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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.

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
February 27th.

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.

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 adults ages 18+
Stamford Centre Library
Saturday, February 16th
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

Instrumental Recital

Jessica Tigchelaar is a third year music student at Brock University. Please join Jessica as she plays the violin and is accompanied by piano.

Victoria Avenue Library
Saturday, March 2nd @ 11:30 a.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.

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.


Canada 150 logo


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, 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

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.

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.

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 (jewellery, 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
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.
Registration required.

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


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.
February 19th
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