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Little Scientists

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room
Discover the wonder of science through stories, activities, and simple experiments.  

Ages 2 - 5
Registration begins Monday, September 12 and is for the four-week series.
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Together Time

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

Looking for something to keep your active toddler busy? Join us as we feed your child's curiosity with the world around them! We will explore books, rhymes, and different science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 

18 months to 3 years

Registration begins Monday, September 12, and is for the 11-week series.
No program Monday, October 10.
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Little Learners

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Forest Heights Community Library
FH Meeting Room
Your Little will love this program that encourages learning through exploration and play! Each week, we will explore a variety of topics including art, science, music, and so much more! 

Ages 2-5 (one registration spot per child).



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Little Scientists

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room
Discover the wonder of science through stories, activities, and simple experiments.  

Ages 2 - 5
Registration begins Monday, September 12 and is for the four-week series.
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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) Gr 2-3

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

Let it Grow (Grades 2-3)

How can computer programmers help farmers grow their flowers? Participants will explore block coding in Scratch as they troubleshoot and complete a gardening game. They will learn about what they need to raise plants.


Grades 2-3
Registration required

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Little Learners

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Forest Heights Community Library
FH Meeting Room
Your Little will love this program that encourages learning through exploration and play! Each week, we will explore a variety of topics including art, science, music, and so much more! 

Ages 2-5 (one registration spot per child).



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Little Scientists

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room
Discover the wonder of science through stories, activities, and simple experiments.  

Ages 2 - 5
Registration begins Monday, September 12 and is for the four-week series.
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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) Gr 4-5

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

Around the Biome (Grades 4-5)

Participants will explore block coding in Scratch as they create and play a biome game. They will learn about four different biomes, including the animals that call each biome home!


Grades 4-5
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Together Time

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

Looking for something to keep your active toddler busy? Join us as we feed your child's curiosity with the world around them! We will explore books, rhymes, and different science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 

18 months to 3 years

Registration begins Monday, September 12, and is for the 11-week series.
No program Monday, October 10.
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Documentary Film Series: ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2018)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Central Library
Heffner Studio - Programming B
In partnership with The Working Centre. No registration required.

Hosted by Isiah Ritzmann. Join us for a viewing and discussion of the environmental documentary ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch

Synopsis

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky.

Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

At the intersection of art and science, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.

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Little Learners

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Forest Heights Community Library
FH Meeting Room
Your Little will love this program that encourages learning through exploration and play! Each week, we will explore a variety of topics including art, science, music, and so much more! 

Ages 2-5 (one registration spot per child).



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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) Gr 6-8

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

Game Tynker (Grades 6-8)

Make your dreams a reality and become a video game designer! Participants will explore block coding as they fix a gravity maze game and continue to develop it into their own creation!


Grades 6-8
Registration required

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Together Time

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

Looking for something to keep your active toddler busy? Join us as we feed your child's curiosity with the world around them! We will explore books, rhymes, and different science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 

18 months to 3 years

Registration begins Monday, September 12, and is for the 11-week series.
No program Monday, October 10.
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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) Gr 2-3

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

Circuit ‘O Lantern (Grades 2-3)

Boo! With spooky season upon us, participants will learn about simple circuits and electricity by building a simple circuit that resembles a jack-o-lantern or any lantern of their choice. Kit provided

Grades 2-3
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85 Queen: An Evening with Debra Thompson

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Central Library
Theatre
In conversation with Dr. Christopher Taylor. 

This is a FREE event. Registration is required - please register here

Author and Academic Debra Thompson visits Kitchener Public Library to discuss her latest book, The Long Road Home. 

From a leading scholar on the politics of race comes a work of family history, memoir, and insight gained from a unique journey across the continent, on what it is to be Black in North America.


When Debra Thompson moved to the United States in 2010, she felt like she was returning to the land of her ancestors, those who had escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. But her decade-long journey across Canada and the US transformed her relationship to both countries, and to the very idea of home.

In The Long Road Home, Thompson follows the roots of Black identities in North America and the routes taken by those who have crisscrossed the world’s longest undefended border in search of freedom and belonging. She begins in Shrewsbury, Ontario, one of the termini of the Underground Railroad and the place where members of her own family found freedom. More than a century later, Thompson still feels the echoes and intergenerational trauma of North American slavery. She was often the Only One—the only Black person in so many white spaces—in a country that perpetuates the national mythology of multiculturalism.

