Essa Public Library
A Place For All Seasons
Essa Public Library - Thornton Branch
34 Robert Street, Thornton, ON L0L 2N0
(705) 458-2549 - phone
(705) 458-1820 - fax
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 12 noon & 6 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 - 9 p.m.
Thursday: 6 - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Thornton Branch will be closed the following dates in 2014:
New Year's Day
December 24 & 31 - Open 9 a.m. - 12 noon
December 25 & 26 - Christmas Day & Boxing Day
Janine Harris-Wheatley, CEO
Laura Wark, Manager of Public Service
Ann-Marie Crackle, Public Service Clerk
Sara Barclay, Public Service Clerk
Kathy Lautenschlager, Circulation Clerk
Cathy McGrath, Circulation Clerk
Nestled in the Village of Thornton, library services started in the basement of the Thornton United Church providing Large Print books to the local Seniors' Club. Soon, a library "deposit station" was established in a small area adjacent to the Thornton Fire Station. It was soon evident that library services were becoming increasingly popular to area residents so a new facility was proposed
In December 1996, the present Thornton Branch was opened! A great selection of fiction, non-fiction & large-print books, magazines, young adult books, juvenile books, picture and board books & leveled readers, dvds, public access computers, wireless computer access, cds, audio & eaudio/ebooks and much more are available! The Thornton Branch also has a meeting room that is utilized by many local community groups.
Computer and Internet access is also available to library users. All Essa Public Library patrons can gain access to our electronic database collections--see all links through our "electronic resources" tab on our website!
Interlibrary loan service is available through SOLS/INFO and now includes Patron Access Interlibrary Loan. Also, the County of Simcoe Library Co-operative provides our branches with rotating collections of audio-books, cds, dvds, read-alongs. Also, the County of Simcoe Library Co-operative provides our branches with rotating collections of audio-books, dvds, cds and read-alongs.
Computer and Internet access is also available to library users. On-line electronic resources are also a valued service to our patrons, including such databases as Craft & Hobbies, Mango Languages, Ebsco products, World Book, Encyclopedia Britannica, A-Z Maps, Tumblebooks, PebbleGo and much more! Our databases are made possible through funding from Simcoe County Library Cooperative, Southern Ontario Library Services and Essa Public Library.
We also feature special programming events, such as RBC After-School Programming, FamJam Movie Nights, a variety of Storytimes for preschoolers, Wiggles & Giggles baby time, Ontario Public Library Week/Canada Library Month, TD Summer Reading Club, and displays to feature special events
January 1, 2013, the Essa Public Library Board & Staff committed to developing and implementing policies, practices and procedures to govern the Library's provision of goods, programs and services which are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for all Library users. Accessible formats are Large Type Books and Audio Books. The Essa Public Library Board Accessible Customer Service Policy, Procedures and Practices is available in 14 or 16 point font upon request.
In September 2013, new hours of operation were launches; a bright and fun new Children's Room was added; and a fresh new look given to other areas of the Thornton Branch. We look forward to your visit at the Thornton Branch!
Lumber Liquidators Donation to the Thornton Branch
Bella Wood, one of our young patrons, is featured in the following YouTube video through Lumber Liquidators Laying It Forward Initiative. $5,000 was donated to the Essa Public Library, Thornton Branch and the Early Literacy Station was purchased with the proceeds. Our thanks to Lumber Liquidators and especially Bella and her family for thinking of the Essa Public Library.