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PROVINCE TO DISTRIBUTE FREE, TAKE-HOME COVID-19 RAPID TESTS IN HIGH RISK AREAS

The provincial government recently announced  up to two million take-home COVID-19 rapid tests will be given out free of charge at various locations in high-traffic areas, including malls, retail stores, holiday markets, public libraries, and at transit hubs. The Ministry of Health has clarified that broad distribution of rapid tests through all public library locations is not planned – only two library systems in select higher risk areas are included in the pop up rapid test distribution plans – Peterborough Public Library and Ottawa Public Library.  Continue Reading...
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OVERDUE FINES TO BE PARDONED – NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTS…

WPL is pausing the Fines Amnesty Campaign as we transition to temporary contactless curbside service. The campaign will resume at a later date. Check back often for updates. Start the new year with a resolution you can keep!  In addition to pledging to lose weight, get in shape and follow a nutritionally balanced diet – why not return all of your overdue materials to Windsor Public Library?  We’ll pardon your overdue fines and make the materials available to other customers. And now to the fine print:  Continue Reading...
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New WPL Catalogue & App Coming Next Week

We’re excited to announce that on Wednesday, December 15, Windsor Public Library will be transitioning to a new online catalogue called Enterprise! Anyone who tries clicking on the old catalogue link starting December 15 will automatically be directed to the new one. ALL of your account info will automatically be transferredto this new catalogue so there is not much that needs to be done on your end!  For those of you who like to the use the “Shelves” feature in the existing catalogue, all of your Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Looking at the southwest corner of University and Ouellette is this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic. This image taken in 1963, two years after this four-floor building was erected. The business on the first floor was a drug store and occupying the other three floors consists of financial, loan and credit companies. Sixty years later this building still stands, but the facade has changed to make it almost unrecognizable from this image. If you are interested in other historic images from Windsor’s past, please visit the library’s Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken around 1963. The image is of Chatham Street West at Ouellette Avenue. On the far left of the picture is the S. S. Kresge Company Limited store and across Pelissier Street is the Adam’s Furniture Store. Further down Chatham Street is the former Windsor Gas building now Union Gas. Today, the S. S. Kresge store have been demolished and replace by the Royal Bank of Canada building. The Adam’s Furniture Store and Union Gas buildings still stand, but have Continue Reading...
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CHANGE IN HOURS OF OPERATION DECEMBER 2

BUDIMIR (1310 Grand Marais Street West)and RIVERSIDE (6305 Wyandotte Street East) branches remain open on Thursday, December 2.  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

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of Bedford Street (Sandwich Street) and Mill Street in the former town of Sandwich. Bedford Street was renamed Sandwich Street by the Town of Sandwich on March 15, 1917, because it constitutes the main street of the Town and would be a continuation of Sandwich Street in Windsor and thus reduce confusion of having the same thoroughfare with different names. This photograph was taken around the turn of the 20th Century. This image shows the commercial district of Sandwich at Continue Reading...
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STAFF VACCINATION RATE AT WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY AT 100%

The percentage of Windsor Public Library staff confirming vaccination status or an approved accommodation is at 100% as of noon, Tuesday, November 16, 2021.  As of Monday, November 15, 2021 the percentage of City of Windsor staff confirming status is at 91%. “Providing library service to the community is our priority,” says WPL Board Chair, Councillor Rino Bortolin.  “And doing so in a safe manner, with staff fully vaccinated provides a clear message to our customers – and colleagues – that health and safety is paramount Continue Reading...
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STORY TIME CELEBRATES DINOVEMBER

Story Time livestreams have moved to a new time this month – Thursday Mornings at 10:30am, just in time for DINOvember. Young participants will experience some wonderfully silly songs and families will have the opportunity to find some amazing books from the Windsor Public Library! Story Time with Miss Kate is LIVE on the Windsor Public Library Facebook page.  If you can’t tune in live you can catch videos later as they are temporarily available on Facebook after streaming. You can access the livestream and previous Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

The Essex County War Memorial located today at City Hall Square, erected in honour of those who gave their lives during the First World War. The monument was made of pink granite and rises to a height of 20 feet, based on the design by local architect George Y. Mason. If was unveiled on November 11, 1924 in its original location on Giles Boulevard at Ouellette Avenue, where this photograph was in 1925. The 106-ton monument was moved in 1965, stone by stone and reassembled at Continue Reading...
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