TGIF: Jan. 29 – 31

WeekendHappy weekend! We’re getting an early start.

Friday, Jan. 29 is a PA Day for elementary school students in both the public and Catholic school boards, so we’re kicking the weekend off with fun, free activities at every library branch. Registration is not required for most activities.

School-age kids up to Grade 6 can join us at any library location for activities, games, and crafts.

Check these links for details of PA Day Drop In at Pioneer Park, Country Hills, Forest Heights, Grand River Stanley Park, and Central.


homeWe’re also showing the movie Homefeaturing the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parson in the Theatre at Central Library, beginning at 2 pm. See the trailer.  For all ages. Bring your own snacks and drinks, or pick something up at Hacienda Coffee in the Reading Lounge.

Middle schoolers (Grade 5 and up): build a project using littleBits. At Central Library, no registration required.

And for kids in Grades 3-6, we’ve got a Lego and Sphero Monster Car Rally at Pioneer Park. Registration required.

Saturday, January 30

Thursday and Friday are your last chance to see the exhibit Japanese Kir-e Art by Mark Yungblut, which is coming down on Friday afternoon at 4 pm. However, you can see Mark at work during his Artist-at-Work demonstration at Country Hills on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Just drop in!

Going to Kitchener Market Saturday morning? Take the kids and take a break at KPL Kids’ Club on the upper level. Stories, crafts, and fun for all ages.

How’s your digital literacy? Learn how to code, as a family! Join Year of Code Waterloo Region for this fun learning event, no experience required.

The Saturday Free Flick is Straight Outta Compton. (Rated 18A). The story of how NWA revolutionized hip-hop, this film was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay.

Sunday, January 31

Central Library is OPEN on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm, with free parking!

Grab a hot drink and a treat from Hacienda Coffee, relax, and enjoy Music in the Lounge. This week’s free live music performance begins at 1:30 pm and features pianist Rebecca Booker.

Our family-friendly Free Flick this week is Pixels (Rated PG). Starts at 2 pm, just drop in!

Gerald Archambeau

Black History Month

Join us Monday, Feb. 1 for an African dance workshop – everyone is welcome and no experience is required.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, join Jamaican-born Canadian author Gerald Archambeau as he shares stories from his memoir.

And on Thursday, Feb. 25, learn about Waterloo County Black History.


Meet New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley. Join us for a reading and discussion, or register for our Meet the Author book club.

Free Flicks
Join us every week for movies on the big screen, including an all-day marathon of the Bill Murray classic, Groundhog Day. See the full schedule. 

February Exhibit_Naomi SmithGarden Photography by Naomi Smith

Come and check out February’s exhibit in the Art Gallery at Central Library. Meet Naomi at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

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