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. 


Diversity Forum - Elder Abuse Prevention

The town of Whitby Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and the Whitby Public Library are hosting a forum on Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention.  A panel of four specialists, including representatives from Durham Regional Police, Durham Elder Abuse Network, Whitby Seniors' Services and Elder Abuse Ontario will be sharing their knowledge and answering questions on this important topic. Pre-registration is required.     

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Whitby Central Library, 405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, ON

Learn to Camp

Ontario Parks staff will share their love of camping while providing you with the knowledge you need to plan your next camping adventure!  From packing checklists to directions on how to set up a tent, they will cover a range of topics to help make camping simple and fun!  To Register contact any branch of the Whitby Public Library or register online.

Monday June 8th
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Immigration Scams

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is warning newcomers about immigration scams. Fake letters have been circulated with the CBSA logo asking people to pay fees or taxes.  Some scams also ask people to call premium phone numbers or send texts to claim a prize. Learn the signs of fraud to protect yourself and do not give personal information to anyone you do not trust.   If you find out about a scam, contact your local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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

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