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Adult Summer Reading

For adults, summer reading BINGO is back! Pick up your bingo card at any library location. 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!

Festival of Writing October 13th

Celebrate Indie Author Day with the Niagara Falls Public Library Festival of Writing. Join us for a series of readings and workshops that will inspire and empower you to share your own stories. Talk with local writers at our writer tables. Catch them reading from their work throughout the morning in the Rosberg Gallery. Learn how to write yourself with afternoon writing workshops in the LaMarsh Room. Writers of fiction and nonfiction, published pros and beginners just starting out - everyone is invited to attend and help build Niagara's writing community.
All ages. No registration required.

Author Readings

Hear local authors share their work in their own voice with a series of readings. Check our my.nflibrary.ca for further details, including our author line-up.

Rosberg Gallery, Victoria Avenue Library
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Writing Workshop - Online Music Writing

Do you love music? Want to write about it? Polaris Prize jury member Adam White shares his process for publishing Some Party, his popular weekly indie music e-newsletter.

LaMarsh Room, Victoria Avenue Library
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop - Arts and Culture Writing for Print Publication

Niagara is buzzing with arts and culture of all kinds. Learn how to write about it with Chris Illich, founder and editor of Niagara's arts and culture monthly The Sound.

LaMarsh Room, Victoria Avenue Library
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop - Memoir Writing

Write your life. Learn the basics of memoir writing with published author and Canadian Authors Association Niagara Branch Memoir Writers Group leader Jan Barrett.

LaMarsh Room, Victoria Avenue Library
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop - Self-Publishing: Pitfalls or Possibility?

Amazon best-seller Janice J. Richardson shares the self-publishing journey for her much-loved Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery series. If you're ready to launch your first book or if you're thinking about writing one, come learn what you need to know about self-publishing in a constantly changing marker.

LaMarsh Room, Victoria Avenue Library
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 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.

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. 
 

Canada 150:Niagara Falls - Then and Now

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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.
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.

Victoria Avenue Library
Mondays, 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.
July 30th, August 13th, 20th & 27th.

* 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.
 

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.
September 12th & 26th, October 10th & 24th, November 14th & 28th.
No registration 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.
 

Crafternoons

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.

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

A 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, and shelter.

Victoria Avenue Library
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
August 14th & 28th
September 11th & 25th
October 16th & 30th
November 13th & 27th
No registration required.