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Learning with KPL and Lynda.com

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We’ve got great news –  Kitchener Public Library is now offering FREE, unlimited access to Lynda.com. This amazing online learning service is yours to use in the library, from home, work, or anywhere with internet access.

Whatever your goals are this year, Kitchener Public Library can help you reach them. Just use your Kitchener Public Library card to set up an account and get started!

Learn a new skill at your own pace: from 3D and animation to web design and wireframing, and everything in between. There are more than 4,000 courses to choose from in business, technology, creative skills, and more, taught by industry experts.

You can also boost your skills and stay ahead by following a learning path: a series of courses in one subject. Become a user experience designer with 10 hours of courses, a content marketer with nine hours, or an iOs9 app developer with 32 hours.
See the full list of learning paths

Best of all, you can record your progress, boost your resume, and share it with your networks on LinkedIn.
Get started now. 

We’d love to hear about your progress! Share your experiences using #KPLLearn on Twitter.

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Holiday happiness

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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.

Lights!
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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Sandvine building bridges over the digital divide

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Thank you to Sandvine for your generous support! Dave Caputo, CEO at Sandvine, with Mary Chevreau, CEO of Kitchener Public Library, and Rick Wadsworth, Director of Corporate Communications at Sandvine.

Users of Kitchener Public Library’s popular wi-fi lending program will be soon be getting a gift from local tech giant Sandvine, a global leader in network policy control.

Launched in October 2015, Kitchener Public Library was the first in Canada to offer a free wi-fi hotspot lending program. Members use their library card to borrow an Internet hotspot device for up to two weeks, giving them access to unlimited data anywhere in Canada where there is Rogers cell coverage.

Earlier this year, the Ontario Library Association recognized Kitchener Public Library with an Ontario Library Information Technology Association Award for outstanding innovation in their community.

The library started the hotspot collection with 20 devices, but soon realized they were onto something big. “We knew our wi-fi lending program would be popular, but we were amazed with the response from our library users,” reports Mary Chevreau, CEO of Kitchener Public Library. “Not only does the long wait list for our few hotspot devices prove this, but sadly, it also illustrates the very real digital divide that exists in our technology-focused community.”

Thankfully the need for services like those offered by the library have not gone unnoticed by the technology sector.

Thanks to Sandvine’s generosity, the library’s wi-fi lending program will soon be getting a much needed boost, with the addition of another 20 new hotspot devices and financial support for ongoing data usage.

“Sandvine’s products help several ISPs around the world offer free Internet services to their subscribers, so we jumped at the opportunity to make a donation to the Kitchener Public Library to do the same thing for those in our own community,” said Dave Caputo, CEO, Sandvine. “Waterloo Region is flourishing thanks to the power of the Internet, and KPL’s wi-fi lending program plays an important role in ensuring that anyone in the region can have access to the empowerment it provides.”

The library’s hotspot devices are ideal for job seekers, students, or anyone who needs access to the internet or digital library resources outside library hours, or outside the library. The wi-fi hotspot devices are currently available at Central Library but will also be available at community libraries in the coming months.

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Party in the Stacks

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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.

It was a sold-out event, with more than 300 people in attendance. We had 14 generous sponsors, 12 companies that supported the event with their time, talent and equipment, and the Downtown Kitchener BIA and local restaurants provided the food.

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Craig Norris from CBC-KW acted as our incredible MC. Our amazing speakers included keynote speaker Gerry Remers, past president of Christie Digital. Steven Woods from Google, City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, and Hive Waterloo Region founder Stephanie Rozek.

Performers included the band Run Coyote, magician Scott Hammell, and dancers from Star Performance Academy.

Our volunteers and staff helped the event run smoothly: Karrie Zettler, Veronica Naas, Pam Gruetzmacher, Kim Cluthe, Elaine Tustin-Smith, Sara Faulhafer, Nancy Duncan, Claudia Naas, Sherry Erb, Shelley Zettler, Brandon Abram, Kristin Johnson-Perlock, Robyn Zondervan, Meg Harder, Laura Reed, Janice Colussi,Berkeley Wall, and Jim Tomeo.

To all of you, we can’t thank you enough. Your support and enthusiasm for Studio Central , and will mean so much in this community as we all work together to provide opportunities for digital literacy to everyone. The transformation has already begun, with the installation of a virtual reality system.

