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THROWBACK THURSDAY

“The Spirit of Windsor” steam engine is this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic. The engine is a Pacific 4-6-2, build in 1911 by the Montreal Locomotive Works for the Grand Truck Railway as their engine No. 5588. The engine was retire in 1961 by the Canadian National Railway. On May 6, 1965 at a celebration on the riverfront, the engine was dedicated as the “Spirit of Windsor”. Behind the steam engine is one of CN’s river barges that transported freight cars between Windsor and Detroit. CN’s riverfront Continue Reading...
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WINDSOR PUBLIC LIBRARY TO RESUME NORMAL SERVICE

With Ontario reaching Step 2 of the provincial three-step Reopening Plan on June 30 – public libraries are once again in a position to welcome customers through their doors.  Windsor Public Library will resume normal library service – with reduced capacity limits – on Monday, July 5. Access to computers and photocopiers will continue and customers permitted to enter to browse and experience other library services, which have been suspended since March 2020. “Library staff has focused on new ways to provide service to the community Continue Reading...
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FOREST GLADE CLOSES FOR RENOVATION

Forest Glade Branch will be closed from Tuesday, June 29 though Monday July 5 to undergo maintenance and renovations.  It will re-open Tuesday, July 6.  Additionally, the Book Return will be out of service from Monday, July 28 though Sunday, July 4. Materials can be returned at any Branch, renewed online or by calling 519.255.6770 (Option 1).  Please note that curbside pickup is available June 28 but computer and photocopier use is suspended. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you can join us July 6 Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is the Columbia Ferry Boat coming to dock at Dieppe Park in Windsor. The Columbia was one of two Bob-lo Island ferries, the other being the Ste. Claire. The Columbia was build in 1902, and operated between Windsor/Detroit and Bob-lo Island Amusement Park located down river near the mouth of the Detroit River and Lake Erie. The photograph taken on June 18th 1970, with group of travellers from the Windsor Torch Club getting ready to board the Columbia for a cruise Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

With the arrival of warmer weather, attention is turning to outdoor activities such as tennis. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken at the Walkerville Tennis Club circa 1920s. The tennis club was located behind the Walkerville Collegiate School. This photograph is part of the Margaret Bowlby photograph collection housed in your Community Archives. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor’s past, please visit the library’s digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at https://windsorpubliclibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/....
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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 and more affordable for people to enjoy the benefits of provincial parks. Please visit the Healthy Continue Reading...
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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. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibits Continue Reading...
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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 of First Nations and the Wampum Treaties and that we peacefully share and care for the Continue Reading...
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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 of the frame is the Shaar Hashomayim Congregation. If you would like to see other historic Continue Reading...
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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 COVID-19, dispelling rumors with facts and helping you find the best sources for keeping up to Continue Reading...
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