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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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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!


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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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Sundays, fun days

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Come and visit us on Sunday – we’re back to serving you seven days a week!

We’ve returned to regular hours, which means that starting this weekend, October 18, and running until December 13, Central Library is open on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm. 

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Music to your ears

Live music sign icon. Karaoke symbol.If you think the library is a really quiet place where you’ll be shushed, think again. The Music in the Lounge series at Central Library is just one of many ways we’re creating a lively, active space in your libraries.

“The music brings an added life and vibrancy to the library. This is what we mean when we talk about community connections – it’s a shared cultural experience that’s available to everyone, free of charge,”  says Sheila Bauman, events planner at Kitchener Public Library.

“We’ve had people come up and thank us, because they’ve been able to enjoy performances that they wouldn’t have been able to afford elsewhere. Or they’ve been exposed to something, like the KW Symphony or Ballet Jörgen, that they may not have sought out on their own.”

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