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TGIF: Feb. 26 – 28

WeekendThere’s a PA Day this Friday for local elementary and secondary school students at both Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District Catholic School Board.

If you’re left scrambling for ideas to keep the kids busy, we’ve got you covered! Staff in the Children’s and Teen Services department have pulled together a bunch of activities sure to appeal to all ages.


Parachute Play at Central
10 – 10:30 am, ages 2 – 5

PA Day Drop-In at Pioneer Park
10 – 11 am, Grades K – 6

PA Day Drop-In at Forest Heights
10 – 11:30 am, Grades K- 6

Sphero Racers at Central Library
10 – 11 am, Grades 5 and up

Sphero Racers at Central Library 
2 – 3 pm, Grades 5 and up

Free Flicks at Central: Aladdin
2:30 pm, all ages (Rated G)

PA Day Drop-In at Country Hills
2:30 – 4 pm, Grades K – 6


Join us for Kids’ Club at the Market, an Artist-at-Work demonstration by Angela Grasse, and Music in the Lounge featuring pianist Scott Galloway.

Learn to Code during Hour of Code – fun for the whole family! And flash back to the 80s with our Free Flick, Ghostbusters.


Central Library is OPEN 1 – 5 pm, with free parking! Our family-friendly Free Flick is Shaun the Sheep. Doors open at 1:45 pm.


Come celebrate with us at Country Hills on Monday, February 29 – It’s our Impossible Day Leap Year Party!

ias15_kpl04Support amazing local teen photographers at the Imagine a Show Gallery Opening and Book Launch at Central Library on Tuesday, March 1.


Meet Your Maker. No, not that one. Meet music maker Easton Page – he’ll show you how he uses our Digital Media Lab to make music, at Central Library on Tuesday, March 1.


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Appreciating the Freedom to Read

FTR 2016

“Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.”

~ Freedom to Read 2016

February 21 – 27 is Freedom to Read Week, and we’ve got a few things to share with you to mark the occasion.

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TGIF: Feb. 20 & 21

Seedy Saturday_adWe’re nearing that point in winter when the days are noticeably longer, and a few precociously early green shoots have been spotted. It’s time to start dreaming and scheming, planning and plotting – your garden, that is!

Whether you’re an old pro or just getting started with a few containers, join us this weekend for the annual Seedy Saturday extravaganza at Central Library, hosted with our partners, Kitchener Horticultural Society and Kitchener Master Gardeners. The event is free and no registration is required. Just drop in and check out the seed swap, vendors, and these lectures with expert guest speakers:

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TGIF: Feb. 13 – 14

Long weekend

Happy Family Day weekend everyone, and happy Valentine’s Day! It’s going to be extremely cold outside but we’ve got plenty of indoor activities to keep you warm, including live music, family-friendly crafts, stories, and music, and an art exhibit. And for the bravest of you, we’re even hosting a winter hike!

All library locations are open Saturday, Feb. 13, and Central Library is open on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 1 – 5 pm, with FREE parking. All locations are closed on Monday for Family Day, but check the bottom of this post for a few great community events.

And remember, any time is a good time to browse, read, borrow magazines, movies, and music, visit the Art Gallery or Hacienda Coffee at Central Library, discover and create in the Digital Media Lab or at the Tech Bar, or relax and unwind with colouring pages for adults.


Kitchener Market – Take the kids and take a break at the KPL Kids’ Club on the upper level. 9 am – 11 am

Huron Natural Area – Join us for a and learn to recognize common animal tracks. Part of our It’s On series, created for the 20s/30s crowd.  10 am – noon

Central Library – It’s a Teddy Bear Picnic! Bring your favourite stuffed toy and celebrate love. All ages. 10 am – 10:30 am

Forest HeightsLove is in the Air with these stories and songs for kids and their families and loved ones. All ages. 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Forest Heights – You’ve heard of speed dating, now try Friend Speed Dating. A great way to meet new people. Part of our It’s On series, created for the 20s/30s crowd. 2 pm – 4 pm

Pioneer Park – Create Art from the Heart – a mixed-media masterpiece for yourself or for someone you love. For children and families. 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Grand River Stanley Park –  Create Art from the Heart – a mixed-media masterpiece for yourself or for someone you love. For children and families. 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Central Library – Try a little tenderness and join us for an 80s Flashback Free Flick, Pretty in Pink. Watch the trailerRated AA. 2 pm – 3:40 pm


Central Library – Settle in to the beautiful Reading Lounge for live jazz with this week’s Music in the Lounge performance by the Willem Moolenbeek Trio. All ages. 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Central Library – A dinosaur-themed amusement park. What could possibly go wrong? Today’s Free Flick is Jurassic World! Watch the trailer. Rated PG. 2 pm – 4 pm

MONDAY – All library locations are closed. Check out these community events!

