Category Archives: Leisure & Sports

Seed Library Launch Recap & Upside Down Tomato Planters

Thanks to everyone who came out to help us launch our seed library at our Central branch. We had a great time with some wonderful demonstrations, some new experiences, and the result is a beautiful apartment garden for the summer. If you missed it, no worries! We’ve got a season full of growing opportunities, so stay tuned to find out about more events. The apartment garden will be there all...
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Outdoors – Great!

Once the black flies and mosquitoes subside a bit, vacationing in the great outdoors will be on the to-do list for many Canadians.  Whether you are considering an extended camping excursion, a weekend wilderness getaway, or just day-tripping, this is the year to get your gear in gear. In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all National Parks across the country. For those who are...
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Victoria Day Weekend – A Truly Canadian Experience

In Canada Victoria Day marks the unofficial start of the summer season. Looking at the weather forecast right now with the Vic Weekend just about 2 weeks away and temperatures barely making it to 9 Celsius, you’d never know it. Victoria Weekend, or May Two-Four as we also like to call it, is the time we Canucks visit gardening centres in droves, buying up every impatiens, petunia, tomato plant and sheep...
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Seed Lending Library Opening at Central

  Due to the overwhelming success of the seed lending library at our Forest Glade Branch, we are excited to announce that a seed lending library is now coming to our Central Branch. This past summer as our patrons who frequent the downtown branch know, we opened a demonstration garden (pictured) on our balcony fronting Ouellette, thanks to Councillor and Library Board member, Rino Bortolin. The next step is now...
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Featured Artist, Irina Teske: Community Art Wall – Central Branch

Irina Teske is a graduate of the University of Windsor and has been a practicing artist for more than twenty years. Currently, she is obsessed with painting on chipboard. Exploring the relationship between image and material serves as the foundation for her artistic practice. The dichotomy between the natural and the man-made is acknowledged by a close engagement with the chipboard, unearthing the imagery inherent in the material.  The repetitive...
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New Year, New Hobby

Winter is upon us and sitting indoors every day can take its toll on even the coziest of readers. While most people complain about the weather, I look at it as a chance to channel some free time into learning a new hobby. As always, the best place to start is the Windsor Public Library, as all information and programs are free. It really gives you a good chance to...
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Got the Winter Blues? WPL is here to help!

If you’re feeling a bit down right now, you’re not alone. Yesterday was Blue Monday, considered the most depressing day of the year with some saying this may be the bluest ever. By this time of the year most of us have already abandoned our New Years resolutions, our holiday debt is due, and we’re feeling sluggish and unhealthy from our over-indulgence without the warm glow of the holidays to make...
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How will you Celebrate National Trivia Day?

Just when you thought the holidays were over, it’s National Trivia Day, one of January’s many obscure holidays! Do January’s obscure holidays themselves count as trivia?  I know trivia doesn’t have the same allure as holidays involving gifts or copious champagne and snack consumption. But who couldn’t use a break and an excuse to enjoy some low-key entertainment this time of year? There are many free or low-cost ways to enjoy National...
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Carrie Fisher – Icon, Actor, Advocate

As we mourn the loss of Carrie Fisher, we also celebrate her life. An icon who grew up in Hollywood, Ms. Fisher became known for her own acting and strong advocacy for mental health. Best known as Princess (then General) Leia Organa of the Star Wars universe, Ms. Fisher has left us with much to celebrate. The Princess Diarist was her most recent book, a 2016 release. It discusses everything in her life. She...
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Travels with FRED

If you haven’t had a chance to explore Windsor Public Library’s coolest new branch, you’re missing something.  Our bookmobile, lovingly called FRED (for Freedom to Read, Educate and Discover) has been on the road for a few months now, bringing what the library has to offer to seniors’ facilities, community events, or under-serviced neighbourhoods. Working on FRED is a unique experience.  People aren’t sure at first what we are, or if they...
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TV Comedies

A while back I blogged about my penchant for binge watching television shows. It’s true, I love to binge on serialized television shows. This is particularly true since I don’t deal with suspense. I don’t have it in me to wait on cliffhangers so, if an episode leaves something unfinished, and I have the option of watching the next episode immediately, I will. Sometimes at the expense of preparing food, sleeping, bathing, and...
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Pokémon Go at Your Library

Twenty years into their existence, Pokémon might just be at the height of popularity. With the tremendous success of Pokémon GO, we’ve been getting a number of questions about what the game is, how to play it, and of course – “what is a Pokémon?” Long a popular series of television shows, books, movies, and video games, it has reached new heights with its new augmented reality game available on your smart...
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Show Us What You’ve Got in The Garage!

Do you have a classic or antique car you want to show off? Any old pictures of Grandpa standing next to his Studebaker, Packard or even Hupmobile? How about Mom standing next to her Chrysler Cordoba – of course, with the rich Corinthian leather? Now is the time to share them with us! To celebrate Windsor’s automotive heritage, the AUTOMOTIVE ARCHIVES at Windsor Public Library is looking for photographs to...
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Binge Watch Courtesy of the Windsor Public Library

I don’t consider myself a big TV watcher. I’ve occasionally put holiday decorations in front of the TV without thinking and friends have noted that I must not watch much TV if I don’t mind blocking my view. I like to think of myself as someone who prefers novels, time with friends, time outside…but the truth is, there’s just no moderation in the way I watch TV. It’s all or nothing for...
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How-To Festival Workshops Debut

Did you have the chance to attend our, ‘How-To’ Festival last September? We had a great time with a gathering of more than 15 local businesses and community agencies teaching fun and useful skills in 10 minutes or less. People loved the chance to learn something new and we wanted to give folks the chance to learn some skills that might take little more than 10 minutes to master. That’s...
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Make with WPL!

Inspired by the positive feedback we’ve been getting to our “What’s Cooking at WPL” features, we’ve decided to try something similar with our craft and DIY collections!  We’ve invited staff to submit photos of projects they’ve completed using materials from our shelves.  The books in our craft, decorating and DIY collections are among the most heavily used in the system. It seems that many of you turn to your public...
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Government Printer Peeks: Spring 2015

The Government of Ontario is looking for people to read and comment on their strategy to overhaul Long term Affordable Housing.  Also in the last month, various ministries at Queen’s Park  published plans and policy proposals for Home  and Community Care, Poverty Reduction, Beer Retailing and Distribution, and the Electricity sector  in our province. The 2015 guide to pick-your-own farms for fresh produce is due to be released in early...
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What’s Cooking at WPL

It is time for another addition of Cooking at WPL. Our staff have been busy whipping up some delicious recipes from the excellent selection of cook books that we have in our collection. It appears that beyond researching, Internet and customer service proficiency, our staff can now say they have great culinary talents! Enjoy these delectable reviews, and remember if you have any questions, comments, or perhaps even suggestions on what...
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Remembering Sharon, Lois, & Bram

I don’t have a lot of vivid memories from being five years old. Still images of parents, grandparents, and people whom I no longer even have the slightest idea about are largely what remains. Events that were highly formative took place, and yet I don’t necessarily recall the details. Yet, some things did stay with me. Birthday parties, visiting grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other events have stayed in my...
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