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Sonia Lewis: An extroverted introvert

 

"I use humour to break the ice, and to change the image of the library and librarians," says Kitchener Public Library CEO Sonia Lewis (centre).

“I use humour to break the ice, and to change the image of the library and librarians,” says Kitchener Public Library CEO Sonia Lewis (centre).

Sonia Lewis had just graduated from library school at McGill and was interviewing for a job with the University of Toronto Library Automation System.

It didn’t go well.

The vice-president of the company thought she was too shy and quiet for the job as a marketing representative. But someone else convinced him to give her a chance – they really needed bilingual representatives, and Sonia was fluent in French and English.

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He loves to read, just like his dad

Our father/son book club is a good place to start creating reading role models for boys.

Our father/son book club is a good place to start creating reading role models for boys.

There’s an increasingly evident gap between boys and girls when it comes to achievement in education, and part of the reason for it can be traced out of the school and into the home.

A fascinating article in Today’s Parent describes a new study which shows that parents consistently spent more time on literacy-related activities with daughters than with sons. According to this story, at least three recent studies found that boys who viewed reading as a feminine activity were less motivated to read.

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This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It

Books and beer: Join us at The Firkin at the Tannery, 121 Charles St. W.

Books and beer: Join us at The Firkin at the Tannery, 121 Charles St. W.

After a summer break, we’re excited to return to PubLit for the fall season, with our first meeting this coming Tuesday, Sept. 30. We’re hoping to see the familiar faces of our books and beer friends at the Firkin at the Tannery, and some new faces as well.

If you haven’t been to PubLit, give it a chance. It’s a totally relaxed, no-homework-required book club intended for (but not limited to) the 20s and 30s crowd. There are no selected titles. Read whatever you like – a book, magazine, graphic novel, blog post – and come chat about it over a drink at the pub. No registration is required; just drop in.

Sept. 30 is our usual general interest meeting, and a chance to get caught up chatting about our summer reads.

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Werewolves, Harry Potter, and 100 million lines of code

This year, we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of the fantastic Ideas and Issues program. It’s a free lecture series offered at Central Library in partnership with the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

We still have the original flyer from 1974, typed up in red ink on three-ring paper.

The first Ideas and Issues flyer, from 1974.

The first Ideas and Issues flyer, from 1974.

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Autism: Breaking down barriers

Holding in the Storm

You probably know someone who is living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Maybe someone in your family, or a student in your child’s school. Maybe a co-worker, or one of your clients or customers.

Research continues on the causes of autism and the best ways to address it. But what do you know about living with autism? Social isolation is one of the most common and most overlooked aspects of life for people with autism.

Kitchener Public Library and Waterloo Wellington Autism Services are hosting a film and discussion tomorrow night (September 18) at Central Library. The short film Holding in the Storm sheds light on the social isolation of autism and aims to break down barriers by helping people shift their point of view.

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A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, and a surprise verdict

Our OBOC author event includes an armchair discussion between award-winning author Charlotte Gray and famed criminal defence lawyer Edward Greenspan.

Our OBOC author event includes an armchair discussion between award-winning author Charlotte Gray and famed criminal defence lawyer Edward Greenspan.

This year’s One Book, One Community title – The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Nation by Charlotte Gray – lends itself to great discussion. It touches on women’s rights, victim’s rights, domestic work, crime and justice, the class system, the Great War, and the history of early 20th century Ontario. We hope many of you have had the opportunity to read it.

Kitchener Public Library is hosting a very special author event with Charlotte Gray and famed criminal defence lawyer Edward Greenspan in the Theatre at Central Library. In addition, we are hosting a Books and Breakfast club, an Ideas and Issues lecture, and a film series on Monday nights in September with the theme of Courtroom Drama. As with all of our programs and events, it is free to attend! Find details for each event below:

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Party at Central!

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We hope you were able to come out to our Opening Celebration at Central Library on Saturday. Hundreds of guests enjoyed refreshments, tours by the project architects, a scavenger hunt and crafts for kids, and entertainment by Erick Traplin, a KW Symphony string ensemble, and Lost and Found Theatre. Deborah Moss, the artist behind our installation Flux, was here to answer questions. Artist Jennifer Gough opened her new exhibit in the Central Library Art Gallery. Our staff also held download clinics and 3D printer demonstrations. And many of you left with your new book bags filled with books, movies and magazines.

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