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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.

Community Centre Library
Thursdays, October 4th, 18th, 25th & November 1st.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 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

Exploring the Paranormal With Dr. Peter Sacco

Do you believe in ghosts? Are you curious about the unexplained? Join Dr. Peter Sacco - author, professor and host/producer of the hit TV series The Paranormal Profilers - as he shares his extensive experience with all things strange and spooky. 
All ages.

Victoria Avenue Library
Sunday, October 28th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
No registration required. 

Kindness Days

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Have some fun being kind by playing Kindness Bingo! Each time you do a kind act listed on the board, mark it off. Pick up your Kindness bingo card at any of our four locations starting November 2nd. All ages.

Victoria Avenue, Stamford Centre, Community Centre and Chippawa libraries.
Friday, November 2nd - Tuesday, November 13th.
No registration required.

World Kindness Day!

On November 13th the entire global community is celebrating World Kindness Day! Join the party and fill up your good deeds meter by completing at least one of ten kindness ideas. Be sure to pick up your Random Acts of Kindness suggestion list at any one of our four library locations starting November 13th. All ages.

Victoria Avenue, Stamford Centre, Community Centre and Chippawa Libraries.
Tuesday, November 13th - Friday, November 23rd.
No registration required.

One Kind Word

In celebration of RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Friday, the Niagara Falls Public Library challenges you to send a thank you card to your local police station, fire hall or mail person, write a letter to someone who has inspired you, or write inspirational quotes on sticky notes and post them around town. We will supply the paper, sticky notes and envelopes! All ages.

Victoria Avenue and Stamford Centre Libraries.
Friday, November 23rd, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
No registration required.

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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Local History Video Record-athon

Everybody, young and old, has a story to tell. Did you grow up in Niagara Falls? Do you have a memory of a local landmark? Are you new in town? Want to share memories of where you're from and all you've been through to get here? All of these experiences add to the mosaic that makes up our city. Take 15 minutes and tell your story as we record it in our Oakes Room Media lab. Bring in a friend or family member - the more stories there are, the richer the picture of our city.

All videos will be transcribed and added to our local history archive for future access, as well as being uploaded to our YouTube channel. Please watch here for the schedule of registration times, coming soon.

Victoria Avenue Library
October 15th - 19th
Registration required.

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.

Community Centre Library

Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
October 19th: Tulip
November 2nd: Umbrella in the Rain

Victoria Avenue Library

Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
October 27th: Birches Against Fence
November 10th: Fall Slumber
November 24th: Still

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.

* Watch for more Watercolours I sessions in the winter of 2018/2019

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 prior to the program. Information on supplies will be available at the time of registration.
Registration is required.

Victoria Avenue Library
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
October 15th, 22nd, 29th and November 5th.
Registration is required.

Ontario Public Library Week

Customer Appreciation Day

At the Niagara Falls Public Library, we POWER community! Customer Appreciation Day is our chance to celebrate the unwavering support we receive from our community all year round. Join us at your local library location for refreshments.

All locations.
Friday, October 19th
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Indigenous Programs

Brian Kon Rosberg Gallery Métis Dot Painting Exhibit

Exhibit for the month of November

Opening Reception

Friday, November 2nd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Brian Kon Métis Dot Painting Workshop & Lecture

The Métis are known as the "flower beadwork people" for their elaborately decorated clothing and possessions. Join Brian, a rising visual artist in the Métis Community, for a dot painting (a modern version of traditional beadwork) workshop and lecture.
Ages 15+ years.

Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, November 17th, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration is required.

Fall Résumé Clinic

Tune up your résumé, cover letter and interview skills, and get ready to land that job. Bring what you have or start fresh - the team from the YMCA Employment Centre will get you on track.
Ages 15-29 years.

Victoria Avenue Library
Monday, October 29th, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
No registration required.

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.

Community Centre Library
Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
October 10th & 24th, November 14th & 28th.
No registration required.

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 a MakerBot 2X). This session will assist potential users in getting the most out of our on-request 3D printing service.
All ages.

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.

Registration is required.

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, August 28th, September 27th, October 25th, November 22nd.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Registration is required.


Join other crafters, knitters, crocheters and more for an afternoon of sharing and learning. Bring your tools and supplies and spend the afternoon sharing patterns, ideas and more. Ages 18+ No registration required.

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.
October 1st & November 5th
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.
October 16th & 30th
November 13th & 27th
No registration required.