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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Stories in the Square


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Memorial Square

30 Simcoe Street

Barrie, ON

Directions: In partnership with the Downtown Business Association (BIA), the City created a space where the public can enjoy holidays, long weekends and everyday living: Meridian Place & Memorial Square. Memorial Square is located at the southeastern end of the Nine Mile Portage and was the site of the Barrie Railroad Station and the Post Office. Memorial Square accommodates ceremonial procedures. The cenotaph is the central focus of the square. Meridian Place & Memorial Square together offer gathering spaces in Barrie accommodating large events, showcasing local talent and connecting the downtown to the beautiful waterfront.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


An annual national celebration of arts, culture, and creativity!

Join local authors at the City of Barrie Culture Days celebration live at Memorial Square and Meridian Place. Browse the author displays, meet regional writers as they share excerpts from their work in our Storytelling Tent.

Storytelling Tent Schedule:

10am-12pm - Kids storytimes with 6 local authors in the BPL tent on our floor cushions & magical reading carpet

12-1pm - BREAK. Enjoy one of our 'literary' activity stations. Play giant scrabble or make a Culture Days button

1-4pm - Find your next great read as local authors sell their books, run a storytelling circle and read excerpts from their books

Featured Local Authors and Scheduled Readings:

Time Author

10:00-10:15 Harry Binnendyk

10:20-10:35 Stephanie Grayson

10:40-10:55 Elliot D’Souza

11:00-11:15 Janet Surette

11:20-11:35 Jason George

11:40-11:55 Megan Galati

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:15-1:30 Marilyn Lamb

1:40-1:55 Mike Madill

2:05-2:20 Colleen Winter

2:30-2:45 Ann Burke

2:55-3:10 Bruce Meyer

3:20-3:35 Luna Alva

3:45-4:00 J.L. Benson

We thank all interested local area authors, this event is full.

Learn more about all of the Culture Day events,, happening in the City of Barrie.

Enjoy free, interactive performances and art activities, learn about community arts organizations, and take guided tours of downtown Barrie’s history and public art.



Barrie Public Library

The Barrie Public Library serves a population of 140,000 residents in Barrie, Ontario. We have three locations: Downtown, Painswick and Holly. Barrie Public Library...where community comes together.

Our Values


We care about and respond to the needs of our community and our colleagues. We have unique interests, experiences and passions, and we bring these to work every day. We engage with our community and welcome everyone.


We are interested, inquisitive and committed to exploring new ideas and considering fresh perspectives. It is our curiosity and creative thinking that will ensure we continue to succeed. We use our imaginations to exceed expectations.


We believe in collaboration, inclusion, and diversity. Through partnerships and community engagement, we seek opportunities to cooperate and build connections. We share.

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Culture Days in Barrie

City of Barrie Barrie, ON

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