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


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.


Summer has arrived, and the Niagara Falls Public Library is busy with something for everyone! Be sure to pick up our Summer Library Magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening this summer.  


June is Pride month and Indigenous month. These topics can be difficult to tackle with children. However, they are also empowering and necessary issues for young minds.

Here at the Niagara Falls Public Library, we have a number of incredible books aimed at younger children that will teach them all about a variety of LGBTQ+ issues and about national Indigenous issues.


School’s almost out, which means summer reading is almost here.  The Niagara Falls Public Library is once again very excited to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program.  Kids of all ages, interests and abilities can read books, earn prizes and have fun, keeping their reading skills sharp so they’ll be ready when September rolls around.


Throughout the years, Niagara Falls has certainly seen more than its fair share of Royal visitors. On June 7th of this week, it is the 80th anniversary of one such visit. It also was the first visit ever by a reigning British monarch to Canada.


When you work in a library, you use library jargon. However, sometimes you forget not all customers know what the “catalogue” is used for. Most recently, with the news about the elimination of the Southern Ontario Library Service’s Interlibrary Loan 

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