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BIG author event: Emma Donoghue in conversation with Tasneem Jamal

Emma Donoghue

We’re thrilled to be hosting this amazing evening in the Theatre at Central Library on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

An Evening with Emma Donoghue in conversation with Tasneem Jamal is part of the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors. In addition to the fantastic literary festival held in Toronto each year, IFOA has a touring program called Lit on Tour, which has worked in partnership with Kitchener Public Library to make this event possible.

Many of you have been fans of Emma’s work for years. She’s a prodigious author who can’t be pigeonholed. Of her eight novels, four are contemporary and four are works of historical fiction. In addition, she’s written four short story collections, three books of literary history, and has written for the stage, screen, radio, anthologies and more.

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Our volunteers – an amazing, diverse group!

On Wednesday night (Oct. 22) we had the pleasure of hosting our annual Volunteer Celebration at Central Library. We’re incredibly lucky – we have more than 400 volunteers, and in 2013 they donated more than 7,500 hours of their time.

This is a really diverse group of people. We’ve got a growing number of teens and young adults, people who are working and raising families, and older adults who have so much to offer their community in terms of skills and experience.

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

tree-228155_640In Canada, in the fall, many of us understand Anne of Green Gables and her emphatic love of October.

The rush of starting new routines in September is over. The trees blaze orange and gold against a dazzling blue sky. It’s cool enough for boots and sweaters, but winter’s icy grasp is still a long way off. Time enough for one more motorcycle ride.

October is also Canadian Library Month, and we’ll be sharing plenty of info here this month about all the many ways you’ve shown us your support for Kitchener Public Library. This month, we’re incredibly busy with events and programs at all of our locations. Art Gallery openings, literary festival launches, Ideas & Issues lectures, Free Flicks, book club meetings, Citizenship Week, genealogy workshops – we’re offering all of that and more in October.

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