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Tween Summer Challenge

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Virtual Event

FINALLY! Summer is here, and we don't want to waste a second of it!! This year Kitchener Public Library wants all of our Tween friends to enjoy all things summer... and get rewarded for it!

Log how many minutes you spend reading, and for each minute, you will earn 1 point.

Complete the weekly missions (released every Monday & Wednesday) and you will gain 10 points for each one you complete!

At the end of the summer, you will be entered into a draw to win a fabulous prize pack, full of amazing and fun things! The more points you earn, the more chances you have to win!

The Tween Summer Challenge is available for those between the ages of 9-12.

Go to http://kplreads.readsquared.com/ to register!!
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Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Kitchener Public Library

Join the Adult Reading Challenge Summer 2022 for your chance to win the Early Bird Prize of: 

About the Challenge: 

Log your reading and complete challenges all summer long for chances to win some great summer reading prizes! Register online, in-person at all KPL locations or over the phone at 519-743-0271. You can participate online or on paper for this challenge.

  • Online option: register through the READsquared portal and track both your reading and challenges through the site between July 1 and August 31, 2022 
  • Paper option: Pick up your paper form at any KPL location and record your reading and challenges. Return completed forms to any KPL location by Saturday, September 3. 

Prize winners will be notified by email or phone.

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Tween Summer Manga Virtual

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Always wanted to draw Manga? Here's your chance! This four-week program will offer step–by–step instruction to teach you the basics of Manga drawing. Once you know how, you can create your own characters and settings.  You will need to provide paper, pencils, and an eraser.  


Participants are to be in Grades 4 to 7, or ages 9-12. Registration is for all 4 weeks.

Register each participant individually. 


 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 the morning of the program. You will need this link to join the program. The Zoom user name that is displayed must match the name on the registration or entry to the program will be denied. By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

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Tween Summer: Minecraft (Virtual)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Event
Whether you are a Minecraft noob or a block builder pro, come join fellow Tweens in the virtual realm of Minecraft EDU! We will meet online each week to build, learn, collaborate and play!

We will start with the difficulty level set to "Peaceful" in the Creative environment, and increase the difficulty level each week, including moving to Survival Mode in the 4th week - so be prepared to fight off some monsters!

Minecraft is one of the world's most beloved sandbox video games! It allows users to create and build worlds without limitation. The possibilities are endless in the world of Minecraft - if you can imagine it, you can build it.

Registration is for the four-week series.

Registrants must be between grades 4-7, or ages 9-12.
If you are registering more than one child, please register them each separately.

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Registrants will be required to install Minecraft EDU on your personal device, and have access to a stable internet connection.

Minecraft EDU is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android. Minecraft EDU is available for PCs and tablets, but is not available for phones. Minecraft EDU is also available on some video game console platforms. This software will need to be installed prior to the first program. Instructions will be sent to registrants on how to install the latest software in advance.

Login usernames and passwords will be issued to registrants prior to the program, along with instructions on how to join our shared Minecraft World.

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

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room/Children's Room
Join us for 30 minutes of songs, stories, rhymes, bounces, and more in this fun program for our littlest customers!
This program is designed to explore early literacy concepts, support child development, and foster connections between babies and their caregivers. 

Ages birth to 23 months.

Registration required; one registration spot per family, and is for the seven week series.

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Babies and Ones (In-person)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room

Join us for 30 minutes of songs, stories, rhymes, bounces, and more in this fun program for our littlest customers!

This program is designed to explore early literacy concepts, support child development, and foster connections between babies and their caregivers. 

 

Ages 0 23 months 

Registration begins June 20, and is for the seven week series.

No program August 1. 

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Code Jam for Tweens: Code a Self Portrait

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Central Library
Heffner Studio - Programming B

Do you like art? Do you like coding? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to give it a try?

Let’s make art with code!

Using p5.js, we’ll draw our self portrait and add it to a digital art gallery.

No experience needed, and devices provided.

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Poetry - Vague, yet Specific

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom
Poetry is a paradox. 

On one hand it's an old form of literature shaped by rules, and structures. Molded by iconic artists who shaped the way we understand and engage with poems. 

However, 

On the other hand, poetry can be anything. Both free and timeless, poems are beautiful words strung together to express deeper insights and observations made by everyday people - like you and me. 

Poetry is what you make of it. 

Come join this three week virtual program and play around with how you understand and engage with your poetic voice by partaking in some general and fun poetry prompts. 

This program is for serious poets, non serious poets, people who don't think they are or can ever be poets ( trust me you can be and you are), and everyone in between. 

Grades 7-10
Registration Required (one registration spot per participant)

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

Tween Summer Manga Virtual

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Always wanted to draw Manga? Here's your chance! This four-week program will offer step–by–step instruction to teach you the basics of Manga drawing. Once you know how, you can create your own characters and settings.  You will need to provide paper, pencils, and an eraser.  


Participants are to be in Grades 4 to 7, or ages 9-12. Registration is for all 4 weeks.

Register each participant individually. 


 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 the morning of the program. You will need this link to join the program. The Zoom user name that is displayed must match the name on the registration or entry to the program will be denied. 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

Tween Summer: Minecraft (Virtual)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Event
Whether you are a Minecraft noob or a block builder pro, come join fellow Tweens in the virtual realm of Minecraft EDU! We will meet online each week to build, learn, collaborate and play!

