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Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Early Bird Prize Draw

Saturday, July 09, 2022
Kitchener Public Library

Register by July 9 for the Adult Reading Challenge Summer 2022 for your chance to win the Early Bird Prize of: 

  • 2 tickets to see Award-Winning Author Kathy Reichs in person at Central Library on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 pm 
  • A signed copy of Kathy Reichs’ newest book Cold Cold Bones 

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 starting Saturday, July 2 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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Summer Reading Club

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Kitchener Public Library
It's Summer Reading Club season at Kitchener Public Library, so you know what that means... It's time to READ! Track your reading all summer long and you can win cool prizes! And we have lots of fun mini-games to play at our Summer Reading Club desks at all of our locations. Play these games and get ballots towards our weekly prize draws!

Registration begins June 20th! Sign up at home at www.kplreads.readsquared.com or visit your nearest KPL location.

And don't forget to sign up for our summer programs; we've planned some awesome activities for you!
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Teen Summer Challenge

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Virtual Event
Complete challenges, track your reading, and win! The more you do, the more chances you have to win!

GRAND PRIZE: $150 giftcard for Best Buy
Weekly Prizes: $5 Tim's Card

For more information, please visit: https://youthkpl.weebly.com/teen-summer-challenge.html

Registration will begin at the above link starting on June 20th.
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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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Babies & Ones

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Central Library
The Living Room
Start your week at the library with stories, songs, and time to play with your little one! Babies and their caregivers are invited to join us for this special program designed for the library’s youngest customers. This 20-30 minute session includes rhymes, songs, stories, and bounces.

Age 0-23 months
Registration required, but some drop-ins will be welcome!
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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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Getting Ready For Kindergarten

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Pioneer Park Community Library
PP Meeting Room
Is your child starting JK or SK in the fall? Join us for stories, songs, activities and crafts. This 45-minute program is designed to help kids become comfortable with a routine and prepare for full days of school. Caregivers must stay in the library during the program, but will leave the room for the first 30 minutes. You're welcome to return to help your child with the craft at the end.

Ages - entering JK/SK in Fall 2022.
Registration is for the full 8wk session.
Parent/Caregiver must remain in the building during this program
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Summer Hangout: Weird but True

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room

Calling all kids in Grades 3-6! Join us this summer for fun weekly themed programs packed with creating, playing, building and more! These 2-hour programs are filled with activities, stories, and games that will knock your socks off! 

Sign up for each week individually.  

Registration is required for each week. One spot per child. 

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Little Paleontologists

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Country Hills Community Library
CH Meeting Room

Stomp like a T-Rex, dig for fossils, and join us for lots of hands-on dinosaur fun! 


Ages 2-5

Registration opens on June 20, and is for the entire 4-week series.

 

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Summer Sillies!

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room/Children's Room
Join us for some summer fun! 
Packed with silly stories, silly songs, and silly movements that promote early literacy and physical literacy development, this 30-minute program is designed specially for your active little one this summer.

Ages 2-4.

Registration required; one spot per child.
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Summer Hangout: Weird but True

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Forest Heights Community Library
FH Meeting Room

Calling all kids in Grades 3-6! Join us this summer for fun weekly themed programs packed with creating, playing, building and more! These 2-hour programs are filled with activities, stories, and games that will knock your socks off! 


Sign up for each week individually.  

Registration is required for each week. One spot per child. 


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Summer Shenanigans: Waterology

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room

Calling all kids in Grades SK-2! Join us this summer for fun weekly themed programs packed with creating, playing, building and more! These 90-minute programs are filled with activities, stories, and games that will knock your socks off!


Some activities may be messy. Please dress accordingly!


Sign up for each week individually.  

Registration is required for each week. One spot per child. 

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Summer Story Sheroes (HYBRID)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room
Summer Story Sheroes is an 8-week program about sharing our thoughts and ideas on being a girl or gender non-conforming in our community. We will read, share, create and publish stories, poetry and artwork with one another. A teen group guided and managed by said teens, we will meet on Mondays to explore important topics that hold interest to the participants. 

Together we will learn the value of our voices and the ability we all have to share our stories, but most importantly our skill to listen to them as well.  

Working together makes each of us stronger. 

Program will take place in person, but attendees can also attend virtually for accessibility.

Grades 6-10
Registration Required (one registration spot per participant)

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Tech Help

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Country Hills Community Library
Book some time with us! Library staff will be available for one hour sessions to help you learn to use Computers or Tablets, E-Readers or Library Apps. You can learn about the Basics, Word Processing, Internet, Email, or Facebook. Or learn how to download free music, movies, e-books, and audiobooks. Bring your own device, or learn on one of ours.

