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THROWBACK THURSDAY

The Toronto Dominion Bank at the corner of Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive is this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic. This image was taken sometime in the early 1980s before the Norwich block was demolished to make way for the new Chrysler Office Tower. The historic buildings that made up the Norwich Block were torn down between 1999 and 2000. The facade of the Toronto Dominion Bank was saved and is stored by the City of Windsor for possible use in the future. If you would like Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

The week of October 3 to 9 is the 81st annual National Newspaper Week recognizing the important roll newspapers play in a healthy democracy. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic, taken around 1930s, is of the old Windsor Star newspaper office located at the corner of Pitt and Ferry Streets in downtown Windsor. The newspaper moved from its offices on Sandwich Street West (Riverside Dr. W.) to this building in 1927. In 2013, the newspaper sold the building to the University of Windsor, and moved their offices Continue Reading...
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JOHN MUIR BRANCH RECOGNIZED BY THE CAHP

The John Muir Branch of the Windsor Public Library has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) with a 2021 Award of Excellence for Conservation in the architecture category. Award recipients Jason Grossi (studio g+G inc., architect) and Christopher Borgal (GBCA Architects) will be formally acknowledged at the virtual CAHP Annual General Meeting in October. The $5.5 million, 7,400 square foot John Muir Branch (363 Mill Street) is comprised of two heritage-designated buildings constructed in a manner that speaks to their past while Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic takes us all the way back to 1927. Looking south on Ouellette Avenue at the intersection with Wyandotte Street. The Ouellette Avenue Market is on the right side of the street with a newspaper stand located out front on the sidewalk. Traveling northbound heading towards downtown is the Sandwich, Windsor and Amherstburg Railway’s (Precursor to Transit Windsor) Parent Avenue streetcar. The Ouellette Avenue route was the last streetcar run in 1939 when the trolleys where replaced with busses. If you are Continue Reading...
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LIBRARY TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION DAY

Windsor Public Library will be marking the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada on Thursday, September 30 with displays of Indigenous content and resources at all branches and online at the Digital Branch. Check out a video on Truth and Reconciliation prepared by staff from the WPL Digital Branch In June, the government declared the day a federal statutory holiday, with the intent to nationally recognize the impact of residential schools in the country. This recognition comes in part as a response to Continue Reading...
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PRINT PROOF OF VACCINATION STATUS AT LIBRARY BRANCHES

Beginning September 22, 2021, the Province of Ontario requires us to be fully vaccinated and to show proof of vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings. Vaccination receipts can be printed or downloaded from the provincial booking portal. To support those who do not have access to a computer or printer, Windsor Public Library is offering free printing of vaccination receipts at library branches across the city. Anyone with a green Ontario Health Card can print and laminate their Proof of Vaccination documentation free of charge.  Additionally, Continue Reading...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of the S.S. Aquarama taken in 1991 when it was docked in Windsor at the foot of Russell Street from 1989 to 1995. Built in 1945 for the US Navy as a troop transport ship. The ship was originally called the S.S. Marine Star. In 1952 the ship was sold to a Michigan company which converted her to a cruise ship to travel around the Great Lakes and was remained S.S. Aquarama. The ship was 520 feet long, 7-storey vessel Continue Reading...
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BRANCHES SWITCH TO WINTER HOURS

All locations of Windsor Public Library will change to WINTER HOURS on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021. Winter hours come into effect on the third Monday in September. Additionally, Sunday hours of operation (1-5 pm) for Central, Budimir and Riverside libraries come into effect SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021. CHECK OUT OUR WINTER HOURS HERE....
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is looking towards Detroit along Ouellette Avenue, just north of the Wyandotte Street intersection. This photograph taken across the street from previous image used three weeks ago. Both images where taken in 1927 by commercial photographer Sid Lloyd. In this image, we can view a number of different establishments plying their trade. There is Central Billiard Parlor, Ponds Drugs (still a going concern to this day), Worthmore Store, Border Cities Hardware, Roberts Upstairs Clothiers, Greenbergs Delicatessen, Maple Leaf Lunch, and John Continue Reading...
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Labour Day 2021

All locations of Windsor Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, September 7, 2021....
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