Category Archives: Leisure & Sports

World’s Largest Newsstand, Now Available!

Customers of Windsor Public Library have now unlimited multi-user access to a selection of complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most internet-enabled devices, through Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand! Zinio for Libraries enables you to: • enjoy complete digital editions of your favourite magazines – some of which are only available in this format; • download full-colour magazines with interactive elements such as audio and video; • find the stories...
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Essex County Genealogical Society Meetings in March, April, May, and June

Monthly meetings of the Essex County Genealogical Society are held at the Central Branch of Windsor Public Library, on the lower level. Admission is free and the public is welcome! For more information, email essexogs@gmail.com. Monday, March 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm:  The Victorian Celebration of Death, a presentation by Catherine MacKendrick, explores the Victorian celebration of death and what it means for the present day. MacKendrick has been a thanatologist for...
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Ontario Heritage Week: February 17-23

Since 1974, the Heritage Canada Foundation has designated the third Monday every February as Heritage Day in Canada. In 1985, the Ontario government designated the third week in February as Ontario Heritage Week, with the federal Heritage Day kicking off the week.  Many heritage-based organizations and municipalities have used Heritage Day and Ontario Heritage Week as vehicles to stimulate awareness of heritage resources and heritage-related issues within their communities and...
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February 15 is National Flag Day of Canada

Forty-nine years ago, Canada adopted its current national flag (also known as the Maple Leaf and l’Unifolié). National Flag of Canada Day/Jour du drapeau national du Canada is observed annually on February 15, commemorating the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965. Click the following links for information on: • The Birth of the National Flag of Canada; • Flag Dos and Don’ts; and • Flag...
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Shirley Temple Black ~ 1928-2014

Shirley Temple Black died Monday, February 10, at home in Woodside, California. She starred in 23 motion pictures beginning at age three and, from 1935 through 1939, was the most popular movie star in America. Shirley Temple retired from the screen at 22 but embarked on a second career, one in which her image as “friend to everyone” would stand her in good stead: that of diplomat. After marrying Charles...
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Sochi Winter Olympics begin today

The 2014 Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia, February 7 – 23, 2014. Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the north-east coast of the Black Sea near the Georgia/Abkhazia border and Russia. The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be held March 7-16, 2014. (Pssst…don’t forget to check out Getting Ready for the Olympics with Feats of Endurance and From Russia With the Library.)...
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50 Years Ago Today: Beatlemania USA

On February 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived in the United States for the first time, at John F. Kennedy International Airport, giving rise to Beatlemania on this side of the Atlantic. The appearance by The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, watched by a TV audience of 73 million viewers, marked the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The set list for their February 9,...
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Happy Lunar New Year of the Horse

The 15-day celebration of Lunar New Year began January 31, with the first new moon of the calendar year. January 31, 2014, marked the end of the year of the water snake and ushered in the beginning of the year of the wood horse. A simplified explanation of the Shēngxiào, also known in English as the Chinese zodiac, is that it’s a system which relates each year to an animal...
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February is Black History Month

In 1995, after a motion by Jean Augustine, the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, Canada’s House of Commons officially and unanimously recognized February as Black History Month. In 2008, Donald Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, moved to have the Senate officially recognize Black History Month, which was unanimously approved. Click here for a downloadable PDF of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s poster for Black History...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman ~ 1967-2014

The world lost the distinctive voice of Philip Seymour Hoffman today, one of the screen’s finest actors, equally notable playing lead roles and supporting characters, in both film and on stage. Hoffman grew up in the village of Fairport, in upstate New York, and earned a BFA in Drama from The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 1989. His performance as Truman Capote in Capote (2005) is ranked...
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