We provide FREE UPGRADING to area residents aged 19 and up.


You can upgrade your skills in communications, math, and basic computer.

We offer small class sizes to ensure personalized attention for each student.

Learning activities are self-paced so you can take the time you need to learn.

We can help you improve your skills with a job or college course in mind.  We also offer online courses.

This service is free and we provide FREE transportation to people that qualify.




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Effective March 23, 2020, we will temporarily be closed to the public and will be providing service by phone or email. If students would like to pick up books, they can call the office at 705-647-4040 to make arrangements. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions.

Stay healthy and we hope to see everyone back at school soon.


Free Little Library

Check out our Free Little Libraries.  They offer a way to share your favourite books. 

You will find them in New Liskeard in front of Royal Lepage, in front of Amber's and in the Cobalt Poetry Park.


How do they work?


Take a bookIf you see something you would like to read, take it.

Share it.  Return the book to any Little Library or pass it on to a friend.

Give Books Leave a book in the Library.

Spelling Bee 2019

Thank you to our

2019 Spelling Bee Sponsors

Leaf $500

Louise Penny,


Stem $250

Rotary Club

Seed  $100

Congratulations to Debbie Sowinski, Todd Dufresne, and Kirsten Woods, the team of TD Buzz and the winners of the 2019 Hilda

Fowke Memorial Spelling Bee and Dinner.

Congratulations to the TD Buzz cheering section, the winner of the  "Cheering" award.

Congratulations to Jessy Genier,  Melissa Boivin, and Emily Laffin of the Spellegrinos for raising the most pledges!

A special thank you to Helene Culhane (Master of Ceremonies), James Paterson (Master Pronouncer),  Georgia Geverding (Judge), and Robert Hynds (Timer).

A big thank you to Zante's for providing the bar.

A special thanks goes to Helene Culhane (Master of Ceremonies), James Paterson (Master Pronouncer), Georgia Geverding (Word Judge), Robert Hynds (timer), Martin Drainville (sound system), Amber Elliott (decorations), Melanie and Erika (dishes), Victoria Payne (kitchen), and all the teams that participated in the Bee.

A special thanks goes out to all of our generous in-town donors: The Match Factory, Armstrong on Whitewood,  Essentials, Walker's Honey, Carpet One, Dida's, Déjà vu Boutik, John and Ria Vanthof, Liv and Gracie’s, Findley's Drug Store, R.U. Hungries, Shellane Woodworking, Smallman's Pharmacy, 5th Wheel Training Institute, Tri Town Toyota, City of Temiskaming Shores, Riverfront Chiropractic Health Centre, Zante’s Bar and Grill, Vanessa Menard from Riverfront Chiropractic Health Centre, Active 1 Source for Sports, Images Salon, Town of Latchford, Marty’s Auto Tech, Tri-Town Toyota, Quantum Xpress, Revkor, Joyce Moore, Chat Noir, Ransacked,  Mr. Gas, Georgia Geverding, Janet Hynds and The Orchard.

A special thanks also goes out to our out-of-town donors:  Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park, Louise Penny, Ontario Science Centre, AGO, Toronto Zoo, Bird Kingdom, CNE, Hockey Hall of Fame, Robert Munsch, Lailey Winery, Chateau des Charmes, Ingenium, Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation, Recipe Unlimited Corporation, Picaboo, National Gallery of Canada, CNE, Bird Kingdom, Medieval Times, The Haunted Walk, Of Rock and Chalk, National Ballet of Canada, Maple Leaf Sports, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature and Kirkland Lake Gold.

Past Bee Winners



Polyester Spellers

  • Amanda Mongeon

  • Lindalee Roberts

  • Emilie Barbeau




  • Amanda Mongeon

  • Lindalee Roberts

  • Dawn Olson



Bee Healthy

  • Amanda Mongeon

  • Kerry Schubert-Mackey

  • Marlene Spruyt


Jane Austen's Posse

Eliisa Ollila

Tammy Mackey

Brenda Morissette


Jane Austen's Posse

Eliisa Ollila

Pat Hamilton

Monique Lafond


Dumble Bees

  • Linda St. Cyr

  • Angela Fiset

  • Pat Willard-Inglis




  • Michael Werner

  • Mark Milton

  • Serge Gendron



Jane Austen's Posse

  • Brenda Morissette

  • Kellie Broderick

  • Eliisa Ollila


Jane Austen's Posse

Kellie Broderick

Eliisa Ollila

Brenda Morissette


TD Buzz

Debbie Sowinski

Kirsten Woods

Todd Dufresne


19 Whitewood Avenue E.,  

P. O.  Box 1558

New Liskeard, ON  P0J 1P0

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