Stay tuned as Studio Central continues to develop. We can’t wait to see what you create, record, edit, and share with the world!

Halloween babies!

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It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year!

Not much to say – just check out these babies in disguise. Thank you to their parents and caregivers for allowing us to share them, and to KPL staffer Cheryl Jankowski for inviting us for a photo shoot with these little cuties.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Let us help you do it yourself!

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DIY Festival
Saturday October 22, 2016
11 am- 3 pm at Central Library
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Calling all makers, urban homesteaders, and do-it-yourselfers!

Join us for a day of hands-on learning at our 2nd annual DIY Festival. We have invited an inspiring group of skilled experts to help you become more self-sufficient.

Booths will be set up throughout the Reading Lounge at Central Library with hands-on activities to learn and explore. Walk around, ask questions, and find your new hobby!

There will also be workshops in the lower level throughout the day. Here’s the lineup:

11:00- 11:30
Publishing, Self-publishing, and How to Get Your Work Published with Jane Ann McLachlan

11:45- 12:15
Home Remedies with Joseph Schneider Haus

12:30- 1
Natural Dying of Wool, Fleece, and Yarn with Kitchener Waterloo Weavers and Spinners

1:15- 1:45
Hobbyist Beekeeping with Chris Inch

2:00- 2:30
Student Portfolio Preparation with Sheepdog Animation School

2:45- 3:15
Making a Makerspace with THEMUSEUM

This year we are excited to offer two special events during the Festival. We want to encourage and promote the value of sustainability through clothing repair, reducing waste, and building community. As part of this, we are hosting a Repair-a-thon and a Clothing Swap.

Repair-a-thon: In partnership with Sew Oiseau and KW Sewing Centre. Bring in your damaged clothing to be mended by our volunteers! Buttons/ Hems/ Rips/ Zippers. Please bring your own replacement zipper.

Clothing Swap: Hosted by Trusted Clothes. Bring your gently used, clean clothes to swap for something new (to you). Who doesn’t love free clothes!

There will be activities for all ages, interests, and skill levels. DIY Events will also be happening at all of the community library branches.

For more information, check out our Facebook page or calendar listing.


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ImagineIt: a connected, creative community

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Just imagine it: an entire community that connects through words, stories, songs, and visual art.

This month, the City of Kitchener and Kitchener Public Library launch ImagineIt Kitchener programming, with literacy events taking place throughout Kitchener to connect citizens and inspire creativity.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Kitchener Public Library to provide a wide range of events throughout the year,” says Jeff Young, manager, Kitchener events. “With multiple events in different locations we aim to connect neighbours, encourage community building, and support literacy.”

“Our ImagineIt Kitchener programs feature fun and interesting ways to celebrate reading, writing, and literacy,” says Penny-Lynn Fielding, director, customer and community engagement at KPL. “Through writer’s craft workshops, song writing circles, storytelling, author visits, and more, our entire community will be connecting through the power of words.”

We kicked off ImagineIt this week with a visit by award-winning author Terry Fallis, who visited Central Library to offer aspiring writers advice on creating a chapter-by-chapter outline.

If you missed it, don’t worry: there’s plenty more to come. As with all library events and programs, these are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

ImagineIt Schedule

October 19
Autobiographical Fiction: The Art of Memoir and the Fine Line Between Them – with Don Gillmor

October 24
He Said, She Said: Writing Great Dialogue – with Heather Wright

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October 30
NaNoWriMo Kickoff – with Erin Bow

NaNoWriMo Write Ins – drop in and write with the support of others
November 1
November 9
November 16
November 21
November 27

November 7
Giller Live! – Join us for a CanLit celebration

November 9
Songwriters’ Circle with Bob Egan, Jamie Warren, Jay Semko, Sean Hogan

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November 22
85 QUEEN: An Evening with Kathy Reichs

November 28
No One Leaves Without a Story – with Heather Wright

November 29
Writing for Artists – with Scott Chantler

December 1
Visual Storytelling – with Scott Chantler

Feeling inspired as a writer? We’re celebrating 50 years of the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards, with cash prizes and esteemed judges Lee Maracle and Ian Williams.