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. 

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Since the mid-20th century, human beings have wrought unprecedented changes to the Earth, bringing us into a new epoch of geologic time: the Anthropocene.


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.


When we think about sports excellence in the City of Niagara Falls, we can include both team sports and individual activities. Although it may not be the first sport that pops into to your mind, one such sport has a long history in the City of Niagara Falls!


Membership has its privileges. For those of you with your very own Library card, you know what a fabulous treasure trove of materials, digital resources, programs and space your Library has to offer. This brings me to highlight even more great things Library cardholders can receive through our reciprocal borrowing.


On Monday Niagara Falls Public Library will be unveiling two new collections.

These collections are both aimed at children and their inauguration coincides serendipitously with the beginning of March break.


On an easel in Niagara Falls Public Library's art gallery, there's a painting of a lighthouse and a boat that is careful to avoid the danger the lighthouse hails.


There's a lot more to modern public libraries than books and technology. Our motto at Niagara Falls Public Library is, "We power community!" Which is why we're always working to identify community needs that we can find a way to help address.


With an estimated 30 million visitors a year, the city of Niagara Falls has certainly enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship with the tourist industry. Other than the mighty cataracts themselves, one of the oldest and perhaps longest running tourist attraction in the city was known as the Burning Spring. 

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