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THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IMPACT ON LIBRARY SERVICE

The Windsor Public Library Board supports the Ontario Government’s recently announced province-wide State of Emergency in an effort to stop the continued spread of COVID-19.  Currently, modified public library services that align with new mandated restrictions are in place at all WPL locations. “The highest priority of Windsor Public Library is to mitigate the risk and impact Covid-19 has on the safety of our customers and staff,” says Councillor Rino Bortolin, chair of the WPLB.   “With no hesitation, I can say the WPLB fully supports the Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday picture of the Consumer’s Warehouse located at 166 McDougall Avenue, was taken on January 13, 1956. This local business opened in the mid-1930s on the block between Park and Chatham streets. The Windsor Farmer’s Market was on the opposite side of the street, and Big Bear Markets’ was located behind the photographer. This provided quite a few grocery-shopping options for residents living in downtown Windsor. If you would like to view other historical images that are housed in your Community Archives, please Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken in 1950. The photograph is looking west on Wyandotte Street East at Goyeau.  All the structures in this image have since been demolished over the last 60 years. If you have an interested in other historic Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibit “Windsor’s History and Pictures”, at https://windsorpubliclibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/. SEE LARGER IMAGE...
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Join our first national, bilingual, eBook club in January 2021

Start the new year the right way! Join One eRead Canada, the first national, bilingual (English and French) digital eBook club featuring the exquisite and celebrated novel Vi by Kim Thúy. Readers from St John’s to Nanaimo to Whitehorse along with more than 600 public libraries will be taking part in this simultaneous reading party. From January 1 to 31, 2021, 85 per cent of all public libraries in Canada, including WPL, will offer free, unlimited access to Vi by Kim Thúy, in eBook and eAudiobook Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

The final installment of our Throwback Thursday Pic of historic Christmas Cards series from the Bowlby Family Collection dates from December 21, 1909. It was sent from Detroit to Margaret Bowlby from an M. Hollister. Written on the back of the Christmas card was ‘Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Your friend. M. Hollister’. If you are interested in viewing other historic images of Windsor that can be found in your Community Archives, please visit the library’s digital exhibit “Windsor’s History and Continue Reading...
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WPL PROVINCE-WIDE LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS AND SERVICE

The Windsor Public Library Board supports the Ontario Government’s province-wide lockdown scheduled to begin Saturday, December 26, 2020, in an effort to stop the continued spread of COVID-19.  Modified public library services that align with new mandated restrictions will be in place at all WPL locations effective Monday, December 28, 2020. Windsor Public Library branches will open for contactless curbside pick-up only. Public access to browsing, computer access and photocopier use is suspended.  All exterior book returns will remain open with materials quarantined for a 72-hour Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

With stocking hung with care over the fireplace, three young children with their mother are warming themselves by the fire and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, is this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic. This image is from our historic Christmas card holdings that are part of the Bowlby Family Collection. The card was given to Margaret from her older sister Marion in 1908. If you are interested in other historic images house in your Community Archives, please visit the library’s digital exhibit “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at Continue Reading...
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ALL BRANCHES CLOSED DECEMBER 14

In an effort to stop the continued spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with the Windsor and Essex County lockdown level of Ontario’s Covid-19 Response Framework, Windsor Public Library will be offering limited and modified in-person service that aligns with the province’s Grey-Lockdown Restrictions, announced Friday, December 11.  All library locations will be closed Monday, December 14 to allow staff to implement provincial facility guidelines and align service levels with the provincial directives....
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WPL GREY-LOCKDOWN CATEGORY RESTRICTIONS AND SERVICE

In an effort to stop the continued spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with the Windsor and Essex County lockdown level of Ontario’s Covid-19 Response Framework, Windsor Public Library will be offering limited and modified in-person service that aligns with the province’s Grey-Lockdown Restrictions, announced Friday, December 11. “The highest priority of Windsor Public Library is to mitigate the risk and impact Covid-19 has on the safety of our customers and staff,” says WPL Board Chair, Councillor Rino Bortolin.  “To that end, all library locations will Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic continues with our vintage Christmas card collection from the Bowlby Family holdings. This card is an illustration of a young girl talking to Santa Claus by phone to tell him what she wanted for Christmas. The card was mailed to Margaret Bowlby from her cousin Edith Bowlby in Washington D.C. on December 19, 1909. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibit page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at https://windsorpubliclibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/....
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