Canadian Library Month

Not only is October the most beautiful month of the year (according to me), it is a very special month for us because it is Canadian Library Month!

Many small, colourful images of people populate this square poster: a parent and child holding hands; a person reading a book; a person writing at a desk; a person reading in a chair; a woman wearing a hijab with her hand raised; an older person with their arms crossed; a couple embracing; a person walking their dog; a person playing the violin; a person sitting down while holding a baby; a person walking while holding an object; and a person sitting in a wheelchair. The text above them reads: “CANADIAN LIBRARY MONTH” and in smaller text “LE MOIS DES BIBLIOTHÈQUES AU CANADA”. The text in the middle of the image reads: “One card, one million possibilities” and in smaller text “Une carte, un million de possibilités”. A blue banner at the bottom of the poster has white text that reads: “OCTOBER 2020 | OCTOBRE 2020”.

This image was created by the Ontario Library Association to celebrate 2020’s Canadian Library Month. Though Canadian Library Month was launched in 2006 by the Canadian Library Association, we have been celebrating libraries in Canada since the late 1950s, when we joined in celebrating National Library Week from March 16-22 in 1958 (the theme was “wake up and read!”)

Canadian Library Month contains many special days and weeks, including First Nations Public Library Week.

An orange banner has text on the left and an image on the right. The image shows a group of children huddled around a red book with the medicine wheel (a circle divided into four, each fourth a different colour: white, yellow, red, and black) on the cover. The children and the book are on top of the Earth, and around them beautiful plants grow, with colourful books instead of flowers sprouting atop the plants. The text on the left reads: “20TH ANNUAL FIRST NATIONS PUBLIC LIBRARY WEEK” and “CELEBRATING DIVERSITY”. Smaller text below reads: “OCT 4 - 10, 2020” and “First Nation Public Libraries”. On the bottom right of the banner, text describes the banner image’s origin: “Raising Readers, 2020, Marilyn Juliana Armstrong (Nipissing First Nation), Acrylic on canvas | 18 x 24 in., Photographed by Liz Lott”.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of First Nations Public Library Week, which works to raise awareness of First Nation Public Libraries’ resources, services, programs and activities. The 2020 planning committee has organized virtual programming for babies & children, youth, adults and elders, all of which can be registered for through their website.

At Kitchener Public Library, there are a number of services available that work to fulfill the promise of ‘one card, one million possibilities’. You can see a full listing of what is currently available at the library on our Welcome Back page.

Welcome Back to Your Library

Virtual Library

Attend a program, explore recommendations, re-watch an event or challenge yourself and learn a new skill. We have been working to create content and programs for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Stay connected with us!

Visiting Library Service

Our Visiting Library Service provides library materials to people living in Kitchener who are unable to visit the library in-person due to age, illness or disability – you can give us a call or fill out the online form to see if you or someone you know is eligible.

Heffner Studio

In Heffner Studio at our Central Branch, our Zehr and Broadcasting Studios are available again, as well as two project workstations and access to 3D Printing and limited use of Chromebooks.

Electronic Library Materials

You can set up the Libby app with your library card to access e-books and e-audiobooks, the Hoopla app to access e-audiobooks and movies, and the Freegal app to listen to music.


These are only a few of the many services that are available. If you have a question about anything at the library or in the community, you can always reach out to us through phone or email.

During this month, you will see social media content and blog posts related to Canadian Library Month, as we celebrate and share the resources, events, supports and materials that are available at Kitchener Public Library.

Follow our pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss anything. One million possibilities await!

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