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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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Country Hills winter wonderland

Our community libraries are getting in the holiday spirit. Check out Country Hills Community Library – the weather outside’s not frightful, but they’ve decided to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. They’ve even created a fire that’s so delightful!

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Love You Forever – A Holiday Story

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Here’s a holiday story to send you into the New Year with a warm heart.

Every year since 1999, staff from Kitchener Public Library have worked with women at the Grand Valley Institution on a special holiday gift, and this year was no exception.

The Links to Literacy program offers a chance for mothers and grandmothers living in prison at Grand Valley to communicate and bond with their children or grandchildren through books, while allowing the children to have a positive interaction with a woman who is absent from their daily lives.

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