“The road we travel is equal in importance to the destination we seek. There are no shortcuts. When it comes to truth and reconciliation we are forced to go the distance.” Justice Murray Sinclair Truth and Reconciliation are an opportunity for renewal of relations between Canada’s Indigenous peoples and Canada’s Settler peoples. In order to… Read More National Day For Truth and Reconciliation
Did you know that we have a Latin American Film Festival at Kitchener Public Library (KPL)? Every year for the past 3 years, we’ve had Professor Mario Boido, from University of Waterloo’s Spanish and Latin American department host this festival at KPL during the winter months. The first festival took place in our theatre at… Read More Revisit the Latin American Film Festival
Post by Information Services staff Kitchener Public Library is situated on land that is the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral People. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions Indigenous peoples have made in shaping and strengthening this community. We are grateful… Read More Digital Living – Indigenous Peoples Day 2022
Post by Information Services staff Asian Heritage Month is celebrated every May in Canada, and aims to focus on the amazing achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent. This month’s Digital Living page celebrates Asian stories of resilience and resolve in today’s world and throughout history in Canada. The experiences of Canadian Asians caught… Read More Digital Living – Asian Heritage Month
Post by Cecilia, Information Services Staff I am so excited to share with you this adventure I embarked on last year. It’s called The X Page Workshop and it’s a 12-week workshop for immigrant women, facilitated by local writers Carrie Snyder, Tasneem Jamal, Pamela Mulloy, editor of the literary magazine The New Quarterly and Multicultural… Read More Writing and Performing Your Story!
Post by Kim, Anne and Valerie, Information Services staff March 31st is International Transgender Day of Visibility. This annual awareness day was created to highlight the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people. We are dedicating the entire month of April to help raise awareness to these accomplishments while also addressing the work that needs… Read More Digital Living – Celebrating Trans Voices
Post by Ali and Erica, Information Services Staff. Nowruz, the Persian word for “new day”, is rooted in Zoroastrianism, the religion of Iran before the advent of Islam. It marks the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, March 21st. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by over 300 million people… Read More What is Nowruz?
Post by Kim and Valerie, Information Services staff Access to clean drinking water is an important but often overlooked issue. This month, we want to shed light on breakthroughs and concerns here in our community, across the country and around the world. Check out some of these fiction titles that made a splash with us… Read More Digital Living – A Life Aquatic
Post by Scott, Grace Schmidt Room of Local History staff If you have visited our Central Library recently, you may have noticed a display on Level 2 about the planning and construction of the Conestoga Parkway, which was completed in 1969. When the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener joined together with the Department of Highways… Read More GSR Spotlight: Conestoga Parkway
Post by Jarvis, Information Services staff Happy Halloween! The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling, and the scariest night of the year is fast approaching. Are you feeling a chill up your spine? Is your hair standing on end? Not yet? Never fear (or, do…), check out these local tales of mystery, murder, mayhem, and a ghost or two… The Missing Corpse … Read More Haunted Kitchener: Local Ghost Stories