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Adult Summer Reading

For adults, summer reading BINGO is back! Pick up your bingo card at any library location starting June 25th. When you get a BINGO, return your card (by August 17th) for your chance to win a prize. Enter as many times as you like!

IELTS Session

Newcomers to Canada won't want to miss the free IELTS information session at the Victoria Avenue Library on Wednesday, June 27th at 1:00 p.m. IELTS is a test developed by the world's leading experts in language assessment on four key English language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is designed to assess the language ability of people who aim to study, work, immigrate and integrate in an English-speaking environment, and was the first test recognized and accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Community Centre Library
Wednesday, June 27th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
No registration required.

Reconciliation Film Dialogue

Join us for a screening of the National Film Board production titled "You Are On Indian Land". Released in 1969, this short documentary was one of the most influential and widely distributed productions made by the Indian Film Crew (IFC), the first all-Indigenous unit at the NFB. It documents a 1969 protest by the Kanien'kéhaka (Mohawk) of Akwesasne, a territory that straddles the Canada-U.S. border. 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. For adults 18 years and up.

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursday, June 28th, 6:30 p.m.

Chamber Music Concerts

Join Luis Gerardo Molina (piano), Marcela Lagunas (cello) and Sidney J. Segalowitz (clarinet) for an afternoon of chamber music. Victoria Avenue Library, 2:00 p.m.
No registration required.

Cello-Piano Duet
Featuring works by Fréderic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov.
Saturday, July 7th.

Solo Piano
Featuring works by Sergei Rachmaninov, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Franz Liszt.
Sunday, July 22nd.

Clarinet Trio
Featuring works by Robert Schumann and Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Sunday, August 12th.

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, July 19th, 26th, August 2nd & 9th
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

Canada 150: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 has been working 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 Canada 150: Niagara Falls Then and Now website here.

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.
Cost: $3.00 per session. Materials are supplied.
In person registration is required.

Chippawa Library

Monday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
June 18th: Polka Dot Tree

Stamford Centre Library

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
July 7th: Tall Trees

Victoria Avenue Library

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
July 21st: Whimsical Flowers

Watercolour 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.
Cost: $8.00 per person for the four-session series.
In person registration is required.

Victoria Avenue Library
Mondays, 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.
June 25th, July 9th, 16th & 23rd
July 30th, August 13th, 20th & 27th.

Watercolour 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.
Cost: $8.00 per person for the four-session series.
In person registration is required.

Victoria Avenue Library
Mondays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 7th, 14th, 28th and June 4th
* watch for more Watercolour II sessions in the fall of 2018.

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, June 28th, July 26th, August 28th.
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

Operated by Niagara North Community Legal Assistance (NNCLA), part of the Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) province-wide system of legal clinics, in partnership with the Niagara Falls Public Library. Clients will be served on a first come, first served basis. Advice can be given on issues such as small claims court, consumer rights and landlord/tenant issues.

First* Monday of each month, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Conference Room, Victoria Avenue Library.
*second Monday when there is a holiday

Community Outreach Worker at Victoria Avenue Library

AJ our Community Outreach Worker for Niagara Falls Community Health Centre will be in the Conference Room from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to assist with the most immediate needs of our customers - food, clothing, shelter etc.

Victoria Avenue Library
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
June 12th & 26th, July 3rd & 17th, August 14th & 28th.
No registration required.