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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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Look, listen, learn: June exhibits & festivals

Be inspired this month as we host a series of art exhibits and demonstrations including sound, photography, history, acrylics, and oils.

We’ve got three new exhibits at Central Library in June, and we’re a partner in two amazing local festivals!
Don’t miss out on:

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OPEN EARS FESTIVAL 
As part of the Open Ears Festival, Central Library is hosting a special sound installation in the Theatre Lobby on the lower level.
Octave by Tristan Perich
Twelve sound panels that project 300 different frequencies; each distributed at equal distances in ascending order over the length of the display. Walking back and forth along the display, listeners get varying perspectives on the different sounds and tones.
Exhibit runs until June 25.

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MAKE IT KITCHENER
As part of Make It Kitchener, an initiative of the City of Kitchener, see the exhibit in the Reading Lounge on the main level.
Dedicated to the makers, hackers, writers, coders, builders, and creators in this city, from 1854 right up to today, the exhibit combines historical and contemporary photos with objects found by Bernie Rohde and curated by Eric Rumble. Be sure to pick up a Make it Kitchener magazine while you’re here.

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GRAND RIVER IMAGING PHOTOGRAPHY SOCIETY (GRIPS)
In the Art Gallery at Central Library, on the lower level.
See this exhibit mounted by members of GRIPS, a club for photographers of all skill levels that strives to increase the enjoyment of photography through workshops, outings, and friendly competition. Exhibit runs until June 30.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Opening Reception on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm.

 

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LATITUDES STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
As part of the Latitudes festival at Central Library, see these two Artist-at-Work demonstrations:
Saturday, June 11
10 am – noon: Alex van Gaalen, oil painting
1 pm – 3 pm:    Sheila Diemert, acrylics
Feel free to chat with the artists and ask questions as they work.

Learn more about our Artist Program.

 

 

 

 


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Mrs. Harper and the Teen Photographer

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LOCAL ARTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER JASON PANDA WITH TEEN PHOTOGRAPHER EMILY AND MRS. LAUREEN HARPER.

Emily was an inexperienced but enthusiastic photographer when she signed up for a teen photography workshop at Central Library with Jason Panda, a local artist and photographer.

But three of Emily’s photos from that day were chosen for Imagine a Show – which led to them being exhibited at THEMUSEUM, and published in the Imagine a Show book. One of those is a real showstopper: a photo of Flux, the spectacular public art installation at Central Library. (seen above)

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