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Next Steps and Care Essentials

Next Steps and Care Essentials offers an opportunity for families and friends of individuals with a diagnosis of dementia to learn more about dementia, develop caregiving strategies, and become familiar with community resources and supports. For more information or to register, please call 905-687-3914.

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursdays, February 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Week #1: Overview of Dementia & Brain Health
Week #2: Understanding Behaviour & Communication Strategies
Week #3: Supportive Strategies & Caring for Yourself
Week #4: Adapting to Care Needs & Role Changes

Letter Writing Circle

Before texting, before email, there were ... letters! Rediscover the lost art of letter writing and reach out to someone whether they're across the street or on the other side of the world. We supply paper and envelopes - you bring the news to share!
All ages.

Stamford Centre Library
January 23rd, February 13th and 27th.
No registration required.

Essential Oils Workshop

Discover how essential oils can transform the way you manage your health. Sarah Leeson will share how essential oils can support people physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursdays, January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Week 1: Essential Oils 101
Week 2: Oils and children
Week 3: Oils and pets
Week 4: Getting Crafty: How to use your oils for beauty and relaxation

PickUp and Play Orchestra

Haven't played in a while? Dust off your old instrument and make some music again. We can accommodate any traditional band instrument other than guitar and piano. Participants must be able to read music and have a basic competency on their instrument. Ages 18+

Victoria Avenue Library
Wednesdays, April 3rd, April 10th, April 24th, May 1st
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Registration is required.

Creative Writing for the Mind, Body and Soul: Change Your Negative Thinking With Darcy Patrick

The author of Creative Writing for the Mind, Body and soul leads an introductory session on learning to write with honesty about your emotions. The good, the bad, the ugly -- nothing you feel will be left out. Learn how to use thought records, journal entries and other tools to change the way you deal with negative emotions. We're going to make writing your new best friend.
Copies of the book will be on sale for $20.
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, February 9th
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mindfulness Practice With Kathryn Richmond

Join our mindfulness practice group led by certified Mindfulness Facilitator Kathryn Richomnd of the Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara and learn how to live mindfully in an increasingly stress-filled world.

For teens ages 13-17
Stamford Centre Library
Saturday, February 2nd
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For adults ages 18+
Stamford Centre Library
Saturday, February 16th
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Self-Care With Dr. Jen Rouse

Look after your mental health and emotional wellbeing. Dr. Jen Rouse, a clinical psychologist based in both St. Catharines and hamilton, shares some helpful tips on checking in with yourself, creating balance and identifying strategies to help you fell your best.
All ages.

Community Centre Library
Saturday, February 23rd
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Niagara Falls - Then and Now

A photographic journey through the years

Take a look back at historical Niagara Falls with photographs from our Local History Collection. To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, the Niagara Falls Public Library  worked with community partners to bring photos from our Historic Niagara Digital Collections out of the archives and into the city by placing them in the locations they were originally taken. Visit the Niagara Falls Then and Now website here. More photos and history are added regularly!

A community oral history.

Niagara Falls Public Library and the Niagara Falls Museums have partnered to conduct round table local history discussions based on the photos from Canada 150: Niagara Falls - Then and Now. Thank you to everyone who shared their stories of the city through the years to help us preserve our oral history for future generations. Videos from the discussions have been transcribed. Keep an eye on this site - we'll be posting them soon!

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Niagara Falls Public Library, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Niagara Falls Public Library, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.


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Paint Express - Acrylics

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Come for an hour and express yourself with acrylics. All supplies are provided. Please note the name of the piece being created next to each date.
Materials are supplied.
Registration is required.

Stamford Centre Library

Friday, January 25th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m: Quiet Moment

Chippawa Library

Saturday, February 2nd, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m: Loon

Watercolours I (4 week session)

Learn the basics of working with watercolours, including perspective drawing, colour values and washes. Participants are asked to purchase some of the supplies prior to the program. Information on supplies will be available at the time of registration.
Registration is required.

Victoria Avenue Library
Mondays, January 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration is required.

Let's Talk Reconciliation Film Dialogue

Join us for a screening of the National Film Board production titled "Reel Injun", 2009, 1 hour 28 minutes. In this feature-length documentary, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema. Featuring hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film traces the evolution of the "Hollywood Indian". Diamond guides the audience on a journey across America to some of cinema's most iconic landscapes and conducts candid interviews with celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson and Jim Jarmusch. The film is a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories in their own way.

Following the screening, join us for a Reconciliation Dialogue facilitated by Karl Dockstader and Sean VanderKlis, hosts of the One Dish, One Mic podcast. The discussion will be recorded as a special podcast edition.

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursday, February 21st
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Introduction to 3D Printing

In this one-hour introduction, attendees will learn how to use our 3D printers (a Formlabs Form 2 stereolithography resin printer and our two plastic filament printers) and get a run-through on some commonly available free 3D design software while examining the accompanying media lab resources. This session will also assist potential users in getting the most out of our on-request 3D printing service.
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Tuesday, January 8th
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration is required.

3D Design and Prototyping Parts 1 & 2

For those with moderate computer knowledge and skill. Transforming a design into a physical object has never been easier or faster. Get an overview of 3D design and modelling techniques for modern rapid prototyping applications. Participate in a hands-on project that will allow you to apply what you learn. Create your own design and see the process through to the final printed production.
All ages.

Tuesdays, January 15th and 22nd
5;30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration is required.

3D Design and Print Drop-In

Drop in and design a 3D object, then watch it print on one of the Oakes Room Media Lab printers. Each session will have a theme (jewellery, seasons, fictional characters etc.) and a design template - staff will provide instruction, but it's up to you to get creative. Prints will be free of cost during the program, but availability may be limited.
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Monday, February 18th (Family Day theme)
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ongoing Programs

Digging for Your Roots?

Beginners can learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition to aid in their genealogical research. This database is available to use free of charge at our library locations. There is a limit of 6 people per class and each person will have access to a computer for hands-on training.

Thursdays, January 24th, February 28th, March 28th, April 25th, May 23rd
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Registration is required.


Join other crafters, knitters, crocheters, artists and more for an afternoon of sharing and learning. Bring your tools and supplies and spend the afternoon sharing patterns, ideas and more. All ages

Stamford Centre Library
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Legal Clinic

A free satellite legal clinic brought to you by Niagara North Community Legal Assistance. Advice can be given on issues such as small claims court, consumer rights and landlord/tenant issues.

Mondays, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
February 4th, March 4th, April 1st, May 6th
Conference Room, Victoria Avenue Library.
* no clinics in months when Monday is a holiday.

Community Outreach Worker

An outreach worker from Niagara Falls Community Health Centre will be at the Victoria Avenue Library two afternoons a month to help anyone with immediate needs of food, clothing and shelter.

Victoria Avenue Library
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 22nd
February 5th & 19th
March 5th & 19th
April 2nd, 16th & 30th
May 14th & 28th
No registration required.

Tax Clinics

Contact the library starting February 1, 2019 for information on chartered accountants' tax clinics. 905-356-8080