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CURBSIDE PICKUP TO CONTINUE:  LIMITED COMPUTER AND PHOTOCOPIER USE AVAILABLE

Contactless curbside pick-up of materials continues at all branches and limited public computer and photocopier access is available.  The lamination service for vaccination certificates (QR codes) can be accessed through curbside service. All public access computer stations are separated by plexiglass dividers and social distancing between stations has been established. Between sessions, computer workstations will be sanitized and other health and safety measures implemented.  Access to computers will be on a ‘first come first served’ basis – no appointments are necessary but customers should expect to Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken in the early 1960s. The photograph was taken looking north-west along Ouellette Avenue just south of University Avenue. This was time when Ouellette Avenue was the main shopping and service destination for Windsor. In this photograph, we can see a number of shops and business that once occupied the city’s main shopping district, such as George H. Wilkinson Shoes, Steele Optical Company, Toronto General Trusts Corporation, Tip Top Tailors, Diane Frocks and Red Robin. If you are interested in Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Do you remember coming downtown to shop at the C. H. Smith Department Store in Windsor? The C. H. Smith Department Store was a locally owned dry-goods store, located on the east side of Ouellette Avenue on the first block south of Riverside Drive. The department store opened at this location in the early 1920s about the time this photograph was taken. The store quickly doubled its frontage along Ouellette Avenue as well as expanding around the corner on Pitt Street East. The store eventually fell Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the Hofer Brewing Company of LaSalle. This image was taken in 1927 by professional photographer A. W. Spurgeon. It opened on Front Road near the Detroit River in either 1924 or 1925 to take advantage of prohibition by exporting beer to the United States. The brewery was only in business for about 15 years, after prohibition ended in 1934 and re-entry of the larger brewing company in Canada and the United States, Hofer Brewing could not compete and closed Continue Reading...
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WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY PIVOTS TO CONTACTLESS CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Effective Thursday, January 6, 2022, contactless curbside pickup of materials will commence with all in-branch services suspended. The laminating service for vaccination certificates (with QR code) will continue via the WPL curbside service. “With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the health and safety of customers and staff is paramount,” says WPL Board Chair, Councillor Rino Bortolin.  “To mitigate the ongoing spread in our community and to provide a sense of well-being to our customers and staff, we have made the difficult decision Continue Reading...
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REMOTE ACCESS TO ANCESTRY LIBRARY

To our family history research customers please note the following announcement from Ancestry Library: —Beginning in March 2020, access to Ancestry Library Edition was temporarily expanded during Covid-19 shutdowns to allow remote access for those Public Libraries that could provide a secure method of authentication. After nearly 2 years of temporary remote access, Ancestry has made the difficult decision to end it. Remote access for Ancestry Library Edition will no longer be available after December 31, 2021. — While we know many of you enjoyed having Continue Reading...
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COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

In an effort to stop the continued spread of COVID-19 and to meet our goal of providing a safe environment for customers and staff, effective December 24, WPL is implementing a series of additional measures to mitigate the ongoing risk of Covid-19. Until further notice, customer seating will be unavailable and public computer use will be limited at all locations. Customers should continue to self-screen at the door and social distancing is expected.   Non-medical face coverings must be worn at all times.  ...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is another heritage Christmas card from the Bowlby Family Collection. This card was sent from Jessie to Margaret Bowlby, wishing her a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The card was mailed in December 1909, with a King Edward VII one-cent stamp on the back. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor that can be found in your Community Archives, please visit the library’s digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at https://windsorpubliclibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/.  ...
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HOLIDAY HOURS

Windsor Public Library (WPL) holiday hours are as follows: Friday, December 24, 2021: All locations open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 25, 2021: All locations closed. Sunday, December 26, 2021: All locations closed. Monday, December 27, to Thursday, December 30, 2021: All locations open regular hours. Friday, December 31, 2021: All locations open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 1, 2022: All locations closed. WPL will re-open Sunday, January 2, 2022, at our regular hours.  ...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic comes from the Bowlby Family collection that is housed in your Community Archives. This Christmas card was sent from Margaret Bowlby, daughter of Andrew Douglas Bowlby (local business owner and judge), to her friend Janet Laing. The card was dated 1908, when Margaret was age 12. There was just a simple message on the back of the card wishing her friend on behalf herself and older sister Marion a ‘…very Merry Christmas’. If you are interested in other historic images of Continue Reading...
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