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  • BOARDWALK BANTER Welland Publ ic L ibrary

    VOLUME 13, ISSUE 1 Januar y/Februar y 2017

    www.wellandlibrary.ca t. 905-734-6210

    LOUD IN THE LIBRARY Thursday, January 5: 7:00 pm Are you bored and stuck in that “post- holiday slump?” Looking for a great event before school, work, and responsibilities come knocking? Escape reality and come to this exciting new event featuring the music of Ryan Guay of Street Pharmacy, The Stotts, and Jessica Wilson. Amazing performances, free food, and cool prizes – all great reasons to celebrate the end of holiday season with us. This is not your parents’ library, so get ready to make some noise!

    Admission is FREE. Please bring non-perishable food items to help restock the shelves of the local food banks.

    Follow us on social media as we post details about the event and use these hashtags to connect with us: #loudatWPL2017 #notyourparentslibrary

    In the fall of 2016, the library merged its two main organizational units – Circulation and Information – into one broad unit – Public Services. As part of this merger, all staff were cross-trained enabling them to move seamlessly between service points as customer service needs dictate.

    Starting in January, two staff members will be stationed at the Circulation Desk, and the former Information Desk will be turned into an Innovation Station. Here, you will have access to a variety of equipment and technology for creating, collaborating, and sharing. Whether you’re into graphic design, photography, filmmaking, or coding, the Innovation Station will truly be your “space to dream and discover.”

    Our first addition to the Innovation Station, which has already been introduced, is our 3D Printer. A high quality scanner and a computer with imaging software will soon be added allowing patrons to create high-resolution digital images from physical photographs (including slides and photo negatives). There will also be a VHS/DVD digital converter which can transform your VHS favourites (home movies, wedding videos, etc.) into DVDs! (Subject to copyright restrictions)

    It’s going to be a very exciting new year at the library. We invite you to visit our Innovation Station and get creating. The sky’s the limit!

    FREEDOM TO READ WEEK - FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 4 Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    To celebrate Freedom to Read Week, the Welland Public Library will have a Bookface contest. Submit your Bookface to demonstrate just how wonderful it is to be free to read any book that you want! How can you do this? Simply replace your face with a book’s cover and snap a picture; Voilà – your Bookface! Submissions will be accepted February 26-March 4.

    Photography Club Tuesday, February 28: 7:00 pm Have you ever wondered what all those buttons on your digital camera are for? Now is your chance to find out. Improve your work and meet people with a common interest in various genres of photography.

    The Photography Club runs the last Tuesday of every month @ 7:00pm in the Program Room starting in February. Please bring your own digital camera.


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    Techno Mondays Mondays, January 9 - February 27: 5:00 pm Discover and explore our new gizmos: littleBits, Sphero, Scratch, MaKey MaKey, Green Screen, Lego, iPads, XBox One, Minecraft, and more!

    After The Bell Tuesdays, January 17 - February 28: 4:00 pm Food waiver must be signed. Space is limited.

    Learn healthy cooking skills, try new flavours, and enjoy food- inspired activities. This program is in partnership with the Welland Neighbourhood Project.

    Craft Attack Wednesdays, January 18 - March 1: 4:00 pm Come by every Wednesday for a surprise DIY craft. Create and take home!

    Movie Thursdays Thursdays, January 19 - March 2: 4:00 pm Bring your friends and make Thursday after school a ‘movie night.’ Various animated flicks will be shown.

    Free popcorn!

    Songs, Stories & Smiles Saturdays, January 21- March 4: 1:30 pm Join our family story-time with crafts and activities.

    CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS @ MAIN BRANCH CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS @ DIAMOND TRAIL All programs require registration unless otherwise noted.

    FAMILY RECIPE CHALLENGE Family Literacy Day Friday, January 27, 2017

    Whether it’s reading a novel, following a recipe when baking or cooking, or reading street signs in the city, reading is an essential part of our everyday routine that can be an enjoyable activity shared by everyone in the family.

