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THROWBACK THURSDAY

With just 5 days before the start of new school year, this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the brand new Malden Public School. This photograph was taken not long after the school was completed in 1950. The school was finished at that time with just four classrooms, almost harking back to the days of one-room schools. Additions where made to the school in 1954, 1964 and 2014 to accommodate the expanding population of the Town of Amherstburg,  south of Windsor. If you have an interest Continue Reading...
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Service Disruption

UPDATE: SERVICE HAS BEEN RESTORED!  Thanks for your patience… Unfortunately, patrons do not have access to their accounts through our catalogue at this time. Please call 519-255-6770 and staff will be happy to help you. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and are working to restore the service. Stay tuned…...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

One of the first signs summer is winding up is the start of a new academic year. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken circa 1896 of the interior of the chemical laboratory classroom at Windsor Collegiate Institute. The school opened in 1854 as an elementary school and changed to a secondary school in 1871. In 1929, the school was renamed after local lawyer and politician J. C. Patterson. The school served the downtown population of Windsor until 1973 when it closed. The building was demolished Continue Reading...
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LONG OVERDUE ITEMS

We recognize that over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic it has been tricky for some of our library users to return their items in a timely manner.  That said, we do need to get materials back so that others can continue to use them!   For those of you with long overdue materials that were due AFTER January 2020, please return these items to any WPL location before October 31, 2021 and we will waive the long overdue charges.   Our book drops are open 24-7, and if for some Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Looking towards the river along Ouellette Avenue in 1927 just north of Wyandotte Street. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic shows a very busy downtown commercial district on a sunny warm summer day. Many different types businesses are in this view, such as the People’s Store (clothing), Loblaw Groceries, Dr. P. R. Wilson, Dentist, Central Billiard Parlor and Maple Leaf Lunch across the street. Further down the street is a drug store, shoe store and a hardware store. The tall building on the opposite side of the Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY/THE PEABODY EXPLOSION OF 1915

The Peabody Explosion of 1915 In the early hours of 21 June, 1915, residents of Walkerville awoke to a frightening noise- the Peabody Leather Label Overall Company had been bombed. Although Peabody had contracts with the British Army to produce uniforms for troops since the onset of World War I in 1914, it came as a surprise that Walkerville would be the target of such malicious actions. With the shocking realization that the warfront was now in Canada, many speculated that this was the work of Continue Reading...
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AUGUST CIVIC HOLIDAY

All branches of Windsor Public Library will be closed Monday, August 2 in observance of the Civic Holiday.  Regular summer hours will resume Tuesday, August 3. Library resources and materials are available 24/7 at www.windsorpubliclibrary.com....
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday image is the northwest corner of Ouellette Avenue and Wyandotte Street. This photograph was taken in 1927 and is similar to the photograph that was shown a few weeks previous, which had been taken a decade later. On the corner is the Rexall Drugstore that looks like it was closed by the time this photograph was taken 1927. Pond’s Drug Store eventually would move into this location. Next door is the People’s Store, and further along is Loblaw Groceries and above Loblaw’s Continue Reading...
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NOTIFICATIONS TO GMAIL ACCOUNTS

Windsor Public Library has just been informed that some of our users with gmail accounts may not be receiving their holds notifications due to Google’s new anti-spam restrictions. If you have recently placed holds and have not received notifications to your gmail account you may want to call the library at 519-255-6770 to see if your items are available. Staff can extend your hold pick up date as needed on request. We are hoping Google eases up on these restrictions but in the meantime you may Continue Reading...
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