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Neighbour Nights

Neighbour Night is a monthly social and educational program at the Community Centre Library. Are you new to Niagara Falls, newly retired, a new parent, or a new resident with a desire to learn more about your community? Join us for refreshments at our new Neighbour Nights event, the perfect opportunity to gather at the library, meet new people, and learn more about local organizations and the Niagara Falls community. 

October 16: Community Events
November 20: Local History & Culture
January 15: Sports, Recreation & Wellness
February 19: Focus on Children
March 18: Staycationing at Niagara Falls
April 15: Employment & Entrepreneurship
May 20: Lifelong Learning
June 17: Volunteering

Community Centre, Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm

Organizations, service clubs, agencies, or businesses interested in participating are encouraged to contact our Community Development and Programming Librarians:
Becky Dixon, 905-356-8080 ext. 269
Greg Janssen, 905-356-8080 ext. 252

Meditation

Back by popular demand, Certified Meditation Instructor Carey Baglieri takes you through a variety of meditation techniques to find your inner calm and help you feel your best. No experience necessary.
Registration required.

Victoria Avenue, Wednesdays, September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, October 2nd @ 6:30 pm

Creative Writing for the Mind, Body & Soul with Darcy Patrick

Back by popular demand, the author of Creative Writing for the Mind, Body and soul leads a four-part series of workshops on using writing as a therapeutic tool to fight depression and anxiety. All you need to bring is a blank journal and something to write with. Copies of the book will be available for $20.
Part 1: Change Your Negative Thinking
Part 2: Writing As A Therapeutic Tool
Part 3: Mindfulness, Guided meditation
Part 4: Creating a Safe Place & Applying What We Learned
Registration required.

Victoria Avenue, Tuesdays, September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th @ 6:00 pm

Seed Saving Workshop

This informative workshop will show you how to collect and prepare seeds for future sharing. Let's keep our Niagara gardens thriving!

Victoria Avenue, Thursday, September 12th @ 6:30 pm

Next Steps & 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, Wednesdays, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd @ 1:00 pm
Week 1: Overview of Dementia and Brain Health
Week 2: Understanding Behaviour and Communication Strategies
Week 3: Supportive Strategies and Caring for Yourself
Week 4: Adapting to Care Needs and Role Changes

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, October 1st @ 6:00 pm

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, and have been posted on this site .

This initiative was 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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Chamber Music Concerts

Please join us for free chamber music concerts featuring Luis Molina on piano.

Viva Mexico
Piano solo concert featuring famous Mexican composers, including Manuel M. Ponce, Felipe Villaneuva, Ricardo Castro, Juventino Rosas, Miguel Bernal and more. This concert is in commemoration of 219 years of Independence in Mexico, September 15-16.

Victoria, Saturday, September 14th @ 1:30 pm

From Classical to Klesmer Music
Great chamber music works from classical composers to jazz hits to Klesmer music. Composers include Mozart, Schubert, Schumman, Benny Goodman and Joachim Stutschewsky. Performed by Strettino Trio.
Clarinet: Sidney Segalowitz
Cello: Marcela Lagunas
Piano: Luis Molina

Victoria, Saturday, October 26th @ 1:30 pm

Lieder in Cello
Piano & cello concerto featuring works by Wolf, Strauss, Schubert, Schuman, & Brahms.
Piano: Luis Molina
Cello: Marcela Lagunas

Victoria, Saturday, November 16th @ 1:30 pm

Niagara Concerts World Music Series: PK Hummingbird

Enjoy a selection of Caribbean tunes and pop music with Niagara's very own steel drum band, PK Hummingbird. Stick around afterwards for a steel drum workshop and make some music of your own.

Victoria Avenue, Friday, September 27th @ 7:00 pm

Real Peoples History Presents: Six Nations

Join Zig Misiak, creator of Real Peoples History, as he looks at the role Six Nations' played in the War of 1812, and the effect the War of 1812 had on Six Nations' future. Following his presentation there will be a Q&A period and a chance to purchase his book War of 1812: Highlighting Native Nations.

Victoria Avenue, Sunday, September 29th @ 1:00 pm

String Quartet Concert

Join the Niagara symphony Orchestra String Quartet as they take you on a journey of music throughout the ages.

Victoria Avenue, Friday, October 25th @ 2:00 pm

Paint Date

Paint the night away in the library after hours. Customers of any skill level are welcome to recreate beautiful paintings through step-by-step instructions. Create a unique painting to bring home! All materials included.
Registration required.

Victoria, Friday, November 15th @ 7:00 pm

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, Saturday, August 24th, 1:30 pm - Footprints in the Sand
Stamford Centre, Saturday, September 24th @ 1:30 pm - Fall Slumber
Chippawa, Monday, September 23rd @ 6:30 pm - Polkadot Tree
Victoria Avenue, Friday, October 18th @ 2:00 pm - Fall

Watercolour I (4 week session)

Learn the basics of working with watercolours, including perspective drawing, colour values, and washes. Participants are asked to purchase their own watercolour brushes, paint, and pallet. (Paper is supplies.)
Registration required.

Victoria Avenue, Mondays, October 7, 21, 28, November 4 @ 11:00 am

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, August 22nd, October 24th, November 28th@ 6:30 pm
 

Crafternoons

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 pm - 3:30 pm
*Crafternoons will not run August 21st

Victoria Avenue Library
Thursdays, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Project SHARE

Visit Project SHARE's office hours at the library as they provide information on their services, including the Ontario Electricity Support program (OESP), the RentSmart Basics Course, and utility assistance programs. Project SHARE will also be providing their weekly-made housing lists and Niagara Regional Housing applications.

Victoria Avenue, Tuesdays, September 3rd, 17th, October 1st, 15th, 29th @ 2:00 pm

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. Please call ahead to register at 905-682-6635.

Mondays, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
September 9th, October 7th, November 4th
Conference Room, Victoria Avenue Library.

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 pm - 4:00 pm
September 10th, 24th, October 8th, 22nd, November 5th, 19th