Where community connects

Leave a comment

Hurray for good Intent!

Where community connects

Congratulations are in order for Intent, the Kitchener communications agency that created our new brand.

The team at Intent has recently won two Redgee awards – Canadian Regional Design Awards.

One of those is for the excellent She Deserves It campaign for Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Planning, preparation, and play – gearing up for summer

children's programs

Children’s programmers have been plotting and planning since February to bring you a full calendar of summer fun at all five library locations.

Guest post by Barb Janicek, Children’s Librarian

It’s February. It’s freezing. It’s snowing. All the children’s programmers sit around a table. “It’s time to plan our summer programs!”

Long before we even feel the hints of spring, we have the summer schedule filled with free programs meant to engage kids in fun, creative activities. Studies show that when children read during the summer, they maintain the reading levels and skills they worked so hard to reach during the school year. And they do better when they return to school in the fall. It’s the driving force behind the TD Summer Reading Club, a national campaign. We don’t tell the kids that, though! We just try to offer the kinds of programs they’ll enjoy, that will make them want to come to the library. Our hope is that they’ll be inspired to take books home with them.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Cycle city – tours, tips, and travel

bicycle-668764_640Some of you heartier souls have been riding your bikes throughout the winter, and many of you have been out riding – recreationally, running errands, or commuting – since the snow and ice melted.

Others (like me) haven’t rolled the bike out yet. But it’s time to pin back my pantleg and get moving.

We’ve got lots of events and resources for cyclists and would-be cyclists, plus some exciting community news.

CAB Bikeshare


We’re thrilled to announce that Central Library in downtown Kitchener will be home to the newest Community Access Bikeshare station!

Community Access Bikeshare (or CAB) is an innovative project designed to provide affordable public access to bicycles. Find out how to become a member. We’ll let you know when the bike station is up and running.


Aboriginal Month_Logo

Kitchener Public Library is working with local Aboriginal people and organizations, BikeKitchener, archaeologists, and historians to bring you three unique tours to archaeological sites and Aboriginal cultural centres in the city.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Meet Mary Chevreau

Mary Chevreau Headshot

As of this week, we have a new Chief Executive Officer heading up Kitchener Public Library. We’ll let Mary Chevreau settle in a bit before we bombard her with questions, but here’s a little information about our new leader:

Mary is a library consultant and the founder of MEC Consulting, and has worked with public libraries to improve customer experience, programs and collections, and to integrate e-content.

Before starting her own business, she served as Vice President of North American Sales for a total of eight years at Innovative Interfaces and Innovative Enterprises, which create and support library systems. She was also a key player in the creation of the Public Library Directors’ Symposium.

In addition to a long history of leadership and business experience, Mary has demonstrated a commitment to Kitchener Public Library.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Mrs. Harper and the Teen Photographer

Emily & Jason Panda with Laureen Harper


Emily was an inexperienced but enthusiastic photographer when she signed up for a teen photography workshop at Central Library with Jason Panda, a local artist and photographer.

But three of Emily’s photos from that day were chosen for Imagine a Show – which led to them being exhibited at THEMUSEUM, and published in the Imagine a Show book. One of those is a real showstopper: a photo of Flux, the spectacular public art installation at Central Library. (seen above)

Continue reading

1 Comment

Honouring Leejay Levene

photo of Leejay reading2

Leejay Levene was just 18 years old when he died during routine dental surgery in 2007. This young man from Waterloo, Ontario, was preparing to begin his first year at the University of Toronto that September, where he planned to study architecture.

Since his death, Leejay’s family has created a unique way to honour their son and brother, while making sure that his life continues to have a positive impact on his community. Each year, the family donates the use of Leejay’s art work to a local non-profit organization. The work is then reproduced in a calendar, and proceeds from sales of the calendar benefit the non-profit organization. These organizations have included Meals on Wheels, THEMUSEUM, Grand River Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and others.

Kitchener Public Library is pleased to have been chosen by the Levene family as the 2016 beneficiaries. Proceeds from the Leejay Levene 2016 calendar will be used to create a Teen Tech Livingroom at Central Library – new furniture and technology that will create a fun, creative space where teens can create, discover, learn, socialize, and share.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Memories from Sonia Lewis


This week, we say goodbye to Chief Executive Officer Sonia Lewis, who came to lead the team at Kitchener Public Library in August, 2004. Sonia is retiring, and this is her last week with us. She wanted to share this with you: 

My time at Kitchener Public Library is drawing to a close. When I leave at the end of this week, I’ll be taking great memories with me. Let me share a few with you.

  • Discovering what makes each of our community libraries unique.
  • My first Kidspark and first storytime at the Kitchener Market.
  • Breakfast with Margaret Atwood . . . dinner with Nino Ricci.

Continue reading