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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.

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

Piano Concert

Don't miss talented concert pianist Luis Gonzalez in a solo performance.

Victoria Avenue
Saturday, March 23rd @ 2:00 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.

All ages
Stamford Centre Library
Saturday, May 11th
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Phone Photography

A member of the Niagara Falls Camera Club will share some tips and tricks for taking better pictures with your build-in phone camera.
Registration required.

Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, April 6th @ 1:00 p.m.

Author Reading with Maryam Rafiee

Maryam Rafiee was only a teenager when her father, Hossein Rafiee, was first imprisoned in Iran for expressing his political views. Unable to see or speak to him, she wrote him letters that she could never send. Fifteen years later, in the wake of her father's second imprisonment, Maryam offers these letters to the world, to reveal the suffering undergone by prisoners of conscience and their families. She currently lives in Kitchener and writes personal essays on her experiences as an immigrant and as a daughter of a political prisoner for local and international newspapers.

Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, April 20th @ 1:30 p.m.

Online Job Searching and Skills

Attendees will be exposed to online classifieds and job search sites while covering the essential skills needed to navigate them. This will include filling out online forms, registering with employer pages, discovering and applying to jobs, and emailing documents. We will also cover best practices for applications and résumés, highlight additional local resources, and discuss safety and privacy concerns in the online world.
Registration required.

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursday, March 21st @ 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30th @ 5:30 p.m.
 

Safetalk Suicide Awareness Training

Ages 18+ Become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don't truly want to die, but are struggling with pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST. Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks. This is a 3.5 hour training.
Registration required.

Community Centre Library, Saturday, May 4th @ 11:30 a.m.

Creative Writing for the Mind, Body & Soul With Darcy Patrick

All ages. The author of "Creative Writing for the Mind, Body and Soul" leads a three-part series of workshops on using writing as a therapeutic tool to fight depression and anxiety. Over the course of three nights, Darcy will cover the 5 following sections from his book:
1) Change your negative thinking
2) Learn to use writing as a therapeutic tool
3) Mindfulness and Guided Meditation
4) Create your own safe place
5) Applying what you have learned
All you need to bring is a pen or pencil, a journal, an open mind and a willingness to turn writing into your new best friend. Copies of the book will be available for $20.
Registration required.

Victoria Ave. Library
Tuesdays, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, 6:00 p.m.

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
Tuesday, March 26th, Wednesday, April 24th, Friday, May 17th @ 3:00 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 required.
Victoria Avenue, Sunday, March 24st @ 1:30 pm - Evening pines
Stamford Centre, Saturday, April 20th @ 1:30 pm - Great Outdoors
Community Centre, Friday, May 3rd @ 11:00 am - Daisies
Victoria Avenue, Monday, May 13th @ 11:00 am - Shoreline

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.
Chippawa, Mondays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th @ 2:00 pm

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.

Victoria Avenue Library

Tuesdays, Part 1: March 19th, Part 2: March 26th @ 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Part 1: April 18th, Part 2: April 25th @ 3:00 p.m.
Registration required.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Film Screening and Panel Discussion

All Ages. Consider the effect humanity is having on the earth, our home, with this screening of the TIFF-selected documentary ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2018, 87 minutes, Rated G), the third collaboration between award-winning photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. Following the film, join the conversation on climate change and the dawn of the Anthropocene with Dr. Jessica Blythe and Amanda Smits from Brock University's Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

Victoria Avenue Library
Friday, April 26th @ 6:00 p.m.

Let's Talk: Community Health Indicators

Niagara Region Public Health has a SHARE team which stands for Surveillance, Health Assessment, Research and Evaluation. This "Let's Talk" presentation will demonstrate some of the data, information and insights from various data sources such as the Census, Canadian Community Health Survey etc. to give better insight into the health and social needs within the Niagara Falls community.

Victoria Avenue Library
Wednesday, March 6th @ 7:00 p.m.

Let's Talk: Poverty & Prosperity

Join Marc Todd as he discusses the services available to individuals in receipt of Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. Marc is the Manager for the Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI) and a member of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network. NPI's vision is to create prosperity for Niagara residents by improving the quality of neighbourhood life.

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursday, April 4th @ 6:30 p.m.

Let's Talk: Housing & Homelessness

Join Homelessness Action Plan Advisor Jeffrey Sinclair as he discusses myths and misperceptions about homelessness. He will also introduce key issues regarding homelessness and affordable housing, as well as the Niagara Region's action plan.

Victoria Avenue Library
Wednesday, May 8th @ 6:30 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.
Registration required.

Thursdays, March 28th, April 25th, May 23rd @ 6:30 p.m.
 

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 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. Drop-in.

Victoria Avenue Library
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
March 5th & 19th
April 2nd, 16th & 30th
May 14th & 28th

Tax Clinics

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