    In celebration of Family Literacy Day, the Welland Public Library challenges families to bake together and submit their favourite nut-free recipe. What’s the challenge? Find a way to integrate one of these ABC foods: apple, banana or chocolate. Drop off your recipe and ingredient list, along with samples of your baked goods on January 25 or 26 for judging. Winners will be announced on January 27. Your recipe will be added to our online Welland Public Library recipe book and you will be eligible for the grand prize!

    Rock ‘n’ Tots (0-11 months + caregiver) Tuesdays, January 17 - February 28: 9:30-10:15am

    Small One-ders (12-23 months + caregiver) Tuesdays, January 17 - February 28: 10:30-11:15am

    Bouncing Babies (0-11 months + caregiver) Wednesdays, January 18 - March 1: 10:30-11:15am

    Tales for Twos (24 months + caregiver) Wednesdays, January 18 - March 1st: 10:30-11:15am

    Creative Baby (6-12 months + caregiver) Thursdays, January 19 - March 2: 9:30-10:15am FEE: $7.00 per seven-week session

    Creative Baby (13-23 months + caregiver) Thursdays, January 19 - March 2: 10:45-11:30am FEE: $7.00 per seven-week session

    Storybug Time (2-3 yrs + caregiver) Fridays, January 20 - March 3: 9:30-10:15am Fridays, January 20 - March 3:10:45-11:45am FEE: $7.00 per seven-week session

    All programs require registration unless otherwise noted.

    WPL @ SEAWAY MALL Join us at the Seaway Mall for family-based stories and

    free activities.

    A Recipe for Fun! Saturday, January 14: 2:00 pm

    Picture Perfect with our

    Green Screen Saturday, February 11: 2:00 pm


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    FALLEN WORKERS SPEAKER SERIES The series returns this January and runs monthly (excluding February) until April. Please register in advance.

    January’s Topic: Art & Poetry on the Canal Tuesday, January 31: 7:00 pm Debra Antoncic, Director/Curator of RiverBrink Art Museum, will be the fourth speaker in the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Series. The Welland Canals of Niagara have often attracted the attention of both amateur and professional artists and writers. Themes of progress, industrial expansion, and the human cost of construction thrive in the art and poetry on the canals. This talk focuses on the creative output inspired by the canals.

    Autism Ontario Adult Technology Club Thursday, January 19 & February 16: 7:00 pm This technology club will allow adults with autism to engage with one another and learn about new technologies such as 3D printing, basic robotics and MaKey MaKey. This program is provided in partnership with Autism Ontario. Those interested in attending should contact Autism Ontario Adult Support at adultsupport.niagara@autismontario.com or call 905-682-2776 ext. 203.

    Coffee & Colour Thursdays, January & February: 6:30 pm Join us every week for conversation, coffee and a therapeutic colouring session. Coffee, colouring pages and art supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies. Drop in and relax with us.

    Autism Ontario Information Session Tuesday, January 24: 6:00 pm Hosted by LB Brown from Autism Ontario, this session will provide families and members of the public with information on available resources for parents and caregivers of individuals on the autism spectrum. This is a free program with limited space so please register ahead.

    3D Printing Basics Saturday, February 4th: 1:00pm This introductory level course covers the history of 3D printing, how to use the Library’s 3D printing software and the printing process itself. Library patrons interested in using our 3D printer are required to first take this class.

    ADULT PROGRAMS @ MAIN BRANCH All programs require registration unless otherwise noted.


    Innovation Station Tuesday, January 10: 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 14: 7:00 pm

    Come explore our Innovation Station! Learn some basic video editing and get hands-on training on how to use new equipment like our VHS/DVD Digital Converter and Digital Scanner.

    Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Screening of Maestra (Teacher) Thursday, February 2: 7:00 pm Join Dave Thomas, Chair of the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association of Niagara, for the screening of Maestra. This 30- minute documentary by Catherine Murphy tells the story of the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign to eradicate illiteracy with the help of 250,000 volunteers. Thomas will also share stories of his Cuban ex