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Special Events

Special Events

BPL's Bi-Annual Book Sale!

Don't miss out on this gaint book sale hosted by our dedicated Library volunteers! This sale occurs twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. It's a great opportunity to buy gently loved donated items and materials withdrawn from the Barrie Public Library's collection. Featuring a variety of hardcovers, paperbacks, magazines, DVDs and CDs for all ages! All proceeds benefit your Barrie Public Library!

Spring Book Sale:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Downtown Branch, Angus Ross Room

Barrie Dragon Boat Festival - August 27, 2016

The Barrie Public Library is the proud host of Barrie's largest waterfront festival, the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival. This is an annual event that is made possible by the support of our sponsors, volunteers and community teams. The Festival is held at the City of Barrie's beautiful Heritage Park, with racing on the waters of Kempenfelt Bay.

The 14th annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival will take place on Saturday, August 27th, 2016. The festival is designed as a community event which supports many other charities alongside the Library. Each team is required to submit their registration fee, as well as pledge a minimum of $500.00 that they will fundraise for the charity of their choice. Practices typically occur between mid-May to end of August. The event day is filled with dragon boat races, community vendors, a kids zone and more! 

View a video from our 2014 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and see what it's all about. 

Register now!

Preliminary Registration is now available! Please follow the link to get your team started:

Early Bird Registration (January 1-May 31) - $1,000/team
Regular Registration (June 1 onwards) - $1,200/team
Additional Practices - $90/practice

For more information about the Festival please visit the Festival's web site: *Please note we are currently improving our website. The full site will launch end of April 2016*

For more information about the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, please contact:

Katherina Symes
Community Fundraising and Events Lead
Barrie Public Library
t. 705-728-1010 ext.7039

Paddles up!

Check out the Mark Faris Team Story (2015):