Combine your love of reading with your fierce sense of competition at the 1st Annual Reading Rumble!
Kitchener Public Library and our local literacy partners Project Read Literacy Network, and The Literacy Group invite you to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8th. We will be hosting the first annual Reading Rumble tournament here at the library!
Reading Rumble is a team trivia tournament on the topic of three AMAZING books. Adults of all ages can register a team of three to six people, read our three book selections, and answer questions about these books trivia-style against other teams—all in the name of literacy! We officially launch the event on June 8th. We will announce the titles of the three books, and have a limited number of titles available for check out at the library. Our three highly acclaimed authors will join us at the launch with some Reading Rumble video promo spots! You can check that out in person, or through our online sources at www.facebook.com/ReadingRumble or kpl.org/literacy.
When: Launch: June 8 12:30-4:30 pm
Event: September 8, 1-4 pm
Where: Kitchener Public Library - Central Library - Theatre
It’s free to participate, but this is a fundraiser, so pledge if you can. There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, and winners.
Here are the facts about literacy in our region: 1 in 4 or 24% of adults in Waterloo-Wellington 16 years and over fall within the lowest levels of literacy. Find out more about literacy on Project READ’s website here.
Help support adults living with low literacy in Waterloo Region!
- Aimee, Information Services
What We're Watching
directed by Ceyda Torun
Istanbul’s streets are ruled by cats and the people who live there are just fine with that. Most of them are descended from the cats on ships that jumped ashore thousands of years ago, when Istanbul was one of the biggest trading hubs in the ancient world. Today, they roam free and are treated with respect and love by the city’s residents. Kedi focuses on the lives of eight fascinating felines and the humans who know them well. The cats featured in Kedi seem like actors in a movie, each playing a role – the hustler, the hunter, the psychopath – and they are a pleasure to watch through director Ceyda Torun’s eyes. The footage is astonishing. The film opens with a tabby cat stalking with purpose down a crowded city street, looking for food to bring back to her litter of kittens. Torun's camera is low to the ground, on the cat's level, following the tabby's determined progress. The cats are captivating, but the humans in this story are special, too: they share their stories of how street cats became their family, helped them heal, and taught them to practice kindness in everyday life. Torun refers to the documentary as her “love letter to the city and the cats” and it shows. It’s a heartwarming film that even a dog-lover can enjoy.
First glance at the cover of this book, you may make a ‘too fluffy’ judgement on the unfolding narrative, but don’t be fooled. Multiple twists and turns are maneuvered among the single, divorced and remarried characters as the common thread of the plot plays out in their children’s school. An exposé on the subtleties of bullying, Big Little Lies lays out the guiding principles, the secrecy, and the difficult solutions in this big drama. You will be left questioning why the victim would lie about the perpetrator. What drives the real bully to behave in this manner? You may wonder how the parents can be so blind.
With loads of relationship challenges among the adults, small wonder the children are faced with challenges as well. If this sounds too depressing, never fear, as there is ample wittiness and tons of amusing dialogue.
Guaranteed, you will be on the edge of your seat for the big finish. This book gets top grades for book clubs of all types, including mother/daughter or father/son. Don’t miss the HBO miniseries by the same title; it is highly recommended and listed as a social satire. All of this heartbreak unfolds in one of the most beautiful seascapes on earth to offer a treat to the eye.
Rock n roll in Waterloo Region! On Wednesday, May 30th from 7:00pm - 10:30pm, Kitchener is going to be the place to be, with a live concert right downtown. Though a part of the True North conference, this concert is free and open for all members of the greater Waterloo region. Take transit or park in the City Hall parking garage and head on over to Carl Zehr Square for an evening of music, food and fun!
Food trucks will be on site to keep he party going and you fueled though great performances by School of Rock at 7:00pm, Hugo Alley at 7:30pm, and Monowhales at 8:15pm, with headliners The Beaches finishing the evening with their performance starting at 9:15pm.
Have you ever thought about learning more about your family history, by exploring old records? Inspired by the many resources that the library offers to assist with such searches, I decided to dig into my own family history and genealogy to see what I could find. To start things off, I asked a number of family members what information they had on my family tree, and sat down with my grandmother to hear some of her stories, and learn more about where she was born. I then used sites like Ancestry and FindMyPast (available for use inside the library), as well as another similar site called MyHeritage. These sites helped me compile the information I found, and also find information where other individuals had previously researched some ancestors that were also linked to my family tree. I also used archival records from the Mennonite Archives of Ontario at Conrad Grebel University College, and other online archival records.
Through the course of my research so far, I have learned a few things about genealogy:
Finding clues and connections is fun! It is incredibly rewarding to find records that line up with the information you have, and help you discover another generation of ancestors. Along the way, you might find some fascinating stories.
Not everyone can trace their family tree back very far. This is especially true if your ancestors were refugees, were persecuted, enslaved, or if records were destroyed by conflict. In my case, my maternal grandmother’s side of the family has very little information on their ancestors, as they fled Russia during WWII, and then came to Canada during the 1950s as refugees from East Germany. History is not kind to refugees, and the village in which my grandmother was born has since been renamed in a different language.
Verify other individuals’ research! Just because someone has posted an extensive family tree online that says you might be related to a knight or nobleman does not mean it’s true. But hey, you could be!
Images: 1. My grandmother, Kathe Neufeld, with the family dog, Rex, in Carrot River, Saskatchewan. 2. Icelandic Census records from 1835, listing my great (4x) grandmother Þórunn Þorbergsdóttir and her family, at their farm, Gjörfudalur.
- Joseph, Information Services
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