Library the place to be on a Friday night

Clifton Hill, Casino Niagara, Niagara Parks Commission — as much as there is to do in Niagara Falls, there's not always a lot for residents, especially if you're not looking to spend much money.

Sleep Cheap is great, but the rest of the year there's always Niagara Falls Public Library.

We offer a full slate of free things to do for Niagarans of all ages, from story times to maker workshops, musical performances to history talks. Even when nothing in particular is happening, the four Niagara Falls Public Library branches are relaxed civic spaces where anyone can spend some time reading, working or just being around other people.

The library closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays, but the fun continues well into the evening with our new After Hours program series. Starting at 7 p.m. on almost any given Friday we'll be doing something interesting at the Victoria Avenue library, 4848 Victoria Ave. at Morrison Street. So far, since our soft launch in October, we've had a performance by the PK Hummingbird steel drum band, a performance by the Niagara Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, a Diwali celebration hosted by Niagara Hindu Samaj, a talk on CBT for sleep with a local psychologist, a paint night, a screening of the Emilio Estevez film "The Public" accompanied by a discussion on homelessness, and more.

On Nov. 22, we've got author Sheri MacDonald sharing highlights from her new book, "100 Things to Do in Canada Before You Die." On Dec. 6, Karl Dockstader and Sean VanderKlis will be returning to NFPL with their One Dish, One Mic podcast, leading one of our Let's Talk About Reconciliation Film Dialogues following a screening of the 1998 documentary "The Gift," which explores the importance of corn in the lives of Indigenous peoples in the Americas.

On Friday, Dec. 20, pianist Luis Molina Gonzalez will do a holiday concert with a number of musical guests performing on voice, winds, strings and piano. As the new year dawns, Niagara Falls Poetry Project creator Andrew Porteus will do a talk exploring the history of Niagara Falls as seen through poetry.

So if you're looking for something to do at 7 p.m. on a Friday night in Niagara Falls, look no further. The library may look closed. The parking lot may look empty. But there's usually something free happening after hours. For more information call 905-356-8080 or visit your neighbourhood branch. It's going to be a long winter. The temptation to stay home will be strong. Instead, stay warm with us at the Victoria Avenue Library.

Library Notes

2020-01-08

2019 was an exciting year for the Niagara Falls Public Library. We hosted some incredible programs, introduced some amazing new collections, and had a lot of fun. However, it was you, the customer, that really made last year so wonderful.

2019-12-16

While doing some research the other day, I came across the name of a hotel that I had never heard of before. This is probably due to the fact that there is very little information to be found about the Bath House Hotel. 

2019-12-16

It’s hard to define in one sentence what we do at the Niagara Falls Public Library in providing excellent customer service, so I thought I would give you a glimpse into a day in the life of a customer service associate at the Library. Some staff arrive prior to opening time to prepare workspaces and to gather and sort items from our overnight drop boxes.

2019-11-25

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2019-11-22

Clifton Hill, Casino Niagara, Niagara Parks Commission — as much as there is to do in Niagara Falls, there's not always a lot for residents, especially if you're not looking to spend much money.

Sleep Cheap is great, but the rest of the year there's always Niagara Falls Public Library.

2019-11-22

Every year on Nov. 11, Canadians pause in silence to remember the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war and peace.

2019-10-28

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2019-10-25

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