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WPL to Honour Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit Women with the            Faceless Dolls Project

During Aboriginal Awareness Week, May 19-22, the Windsor Public Library will be hosting a special project to bring awareness to the cases of close to 1200 missing and murdered Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit women and girls in Canada. In coordination with the Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre and the Métis Nation of Ontario, WPL will be hosting the Faceless Dolls Project. This project will consist of a series of workshops during which we are inviting community members to help create faceless dolls out of felt. Each doll represents one of the cases of murdered or missing women to help give a voice to these missing mothers, sisters and daughters. 
All supplies will be provided, and the finished dolls will be displayed at our Central Library to help educate and bring awareness to the community about this tragedy affecting Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit women across the country. 
These workshops will take place on Monday May 16 from 1-3 pm at the Riverside Library, Tuesday, May 17 from 11-1 pm at the Budimir Library, and Saturday May 21 from 10-3 pm in the Central Library's Fred Israel Auditorium.  All ages are welcome to attend to build the dolls, but be advised sensitive material will be discussed at these workshops. For more information call 519-255-6770 ext. 6620 or ext. 5400.
WPL Tech Space

We are excited to introduce the community to our new Tech Space where children and adults can learn and create in a hands-on way.  The space is equipped with 3D printers, an electronic cutter, and lots of tools to learn about robots, electronics and circuits.  There is also GarageBand, featuring a keyboard, drums, guitar, bass and mics for those who want to create their own music and record it electronically.  For those looking to learn about video production, there is a GoPro camera and an digital camera for stills and videos.  For more information about the space, or to book an appointment call 519-255-6770 ext 4603 or email us.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library

This April celebrate your love of poetry because its National Poetry Month! All through the month Windsor Public Library is celebrating by hosting great programs to help unleash the inner poet in you.
On Tuesday April 26, the Poetry Pirates will be taking over Central Library. Ages 4-12 are welcome to join the booky buccaneers in hunting for treasure. There will be poems, LEGO, crafts, and games. This program runs from 5:15-6:15 pm. For more information contact Janet at 519-255-6770 ext. 4579 or at

On Saturday April 16 is Many Lands, Many Voices: Celebrating Poetry. In co-operation with the New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence, you are invited you to hear voices from around the world speak the language of poetry. Held at the Central Library, this is a family friendly event where residents of Windsor will recite their favourite poems and describe why the work is meaningful to their lives.The event runs from 12:30-1:45 pm, for more information contact Mae at 519-255-6770 ext. 4434.

On April 16, 2:00-3:00 pm at the Remington Park Library is Found Poetry. Ages 3-15 are invited to discover their own poetic voice by collating words together at the poetry creation station. For more information contact Misty at 519-255-6770 ext. 5550.

Young aspiring poets are encouraged to join Write On!, a monthly writing club for ages 10-17 at Central’s teen zone. For information contact Katie at  519-255-6770 ext. 4579.
Visit WPL’S Seed Library at
Forest Glade
Has the warm weather  got you thinking about starting your own garden? Now might just be the perfect time to give it a go! WPL has partnered with Windsor/Essex County Community Garden Collective to offer the city’s very first seed lending library! The program, which kicked off on March 21 at the Forest Glade Library, offers over 50 varieties of seeds that you can borrow, plant and enjoy at home. Fun Fact: The seeds are even packaged in recycled CD cases for easy browsing. Just stop by Forest Glade Library to see what it’s all about. Once you’ve chosen your seeds to take home, don’t forget to check out our extensive selection of gardening books!

To hear all the details, listen to Seed Library coordinator, Adam Peltier’s, interview on CBC Radio.


Families Can Explore and Discover New Media with Hoopla for Kids

Hoopla for kids is a multi-format, digital media experience designed especially for kids and families. All content – ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, TV shows & music – has been selected and brought together in one place to give kids and families a place to safely explore media and discover the world around them.

Check out classic movies from Disney, family favourite TV cartoon series, popular ebooks like the Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl series, and fun comics like My Little Pony and Superman Family Adventures.

For more information about Hoopla ask your local librarian or visit Hoopla Digital.

If you are looking to stock up for your summer reading, be sure to stop by Central Library Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14 from 9-5.  We are having another giant book sale, offering books for adults and children, in English and many other languages.  There will be magazines, DVDs, and CDs for sale too!  Fill a bag for $5. Money raised will go toward new collections.  We will be asking for customer input on the day of the sale about what kinds of material they would like to see in the collection.
Make a New Friend at the Library
Have you just left the university/college scene,  recently moved to the area or are just looking for new pals to add to your network? We know it can be hard to meet new people and we want to make it easy for you! Join us for Friendzone – Speed Friending at the Central Library on Tuesday May 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm. This low-key event will be a fun way to form new connections with other local people in their 20's and 30's. Feel free to come solo or in a group. Please call to register as space is limited, 519-255-6770 ext. 3310. 
On Saturday, January 30th Windsor Public Library launched our Automotive Archives with a Grand Opening on the second floor of Central Library. This gala event was attended by more than 85 guests who were treated to dinner and the first look at the auto memorabilia and artifacts belonging to the collection. Make sure to visit the Automotive Archives for a chance to learn about Windsor's rich history as part of the automotive industry.

Local History Room Opening

Customers interested in local history and genealogy will soon have a dedicated space for doing research at Central Library.  The Local History Room is an enclosed space where researchers will have access to resources from the Local History Collection, as well as items from the Municipal Archives.  The space is furnished with items from Carnegie library and the Municipal Archives.  Staff will be on-hand to assist with your questions. The room will be officially launched Thursday, April 14 at 2 pm.
A reminder that WPL will change to summer hours on May 16. All library locations will be closed May 23 for Victoria Day. Check out our holiday calendar and our hours of operation for more information.
Join the Mid-May Fair
Children ages 4-12 are invited to come and join the fun at Central Library’s Mid-May Fair. Costumes will be provided for participants, not to mention fun games, art, crafts, and activities related to our favourite books. For more information contact Janet at 519-255-6770 ext. 4579 or at
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