Help us help you with technology

You’re invited to help us at the Library. On April 1, 2019 we are embarking on a year-long project called Bridge to understand how libraries use technology.  The Bridge Technology Services Assessment Toolkit (Bridge) is a customizable web-based solution for libraries to capture and analyze performance and outcome data on technology services and informs decision-making on the use and outcomes of technology services offered by public library systems in Ontario. Using Bridge, library systems can measure availability by the volume of technology service offered, such as the number of Internet-enabled public work stations. They can measure usage by looking at the uptake of technology services by library customers such as the number of participants in a technology training program. 

Outcomes can be measured by the kinds of activities and results that technology services enable for library customers. Finally, it can measure service delivery by gauging libraries’ ability to deliver technology services. How can you help with the Bridge project? That’s easy. The Library will have available on the website, a survey that will guide you through a series of questions on how you use technology. The survey will also be available at all library locations through our public Internet stations, please ask staff if you have any questions. Join us in the Bridge project and help us shape available library technologies for the future.

If you have some pressing legal questions, you’ll want to drop in to the Victoria Avenue Library for our free legal clinic on Monday, April 1 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. no appointment is needed as this is a first-come, first-served clinic.

Join Marc Todd, manager of Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI) and a member of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network, for this special event as he discusses the services available to individuals in receipt of Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Victoria Avenue Library.

Would you like to take better pictures with your cell phone camera? Join us at the Victoria Avenue Library on Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. We’ll have a member of the local Camera Club on hand to guide us through the steps. Registration is required for this program.

If the kids are looking for something to do after school, why not join us at the Library for all kinds of fun with video, board games, LEGO and more at our drop in, After-School Kids Club. Kids Club is at Community Centre Library on Tuesday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m., Chippawa Library on Wednesday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m. and at Victoria Avenue Library on Thursday, April 4 at 4:00 p.m. 

Library Notes


For the most part, we have been enjoying some pleasant weather this month in Niagara Falls. Of course, this has not always been the case. Ninety-nine years ago, it was an entirely different story.


Science Literacy Week runs from September 16th to the 22nd. While many of us may think that it’s aimed mostly at kids and teens, the truth is that everyone can celebrate science and oceans research in Canada.


September is an exciting time of year, and Niagara Falls Public Library is ready to celebrate with fun programs and events.

Be sure to pick up our Fall 2019 magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening.


With September just around the corner, we at the Niagara Falls Public Library are excited to once again offer a full slate of Mental Health and Wellness programming to connect you with others and help you feel your best as summer fades away and the days start to get shorter, darker, colder.


Honeymoons and the City of Niagara Falls have gone hand in hand for a very long time, with the first documented Niagara Falls honeymoon occurring in June of 1801. Theodosia Burr (the American vice president’s daughter) and her husband Joseph Alston visited the city on a delayed honeymoon that even included a visit with the famous Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant. 


There’s no denying that so far it has been one scorcher of a summer. Every day seems hotter than the last and that humidity is enough to make a stone sweat!

Luckily for you, each branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library comes equipped with air conditioning and a number of fabulous cookbooks you can borrow to whip up some wonderful frozen desserts that will help you chill out.


As we enjoy the summer weather, thoughts of cooling off may sometimes cross our minds. Some of us may have fond memories of a few local swimming spots that were once used to beat the summer heat. For more than 35 years, thousands of children and adults made the Cyanamid swimming pool their summer destination of choice.


At the Library, we truly appreciate the outpouring of support for the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLO) at the Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) after the elimination of the ILLO Delivery Service.  We understand the meaningful impact the service has had on many of our customers. As we know how things change in the world, so it does in the Library world.

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