Fun for Everyone

We’ve put together this fun collection of resources, videos (created by our own NGPL staff!) and fun activities for all ages.

Creature Feature with Darren 2020 (Reptile Rainforest)

Creature FeatureApril 16th – Gerald the Legless Lizard
April 23rd – Toadosaurus Rex the Giant Toad
April 30th – Turbo the Red-Footed Tortoise
May 7th – Corn Snakes
May 14th – Jessicka the Blue-Tongued Skink
May 21st – Sebastian the Snapping Turtle
May 28th – Queen the Emperor Scorpion
June 4th – Luna the Gray Treefrog & Special Guest, Sedona
June 11th – Reptile Rainforest’s Adventures in North Grenville
June 18th – Reptile Rainforest Save the Turtles!
June 25th – Ball Pythons, Bloopers & updated creatures
July 2nd – Alice the Bearded Dragon
August 6th – Special edition interview with Brockville Aquatarium

Books & Bites 2020 with NGPL

website copy books&bitesMay 6th – Dalgona Coffee
May 13th – Breakfast Ramen
May 20th – Oatmeal Scones
May 27th – Bacon Avocado Fries
June 3rd – Instant Pot Meatball Pasta
June 10th – Oven “Fried” Pickles
June 17th – Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies
June 24th- Chia Seed Pudding
July 1st – PB&J & Piña Colada Smoothies

Local Author Readings 2020

May 7th – Anne Walsh
May 14th – Mike Martin
May 20th- Kate Heartfield
May 28th – Michel Weatherall
June 4th – Michael J. McCann
June 11th – Paula Thomas
June 18th – Lydia Peever
June 25th – temporarily unavailable Jagjeet Sharma

NGPL Flower Show – Summer 2020

If you haven’t already, take a moment to “wander through“ our NGPL Flower Show.


Share a Joke

A Calgary high school launched a free joke hotline for seniors back in April of 2020.  They wanted to reach out and share some happiness and the message has gained momentum in ways that the small western high school never dreamed of!  Comedian and actor Billy Crystal is one of the latest contributors to the hotlines jokes and James Corden has featured the hotline on his late-night CBS talkshow.   They have received over seventeen thousand calls to date.

The hotline, available by calling 1-877-JOY-4ALL, (1-877-569-4255) offers pre-recorded jokes, stories, motivational passages and poems.

To contribute your own joke, visit or @joy4allproject on Instagram.

Self Care Series

What is self-care?
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. It seems like a simple concept but it’s something we often forget. Self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety, increasing your sense of well-being and helping foster good relationships.


As Participation Canada says, everything gets better when you get active! You may have seen their TV ad, but Participation Canada also has a fun presentation that outlines what getting active does for you!

There is no end to the fitness apps, YouTube videos, and at-home fitness routines you can google!  Take a look and see what motivates you.  The nice thing is, you can choose something different every day and never be bored by a routine.

Love Local

See the list of local businesses and what they are offering at  Check out what they are offering and how they are working to provide service to our community.

Spa Day

Finding quiet, and alone time may be difficult right now but, it’s also possible to involve the whole family in Spa Day.

There are lots of awesome DIY spa ideas online and on YouTube  Take care of yourself!

Hair DIY!

There are so many “How to”, and DIY haircutting videos and articles online it’s hard to know where to start.  Here’s Wired Magazine’s straight forward and easy to follow advice.
Wired is a monthly magazine that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics.

Now that you can see again, and those bangs are taken care of, you will notice…your roots.   Maybe now is a good time to experiment with colour? Here’s a helpful review of at-home colour products.   Here are some colour trends for 2020 provided by Chatelaine Magazine.  Chatelaine is a Canadian women’s magazine that covers topics from food, style and home décor to politics, health, and relationships, available at NGPL.

Family members will be happy to critic your new look, and your kids will be brutally honest.  Feel free to share your DIY results with us on Facebook!

Learn to Knit!

Learn to knit or crochet and join the knitters group when in house activities resume.

Let Martha Stewart or RJ  on YouTube show you how!

Learn a New Language!

Use the free Duolingo mobile app or website to learn a new language.  It’s the world’s best way to learn a new language and it’s fun!
Duolingo offers 94 different language courses in 23 languages and the app has over 300 million registered users worldwide.