We will start with the difficulty level set to "Peaceful" in the Creative environment, and increase the difficulty level each week, including moving to Survival Mode in the 4th week - so be prepared to fight off some monsters!

Minecraft is one of the world's most beloved sandbox video games! It allows users to create and build worlds without limitation. The possibilities are endless in the world of Minecraft - if you can imagine it, you can build it.

Registration is for the four-week series.

Registrants must be between grades 4-7, or ages 9-12.
If you are registering more than one child, please register them each separately.

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Registrants will be required to install Minecraft EDU on your personal device, and have access to a stable internet connection.

Minecraft EDU is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android. Minecraft EDU is available for PCs and tablets, but is not available for phones. Minecraft EDU is also available on some video game console platforms. This software will need to be installed prior to the first program. Instructions will be sent to registrants on how to install the latest software in advance.

Login usernames and passwords will be issued to registrants prior to the program, along with instructions on how to join our shared Minecraft World.

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

Babies and Ones

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room/Children's Room
Join us for 30 minutes of songs, stories, rhymes, bounces, and more in this fun program for our littlest customers!
This program is designed to explore early literacy concepts, support child development, and foster connections between babies and their caregivers. 

Ages birth to 23 months.

Registration required; one registration spot per family, and is for the seven week series.

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Event is full

Babies and Ones (In-person)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room

Join us for 30 minutes of songs, stories, rhymes, bounces, and more in this fun program for our littlest customers!

This program is designed to explore early literacy concepts, support child development, and foster connections between babies and their caregivers. 

 

Ages 0 23 months 

Registration begins June 20, and is for the seven week series.

No program August 1. 

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Registration is closed

Poetry - Vague, yet Specific

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom
Poetry is a paradox. 

On one hand it's an old form of literature shaped by rules, and structures. Molded by iconic artists who shaped the way we understand and engage with poems. 

However, 

On the other hand, poetry can be anything. Both free and timeless, poems are beautiful words strung together to express deeper insights and observations made by everyday people - like you and me. 

Poetry is what you make of it. 

Come join this three week virtual program and play around with how you understand and engage with your poetic voice by partaking in some general and fun poetry prompts. 

This program is for serious poets, non serious poets, people who don't think they are or can ever be poets ( trust me you can be and you are), and everyone in between. 

Grades 7-10
Registration Required (one registration spot per participant)

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


View More
Registration is open

Tween Summer Manga Virtual

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual Event
Zoom

Always wanted to draw Manga? Here's your chance! This four-week program will offer step–by–step instruction to teach you the basics of Manga drawing. Once you know how, you can create your own characters and settings.  You will need to provide paper, pencils, and an eraser.  


Participants are to be in Grades 4 to 7, or ages 9-12. Registration is for all 4 weeks.

Register each participant individually. 


 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 the morning of the program. You will need this link to join the program. The Zoom user name that is displayed must match the name on the registration or entry to the program will be denied. By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s Safe Use Code 

View More
Join the waiting list

Tween Summer: Minecraft (Virtual)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Event
Whether you are a Minecraft noob or a block builder pro, come join fellow Tweens in the virtual realm of Minecraft EDU! We will meet online each week to build, learn, collaborate and play!

We will start with the difficulty level set to "Peaceful" in the Creative environment, and increase the difficulty level each week, including moving to Survival Mode in the 4th week - so be prepared to fight off some monsters!

Minecraft is one of the world's most beloved sandbox video games! It allows users to create and build worlds without limitation. The possibilities are endless in the world of Minecraft - if you can imagine it, you can build it.

Registration is for the four-week series.

Registrants must be between grades 4-7, or ages 9-12.
If you are registering more than one child, please register them each separately.

****
Registrants will be required to install Minecraft EDU on your personal device, and have access to a stable internet connection.

Minecraft EDU is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android. Minecraft EDU is available for PCs and tablets, but is not available for phones. Minecraft EDU is also available on some video game console platforms. This software will need to be installed prior to the first program. Instructions will be sent to registrants on how to install the latest software in advance.

Login usernames and passwords will be issued to registrants prior to the program, along with instructions on how to join our shared Minecraft World.

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

Coffee and Crime Book Club (In Person)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Central Library
Sheriff John Motz Courtyard

We’re back in-person!

Does a good mystery capture your interest? After you have read this month's choice, join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from the mystery genre. New members are always welcome.

Registration required.

 

In September, we are discussing Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmd. This title is available as an ebook or audiobook  from DownloadLibrary.

Weather permitting, the book club will be meeting in the Sheriff John Motz Courtyard.


An explosive examination of the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Highway 16, and a searing indictment of the society that failed them. For decades, women--overwhelmingly from Indigenous backgrounds--have gone missing or been found murdered along an isolated stretch of highway in northwestern B.C. The highway is called the Highway of Tears by locals, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis.

In Highway of Tears, Jessica McDiarmid meticulously explores the effect these tragedies have had on communities in the region, and how systemic racism and indifference towards Indigenous lives have created a culture of "over-policing and under-protection," simultaneously hampering justice while endangering young Indigenous women. 

Highway of Tears will offer an intimate, first-hand look at the communities along Highway 16 and the families of the victims, as well as examine the historically fraught social and cultural tensions between settler and Indigenous peoples that underlie life in the region. Finally, it will link these cases with others found across Canada--estimated to number over 1,200--contextualizing them within a broader examination of the undervaluing of Indigenous lives in the country and of our ongoing failure to provide justice for the missing and murdered.

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