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Prevention, Prisons & Popcorn – Mr. Howard Sapers

INTRODUCING OUR NEW SERIES – 85 QUEEN

This fall, we’ve started a new series at Central Library called 85 QUEEN. Modelled after the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Public Library, we hope these events will spark community conversations.

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Lifelong learning

GUEST POST BY AIMEE JEFFREY, Adult Literacy Librarian

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For over 40 years UNESCO has promoted International Literacy Day on September 8 to focus attention on literacy issues and needs. It’s estimated that more than 970 million of the world’s population don’t know how to read or write, and many children lack access to education.

From a local perspective, did you know that low literacy affects 24% of the population (adults 16 years +) in Waterloo- Wellington? These adults lack the skills to deal with everyday printed materials. Does that number surprise you?

Literacy in 21st century Canada means more than knowing how to read, write or calculate. Many people with low literacy skills have some reading, writing and math skills, but they may lack the skills needed to cope with the demands of our rapidly changing society and job market.

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It’s all fun and games

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Feeling bummed out because summer is coming to an end?

Don’t think of it as an end – think of all the new beginnings fall brings! New classes, new clothes (sweaters and boots – yay!), new friends and experiences.

We’re starting something new too. Beginning this Tuesday, Karissa Alcox at Forest Heights Community Library (the librarian mastermind who hosted Books in the Park all summer) is hosting Board Game Café​​.

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Summer, so fleeting but so fun

Just a few more days before the kids are back to to school.

The kids, the kids, the kids. The thousands of kids who trooped through all five library locations this year – making forts, making puppets, making costumes, making concoctions, making movies. Playing games, banging drums, taking pictures, breaking records. Exploring science – outer space, dinosaurs, earthquakes, wetlands, and electrical circuits. Partying like a Minion, and petting a real live kangaroo.

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