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Holiday happiness


Happy Holidays! Our holiday hours begin this Saturday. Please check whether we’re open before heading to your local library any time from Saturday, Dec. 24 to Monday, Jan. 2.

While we’re open, stop in and stock up on books, movies, and music, or try out our new virtual reality experience. We’ve also got plenty of fun, fabulous, and (as always!) FREE activities for people of all ages.

Dec. 28 – Dec. 31
For adults: get help with your computer, phone, or tablet; or play Scrabble with your friends and neighbours.
For kids and families: visit us at Kitchener Market, Free Flicks showing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen, sing and dance along with Erick Traplin, and more.
Full schedule here

Jan. 3 – Jan. 8
For adults and all-ages: Free Flicks showing of Hadwin’s Judgment, one-on-one technology coaching, opening reception for an exhibit by artist Nick Kouvelos, live Music in the Lounge, and more.
For kids and families: Coding and crafting, Harry Potter movie and trivia party, celebrate and learn about Canada 150, Free Flick showing of March of the Penguins, and more.
Full schedule here

Plan ahead for 2017 by checking out the hundreds of programs we have in January alone. Browse our calendar. 

Photo Contest
Heads up, amateur photographers! The 11th Annual Waterloo Region Record/KPL Photo Contest opens on Jan. 1. 2017. See entry guidelines and last year’s winners here.

Youth Video Competition
Young filmmakers: Enter the City of Kitchener’s Youth Video Competition by March 31, 2017. The contest is open to youth ages 12 – 25. Find out more about contest entries and video workshops to help you get started here.

Be sure to check out the stunning light show at Kitchener City Hall, put on by our friends at Christie Digital. The projection mapping display, called A Holiday Greeting Card to the Community, runs every evening on the hour from 7 to 10:05 p.m. until Dec. 31, with the exception of Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.

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“We built it, and they came!”

We’re wrapping up March Break Boredom Busters – more than 50 programs and events at our five library locations, including toddler dance parties, drama workshops, Minecraft, March Break Movies, craft sessions and more. Teens and tweens learned how to make and edit videos, and created their own websites.

This year, we were especially thrilled to feel the buzz in the Children’s Library at Central. This is our first March Break after the expansion and renovation, and it was an incredible experience. Every day the room filled with families, friends, and caregivers. Some people were here for programs, and some just to hang out, but everyone was here for a good time. And at 3:30 pm each day, more than 100 people trooped in to the Theatre for a family-friendly Free Flick.

“We built it, and they came!” said Laura Reed, manager of Children’s and Teen Services, beaming as she surveyed the hubbub.

“One of the best parts was seeing the children get creative. Many of our programs were unstructured and imagination-based,” said children’s librarian Barb.  “We hope that, for those who didn’t get to go away for March Break, the library provided a lot of fun and good times. I know our staff certainly had a great week!”

I’ve been amazed by the unflagging energy of Children’s staff (I call them “Meatballs”) led by Laura and librarians Kevin and Barb. Children’s programmers are Emily, Jen, Cheryl, Emma, Karen B., Karen W., and Kelly, and the department is supported by Olga, Lisa, Farzanah, Sarah, Priscilla, and Aleida. They spend months plotting and planning, and then it’s all over in one whirlwind week. **Round of applause, Meatballs!**

We respect the privacy of our customers, so we can’t show you the whole Children’s Library in action. But click on the first picture below and enjoy our Boredom Busting slide show!