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ONTARIO PARKS PASS PROGRAM RESUMES

Ontario has officially entered into Step 1 of the re-opening plan which allows WPL to re-launch our Ontario Parks Pass program.  Through the program, customers can borrow a day-use pass, free of charge, that provides access for one vehicle and its occupants to more than 100 provincial parks in Ontario.   This voluntary program is motivated by a commitment to help Ontarians spend more time in nature, by making it easier...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This evening shot is looking east along Riverside Drive West of the Cleary Auditorium. The photograph was taken sometime in the 1960s, the Cleary Auditorium was opened in 1957. An addition was added to the facility in 1983 to expand its convention capacity. In 2007, the Cleary Auditorium ownership was transferred to St. Clair College from the City of Windsor to be renamed the St. Clair Centre for the Arts....
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WPL COMMITTED TO TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

On May 28, Canada and the world learned of  of the 215 children buried in an unmarked mass grave at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.  Windsor Public Library grieves this tragic loss alongside our friends and colleagues across Canada. At WPL, we are committed to reconciliation with First Nations and Urban Indigenous communities. We acknowledge our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is another street view, this time looking east along Giles Boulevard at Goyeau Street. This photograph was taken in the 1960s for the Traffic Engineering Department of the city. On the left side of the photograph at the intersection is the Giles Boulevard Christian (Disciples) Church, today it is known as the Dayspring Church of Windsor. On the right side of the image just out...
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TRUSTED INFORMATION SOURCES

One of our most important weapons in the fight against COVID-19 is information.  But can everything you see and read online be trusted as verified, reliable and true? While social media and the internet can be valuable sources of information, there have been numerous examples of inaccurate and purposefully false information being shared online. In our new video series, we’ll be looking at some of the more prevalent myths surrounding...
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GOOD NEWS: WPL BEGINS TO RE-OPEN

Finally, some great news as Ontario begins to re-open.  Windsor Public Library will cautiously begin to resume offering services over the next several weeks, culminating later this summer with all branches offering browsing and computer access. On June 21, branches will continue to provide curbside holds pickup and we will be resuming  in-branch computer and photocopier/scanner use with capacity limits.  Existing protocols will be in place and returned materials will...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Looking northwest at the corner of London Street (University Ave.) and Ouellette Ave. is this weeks Throwback Thursday Pic. Taken in the sometime in the 1950s, this photograph shows the Imperial Bank of Canada, Bata Shoe Store, F. W. Woolworth Company and S.S. Kresge Company. Today this block has changed little over the preceding 70 years, with the old Imperial Bank building virtually unchanged in appearance. The Bata Shoe Store...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of St. John’s Church located on Sandwich Street in the historic community of Sandwich Towne. This photograph was taken around 1909. Notice the streetcar tracks running down the dirt road at the bottom of the pictures. These tracks were part of the Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway. St. John’s Church was built as a log structure in 1807 that was destroyed by American troops...
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WPL Seed Library

Have you ordered from our seed library yet? Staff is ready to fill new orders and get Windsor growing! Don’t miss out on this year’s supply…order now! ...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Do you remember riding the Bob-lo Boats to Bob-lo Island? This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the Columbia taken in 1909. The Columbia ferry was built in 1902 and was joined by her sister ferry the Ste. Claire in 1910. The ferries operated between Detroit/Windsor and Bob-lo Island, which was located across from Amherstburg about 18 miles south of Windsor. Bob-lo Island was located in the Detroit River that...
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