Download the Duolingo app or log on to their website to get started or download the app.

Spring Bike Tune-Up

Now is a great time to tune up your bike!    Cycling weather is nearly here and you can be ready for it!
Check out this YouTube video or click this link for highly rated tune-up information.
These ladies, although showing a shocking lack of social distancing, will be ready for the roads this season!

Go Birdwatching!

Now is a great time to start a new hobby and bird watching is a fun and fascinating activity from a window at home or for a solitary walk in the woods!

Start a challenge with your friends to see who can identify the most birds in a set period of time.  When the time is up, call, text, or Facebook friends and share your results. See who wins!
For a serious challenge see the rules!  Yes, there are rules…

3 great apps

  • iBird Pro Guide to Birds. …
  • Merlin Bird ID. …
  • Audubon Bird Guide: North America.

and three top websites to get started or learn more.

Online Lyme Disease & Tick information Session

Leeds Grenville Health Unit

Spring is here and getting outside is on everyone’s mind!

The counties of LeedsGrenville and Lanark had the highest rate of new Lyme disease cases in 2018, triggered by bacteria from infected black-legged ticks.  We may not roam too far this spring but even a back yard playtime or a solitary, woodland ramble can be spoiled by an encounter with a tick!

Help to keep your family safe and out of doctor’s offices and emergency rooms because of a tick bite! We’d like to share an online presentation from the Health unit so that we can provide this information.

Virtual Field Trips

Art Museums, Zoos, Aquariums…Take a trip without ever having to leave your house with these 20 virtual trips!

6 more trips to take a “walk on the wild side!” from our friends at Ottawa Public Library!

Virtual Amusement Park Rides!

manscreamAll Rollercoasters at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, ON:
All Rollercoasters at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH:
SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel at Six Flags American in Bowie, MD:
All 10 Rollercoasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, Lancashire, North West England:
Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL:
Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL:

Singha at Siam Park in Tenerife, Spain:
Knott’s Berry Farm Log Ride in Buena Park, CA:
Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Volcano Bay at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL:

And after all that excitement, how about a nice relaxing Water Taxi ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL:

Free Streaming Service

tubiRunning out of things to watch? Don’t subscribe to any streaming services? Why not give Tubi a try? It’s Free! Tubi is an ad-supported streaming service with a broad catalogue of titles and shows.

Need something to entertain the kids? Tubi is a virtual time machine of kids shows from the ’80s and ’90s. Pour out some of your favourite sugary cereal and recreate a Saturday morning playlist with Alf, Sonic the Hedgehog, Transformers, Sailor Moon, and GI Joe.

Free Digital Cooking Classes online

Delish’s editorial director Joanna Saltz and her kids will be going live on Instagram every weekday at 1pm EST to share cook-along videos.

Cirque Du Soleil CirqueConnect

cirque-du-soleilCirque Du Soleil offers an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of their shows. Now more than ever, they want to do their little part to spread joy, even from afar, directly to your safe spaces. Let them welcome you into their world where awe-inspiring show footage and fan-favorite videos will transport you. Just for you, from them. Enjoy!

Virtual Campus Tours

VirtualCampusToursHey Teens! Get to know your possible new homes without leaving your current home! Many Universities and Colleges have virtual tours of their campus online. Take a look!

YouVisit– Enter “Canada” into the search bar, there are only a few Canadian schools, but many US schools if that is an option you considered.

Campus Tours– Virtual tours of all Canadian Universities and Colleges

Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival is launching a free film festival featuring twelve Shakespeare productions as part of Stratford Festival on Film. Each film debuts at 7 p.m. and is available for a three-week period.

Mental Health Support & Services

If you are seeking help please contact your family doctor or the Leeds and Grenville Addiction and Mental Health

Tween & Teen Podcasts

Podcasts are an excellent way for kids to learn or to decompress while being entertained. So if your teenager or tween is looking for some solo time, get them hooked on these 10 podcasts! Take a look for yourself and maybe you’ll get hooked on them as well! Listen to the podcasts together could even become a special time for the whole family, whether on long car rides or while at home. Look for these podcasts on your favourite players such as Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts.

Interested and want to learn how you can start your own click here to check out this NGPL book.

Here are some awsome podcasts to escape with!

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