Costume Contest:
3 age groups:
Children (0-6), Kids (7-12) and Teens (13 & up).
Choose a character from a book, graphic novel, movie, video game or your favourite music star, create a costume and send in a picture of you dressed up in costume, with the book, graphic novel, movie, CD or game where the costume comes from, to drutherford@
windsorpubliclibrary.com

Please attach name, age and contact information (so we can contact you if you are the winner!) Deadline to submit is November 1st, 2020.

Storytime Live!

Miss Kate loves reading to and singing with her little friends even when we can’t be together in person! This live Storytime is as interactive as possible so comment with your child’s name and Miss Kate will sing their name and say hello to them!

LIVE on the WPL Facebook page Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30am (holidays excluded)!

Just Add Popcorn!

Ever wondered about popular movies and the books that inspired them?  Wonder no more. WPL recently launched a collection of BOOK TO MOVIE Kits, which include a DVD of the movie and the corresponding work on which the movie is based. Popular titles include The Godfather, The Bourne Identity and Black Klansman.  Initially, the collection will be housed at Seminole and Muir branches and can be viewed online.  As with most of WPL materials, the kits will circulate for three weeks and holds can be placed Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic takes us to a community of Maidstone located just outside of Windsor. This image is of the Maidstone Post Office and general store, taken sometime in first couple of decades of the 20th Century. This photograph provides a glimpse of rural life of the period, with horse drawn carriages and an early model automobile parked out front and children lined up posing for the photographer. This scene captures the more layback feel and none of the hustle and bustle that would Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

The demolition of the Norton Palmer Hotel is this week’s Throwback Thursday picture. The Norton Palmer Hotel was one of Windsor’s premier hotels that closed in 1974 and was demolished not long after. This photograph is looking east on Park Street at the intersection with Victoria Avenue. The building just further down Park Street was the Prince Edward Hotel, another premier hotel in Windsor that closed in the late 1960s. With newer and more modern hotels being constructed in downtown Windsor and more people traveling by Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Looking east towards Ouellette Avenue along Sandwich Street (Riverside Drive) is this weeks Throwback Thursday Pic. Taken in the early 1950s at the corner of Sandwich Street West and Dougall Avenue. This area of Sandwich Street is part of downtown Windsor and therefore part of the main shopping district for the city at that time. The block between Dougall Avenue and Ferry Street, the next street down, consists of the Campbell and the Douglas Blocks of buildings. Right at the street corner on the pole is Continue Reading...
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Windsor BINGO Comes to WPL!

Are you playing Windsor Bingo along with WPL? We’re encouraging you to explore Windsor-Essex with our new Windsor Bingo! You can participate by picking up a card at one of our branches, checking out the links below or copying our virtual card on Facebook or Instagram. BINGO CARD BLANK CARD If you’re playing virtually simply screen shot the Bingo Card and mark it as you complete the tasks. Don’t forget to tell us where you’re visiting, what you’re doing or what WPL resources you used to Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

Looking north towards the Detroit River this week’s Throwback Thursday Picture was taken in 1930. The white building on the right with the columns is the Canadian Bank of Commerce, further up Drouillard Road is the East Windsor (formerly Ford City) Fire Station and the large structure on the left side of the image is Ford of Canada’s automotive plant. The Ford head office and automotive plant were transferred to Oakville west of Toronto in the 1950s dealing a heavy blow to the City of Windsor. Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

This picture of the Red and White Grocery store located at 95-99 Drouillard Road in East Windsor (Ford City) was taken about 1930.  Opened in the early 1920s by George, Arthur and Cyriac Plante, the brothers played a pivotal role in the explosive growth of Ford City.  In 1937 after amalgamation with Windsor, the grocery store address was changed to 245 Drouillard Road. The business continued to operate until 1951 when it was sold and becomes Milan’s Market. In the early 1960s, it becomes Milan’s Tavern Continue Reading...
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WPL Adopts Plan to Address Racism and Social Inequity

At the regular July meeting of the Windsor Public Library Board, directors unanimously passed a motion to adopt the Anti-Racism Action Plan, as presented.  The document provides a framework and plan to address racism and social inequity in the workplace and in the services and programs it provides. “Public libraries are meeting places for people, ideas, learning and culture,” says WPL Board Chair, Councillor Rino Bortolin. “They are places for community learning, where ideas are debated, issues of the day discussed and places where the community Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is a continuation of our Back-to-School theme. This photograph dates circa 1896 and is the interior of a laboratory classroom at Windsor Collegiate Institute (later renamed Patterson Collegiate Institute). The school located at the southeast corner of Goyeau and Elliott Streets was Windsor oldest high school having closed in 1973. The building was demolished in 1979 to make way for a parking lot of a grocery store. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

With the start of a new school year next week, this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of Patterson Collegiate Institute. The image was taken sometime in the 1940s. It was originally opened as an elementary school in 1854 and become a high school in 1871. It was named Windsor Collegiate Institute until 1929, when it was renamed after local lawyer and politician James Colebrook Patterson. The building occupied the southeast corner of Goyeau and Elliott Streets where it proudly stood until 1979 when it was demolished Continue Reading...
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