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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.

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More movies than ever before

GUEST BLOG POST by Lesa Balch
Director, Technologies and Content

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Library customers streamed more movies than ever before in December 2016, enjoying movies from Hoopla, downloadLibrary, CBC Curio, and National Film Board databases. Find out more about our free digital movie services here, and see our great DVD collection too.

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Faster, higher, stronger: improved internet access

GUEST POST BY LESA BALCH, DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGIES AND CONTENT

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Access to the internet just got faster!  In fact, Kitchener Public Library now offers 200 Mbps of bandwidth to access the internet.

Two years ago, Kitchener Public Library increased the bandwidth that is available to use the internet across all library locations for both connected computers and WiFi. Then, in the past two years, WiFi usage more than tripled.

  • 2013 = WiFi used 121,963 times
  • 2015 = WiFi used 406,369 times

With this dramatic increase in WiFi usage, along with an increase in streaming video, whether short YouTube clips or full-length movies, it was time to increase the bandwidth again.  This time the library doubled the bandwidth to 200 Mbps.

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TGIF: Jan. 29 – 31

WeekendHappy weekend! We’re getting an early start.

Friday, Jan. 29 is a PA Day for elementary school students in both the public and Catholic school boards, so we’re kicking the weekend off with fun, free activities at every library branch. Registration is not required for most activities.

School-age kids up to Grade 6 can join us at any library location for activities, games, and crafts.

Check these links for details of PA Day Drop In at Pioneer Park, Country Hills, Forest Heights, Grand River Stanley Park, and Central.

 

homeWe’re also showing the movie Homefeaturing the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parson in the Theatre at Central Library, beginning at 2 pm. See the trailer.  For all ages. Bring your own snacks and drinks, or pick something up at Hacienda Coffee in the Reading Lounge.

Middle schoolers (Grade 5 and up): build a project using littleBits. At Central Library, no registration required.

And for kids in Grades 3-6, we’ve got a Lego and Sphero Monster Car Rally at Pioneer Park. Registration required.

Saturday, January 30

Thursday and Friday are your last chance to see the exhibit Japanese Kir-e Art by Mark Yungblut, which is coming down on Friday afternoon at 4 pm. However, you can see Mark at work during his Artist-at-Work demonstration at Country Hills on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Just drop in!

Going to Kitchener Market Saturday morning? Take the kids and take a break at KPL Kids’ Club on the upper level. Stories, crafts, and fun for all ages.

How’s your digital literacy? Learn how to code, as a family! Join Year of Code Waterloo Region for this fun learning event, no experience required.

The Saturday Free Flick is Straight Outta Compton. (Rated 18A). The story of how NWA revolutionized hip-hop, this film was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay.

Sunday, January 31

Central Library is OPEN on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm, with free parking!

Grab a hot drink and a treat from Hacienda Coffee, relax, and enjoy Music in the Lounge. This week’s free live music performance begins at 1:30 pm and features pianist Rebecca Booker.

Our family-friendly Free Flick this week is Pixels (Rated PG). Starts at 2 pm, just drop in!

A LOOK AHEAD AT WHAT’S COMING UP
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Black History Month

Join us Monday, Feb. 1 for an African dance workshop – everyone is welcome and no experience is required.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, join Jamaican-born Canadian author Gerald Archambeau as he shares stories from his memoir.

And on Thursday, Feb. 25, learn about Waterloo County Black History.

 

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Meet New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley. Join us for a reading and discussion, or register for our Meet the Author book club.

Free Flicks
Join us every week for movies on the big screen, including an all-day marathon of the Bill Murray classic, Groundhog Day. See the full schedule. 

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Come and check out February’s exhibit in the Art Gallery at Central Library. Meet Naomi at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 4.


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Tell us your Best of 2015

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Five of the most popular fiction picks for 2015. How many have you read? Photo courtesy of Daytime 20.

It’s that time of year: the Best of 2015 lists are coming out. Every newspaper, magazine and website is featuring the critics’s picks of 2015 – the best of fiction, non-fiction, YA, poetry, children’s books . . . the categories are endless.

These lists are a great way to pick up suggestions, track what you’re reading, watching, and listening to compared to the broader culture, and to find holiday gift ideas.

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It’s ThanksBooking weekend!

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thanksbooksOne of the books I’m most thankful for is Patrick Will Grow by Gladys Baker Bond. As the youngest of seven children, I empathized with Patrick – who couldn’t wait to grow as big as his older siblings. I have very specific memories of my mother reading this book to me as a child.

My mother died five years ago today, but I’ll always have those memories. I also still have the book!

So this week, I asked you on social media – what books are you most thankful for? Here are a few of your responses. You picked these books because they helped you through a tough time, made you a better person, because you learned something from them, because they invoked old memories or created new ones.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Sherry Erb is thankful for The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Cathy Zimmerman – Peter’s Painting by Sally Moss:  “It helped my child learn to read. And wow does she ever love to read!”

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Be a part of the art

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We’re excited to be working with the 2015 City of Kitchener Artist-in-Residence, Janice Lee – and you can be a part of it too!

Janice is a folk artist and storyteller who is working on a video poem project titled Folk Myths of Kitchener.

She’ll be out in the city asking people to collaborate on four videopoems featuring the Iron Horse Trail, the Kitchener Market, Downtown Kitchener, and Kitchener Public Library.

Janice has already collected thoughts from you – our customers and community – at Central Library on June 13 and at Forest Heights Community Library on June 19. You can read some of those quotes on her blog. She’ll use these words to write a poem about the library.

Janice is returning in July, visiting all library locations to film people speaking the poem. She’ll edit the film and incorporate original music. The videopoems and poetry posters will be released as they are completed, and then shown all together at a show in December, 2015.

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