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Winter warm-ups at Grand River Stanley Park


Don’t stay cooped up inside all winter – your community libraries always have something going on. It’s time to check in on Grand River Stanley Park!

In December, our partners at Extend-A-Family hosted Warming a Community, a neighbourhood fun food drive. This festive event combined holiday giving with a get-together for neighbours who enjoyed refreshments, library tours, and laughter. And then everyone went out in groups, walking together door-to-door, to collect donations for the Food Bank. Thank you to Extend-A-Family for bringing Warming a Community to Kitchener Public Library.

Of course, Grand River Stanley Park is a hot spot for kids’ activities of all kinds, including the Angry Birds and Tactile Books craft workshops, seen in the photos below. Be sure to drop in on PA Day, January 29th, from 1 – 4 pm for fun activities, games, and crafts.

Need help with your tablet, smart phone, or e-reader? Grand River Stanley Park offers One-on-One Technology Coaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Book your 30-minute session by calling the library at 519.896.1736.

There are plenty more events and programs coming up at Grand River Stanley Park this winter, including:


Budgeting and Money Management Basics on Jan. 26

DIY String Art on Jan. 28

Grand Reads book club, All the Light We Cannot See on Feb. 17


Artist-at-Work demonstration on Feb. 6

Fostering Love with the KW Humane Society on Feb. 23


Family Storytime every Wednesday morning through to Feb. 24

Roblox Play-a-thon on Jan. 27

Art for the Heart on Feb. 13

Don’t forget, all of our events are FREE. New sessions of Baby Time, Tales for Twos, Getting Ready for Kindergarten, and other children’s programs begin in March and April; details and registration are coming soon. See our full calendar here, and we’ll see you soon at Grand River Stanley Park Community Library!

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1971: Stanley Park Community Library opens as the Sunnyside branch, within the Sunnyside retirement residence.

1988: The branch is relocated to Christ Lutheran School.

2002: Grand River Stanley Park Community Library opens, in partnership with the Waterloo Region District School Board and attached to the Grand River Collegiate Institute. (Hi, Renegades!)




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Book clubs: new members always welcome

Book clubs

Reading is one of the greatest solitary pleasures in life. But for many of us, one way to make the pleasure of reading even greater is to share it with someone else. We offer a wide variety of reading clubs that vary by interest, location, and day or time.  We even have a reading club that gives you the opportunity to meet and chat directly with the author.

Here’s what’s coming up over the next three months (December, January, and February). Find the right club for you, and click on the book cover for more info or to register. Join us for fun but thought-provoking discussions. Get reading, and get social!

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Books in the Park: On the feasibility of elf-dwarf romance

GUEST POST BY KARISSA ALCOX, Librarian at Forest Heights Community LibraryBooks In The Park

What could be better than books, colouring, new friends, and sunshine? If you ask me, not much. Our new pop-up library program in Victoria Park was exactly that: a peaceful oasis of fun and a lively discussion of media.

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Where the Air is Sweet

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We had a very special meeting of the Reading Central Book Club at Central Library this week.

The novel for June was Where the Air is Sweet, and author Tasneem Jamal joined us for a wide-ranging discussion of her novel, her writing process, and the family story that inspired it all.

Tasneem was born in Uganda, but her family, along with 80,000 other South Asians, was expelled from the country by dictator Idi Amin in 1972.

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How can a book club change your life?

book clubWant to feel healthier? Research consistently indicates that social ties are good for your health. So good, in fact, that one study suggests if you don’t currently belong to a group and you join one now, you can cut your your chance of dying in half for the next year.

What else makes you feel happier and healthier? Reading. Research indicates that reading reduces stress, increases memory function, can help prevent Alzheimer’s, and makes you more empathetic.

Here’s an easy way to double your happiness/healthiness quotient in one fell swoop. Join a book club! Kitchener Public Library offers several different book clubs – all are free and new members are always welcome. We’ve got a book club that’s the right size and shape for you:

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He loves to read, just like his dad

Our father/son book club is a good place to start creating reading role models for boys.

Our father/son book club is a good place to start creating reading role models for boys.

There’s an increasingly evident gap between boys and girls when it comes to achievement in education, and part of the reason for it can be traced out of the school and into the home.

A fascinating article in Today’s Parent describes a new study which shows that parents consistently spent more time on literacy-related activities with daughters than with sons. According to this story, at least three recent studies found that boys who viewed reading as a feminine activity were less motivated to read.

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