep 22 before 5pm or on the day of (Sat, Sep 23). Trenton Branch.

Adult Sewing (6 week program)


Learn to sew at the library! This beginner’s sewing class will walk you through the basics of sewing seams, choosing fabric for your project, following a pattern, and neatly finishing your projects. This program runs for six weeks total. Registration required. Supply lists will be provided before classes begin; you can purchase kits for each week’s project.

Tuesdays from 5-7pm. Starting Sep 12. Trenton Branch.

Open Sewing Studio

Drop by our new sewing studio! Bring a project, meet new sewing friends, get a little hands-on help with tricky new skills, try out a serger or our embroidery machine for the first time, or spend the afternoon zoned in while you stitch away! Note, this program does not include any formalized instruction, but our staff can provide some help with projects as needed.

Saturday, Sep, 16 from 1pm-3pm.

Stitch-in-Public Day

Join us for Stitch-in-Public Day September 23rd at the Trenton Branch! Come check out the The Quinte Needlearts Guild stitching in the library September 23rd 10-3pm.

read 2023

Read 2023
Read 2023
Read or listen to 12 books in 12 categories in 12 months
Pick up your 2023 Reading Challenge sheet at either branch!
Registration is required
(In-person or Use Online Registration Link)
Have you joined Read 2023 and are looking for a few suggestions for feature challenges? Here are some book lists related to some of the challenges featured in Read 2023.
Click on the category to see the lists:

Books about Family

Books that Bring Hope

Books written by Indigenous Authors

Books that include a Road Trip

Books that feature a Refugee Experience

Books with poetry and short stories

Books written by an author who is deceased


Short Story Magazine

Library members contributed to our first ever short story magazine.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.

There is a paper copy of the Short Story Magazine located in our magazine area or you can read the digital copy here: 

2023 Short Story Magazine
2022 Short Story Magazine 


Join the Socrates group to discuss a topic in the Socrates method of cooperative critical thinking dialogue. The group currently meets at the Quinte West Public Library (Makerspace Room) on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Book Club - reading with friends

The Reading with Friends Book Club meets the first Friday of the month September through June at 10:00 am.  Books are available at our main desk at the beginning of the month.
For more information contact our facilitator, Billie at (613) 392-5773.

book club reading list for 2023-2024

Left neglected
Left Neglected          By:  Lisa Genova
In Lisa Genova’s New York Times bestselling novel—and Academy Award–winning film—of resilience in the face of a devastating diagnosis, a vibrant mother in her thirties learns what matters most in life when a car crash leaves her with a traumatic brain disorder called “left neglect.”
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American Dirt          By:  Jeanine Cummins
“También de este lado hay sueños. Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly…
Daughter of the Reich
Daughter of the Reich          By:  Louise Fein
“She must choose between loyalty to her country or a love that could be her destruction … As the dutiful daughter of a high-ranking Nazi officer, Hetty Heinrich is keen to play her part in the glorious new Thousand Year Reich. But she never imagines that all she believes and knows about her world will come into stark conflict when she encounters Walter, a Jewish friend from the past, who stirs dangerous feelings in her.
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Sold on a Monday          By:  Kristina McMorris

From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history. 2 CHILDREN FOR SALE The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices.
Books we love

Members’ Recommendations: 

Sharing books we think others might enjoy.

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The Woman They Could Not Silence          By:  Kate Moore

“1860: As the clash between the states rolls slowly to a boil, Elizabeth Packard, housewife and mother of six, is facing her own battle. The enemy sits across the table and sleeps in the next room. Threatened by Elizabeth’s intellect, independence, and outspokenness, her husband of twenty-one years is plotting against her…
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The Other Einstein          By:  Marie Benedict
The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. 
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Turbulence          By:  David Szalay

In this wondrous, profoundly moving novel, Szalay’s diverse protagonists circumnavigate the planet in twelve flights, from London to Madrid, from Dakar to Sao Paulo, to Toronto, to Delhi, to Doha, en route to see lovers or estranged siblings, aging parents, baby grandchildren, or nobody at all. Along the way, they experience the full range of human emotions from loneliness to love and, knowingly or otherwise, change each other in one brief, electrifying interaction after the next.
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Tuscan Daughter          By:  Lisa Rochon
In Renaissance Florence, a young artist searching for her missing mother is discovered by arch-rivals Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci   In Tuscany during the early 1500s, Beatrice, a peasant girl, finds herself alone in the countryside after her father is killed and her mother disappears into the walled city of Florence. Barefoot and defiant, Beatrice enters the city to sell her family’s olive oil to the artists who toil to create masterworks that will elevate the status of the republic.


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The Lions of Fifth Avenue          By:  Fiona Davis
“It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life–her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open.


Writer's Circle

Writes Circle
Writer’s Circle is a group of writers who meet once a month to discuss and share their work. 
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Saturday June 15th & August 19th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110
(19 Quinte Street)
on the second floor in the Board Room
For more information please contact Krista at
613-394-3381 x 3325 
or email kristar@quintewest.ca