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Stop the summer slide


By now, the research is well-known: children who don’t engage in educational activities during the summer break score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of the summer. It’s a case of use it or lose it. Children can quickly start to slide back in both math and reading skills during these two short months.

But sometimes with outdoor activities, family vacations, and maybe a little sleeping in, reading gets pushed to the back burner. We can help.

Beginning July 7 and running once a week at each library location, we’re offering Read Aloud Partners –  a chance for children in Grades 1 – 4 to discover books with a volunteer. This program is designed for reluctant readers who have learned the fundamentals of reading but need practise. As with all of our programs, Read Aloud Partners is free to attend.

And we’ve made it easy for you to arrange your child’s Read Aloud sessions around vacations and other summer activities – sign up for each session individually.


Country Hills                Tuesdays at 6 pm, July 7 – August 11

Grand River                 Tuesdays at 6:15 pm, July 7 – August 11

Forest Heights              Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, July 8 – August 12

Central Library              Thursdays at 6:15 pm, July 9 – August 13

Pioneer Park                 Thursdays at 6:15 pm, July 9 – August 13

Go to our online program calendar to register, or call your community library and register by phone. Registration opens one week in advance.


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Won’t you be my neighbour

On June 13th, every Kitchener Public Library location joined all City of Kitchener community centres to celebrate the first Neighbours Day! We offered plenty of activities for neighbours big and small – including a bike maintenance workshop, sidewalk chalk, face painting, giant chess, refreshments, storytime, games, and crafts.

At Central Library, we also offered tours and a chance to learn how to download music, books, magazines, and more to your tablet or smart phone. We hosted the City of Kitchener’s artist-in-residence, Janice Jo Lee, as she collected stories from you! Find out what she heard from you, and learn more about Janice’s project.

Our neighbours also painted Library Rocks, (because the library rocks, and so do you!) which you’ll now see peering cheerfully out of the gardens at Central. And they made bookmarks that were randomly placed into books – a nice surprise for the next neighbour who signs out that book.

Thanks to the City of Kitchener for this amazing community initiative, to library staff who planned great activities, to Recycle Cycles for their bike maintenance workshop, and to YOU – our neighbours. Would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you check out my Neighbours Day photos below:

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We want to hear from you!

The new Central Library is complete, and your community libraries have been freshened up. We have the space –
what’s next? We want to hear from you!

This week, we’re starting an extensive community engagement initiative to understand the needs of the people we serve. Throughout the summer and fall, we want to find out what matters most to you, and how the library can best serve you.

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Take Pride in your community


Last week, Tri-Pride celebrated Pride Week with a series of events including a music festival in Carl Zehr Square and a family picnic in Riverside Park.

In fact, all of June is Pride Month, so we wanted to turn the spotlight on some great LGBTQ resources for you, from books to movies, magazines, and more.

First of all, let’s talk about Caitlyn Jenner. It seems that everyone is. Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, this Olympic athlete has transitioned and revealed her new name in an extensive interview in Vanity Fair magazine, with photos by Annie Liebovitz. Caitlyn has said she hopes to raise awareness of the many issues trans people face, including high rates of suicide and poverty.

You can use your library card and Zinio to download the July issue of Vanity Fair to your computer, phone, or tablet, for free and start reading it now. If you haven’t used Zinio before, find out more. You can save a lot of time and money by downloading magazines.

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Where the Air is Sweet

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We had a very special meeting of the Reading Central Book Club at Central Library this week.

The novel for June was Where the Air is Sweet, and author Tasneem Jamal joined us for a wide-ranging discussion of her novel, her writing process, and the family story that inspired it all.

Tasneem was born in Uganda, but her family, along with 80,000 other South Asians, was expelled from the country by dictator Idi Amin in 1972.

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Your award-winning Central Library

We have exciting news for you – Central Library has been awarded a 2015 Library Building Award by the Ontario Library Association (OLA).

We’re thrilled for our partner on this project, LGA Architectural Partners, and the team led by Janna Levitt and David Warne (a Kitchener native).

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