Newcomer Resources

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Featured Languages  Books, Magazines and DVDs in 16 world languages.  DVDs and temporary collections are available in more / additional languages.  Please ask about our Multi-lingual Collection!

Language Learning  Improve your English with ESL, TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or access language learning resources in other languages

ESL and Literacy Readers Book and CD kits, high interest, low vocabulary titles.

New Youth logo. is your first link for accurate, accessible and easy-to-understand information about issues important to you - as a newcomer in particular, but also as a young Canadian.

New Urdu DVDs

Urdu DVD cover.If you are a fan of Urdu films you’ll be glad to know that we have some new series in house!  Check out our list of recently acquired DVDs

Gardening in a New Land

Are you new to Canada and hoping to plant a garden this summer? Do you have questions about gardening in Canada? The CDCD, in partnership with the Whitby Public Library, has designed this interactive program to help answer your gardening questions and get you ready to grow beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables in your own backyard. At this workshop, you'll learn:Picture of monarch butterfly on a red flower.

  • The basics of starting and growing a fantastic backyard garden.
  • The best times to plant, water and cut your garden.
  • About container gardening and how to grow herbs and vegetables on a small scale.
  • Where to find gardening resources in the Durham Region.

This program gives you the chance to ask questions about gardening and to practice your English skills. So, join us in Meeting Room 1B at the Central Library on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for an evening of learning about gardening, and start looking forward to the spring thaw.

Registration is required. Register for Gardening in a New Land online or by contacting any branch.


Plain language definitions of refugee and immigration law terms

To help you better understand legal terms, Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)  now has a glossary of key words and phrases used in refugee and immigration law in addition to information on Refugee Rights in Ontario.

Cinema of Bangladesh

Begnali dvd cover.Have you checked out our collection of Bengali movies lately?  We've recently added some films for your viewing pleasure! 

Enhanced Language Training (ELT)

ELT programs provide job-specific, advanced-level English training to adult newcomers. The goal of ELT is to provide language training that helps you find and keep jobs that match your skills and qualifications. ELT programs are especially useful for internationally-trained professionals and tradespeople.  Many ELT programs also have bridge-to-work assistance, including mentorship, work placements and other employment help.  Contact the school board for information on local programs.

English Conversation Circle

Do you want to practice your English language skills? We can help! English Converstation Circleswill start again on January 8, 2015!. Drop by the Whitby Central Library Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2.

For more information call Maria 905 686-2661 or . The Conversation Circle is run by Settlement Services of Community Development Council Durham.  


Newcomers' Guides to Education in Ontario

These guides outline how schools in Ontario are structured, the resources available to newcomer children and advice on helping your children succeed as they adjust to school in a new country

Job Searching for Newcomer Youth

Each month, an employment counsellor from Northern Lights Canada, will be available in the lobby of the Central library to assist newcomer youth with their job searching needs and available programs. No appointment is necessary, just drop by the table on following Mondays in 2015 between 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
January 19
February 15
April 20


Get Them While You Can! Our Temporary Collections

Book cover of Korean-language book The Traveler's Gift.We're excited to announce that we've received our 2014 temporary collection of books and DVDs in many world languages. Korean language books are new to the collection at the Central Library during this rotation.

Prefer watching over reading? Visit the Rossland branch to browse the temporary Korean DVD collection or search our permanent collection of Korean DVDs online.