Then she revisits her four American homes, each of which reveals something peculiar about the relationship between American racism and democracy: Boston, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the American Revolution; Athens, Ohio, where the white working class and the white liberal meet; Chicago, Illinois, the great Black metropolis; and Eugene, Oregon, the western frontier. She then moves across the border and settles in Montreal, a unique city with a long history of transnational Black activism, but one that does not easily accept the unfamiliar and the foreign into the fold.

The Long Road Home is a moving personal story and a vital examination of the nuances of racism in the United States and Canada. Above all, it is about the power of freedom and the dreams that link and inspire Black people across borders from the perspective of one who has deep ties to, critiques of, and hope for both countries.

About the Author
Debra Thompson is an associate professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is an internationally recognized, award-winning scholar of the politics of race and holds a Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto, held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, and taught in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University before moving to the University of Oregon to help build its Black Studies program. She is the author of The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census, which received three major awards from the American Political Science Association. She has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and is a regular commentator in print and on television on the state of race and racism in Canada and the United States. Connect with her on Twitter @DebThompsonPhD.

About the Moderator:

Christopher Stuart Taylor is the Associate Vice-President of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism (EDI-R) at the University of Waterloo. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. He completed his PhD at Western University (Canada) in History and Migration & Ethnic Relations (MER).

His book, Flying Fish in the Great White North: The Autonomous Migration of Black Barbadians, is available from Fernwood Publishing.

He also worked in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and began his career as a Policy Coordinator Intern in the Deputy Minister's Office at the Ministry of Labour. He was the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator in the Ministry of the Attorney General's Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility Office; a Senior Policy Advisor at Ontario's Anti-Racism Directorate; and Manager of Social Justice & Change Cluster at the Ontario Correctional Services College.

Dr. Taylor is a proud founding member of the University of Waterloo’s Black Faculty Collective (BFC).
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Together Time

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

Looking for something to keep your active toddler busy? Join us as we feed your child's curiosity with the world around them! We will explore books, rhymes, and different science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 

18 months to 3 years

Registration begins Monday, September 12, and is for the 11-week series.
No program Monday, October 10.
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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) Gr 4-5

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

The A-Mazing Race (Grades 4-5)

X marks the spot! Participants will design and build their own treasure maze game using simple circuit components and craft materials. Your LED will light up when you find the treasure! Kit provided

Grades 4-5
Registration required

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Together Time

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

Looking for something to keep your active toddler busy? Join us as we feed your child's curiosity with the world around them! We will explore books, rhymes, and different science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 

18 months to 3 years

Registration begins Monday, September 12, and is for the 11-week series.
No program Monday, October 10.
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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) Gr 6-8

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

For Bright and Eco-Friendly House (Grades 6-8)

On no! Our power went out due to electrical overloads. Participants will learn how to build a night-activated circuit in order to prevent electrical overloads in a house. They will also explore how to distribute light inside a house by designing and building a model house. Kit provided

Grades 6-8
Registration required

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Together Time

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

Looking for something to keep your active toddler busy? Join us as we feed your child's curiosity with the world around them! We will explore books, rhymes, and different science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 

18 months to 3 years

Registration begins Monday, September 12, and is for the 11-week series.
No program Monday, October 10.
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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) Gr 2-3

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

Keep Breathing! (Grades 2-3)

Breathe in and HOLD! 1, 2, 3 phew! Participants will learn about how humans breathe in the air by making a model of lungs and watching how the breathing process happens inside our bodies! Kit provided

Grades 2-3
Registration required

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PD Day Science Fun

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room
Come join us for this 90-minute drop-in program where we explore science activities involving flight, gravity, and more!

Grades K-6
No registration required. 

Note: Parents/Caregivers must stay in the library while their child participates in this drop-in program.
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Together Time

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

Looking for something to keep your active toddler busy? Join us as we feed your child's curiosity with the world around them! We will explore books, rhymes, and different science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. 

18 months to 3 years

Registration begins Monday, September 12, and is for the 11-week series.
No program Monday, October 10.
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Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) Gr 4-5

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room D
Join Engineering students from the University of Waterloo as we explore engineering concepts for youth!

Run the Marble (Grades 4-5)

Become an engineer for the day and learn about the engineering design cycle. Participants will explore gravity and energy transformations by designing and building a marble run track that goes on and on and…ON! Kit provided

Grades 4-5
Registration required

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