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OUTDOOR MOVIES END FOR THE SEASON

With summer coming to a close, the last outdoor movie of the season is scheduled for September 23 at Optimist Memorial Park (1075 Ypres Avenue) with Luca from the Disney Pixar studio.  The fun begins at 6 pm, with the movie to begin at sundown. The state-of-the-art movie projection system to screen movies outside – at parks, community centres and other venues across Windsor – consists of a 25 ft. inflatable screen, projector, top-of-the-line sound system and an ultra-quiet generator. Families planning on attending should bring their own Continue Reading...
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NOTICE TO WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY CUSTOMERS

Please be aware that we have received numerous reports of scammers purporting to represent Windsor Public Library promoting services requiring payment.  Please be aware that The Windsor Public Library Board does not directly solicit payment for services or donations. The Windsor Police Service has been notified and is investigating. Any jobs at the Windsor Public Library would be posted on the City of Windsor website, at this link: https://www.citywindsor.ca/cityhall/Employment-Opportunities/Pages/Current-Job-Postings.aspx...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Wilkinson’s Pharmacy was located at the south west corner of University and Bruce Avenues. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken in the mid-1940s. Arthur J. Wilkinson opened his pharmacy at this location in 1895 after graduating from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1894. The business remained at this location until closing in 1967 when a hair salon occupied this space. In 1946 Arthur brought his son William into the business. William was the proprietor when the business was closed in 1967. Today the structure Continue Reading...
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WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY BRANCHES CLOSED

All branches of Windsor Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 19 to honour the life and legacy of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II. WPL will join with the City of Windsor in marking September 19 as a Day of Mourning.  This coincides with Her Late Majesty’s State Funeral in the United Kingdom, and the end of the official period of mourning in Canada. There will be a national commemorative ceremony to honour the life and service of Her Majesty. The ceremony will be held Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is in memory of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) who passed away on Thursday, September 8. This picture shows her first official visit to Windsor as Queen in July, 1959. This photograph has the Queen and Bruce Macdonald greeting an unidentified women. The Queen was in Canada in 1959 to officially open the St. Lawrence Seaway. She would visit Windsor again for the last time in 1984 as part of the Ontario Bicentennial celebration. If you are interested in other historic images Continue Reading...
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LIBRARY BRANCHES CLOSED

All locations of the Windsor Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022, to celebrate Labour Day. Your library card provides access to online resources for all ages, which can be accessed any time, and from anywhere. Books, magazines, movies and music are available online 24/7 at windsorpubliclibrary.com....
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Do you remember taking in a baseball game at Wigle Park? This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the grandstand at the baseball diamond at the corner of McDougal Ave. and Erie Street. This photograph was taken on 4 October 1957. Wigle Park is Windsor’s oldest park, established in 1908 and named after Colonel Ernest Samuel Wigle a two-term Windsor Mayor (1905-1909; 1936-1937). The building to the left the grandstand was used for storage and change rooms. Today the grandstand is long gone, but the storage Continue Reading...
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FREE ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS AT WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

Indulge yourself by streaming popular Disney movies and award winning classic TV shows, check out the latest video games or download trending music and videos…Windsor Public Library has something for the whole family.  And yes, we also have books for all ages. In August, the WPL ‘We’re More Than Books’ Campaign is featuring the many ways customers can satisfy their entertainment wishes – we call phase 4 of the campaign – ‘Shelf Indulgence”.   We’d like Windsorites to discover what many customers have known for a while – Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Taken in 1975, this Week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the former Norwich Block that was bounded by Ouellette Ave., Pitt Street, Ferry Street and Riverside Drive. This view was taken looking west on Ouellette Avenue and Pitt Street. The business in this block include Ben Berke, Greater Windsor Visitors’ & Convention Bureau, Grayson Jewellers and the Toronto Submarine. The block was demolished in 1999-2000 to make way for the new head office for Chrysler of Canada. If you are interested in other historic images of Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This photograph was taken in the mid 1970s when Downtown Windsor was still the main shopping district of the city. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of Ouellette Avenue looking eastward between University Ave. and Chatham Street. In this view from left to right, there is the Real Lace and Linen Store, Ronald Furs, Wickham’s of Windsor and Thrifty’s More than Just Pants. Today, this block still stands much as it did fifty years ago, but the business have changed from stores to restaurants with a Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken sometime in the early 1960s of the McKinnon Industries building located on Walker Road at Seminole Street. McKinnon Industries was created in 1925 and by 1929 with the growth of the automobile industry, General Motors purchased the business. McKinnon Industries made various parts for the automotive and non-automotive industry. The company make electric motors for washing machines and refrigerators, and car and truck radios and eventually even made V-8 engines for Oldsmobile. The building was demolished to make way Continue Reading...
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RIVERSIDE BRANCH RECEIVES ‘TLC’

Over the past several weeks library staff has been busy giving Riverside Branch a dramatic transformation with the ‘big reveal’ happening earlier this week. The 14,000+ square foot building was constructed in 1995 and recently saw a renovation and re-configuration of the first floor, including new flooring, the move of public computers to a more easily accessed location and changes to the Circulation and Information desks – all to enhance the customer experience. “I encourage all Riverside customers to stop in and experience our beautiful new Continue Reading...
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