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Poetry Intensive with Darrell Epp

Get inside the intricate mind of Hamilton poet Darrell Epp with this combined reading and poetry workshop. His work has been published on 6 continents in over 120 magazines, including Maisonneuve, Poetry Ireland, Sub-Terrain, The Saranac Review, Exile and Queen's Quarterly. His third collection, Sinners Dance, was published by Mosaic Press in April. He's done readings in Wales, England, the US and Canada, and loves nothing more than talking story mechanics and how literature works. Drop by and get in on the conversation.

Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, January 12th
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Special Event with Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes' recent book Be With: Letters to a Caregiver recounts his experiences caring for his mother through the stages of Alzheimer's. It's a personal memoir in part, telling Mike's own story, but it's also a field guide, intended to help others find their way. Mike will be reading passages from his book, then open up a discussion for questions and dialogue among participants. An Alzheimer Society Niagara Region event. Please RSVP at 905-687-3914 or register online at

Victoria Avenue Library
Monday, January 14th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Exploring Kalyana with Rajni Mala Khelawan

Rajni Mala Khelawan is an emerging Indo-Fijian Canadian Writer. In addition to being a visiting writer at the University of the South pacific, Fiji Islands in August 2011, Khelawan was profiled on hit RB and radio shows such as Bollywood Boulevard, CBC Radio, Omni South Asian News and NUTV. Her first novel is The End of the Dark and Stormy Night. Currently, Khelawan is living in the Niagara Region and working on completing her third novel. Please join Rajni as she reads from her second novel Kalyana and offers insight on how to get publishers to notice your writing.

Victoria Avenue Library
Wednesday, January 16th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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
December 12th, January 9th & 23rd, February 13th and 27th.
No registration required.

Christmas Music & Something More

An afternoon of piano/cello chamber music with a sprinkling of seasonal favourites. Features Gerardo Molina on piano and Marcela Lagunas on cello.

Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, December 15th
3:00 p.m.

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.

DIY Book Rolodex

Get crafty. Get organized. Take an old book and make your own rolodex to store and sort tags, cards, receipts and all manner of loose paper. Makes a great gift.

Victoria Avenue Library
Wednesday, December 12th
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Stamford Centre Library
Saturday, December 15th
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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.

Community Centre Library

Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
January 11th: Moonrise

Victoria Avenue Library

Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
November 10th: Fall Slumber
November 24th: Still

Stamford Centre Library

Monday, December 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m: Snowman's Evening Delight
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.

Indigenous Concert Series with Nigel Irwin

Nigel Irwin is a singer-songwriter of the Cree Nation who grew up in Niagara. He has been releasing music since 2015. Irwin discovered his craft playing in the Toronto open-mic scene and has since left his folky beginnings for larger pop ambitions. With his recent single "Reconcile", Irwin has found a way to bring his Cree heritage into his lyrics, singing about his struggles with being mixed-native in an age of reconciliation.

The Irwin songbook is an ever-growing collection of tunes with sounds ranging from jazz to electronic, low-fi hip-hop to sixties rock. Nothing is off the table. 

Presented in partnership with Niagara Concerts.

Victoria Avenue Library
Friday, December 14th, 7:00 p.m.
No registration required. Seating is limited.

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
Tuesdays, December 18th and 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 (jewellry, 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
Thursdays, December 27th (Seasonal theme) & January 3rd (Movie theme)
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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.
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.
January 7th, February 4th
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.
December 4th & 18th
January 8th & 22nd
February 5th & 19th
No registration required.