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Polar vortex holiday party

During an onslaught of snow, wind, and chilly temperatures last week, a group of our amazing volunteers held a warm and cosy holiday party at Central Library for the participants in English Conversation Circles.

English Conversation Circles are a great way for newcomers in the community to practise English in a relaxed, supportive, and informal setting. These groups are run with the support of YMCA Immigrant Services and our incredible volunteers, many of whom are teachers or retired teachers.

Volunteers at Central Library planned a party complete with snacks and drinks, crafts, and gifts for the children – a lovely opportunity to talk about and share holiday traditions from different cultures.

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March Break Boredom Busters

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We had an amazing March Break at Central Library and all four community libraries, and we hope you did too!

The staff of Children’s and Teen Services planned and hosted more than 50 Boredom Buster free events and programs, with more than 2,000 participants.

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TGIF: Feb. 13 – 14

Long weekend

Happy Family Day weekend everyone, and happy Valentine’s Day! It’s going to be extremely cold outside but we’ve got plenty of indoor activities to keep you warm, including live music, family-friendly crafts, stories, and music, and an art exhibit. And for the bravest of you, we’re even hosting a winter hike!

All library locations are open Saturday, Feb. 13, and Central Library is open on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 1 – 5 pm, with FREE parking. All locations are closed on Monday for Family Day, but check the bottom of this post for a few great community events.

And remember, any time is a good time to browse, read, borrow magazines, movies, and music, visit the Art Gallery or Hacienda Coffee at Central Library, discover and create in the Digital Media Lab or at the Tech Bar, or relax and unwind with colouring pages for adults.

SATURDAY

Kitchener Market – Take the kids and take a break at the KPL Kids’ Club on the upper level. 9 am – 11 am

Huron Natural Area – Join us for a and learn to recognize common animal tracks. Part of our It’s On series, created for the 20s/30s crowd.  10 am – noon

Central Library – It’s a Teddy Bear Picnic! Bring your favourite stuffed toy and celebrate love. All ages. 10 am – 10:30 am

Forest HeightsLove is in the Air with these stories and songs for kids and their families and loved ones. All ages. 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Forest Heights – You’ve heard of speed dating, now try Friend Speed Dating. A great way to meet new people. Part of our It’s On series, created for the 20s/30s crowd. 2 pm – 4 pm

Pioneer Park – Create Art from the Heart – a mixed-media masterpiece for yourself or for someone you love. For children and families. 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Grand River Stanley Park –  Create Art from the Heart – a mixed-media masterpiece for yourself or for someone you love. For children and families. 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Central Library – Try a little tenderness and join us for an 80s Flashback Free Flick, Pretty in Pink. Watch the trailerRated AA. 2 pm – 3:40 pm

SUNDAY

Central Library – Settle in to the beautiful Reading Lounge for live jazz with this week’s Music in the Lounge performance by the Willem Moolenbeek Trio. All ages. 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Central Library – A dinosaur-themed amusement park. What could possibly go wrong? Today’s Free Flick is Jurassic World! Watch the trailer. Rated PG. 2 pm – 4 pm

MONDAY – All library locations are closed. Check out these community events!

KW Art Gallery – A fun-filled annual Family Day Celebration, with activities, art, and storytellers from Kitchener Public Library. Suggested donation of $5 per child. All ages. 1 – 4 pm.

Kitchener City Hall – Bring on the Sunshine hosts African Festival 2016, with music, food, workshops, and a craft market. Entrance by donation. Free parking underground. All ages. 10 am – 6 pm

The Aud – Join MPP Daiene Vernile for a free Family Day Public Skate. All ages. 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

TheMuseum – Stay all day for robots, MakeyMakey, coding, Minecraft and more with Year of Code Waterloo Region’s Family Hack Jam.$8.95. All ages. 10 am – 4 pm.

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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:

ADULTS

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

ALL AGES

Artist-at-Work demonstration on Feb. 6

Fostering Love with the KW Humane Society on Feb. 23

KIDS AND FAMILIES

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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A HISTORY OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

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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Summer, so fleeting but so fun

Just a few more days before the kids are back to to school.

The kids, the kids, the kids. The thousands of kids who trooped through all five library locations this year – making forts, making puppets, making costumes, making concoctions, making movies. Playing games, banging drums, taking pictures, breaking records. Exploring science – outer space, dinosaurs, earthquakes, wetlands, and electrical circuits. Partying like a Minion, and petting a real live kangaroo.

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