Santa Claus loves
receiving letters in the mail, especially this year.

Our Letters to Santa kit includes everything your little one will need to send a special letter to Santa.

Programs Begins Monday, November 23.

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)!

Some WPL locations closed November 19

BUDIMIR (1310 Grand Marais Street West)and RIVERSIDE (6305 Wyandotte Street East) branches remain open on Thursday, November 19.  All other branches will be closed for staff development and training. Library resources and materials are available 24/7 at www.windsorpubliclibrary.com. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause....
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

The Throwback Thursday Picture this week looks northeast at Sandwich Street (now Riverside Drive) and Ouellette Avenue and was taken sometime in the late 1940s. In this view the Ritz Hotel is found on the northwest side of Sandwich and Ouellette with The British America Hotel on the other side of the intersection. Canadian National Railway station is located further up on the north side of Sandwich Street.  Today none of the buildings in this picture survive. The north side of Sandwich Street is now part Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday picture is looking north along Pelissier Street at the YM/YWCA building and the Norton Palmer Hotel. This photograph was taken in 1932 and much has changed since then. All the buildings in this image except for the YM/YWCA have been demolished. The Norton Palmer Hotel was knocked down in the early 1970s and was replaced with Victoria Park Place condominiums. The YM/YWCA building is now used as private apartment building. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

The date is March 18, 1958, and this weeks Throwback Thursday Pic has the camera pointed at the Canadian Bank of Commerce building located at the south-east corner of Riverside Drive and Ouellette Avenue. This building was opened to the public in 1899, and would be demolished in 1972 to make way for a new 14 story Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce building that would open on May 7, 1974. During the period when the old building was demolished and the new office tower was to 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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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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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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