Registration required.
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Tech Tutors

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Computer Lab

Tech Tutors One-on-One


Do you need some help using a smartphone, tablet, computer or other device? We have set up a physically distanced help station where you will meet with a tech savvy volunteer for one-on-one assistance. Registration for this program is required and we ask that you sign up for only one appointment each week. Appointments are for one hour from 6-7 pm or 7-8 pm. There is a limit of one timeslot appointment each week.

  

The devices that we can assist with for this timeslot are: 

  • Computer 
  • Laptop or MacBook 
  • Smartphone – Android or iPhone 
  • Tablet – Android or iPad 

Please Note: With the exception of computer support, you will need to bring your device with you to the session. The library does not have access to any of the devices listed except a computer.  
 

Registration required 

You will be asked to choose the device you want to work on and tell us more about what you are hoping to learn when you register 
 

COVID-19 Safety Requirements: Please stay home and call the library to cancel if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, new cough, or difficulty breathing. 

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Sensory Storytime

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room
This storytime is designed for children with autism or other developmental differences. Children of all abilities are welcome for this specially designed program with stories, songs and activities.

Registration opens June 20th. 
One spot per family. 
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Tech Help

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Country Hills Community Library
Book some time with us! Library staff will be available for one hour sessions to help you learn to use Computers or Tablets, E-Readers or Library Apps. You can learn about the Basics, Word Processing, Internet, Email, or Facebook. Or learn how to download free music, movies, e-books, and audiobooks. Bring your own device, or learn on one of ours.

Registration required.
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Tech Help

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
Book some time with us! Library staff will be available for one hour sessions to help you learn to use Computers or Tablets, E-Readers or Library Apps. You can learn about the Basics, Word Processing, Internet, Email, or Facebook. Or learn how to download free music, movies, e-books, and audiobooks. Bring your own device, or learn on one of ours.

Registration required.
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Little Artists (Virtual)

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Virtual Event

Your Little Artist will love this virtual program that encourages learning through art and play! Each week, we will explore a fun topic that will allow preschoolers to increase their skills in reading, writing, and STEM with a focus on drawing, colouring, and craft-making.

This program will take place on Zoom and participants will need to have access to a device and internet connection to join. Each week, the Zoom link will be sent by email at 9:00 am on the morning of the program. 

Ages 2-5 years
Registration Required (one registration spot per child)

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 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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Getting Ready for Kindergarten (In-Person)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Forest Heights Community Library
FH Meeting Room
Is your child starting JK/SK in the fall? Join us for stories, songs, activities and crafts. This 45-minute program is designed to help kids become comfortable with a routine and prepare for full days of school. Caregivers must stay in the library during the program, but will leave the room for the first 30 minutes. You're welcome to return to help your child with the craft at the end.

Ages 3-5 (entering JK/SK in Fall 2022) 
Registration opens on June 20, and is for the entire 8-week series.

Parent/Caregiver must remain in the building during this program.

Please stay home and call to cancel if you or your child(ren) are feeling unwell, have a fever, new cough, or difficulty breathing. Please review Kitchener Public Library's COVID-19 self-screening questions before entering the building. 
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Tech Help

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
Book some time with us! Library staff will be available for one hour sessions to help you learn to use Computers or Tablets, E-Readers or Library Apps. You can learn about the Basics, Word Processing, Internet, Email, or Facebook. Or learn how to download free music, movies, e-books, and audiobooks. Bring your own device, or learn on one of ours.

Registration required.
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Cool Kids Hangout

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Central Library
Children's Programming Room
Come to the library for a cool morning hangout with stories, crafts, games, and activities! Each week we’ll try new things and have lots of fun!

Ages 5-8
Registration required, one spot per child.
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Tech Help

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pioneer Park Community Library
Book some time with us! Library staff will be available for one hour sessions to help you learn to use Computers or Tablets, E-Readers or Library Apps. You can learn about the Basics, Word Processing, Internet, Email, or Facebook. Or learn how to download free music, movies, e-books, and audiobooks. Bring your own device, or learn on one of ours.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Community Clinic

1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room C

Don't miss this opportunity to get vaccinated! Walk-ins only; no appointment required.


  • First and second doses for anyone born in 2016 or earlier. 
  • Third dose for anyone 18 or older, 84 days after second dose. 
  • Third dose for anyone 12-17, 168 days after second dose. 
  • Fourth dose for anyone 60 or older, five months (or 140 days) after third dose. 

Moderna or Pfizer (adults 30+) or Pfizer (ages 5-29) will be available.


A nurse will be on-site to answer your questions about vaccinations. 


This clinic is offered in partnership with Region of Waterloo Public Health. 

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