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Show us your library love!


We’re celebrating Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 18 – 24) and we hope you are too.

You can celebrate this week by telling us why you love your library:

FIND A PAPER HEART: Come to any Kitchener Public Library location, find a paper heart hidden in the children’s section, and write why you love your library. We’ll post your heartfelt answers!

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It’s Citizenship Week in Canada!

Eltag Elkhalifa is a settlement worker from the KW Multicultural Centre who offers services at Kitchener Public Library.

Eltag Elkhalifa is a settlement worker from the KW Multicultural Centre who offers services at Kitchener Public Library.

It’s Citizenship Week in Canada (Oct. 12 – Oct. 18) and we wanted to let you know more about the services Kitchener Public Library and our community partners offer for newcomers to Canada.

Eltag Elkhalifa is one of several settlement workers from the
KW Multicultural Centre who offer services at Kitchener Public Library locations. The settlement workers help clients with immigration processes such as permanent resident applications, permanent resident card renewals, and citizenship applications. They also support clients in finding information on housing, education, and health.

“We don’t exclude anyone,” Eltag says. “Immigrants, refugees, refugee claimants, anyone.”

Eltag knows first-hand the challenges newcomers can face: he came to Canada from Sudan in 1993. “I settled in St. Catharines – that was my ‘birthplace’ in Canada.”

He came through the US and across the border, where he applied for refugee status upon arrival. He initially stayed with a Sudanese family that was already here, and got through the first years with support from friends and the strong social network of Sudanese people in St. Catharines.

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Sundays, fun days

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Come and visit us on Sunday – we’re back to serving you seven days a week!

We’ve returned to regular hours, which means that starting this weekend, October 18, and running until December 13, Central Library is open on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm. 

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We’re thankful for: our volunteers

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It’s Thanksgiving, and we want to take this opportunity to thank an incredible group of people – our volunteers.

On October 7th, we honoured their service at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.

Because we have volunteers from such a diverse age range, from teenagers who have just started with us, and up to adults who have volunteered for 35 years (!), the theme of the evening was cross-generational support.

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It’s ThanksBooking weekend!

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thanksbooksOne of the books I’m most thankful for is Patrick Will Grow by Gladys Baker Bond. As the youngest of seven children, I empathized with Patrick – who couldn’t wait to grow as big as his older siblings. I have very specific memories of my mother reading this book to me as a child.

My mother died five years ago today, but I’ll always have those memories. I also still have the book!

So this week, I asked you on social media – what books are you most thankful for? Here are a few of your responses. You picked these books because they helped you through a tough time, made you a better person, because you learned something from them, because they invoked old memories or created new ones.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Sherry Erb is thankful for The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Cathy Zimmerman – Peter’s Painting by Sally Moss:  “It helped my child learn to read. And wow does she ever love to read!”

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