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Party in the Stacks


Andrea Bellemare of CBC-KW, Sam Allen from the band Run Coyote, and our amazing MC, Craig Norris of CBC-KW

This fall, we held a fundraising kick-off party for our new digital media studio, Studio Central, and we’re overwhelmed with the support we saw from this community. Party in the Stacks was a big success, thanks to so many of you. See the photos below.

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Honouring Leejay Levene

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Leejay Levene was just 18 years old when he died during routine dental surgery in 2007. This young man from Waterloo, Ontario, was preparing to begin his first year at the University of Toronto that September, where he planned to study architecture.

Since his death, Leejay’s family has created a unique way to honour their son and brother, while making sure that his life continues to have a positive impact on his community. Each year, the family donates the use of Leejay’s art work to a local non-profit organization. The work is then reproduced in a calendar, and proceeds from sales of the calendar benefit the non-profit organization. These organizations have included Meals on Wheels, THEMUSEUM, Grand River Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and others.

Kitchener Public Library is pleased to have been chosen by the Levene family as the 2016 beneficiaries. Proceeds from the Leejay Levene 2016 calendar will be used to create a Teen Tech Livingroom at Central Library – new furniture and technology that will create a fun, creative space where teens can create, discover, learn, socialize, and share.

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