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!

Burn off the bunny!

March 25, 2013

bunnyHave those commercials with the chocolate eggs been tempting you? It can be difficult to resist them especially when they are conveniently located at the check out of your local grocery store.  The good news is you can have your chocolate bunny and eat it too! Before you go to the gym check out the libraries resources dedicated to exercise. This fitness page on our Health and Wellness subject guide provides a listing of great books, e-books, magazines, websites plus more.  With all this useful information right at your finger tips you can eat that decadent chocolate bunny and burn it off with some good old fashioned hard work!  If you live near the mountain, why not take a go at the stairs. These stairs are used by those who want to really feel the burn as well as build up their strength and endurance! The library is closed for Good Friday, so why not use this day off to run the stairs but be sure to stretch after or your quads will be mighty sore the next day!

Spring around the corner!

March 18, 2013

SpringIt might not look like it today, but Spring is on its way! March 20th at 7:02 a.m. marks the start of the Spring season.

It is today when the hours of the night equal the hours of the day and continue to lessen daily as daylight lasts longer. It’s the time of year when winter clothes and shovels are slowly put away in favour of light jackets and umbrellas.

Need some new ways to celebrate spring? Check out this link for some ideas! Celebrate Spring

All you need is love

February 11, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Love is in the air this week – especially with Valentine’s Day just days away.  Whether you’re looking for love in all the wrong places or have a special someone in your life, the library has resources to improve your relationships.  Click this link to find a list of resources that will help you discover everything you need to know about romance, the psychology of love and the different ways men and women view relationships.  To learn more about the history of Valentine’s Day, why not read this article.  There are many online videos available too.  Films on Demand, the National Film Board, and TED Talks all share some insight on love and relationships.  The History channel also has pictures and videos about Valentine’s Day, chocolate, and the science of love.

If you are a last minute shopper, don’t worry, the Mohawk College Marketplace is steps away.  This Thursday, February 14th, the Valentine’s Day marketplace will include a variety of different vendors including: jewelry and accessories; perfume; chocolates; candies; delicious desserts and much, much more!  The marketplace will be open from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, so there is lots of time to find that special gift.  For more information about the Valentine’s Day marketplace, click here.

When in doubt, there is always an app to help you show your Valentine how much you care.  From love quotes, cards, and dinner reservations to wine and food, iTunes can help you plan a thoughtful gesture that is sure to impress.  You can also find a list of suggested apps from an article posted by Dara Kerr, a tech savvy writer for CNET.

However you choose to celebrate this week, remember the love of good friends and family.  It costs nothing to say those three little words to someone you love.

Happy Holidays

December 21, 2012

Today is the first day of winter – many proud Canadians are rejoicing in the season we are best known for.  This is also the last day before Mohawk College closes its doors for the holiday season.  Students, staff and faculty are embracing the break between semesters to spend much deserved time with family and friends, and to relax and rejuvenate for the start of the winter 2013 semester.

With the busy holiday season upon us the library has some wonderful e-resources to keep you cozy while we’re away.  There are a variety of EBSCO eBooks and audiobooks to help you get ready for the holidays.  The list includes books to help you host a party on a budget, cook a classic (or not so classic) holiday meal, and craft projects to keep little hands busy before Santa visits.   For those that want to catch up on some classic Christmas stories, the eBook collection includes works from Charles Dickens, Clement Clarke Moore, and Washington Irving to name a few.  If dinner music is on your long list of things to do, why not discover a new Canadian musician like I have.  Reid Jamieson, a Toronto born singer/musician from Vancouver, has recently released a new album, Songs For A Winter’s Night.  It is a collection of beautiful songs that will add a touch of Canadian winter to any holiday gathering.  My favorite is the title track – Reid Jamieson has re-recorded a Gordon Lightfoot classic and has done it right.  Mr. Lightfoot should be proud of this beautiful rendition.

On behalf of the Library @ Mohawk staff, I would like to take this opportunity to extend warm wishes to Mohawk College students, staff and faculty for a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.  For information about the libraries holiday hours, click here.

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2013!

Happy Holidays

Black Friday=Shopping time!

November 20, 2012

What are your plans this weekend? Hopping across the border for some early holiday shopping or staying local to cash in on some great deals?

Once an American tradition, Black Friday has now become just as popular in Canada. Retailers mark the end of the American Thanksgiving season to market for the upcoming holidays in the hopes that they make a profit and stay in the “black”.

Canadian retail stores are aiming to keep shoppers this side of the border with longer shopping hours, pre-sale flyers, door crashers, etc.  Retailers have begun using not only their websites and email distribution, but also social media outlets to advertise: Facebook – Black Friday, Twitter – #BlackFriday

And don’t forget, Cyber Monday is just around the corner!

Beware of the scammer when shopping as this is one of the most popular times for scamming. Take a look at this great article from The Vancouver Sun on how to be prepared.

Happy shopping!

Labour Day Closure – Monday, September 3rd

August 30, 2012

Happy Labour Day


The first Monday in September is fast approaching, and that means we get to celebrate Labour Day; a national holiday that officially celebrates workers and the labour union movement.

While it may seem oxymoronic that we celebrate working by not working, that is exactly what happens. This means on

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mohawk College Library is CLOSED,

So, instead of working, why not celebrate the day by enjoying one of the many Labour Day parades or picnics planned in the province.


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