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My Library Story

The Paul Family

"... the "stuff" at the library is incredible. But so are the staff: they have been supportive and encouraging of all our educational and creative pursuits."

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The Paul Family:
Madeleine, Narsiesse, Laertes, and Phoenix

Going to the KPL is a family affair for us - the Paul family.

We have always been regular users of the library but our commitment to and involvement with the library really ramped up when we began homeschooling in December 2015.

Since then, a daily question in our house is "are we going to the library today?" And why not? There is so much that reels us in.

The renovated library is an amazing space to be in – it's bright, open, with large work tables, and plenty of new technology full of opportunities for learning and interacting. It is a space where we can be together as a family, which is important to us, but can pursue our own interests too. Our children Laertes and Phoenix (ages 8 and 11, respectively) are so comfortable at KPL that they even take off their shoes and walk around!

This happens because they have participated in so many of the fantastic programs offered: from Scratch computer coding to Story Sheroes to Maker days. Our kids like to use the computers and love looking for books and reading them in one of the cozy nooks (or even in one of the aisles). We've attended a Mother Daughter book reading club together, listened to music, watched movies in the theatre ... there’s always something to do, always another special event bringing us through the door.

The new Studio Central hub, and the technologies it makes available, has been instrumental in helping launch our family project called THE WINEMAKER film series. The Studio gave us access to 3D printers to make props and software to create promotional materials not available at our home.

So the "stuff" at the library is incredible. But so are the staff - they have been supportive and encouraging of all our educational and creative pursuits.

The library has become the place where we can be together as a family – learning or simply sharing time together. We make time to go to the library as much as we can and invite our friends and our children's friends to join us.

To quote from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story by Roald Dahl, your KPL card is your "golden ticket". Unlike the character in the story, you become a winner simply by walking through the door and being open to all the possibilities that your newly renovated, reinvented Kitchener library holds inside.


Free Flicks: The Winemaker

Join us for a Neighbours Day screening of The Winemaker, followed by an interactive discussion with Narsiesse Paul and other members of the cast.

Saturday, June 10 at 2pm
Central Library


Do you have a story like the Paul Family's?

We would love to share your library story with the community.  If the library has touched your life in a meaningful way, please take a moment to let us know about it.  Your story may be an inspiration to others!

Please send your story to:

Dale Dyce
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON
N2H 2H1

Or email to, with the subject "My Library Story".