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Celebrate International Women’s Day


March 8 is International Women’s DayTake a few minutes throughout the month of March to celebrate the women who empower you, using the hashtag #YouAreEmpowerment. Learn more about how women’s empowerment leads to equality.

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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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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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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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TGIF: Jan. 29 – 31

WeekendHappy weekend! We’re getting an early start.

Friday, Jan. 29 is a PA Day for elementary school students in both the public and Catholic school boards, so we’re kicking the weekend off with fun, free activities at every library branch. Registration is not required for most activities.

School-age kids up to Grade 6 can join us at any library location for activities, games, and crafts.

Check these links for details of PA Day Drop In at Pioneer Park, Country Hills, Forest Heights, Grand River Stanley Park, and Central.


homeWe’re also showing the movie Homefeaturing the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parson in the Theatre at Central Library, beginning at 2 pm. See the trailer.  For all ages. Bring your own snacks and drinks, or pick something up at Hacienda Coffee in the Reading Lounge.

Middle schoolers (Grade 5 and up): build a project using littleBits. At Central Library, no registration required.

And for kids in Grades 3-6, we’ve got a Lego and Sphero Monster Car Rally at Pioneer Park. Registration required.

Saturday, January 30

Thursday and Friday are your last chance to see the exhibit Japanese Kir-e Art by Mark Yungblut, which is coming down on Friday afternoon at 4 pm. However, you can see Mark at work during his Artist-at-Work demonstration at Country Hills on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Just drop in!

Going to Kitchener Market Saturday morning? Take the kids and take a break at KPL Kids’ Club on the upper level. Stories, crafts, and fun for all ages.

How’s your digital literacy? Learn how to code, as a family! Join Year of Code Waterloo Region for this fun learning event, no experience required.

The Saturday Free Flick is Straight Outta Compton. (Rated 18A). The story of how NWA revolutionized hip-hop, this film was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay.

Sunday, January 31

Central Library is OPEN on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm, with free parking!

Grab a hot drink and a treat from Hacienda Coffee, relax, and enjoy Music in the Lounge. This week’s free live music performance begins at 1:30 pm and features pianist Rebecca Booker.

Our family-friendly Free Flick this week is Pixels (Rated PG). Starts at 2 pm, just drop in!

Gerald Archambeau

Black History Month

Join us Monday, Feb. 1 for an African dance workshop – everyone is welcome and no experience is required.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, join Jamaican-born Canadian author Gerald Archambeau as he shares stories from his memoir.

And on Thursday, Feb. 25, learn about Waterloo County Black History.


Meet New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley. Join us for a reading and discussion, or register for our Meet the Author book club.

Free Flicks
Join us every week for movies on the big screen, including an all-day marathon of the Bill Murray classic, Groundhog Day. See the full schedule. 

February Exhibit_Naomi SmithGarden Photography by Naomi Smith

Come and check out February’s exhibit in the Art Gallery at Central Library. Meet Naomi at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

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It’s showtime! Let’s go to the movies

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January and February are the perfect time to catch up on all the movies you missed during the busy fall and holiday season. And with the Academy Awards just around the corner, (on February 28th), our social media feeds are buzzing with Oscar talk – some of it controversial.

From a recent New York Times article:

“For the second year in a row, the nominations failed to recognize any minority actors. Movies about black lives like Creed and Straight Outta Compton did receive recognition, but their nominations were for either white writers (Compton) or a white performer (Sylvester Stallone in Creed). The black directors of each movie along with their non-white actors were shut out.”

The Academy has finally taken note of the #OscarsSoWhite protest, and has introduced a plan to improve the diversity of its membership.

comptonOur Free Flick for adults this weekend is Straight Outta Compton (18A).
Theatre, Central Library
Saturday, January 30 at 2 pm
No registration required.

For more Oscar content, check out our home page and scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find the books that spawned some of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, sound tracks, and previous Oscar-winning movies you can borrow on DVD or download from the comfort of your home.

That list is just a tiny fraction of the films we’ve got in our collection. For instance, you can download and start listening to the e-audiobook of The Revenant right now. Check out our Movies page for more – we’ve got lots to recommend.

If you love watching movies on the big screen, join us in the 200-seat Theatre at Central Library for Free Flicks every weekend, beginning at 2 pm. Saturday movies are for teens and adults (check ratings) and Sundays are perfect for children and families. No registration is required; just drop in! See the full schedule.

February is 80s Flashback Month, featuring Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and more.

homeBring the kids this Friday for a PA Day showing of Home featuring the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Jim Parsons. See the trailer.
Theatre, Central Library
Friday, January 29 at 2 pm
No registration required.

We’ll also be showing a family-friendly Free Flick every weekday during March Break, beginning at 3:30 pm. Stay tuned for titles.

And last but not least, join us on Groundhog Day for – you guessed it – Groundhog Day. We’ll show this 1993 Bill Murray classic over and over again on February 2, starting at 9:30 am.

Pop some popcorn, settle in, and watch great movies – either at home or with us!

All film titles are subject to change. Closed Captioning available upon request. 

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Holiday happenings at KPL


We’re heading into the winter holidays, and as always, your library is a happening place!

We’ve got events and activities for all ages — but you can also just come and hang out. There’s a beautiful, soaring Christmas tree in the Reading Lounge at Central Library, and the friendly staff at Hacienda Coffee are always ready with coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, and treats.

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