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Adult Summer Reading

Summer reading BINGO! Pick up your bingo card at any library location starting June 15th. Get a BINGO and return your card by August 18th for your chance to win a prize.

All locations.

Meditation

Have you always wanted to learn meditation or are you looking to expand your practice with techniques that you can use every day? This course may be for you! During this 5-week session, Certified Meditation Instructor Carey Baglieri will take participants through various methods, using practical strategies which will help you delve deeper into your practice and meet yourself on an authentic level. No experience necessary. All meditators welcome!
Registration required.

Victoria Avenue Library, Wednesdays, May 29th, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th @ 6:30 p.m.

Next Steps & 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.
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

Victoria Avenue, Thursdays, June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th @ 6:00 pm

Summer Yoga & Meditation Workshop

This combination gentle yoga and meditation class is the perfect addition to your mid-summer mornings. Maria Cerenzia, owner and yoga teacher at Zen House Yoga Studio, and Carey Baglieri, certified meditation instructor will explore a variety of different meditation techniques that blend with tailored yoga poses. Whether you are just learning about meditation or yoga or are seeking to deepen your practice, we welcome you to join us.

Victoria Avenue, Wednesdays, July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st @ 11:00 am

Harm Reduction & Naloxone Training

Join us for a free opioid overdose prevention and response training. In this hour presentation, Positive Living Niagara will discuss harm reduction in relation to substance use and teach you how to save a life by administering Naloxone.

Victoria Avenue Library, Thursday, May 16th, Monday, June 17th, Thursday, July 18th, Wednesday, August 14th @ 3:00 pm

Celebrate Indigenous History Month in June

Recognize not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada but also the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. Education is key to Reconciliation - borrow a book or DVD from our Indigenous Collection or take some time to stroll the Rosberg Gallery and experience the creative and stunning artwork of our talented local Indigenous artists.

DJ Shub

The Fort Erie-based Godfather of PowWow Step brings his groundbreaking mixture of electronic music and traditional songs to the Niagara Falls Public Library. A Mohawk of the Six Nations reserve as well as a husband and father, Shub started his career with the Juno-winning, Polaris Prize-nominated trio A Tribe Called Red. Now a solo artist, Shub is a two-time DMX World DJ Championship Canadian Titleist and Red Bull Thre3style DJ Competition Canadian titleist in his own right. On the strength of his solo EP PowWow Step, he was nominated for a 2018 Juno Award in the Indigenous Music Category. Throughout his career he has grown more aware of the Indigenous way of life through his music, merging his heritage with his carft. Celebrate National Indigenous History Month with one of the most unique artists in today's Canadian music scene.

Victoria Avenue Library, June 7th @ 6:30 pm.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

All ages. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a workshop that explores the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Blankets arranged on the floor represent land and participants are invited to step into the roles of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. The workshop helps people to understand how the colonization of this land impacts those who were here long before settlers arrived. It engages people's minds and hearts in understanding why the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is often broken and how we can take action together.

Victoria Avenue Library, June 13th @ 1:00 pm

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, and have been posted on this site .

This initiative was 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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Chamber Music Concerts

Please join us for free chamber music concerts featuring Luis Molina on piano.

Tribute to Beethoven
Four of the composer's most famous Sonatas.

Victoria, Saturday, May 25th @ 2:00 pm 

Student Recital
Performances by students from the Molina-Lagunas studio.

Victoria, Saturday June 29th, 1:00 pm

Romanticism of Chopin
Features a selection of famous Chopin piano works.

Victoria, Saturday July 20th, 2:00 pm

The Classics of Franz Liszt
Challenging music from the great romantic composer

Victoria, Saturday, July 27th, 2:00 pm

Appy Hour

All ages. Looking to find apps that will make your life better, or just more fun? Join one of our Library tech experts to learn about apps and share great finds of your own. Feel free to bring your own mobile devices and ideas to share.

Victoria, Tuesday, June 4th @ 5:30 pm
Victoria, Thursday, June 27th @ 3:00 pm

Paint Express - Acrylics

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 required.
Victoria Avenue, Monday, May 13th @ 11:00 am - Shoreline
Victoria Avenue, Saturday, July 13th @ 1:30 pm - Calm Day at the Beach
Chippawa, Friday, July 16th @ 11:00 am - The Great Outdoors
Victoria Avenue, Saturday, August 24th, 1:30 pm - Footprints in the Sand

Watercolours II (4 week session)

If you enjoyed Watercolour I, build on those skills with Watercolour II. Use watercolours to begin and create your own masterpiece. Participants are asked to purchase some of the supplies. Information will be available at time of registration.
Registration required.

Victoria Avenue, Mondays, June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th @ 11:00 am

Introduction to iPads & Tablets (Parts 1 & 2)

All ages. For those looking for basic instruction on an iPad, Android, or Windows mobile device, or those thinking about getting one. These classes are designed for people with little or no experience and also those who wish to be caught up with current trends. Through hands-on instruction, learners will be taken through an overview of how tablets work with a spotlight on useful apps and features. These sessions will not be specific to a single brand or operating system - all are welcome. The Library has iPads for individual use, but attendees are encouraged to bring in their own devices.
Individual registration required for par 1 & 2

Victoria, Thursday, June 6th & 13th @ 3:00 pm
Community, Tuesday, June 18 & 25th @ 5:30 pm

Your Right as a Tenant

Join Sinead Flarity, a Licensed Paralegal working with Niagara North community Legal Clinic, as she discusses the ins and outs of evictions. Sinead will focus on the legal process of eviction and rights tenants have during the process.

Victoria Avenue Library, Thursday, July 4th @ 6:00 pm

Capacity Assessment Facts Regarding Powers of Attorney

Learn more about the process of "Legislated Capacity Assessments". This workshop will be of benefit if you are concerned about someone who is:

  • Struggling to manage finances or Personal care
  • Vulnerable to exploitation by others
  • Unable to understand or appreciate the consequences of mismanagement
  • Or has a Power of Attorney for Property and does not realize that it is time to activate it

Related topics will also be discussed.

Victoria Avenue, Thursday, July 14th @ 6:00 pm

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.
Registration required.

Thursdays, May 23rd, June 27th, July 25th, August 22nd @ 6:30 pm
 

Crafternoons

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 pm - 3:30 pm
*Crafternoons will not run July 24th & August 21st

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursdays, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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. Please call ahead to register at 905-682-6635.

Mondays, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
June 3rd, July 8th, August 12th
Conference Room, Victoria Avenue Library.

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. Drop-in.

Victoria Avenue Library
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 28th, June 11th & 25th, July 2nd & 16th, August 12th