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Profile: Meg Harder, visual artist

GUEST BLOG POST BY MEG HARDER, SENIOR LIBRARY ASSISTANT

If you frequent Central Library in Kitchener, you might recognize me as the person at the information desk who helps you find that-book-you-heard-about-on-the-radio-can’t-remember-what-the-title-is-maybe-the-cover-had-a-bird-on-it. I imagine that in our many interactions you have come to believe my life looks something like this:

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National Volunteer Week: Alison Bullock

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 10 – 16!

Meet Alison Bullock, an integral part of the team that runs French Immersion Tutors at Forest Heights Community Library.

Bilingual volunteers help French immersion students with their homework every Thursday afternoon from 4 – 5:30 pm.

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National Volunteer Week: Sara Falhaufer

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 10 – 16!

Meet Sara Falhaufer, who volunteers as a shelf reader at Central Library. She just completed the library technician program at Mohawk College yesterday (congratulations, Sara!) and her education, coupled with her volunteer work here, have helped her to get a job at Waterloo Public Library.

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Happy trails to you, Ann Wood!

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Ann Wood, Halloween, 1979

Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney and Wings was playing on on the eight-track.  People got off the couch and changed the channel from Laverne and Shirley to Charlie’s Angels. Pet rocks and jumping beans were almost as popular as real pets.

It was 1976 when Ann Wood started her career at Kitchener Public Library, and we kept her here for four decades. But this week, we say goodbye as she leaves for a well-deserved retirement.

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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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Meet Mary Chevreau

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As of this week, we have a new Chief Executive Officer heading up Kitchener Public Library. We’ll let Mary Chevreau settle in a bit before we bombard her with questions, but here’s a little information about our new leader:

Mary is a library consultant and the founder of MEC Consulting, and has worked with public libraries to improve customer experience, programs and collections, and to integrate e-content.

Before starting her own business, she served as Vice President of North American Sales for a total of eight years at Innovative Interfaces and Innovative Enterprises, which create and support library systems. She was also a key player in the creation of the Public Library Directors’ Symposium.

In addition to a long history of leadership and business experience, Mary has demonstrated a commitment to Kitchener Public Library.

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Memories from Sonia Lewis

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This week, we say goodbye to Chief Executive Officer Sonia Lewis, who came to lead the team at Kitchener Public Library in August, 2004. Sonia is retiring, and this is her last week with us. She wanted to share this with you: 

My time at Kitchener Public Library is drawing to a close. When I leave at the end of this week, I’ll be taking great memories with me. Let me share a few with you.

  • Discovering what makes each of our community libraries unique.
  • My first Kidspark and first storytime at the Kitchener Market.
  • Breakfast with Margaret Atwood . . . dinner with Nino Ricci.

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