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IMPACT OF PROVINCIAL AND EMERGENCY STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

Windsor Public Library will be offering limited and modified service that aligns with the Ontario Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home order effective April 8, 2021. Windsor Public Library will only be open for curbside pick-up and delivery service.   All in-branch services are suspended. Although closed to bricks-and-mortar visits, WPL staff will provide enhanced online services and continue to assist customers with resources, materials and questions. To access materials, customers place holds on materials in the same manner as always by accessing your library account on our website Continue Reading...
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TEMPORARY DISRUPTION APRIL 15 AS LYNDA.COM MOVES TO NEW PLATFORM

Please note that Lynda.com will be unavailable on April 15, 2021 as we migrate to the new  LinkedIn Learning platform.  Once the process is complete, you will be able to access LinkedIn Learning from our eResources – Databases page, and your learning history from Lynda.com will automatically be transferred to LinkedIn Learning. In addition to all your favourite free courses that were available on Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning will include an additional 8,000 courses and support for 6 additional languages including French! If you have further questions Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This is where it all started with the Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1904.  Canada’s automotive industry began at the corner of Sandwich Street East (now Riverside Drive East) and Drouillard Road. The Walkerville Wagon Works owned by Gordon McGregor and a group of investors, working with Henry Ford in Detroit, founded the Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1904. This photograph was taken in January 1970 of the former automotive plant just before the structure was to be demolished. Automobile production was moved from Continue Reading...
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FOREST GLADE BRANCHED CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE

Forest Glade Branch (3211 Forest Glade Drive) is closed Wednesday, April 7 to Friday, April 9 to allow staff to perform internal maintenance and minor renovations.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Your library card provides access to online resources for all ages, which can be accessed any time, and from anywhere. Books, magazines, movies, music are available online 24/7 at windsorpubliclibrary.com.    ...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Do you remember when the railroads operated car ferries between Detroit and Windsor? This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic taken in 1967 shows one such operation by the Norfolk and Western Railroad arriving into Windsor. The ferries started in 1854 when the Great Western Railway started transporting freight and passenger cars between the two cities. The Michigan Central, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and Wabash Railroads operated ferry services across the Detroit River. With Canadian National and Canadian Pacific buying the Detroit-Windsor Railroad Tunnel in 1985 from Conrail, Continue Reading...
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BROWSE DIGITAL MAGAZINES IN NEW LOCATION

Windsor Public Library is moving our digital magazines from RBdigital to OverDrive’s award-winning Libby application. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great magazines you loved in the RBdigital app plus many more!  Over 3,000 popular magazines are now available to download and read on any device 24/7. Digital magazines through Libby have no wait lists or holds, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Windsor Public Library customers can also Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Grocery shopping in the 1950s. In previous Throwback Thursday Pics, we have shown the exterior of the Big Bear Grocery store on Chatham Street East in downtown Windsor. This week’s photograph taken on January 6, 1956 shows the interior of the Big Bear Grocery Store at 279 Chatham Street East. Over the ensuing 65 years, the grocery shopping experience has not changed too much from the past, the stores have a grown larger and there is a greater selection of goods to purchase, but the 1950s shopper Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the Potomski General Store located at 1691 Tecumseh Road West. Opened in 1950 by Michl Potomski who was the proprietor. This photograph was taken sometime in the 1950s. This store seemed to sell a wide variety of goods, from shoes to hardware and paint to dry goods. This building still stands today, but has been greatly modified from when this picture was taken more than 60 years ago. If you have interested in this or other historic images of Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

“Going to the In and Out store”, was a phrase often heard when someone was making a run to the beer store. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the ‘In and Out’ store, also known as the Beer Store, located on Drouillard Road in East Windsor (formally Ford City). Photographer Sid Lloyd took this photograph on November 25, 1930. This location at 966 Drouillard Road was a beer store from 1928 to 1940 when it was replaced by a cafe. The three big brewers in Continue Reading...
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