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Pride Month at Kitchener Public Library

Here at Kitchener Public Library we are utterly festooned with rainbows for the month of June to celebrate Pride. Case in point:

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Photo by Sonja Friedrich

Historically libraries have been an important place for LGBTQ+ individuals to find information about coming out, health, family topics and to see themselves reflected in media and books. With the emergence of the internet, the library has evolved into a community space for LGBTQ+ to meet, socialize, create and learn together. A 2017 OutLook Study carried out by the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition found that libraries are one of the places LGBTQ+ people feel safest, with 64% of cisgender people and 57% of trans people reporting they feel safe in the library. This is a huge victory for us, and we are always striving to do better.

Did you know

We offer all-gender, accessible washrooms at all KPL branches. Check out this excellent map of the locations of all the gender neutral washrooms in the Waterloo Region created by SPECTRUM.

Kitchener Public Library is happy to allow trans customers to use their chosen name on their library card. You don’t need to have ID showing the change, just let us know and we’ll update it.

On June 13 KPL held an event called Queer in KW featuring a panel discussion on what it means to be queer in KW (featuring local LGBTQ+ community members and moderated by queer-identified KPL staff), followed by performances by local LGBTQ+ artists. It was a successful, beautiful and positive event, and one which we hope to repeat!

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“If You’re Beautiful and You Know It Shout Hooray!” (photo by Barb Janicek)

 

 

 

This year Kitchener Public Library’s wonderful and creative children’s department  hosted our first (and very successful) Drag Queen Story Time with the incredible Fay Slift and Fluffy Souffle!

Stay tuned for more fabulous story hours in the future.

 

 

Whoever you are, you belong at the library, so come out, come often, and come get yourself some of these Prideful Picks from your friendly neighbourhood Lesbrarians:

 

Or check out the LGBTQ+ Content or YA-LGBTQ tags in our catalogue for more queer content.

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Please read something other than To Kill a Mockingbird

Throughout the month of February we’ve been featuring books about black history, and books, movies and music created by black artists, on our website and on display in our library locations.

Our February Free Flicks included BlacKKKlansman, Sorry to Bother You, and In the Heat of the Night. And we hosted a dance workshop – thank you to our partners, the Afro-Tribal Dancers!

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As the month draws to a close, we want to share some resources to support you in reading, listening to, and supporting black artists all year long, as well as a few books that may help further your thoughts and conversations about race and racism in this community and in this country.
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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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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.

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It’s showtime! Let’s go to the movies

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January and February are the perfect time to catch up on all the movies you missed during the busy fall and holiday season. And with the Academy Awards just around the corner, (on February 28th), our social media feeds are buzzing with Oscar talk – some of it controversial.

From a recent New York Times article:

“For the second year in a row, the nominations failed to recognize any minority actors. Movies about black lives like Creed and Straight Outta Compton did receive recognition, but their nominations were for either white writers (Compton) or a white performer (Sylvester Stallone in Creed). The black directors of each movie along with their non-white actors were shut out.”

The Academy has finally taken note of the #OscarsSoWhite protest, and has introduced a plan to improve the diversity of its membership.

comptonOur Free Flick for adults this weekend is Straight Outta Compton (18A).
Theatre, Central Library
Saturday, January 30 at 2 pm
No registration required.

For more Oscar content, check out our home page and scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find the books that spawned some of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, sound tracks, and previous Oscar-winning movies you can borrow on DVD or download from the comfort of your home.

That list is just a tiny fraction of the films we’ve got in our collection. For instance, you can download and start listening to the e-audiobook of The Revenant right now. Check out our Movies page for more – we’ve got lots to recommend.

If you love watching movies on the big screen, join us in the 200-seat Theatre at Central Library for Free Flicks every weekend, beginning at 2 pm. Saturday movies are for teens and adults (check ratings) and Sundays are perfect for children and families. No registration is required; just drop in! See the full schedule.

February is 80s Flashback Month, featuring Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and more.

homeBring the kids this Friday for a PA Day showing of Home featuring the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Jim Parsons. See the trailer.
Theatre, Central Library
Friday, January 29 at 2 pm
No registration required.

We’ll also be showing a family-friendly Free Flick every weekday during March Break, beginning at 3:30 pm. Stay tuned for titles.

And last but not least, join us on Groundhog Day for – you guessed it – Groundhog Day. We’ll show this 1993 Bill Murray classic over and over again on February 2, starting at 9:30 am.

Pop some popcorn, settle in, and watch great movies – either at home or with us!

All film titles are subject to change. Closed Captioning available upon request. 


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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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Your Free Flicks just got better!

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… and by better, we mean WAY better.

We’d like to thank Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. for the generous in-kind donation of a new projection system in the Theatre at Central Library. This donation, made possible by President and COO Gerry Remers, means that everyone in the community now has the opportunity to have a big-screen, cinema-quality movie experience – for free!

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