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Waste Reduction Week: What You Do Matters!

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Region of Waterloo
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

To celebrate Waste Reduction Week, we’ve invited the Region of Waterloo Waste Management to chat with us about household waste. Your efforts matter more than you might think! Discover the steps you can take to make managing and even reducing your household waste easier and more effective.

About our speaker, Veronica Naas, OCT, Hons. BA: Veronica is the Coordinator, Communications & Promotion for the Region of Waterloo Waste Management Division. She is in charge of school and public education and social media channels. She also has been teaching German for over 12 years with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Veronica has a passion for learning with a post graduate degree in Marketing Management from Sheridan College and an honours degree in English Language and Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University. For almost 20 years Veronica has been a volunteer of the Kitchener Public Library, mainly as a Reading Buddy. Her energy and devotion to education radiates throughout her work and personal life. Veronica believes in the power of one – what you do truly does matter!

This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here:  https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478

You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program.  
 
By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code.

The opinions of guest speakers do not necessarily reflect the values and mission of Kitchener Public Library. We champion the right for ideas to be heard and words expressed without censorship. 
Intellectual freedom is a fundamental right.

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Practice Your English

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Practice Your English

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Practice Your English

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Join the waiting list

Practice Your English

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence: Building on Existing Structures

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Virtual Event
Events - Zoom

Registration required, visit: Writer-in-Residence: Building On Exisiting Structures


Over the course of four lectures, author, critic and journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee will take participants on a guided tour of writing narrative nonfiction for general-interest magazines and books. He’ll start with developing and writing a pitch (or query letter) for a feature in the first lecture and end with crafting a detailed proposal for a nonfiction book in the fourth. In between, Al-Solaylee will guide his audience toward reporting, structuring and writing a complete feature story in the second lecture, and identifying and writing a personal essay or memoir piece in the third. Taken together, the four lectures will act as a beginners’ guide to the world of nonfiction writing for a general audience with little or no prior experience.

How to report, structure and write a midsize (2000 to 3000) magazine feature with a strong point of view and an authorial voice. Learn about opening scenes, character and argument development as well as narrative breaks and flare.


Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction.

His second book, Brown, was hailed as “brilliant” by The Walrus and “essential reading” by the Globe and Mail. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award and won the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Brown is reported from ten different countries, including Canada. Both books draw on his skills as a storyteller and ability to synthesize complex social and political issues into accessible narratives.

His ten years as a theatre critic, first at Eye Weekly and then at the Globe and Mail, honed his sense of drama. He has written reviews and features on film, television and culture for all major Canadian publications, including Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Elle Canada, the Literary Review of Canada and Quill & Quire.

Kamal holds a PhD in English Literature from Nottingham University and is a professor of journalism and creative nonfiction at Ryerson University. He was the 2018 Jury Chair for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has served as a juror for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award as well as CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. In 2019 he was one of three finalists for the Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism and the winner of the Gold Medal at the National Magazine Awards for his column “Point of Departure” in Sharp magazine.

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Practice Your English

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Practice Your English

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual Event
Events - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence: The Me in Memoir: Getting Personal

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Virtual Event
Events - Zoom

Registration required, visit: Writer-in-Residence: The Me in Memoir: Getting Personal

Over the course of four lectures, author, critic and journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee will take participants on a guided tour of writing narrative nonfiction for general-interest magazines and books. He’ll start with developing and writing a pitch (or query letter) for a feature in the first lecture and end with crafting a detailed proposal for a nonfiction book in the fourth. In between, Al-Solaylee will guide his audience toward reporting, structuring and writing a complete feature story in the second lecture, and identifying and writing a personal essay or memoir piece in the third. Taken together, the four lectures will act as a beginners’ guide to the world of nonfiction writing for a general audience with little or no prior experience.

Personal essays and memoir pieces are great genres to explore pressing social issues and to put into words (and into the world) the contours of your life experience. In this lecture, we’ll explore why personal writing is enjoying a golden age and how to lend shape to the chaos and frictions of life.


Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction.

His second book, Brown, was hailed as “brilliant” by The Walrus and “essential reading” by the Globe and Mail. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award and won the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Brown is reported from ten different countries, including Canada. Both books draw on his skills as a storyteller and ability to synthesize complex social and political issues into accessible narratives.

His ten years as a theatre critic, first at Eye Weekly and then at the Globe and Mail, honed his sense of drama. He has written reviews and features on film, television and culture for all major Canadian publications, including Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Elle Canada, the Literary Review of Canada and Quill & Quire.

Kamal holds a PhD in English Literature from Nottingham University and is a professor of journalism and creative nonfiction at Ryerson University. He was the 2018 Jury Chair for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has served as a juror for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award as well as CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. In 2019 he was one of three finalists for the Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism and the winner of the Gold Medal at the National Magazine Awards for his column “Point of Departure” in Sharp magazine.

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence: Do I Hear a Proposal?

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Virtual Event
Events - Zoom

Registration required, visit:  Writer-in-Residence: Do I Hear a Proposal?


Over the course of four lectures, author, critic and journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee will take participants on a guided tour of writing narrative nonfiction for general-interest magazines and books. He’ll start with developing and writing a pitch (or query letter) for a feature in the first lecture and end with crafting a detailed proposal for a nonfiction book in the fourth. In between, Al-Solaylee will guide his audience toward reporting, structuring and writing a complete feature story in the second lecture, and identifying and writing a personal essay or memoir piece in the third. Taken together, the four lectures will act as a beginners’ guide to the world of nonfiction writing for a general audience with little or no prior experience.

Should you be interested in developing either the feature story or your personal essay into a larger narrative (i.e. a book), then the first step you should explore is a complete proposal for a nonfiction book that you or your agent can shop around publishing houses.


Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction.

His second book, Brown, was hailed as “brilliant” by The Walrus and “essential reading” by the Globe and Mail. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award and won the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Brown is reported from ten different countries, including Canada. Both books draw on his skills as a storyteller and ability to synthesize complex social and political issues into accessible narratives.

His ten years as a theatre critic, first at Eye Weekly and then at the Globe and Mail, honed his sense of drama. He has written reviews and features on film, television and culture for all major Canadian publications, including Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Elle Canada, the Literary Review of Canada and Quill & Quire.

Kamal holds a PhD in English Literature from Nottingham University and is a professor of journalism and creative nonfiction at Ryerson University. He was the 2018 Jury Chair for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has served as a juror for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award as well as CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. In 2019 he was one of three finalists for the Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism and the winner of the Gold Medal at the National Magazine Awards for his column “Point of Departure” in Sharp magazine.

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Event
KPL Info Services - Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Registration is open

Practice Your English

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Practice your English skills in a small group setting with a trained volunteer; all from the comfort of your own home! This virtual program requires registration, an email address, and access to a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Please note, each session is 45 minutes.


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 


You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. 


By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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