In the city: Christmas in Gore Park

December 5, 2014

This weekend in the city, the Downtown Hamilton BIA and local radio station AM 900 CHML celebrate Christmas in Gore Park with a variety of family friendly activities.

The fun begins on Friday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. with a free concert by local band Crank.  The lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope will take place at 6:00 p.m.  Children can ride the Christmas miniature train and merry-go-round, and everyone is welcome to enjoy free refreshments.  And don’t forget your letter to Santa; letters may be sent to Santa in a “direct to the North Pole” mailbox.


The Downtown Hamilton BIA invites everyone back to Gore Park on Saturday, December 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to shop in Santa’s village.  The event includes great vendors, free refreshments and Christmas crafts.  There will be carolling and Christmas entertainment throughout the park.  You can even have your picture taken with Santa Claus.

Mohawk College Library can help you get ready for the holiday season.  The library has books on cooking, crafts, and your favorite Christmas carols.  If you still have names to cross off our list, checkout this gift guide from People magazine.  You can always keep up-to-date on the latest trends using library databases and e-journals.

Shop til you drop and then … give

November 27, 2014


After the spending frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday,  Giving Tuesday reminds us about the importance of helping others during the holiday season.  This is the second year for Giving Tuesday in Canada and,  in a short time,  an amazing 1900 organizations have come together to promote the “opening day of the giving season”.

Sometimes it’s hard to decide where to direct your money, where it will do the most good.  Why not consult MoneySense Magazine’s most recent Charity 100 rankings or Charity Intelligence Canada’s list of 4 star organizations?  Lots of surprises!  Giving doesn’t have to be about money; it can also be about volunteering.  Find a local volunteer opportunity in the Volunteer Hamilton database.

Let us know how you decide to give back on Tuesday!  Share via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


In the city: Stay safe this summer

August 1, 2014

The summer season is a time to be free of all the layers of winter clothes, and have some fun in the sun – maybe even the water too!  The long summer days, as relaxing as they are, are no excuse to be unsafe.  We all know the importance of staying hydrated and applying sunscreen, but another long weekend is a great time to review some other safety tips.


Hot summer days make us long for the cool relief of water.  Whether you are swimming or boating, on the lake, or in the pool, the Canadian Red Cross offers a variety of tips to stay safe in the water.  These important tips includes: always follow pool rules; do not leave children unattended; use a Canadian approved standard lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD); never underestimate currents in open water; ensure that you have all the necessary marine safety equipment, in addition to your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.  Most importantly, water safety and alcohol and drugs do not mix.

Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites are beautiful examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.  Parks Canada protects these nationally significant areas, and fosters public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment.  Are you camping for the first time this summer?  There’s an app for that!  Discover all the information you need to plan and enjoy your first camping trip. And if you are already an experienced camper, you’ll love the recipes, checklists and insiders’ tips.  Learn more about Parks Canada mobile apps here.

The Mohawk College Library has books to help you learn more about Canada’s National Parks – click here to view titles and availability.  If memories of summer camp are what you are looking for, the book Children’s nature: The rise of the American summer camp explores how summer camp transformed each camper who swam, hiked, and ate S’mores.

A friendly reminder that all Mohawk College Library locations will be closed on Monday, August 4th.  Please refer to the hours and locations web page for more information.

In the city: Celebrate Canada Day

June 27, 2014

The summer season is officially in the city and it’s time to celebrate!  With so many activities happening this weekend, the most difficult decision you’ll have to make is choosing how to spend your time.

This weekend the Hamilton Community Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary by inviting you to enjoy our city. On Saturday, June 28th over 40 recreation, conservation and cultural centres will be free and open to the public.  For a detailed list of venue information, click here.

The festival season in Hamilton kicks off this weekend with It’s Your Festival at Gage Park.  This family friendly event includes food vendors, art and crafts, a youth talent search, the Hamilton Spectator Spelling Bee contest, and so much more.  The festival will have five stages for entertainment including Hamilton bands like Harlan Pepper; Tom Wilson will be performing with both Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, and Lee Harvey Osmond.  Find a complete list of all performers and show times on the program listings web page.


The Oh Canada Ribfest knows  that there is nothing like a summer barbecue to get you in the spirit of the season.  The festival is celebrating its 5th year, and is located at Memorial Park in Waterdown.  You can enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, movies in the park, fireworks, and ribs, of course!

The City of Hamilton will be celebrating Canada Day at Bayfront and Pier 4 parks.  You can enjoy more than ten of Ontario’s finest food trucks, live entertainment, face painting and balloonists.  The celebration will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 with a fireworks display at the end of the night.  For more details about this special event, click here.

Are you looking for a way to stay up-to-date with news and events in the city?  The Mohawk College Library has online access to newspaper databases including the Hamilton Spectator and Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies.  If you are looking for magazines or journals, the library offers online access through the e-journal portal.  You can search for specific titles, or browse the collection by subject.

If you are planning on visiting the library, please remember that all Mohawk College campuses will be closed on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

IAHS Library Thanksgiving hours

October 8, 2013

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NEW! IAHS Library hours August 19 – September 1

August 14, 2013

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In the City: The Tall Ships are here!

June 28, 2013

Tall Ships_NiagaraIn the City welcomes the Tall Ships of 1812 to Hamilton’s Pier 8.  Tourism Hamilton has reported that the Tall Ships are touring “…15 Ontario ports this summer to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.”  The Tall Ships that will be stopping at Pier 8 include: Sorlandet, Niagara, Fair Jeanne, Peacemaker, and the St. Lawrence II; the ships will be available for touring all weekend long.  In addition to deck tours, there will be food, beverage and craft vendors, live entertainment, harbour cruises and on-land activities.  To find out more about scheduling and events click here.

If you are interested in learning more about sailing and boating, the library has this list of resources to get your sea-legs  ready!  This e-book from EBSCOhost, Seas and Waterways of the World : An Encyclopedia of History, Uses, and Issues, provides an introduction to humanity’s historical reliance on the world’s seas and waterways, and how it continues to evolve.

Looking for something to do on  Canada Day?  Look no further – the Bayfront and Pier 4 parks is the place to be!  Canada Day celebrations include entertainers, food trucks and a fireworks display.  The events draw a crowd of over 30,000 people, so everyone is encouraged to walk, bike, or take the complimentary HSR shuttle.  Those heading down to the parks are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Welcome Inn Community Centre’s Emergency Food Pantry.  For more information about parks events, check out the City of Hamilton web page.

A reminder that all Mohawk College library locations will be closed on Monday, July 1st; regular hours will resume on Tuesday.  We wish you all a safe and relaxing Canada Day long weekend!