KW Art Gallery – A fun-filled annual Family Day Celebration, with activities, art, and storytellers from Kitchener Public Library. Suggested donation of $5 per child. All ages. 1 – 4 pm.

Kitchener City Hall – Bring on the Sunshine hosts African Festival 2016, with music, food, workshops, and a craft market. Entrance by donation. Free parking underground. All ages. 10 am – 6 pm

The Aud – Join MPP Daiene Vernile for a free Family Day Public Skate. All ages. 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

TheMuseum – Stay all day for robots, MakeyMakey, coding, Minecraft and more with Year of Code Waterloo Region’s Family Hack Jam.$8.95. All ages. 10 am – 4 pm.


Bring on the Sunshine

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A Day in the Life: Saturday, Feb. 6

We always have lots of fun on the weekends, and last weekend was no exception. Central Library was filled with happy children, relaxed readers, stressed-out students, music fans, movie-goers, and even poets.

In addition to all the events and activities you’ll see in the photo gallery below, we also hosted the Book Club for Boys, Mother-Daughter Book Club, and Youth Advisory Council Book Club. Community groups rented rooms downstairs for meetings and workshops, including an information session on co-housing that drew more than 100 people. Plus we hosted Kids’ Club at the Market, an artist-at-work demonstration at Grand River Stanley Park Community Library, and a Valentine-themed family crafting session at Country Hills.

Check it out! Click the photos for captions.



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Thanks for supporting the Leejay calendar!

Leejay Thank you

A little over a year ago, we were working with the Levene family, our contributors, and our sponsors to create the 2016 Leejay Levene fundraising calendar.

So many of you supported us at the launch party in May, and we’ve now spent about 8 months selling Leejay’s Guide to the Library at our library locations and through local retailers.

We’re wrapping up sales now, and we have a long list of people that we want to thank, starting with the Levene family. Shirley, Ron, Elli, and Casey, your strength and determination to make sure Leejay, through his art, continues to have a positive impact on this community is an inspiration to all of us.

There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath. ~ from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Thank you for inviting us to be the beneficiaries of the 2016 Leejay Levene calendar. We’ll be using the funds to help create a Teen Tech Living Room at Central Library – a place where teens can use the latest technology to collaborate on digital projects. And Leejay’s memory continues in the Leejay Levene Study Room in the teen area – along with his art work. Thank you so much.

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We also want to thank each of our sponsors for their financial support: Berkeley Garage Doors & Repairs, The Walper Hotel, BJ Photo, Intent, Queen Street Yoga, Staebler Insurance, the Waterloo Region Museum, Matter of Taste Coffee Bar, Mother’s Pizza, Little Mushroom Catering, THEMUSEUM, Waterloo Regional Police, Element Hair, Three Kretans,Superior Memorials, Dr. Martin Richmond (optometrist), and M & T Printing Group.

And of course we want to thank each of our contributors, who wrote kind and thoughtful quotes for the calendar: Governor General David Johnston, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, CBC’s Heather Hiscox, Dr. Marla Shapiro, authors Lawrence Hill, Charlotte Gray, Emma Donoghue, Tasneem Jamal, Allan Mallory, and Veronica Ross, Canada’s favourite gardener Mark Cullen, Top Chef runner-up Terry Salmond, artist Lin Souliere, TV producer David Kerr, Professor Paul Socken, and Leejay’s former English teacher, Steve Leslie.

We also want to thank the OHL Kitchener Rangers for donating an autographed hockey stick, and the anonymous donor who supplied a Chromebook, as raffle prizes for people who had purchased calendars.

Be sure to watch for and support the 2017 Leejay Levene calendar, with proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.