Newcomer Resources

Image of @ your Library in Various Languages.

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. 


Newcomer News & Programs

Newcomer Youth Leadership Camp

Northern Lights Canada is running  a Leadership camp for newcomer youth this summer.  The camp will run from July 28 to August 1 from 9:00AM-4:00PM at the Ajax Welcome Centre.  It is FREE for eligible participants. The eligibility criteria is: permanent resident, convention refugee or live-in caregiver between the ages of 14-18 years.

Some of the Camp highlights include:

  • JSW workshop
  • Community hours; by assisting with the CDCD Community Garden
  • Zumba
  • Urban scavenger hunt
  • Art Project
  • Recognition ceremony
  • Team building activities with The Youth Centre
  • Cooking workshop
  • Learn about the Ajax Community and Canadian Culture
  • Travelling Critters Zoo to You program

Space is limited, so register early!  Call 908-426-1760, ext. 5162 or email

Newcomer Walking Group

The English Conversation Circles are taking a break for summer, but why not join the Walking Club Group.  Exercise, meet people, and practice your English on the following dates.  Meet in the lobby of the Central Library at 6:30 p.m..  Contact Maria Abogado at the Community Development Council of Durham to verify the dates at 905-686-2661, ext. 109.

July 9th and 23rd
August 6th and 20th

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 2014 between 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20

Together in Diversity

In celebration of Canada's multicultural day celebration, the Durham Diversity Society is holding an event involving performances, fashions and food from various cultures. The day starts with Canada's First Nations ceremony and ends with a parade in tribute to Canada.

Saturday, 28 June 2014
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Pickering Town Centre
1355 Kingston Rd., Pickering

Gardening in a New Land - Part 2

Picture of garden.Are you new to Canada and planning to have your own garden? Do you need to learn the basics of gardening? Do you have questions about your garden? Part 2 of Gardening in a New Land can help you find the answers!  The focus will be on container gardening, growing herbs and vegetables.

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the basics to enjoy a great garden
  • Get the help you might need in gardening
  • Learn about container gardening, growing herbs and vegetables
  • Know the important services available in the Durham Region
  • Get answers to your questions, and
  • Practice your English skills

    Wednesday June 18th
    Whitby Central Library
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

To register, contact Maria at the Community Development Council Durham by phone 905-686-2661 ext. 109 or by email,


Cultural Access Pass Program (CAPP)

Free for New Citizens! The Cultural Access Pass provides complimentary admission to hundreds of Canada's cultural treasures (Museums, Art Galleries, Science Centre, etc.) from coast-to-coast-to-coast.  If you are a new citizen don’t forget to pick up this FREE gift to each new Canadian. during their first year of citizenship.   In Whitby you can get a pass at the Station Gallery, 1450 Henry Street, Whitby, ON L1N 0A8
Tel. 905-668-4185. 

Ontario Provincial Elections on June 12, 2014

If you are a Canadian citizen, you have the chance to choose who represents you in provincial politics. During a provincial election, your vote helps to choose the premier of Ontario.  To earn more review A Guide to Voting in Ontario's Provincial Election.

Leadership in Diversity and Social Justice Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize Secondary School Students who demonstrate leadership in the areas of diversity and social justice, including equity and inclusivity within their school and/or the Whitby community.  Up to four awards of $500 each will be awarded to graduating students from Secondary Schools within Whitby planning to attend a Post Secondary Institution in a full time capacity in September 2014. 

Candidates must submit their completed package by Friday, May 9, 2014 to:
Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee
Attention: Sarah Klein
500 Victoria Street West
Whitby, ON L1N 9G4

World Fest Whitby

Come and celebrate Whitby's culture and diversity at the 1st Annual World Fest Whitby! This event is hosted in partnership with the Town of Whitby, Brooklin Optimist Club, the Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and the Whitby Youth Council.

    Cultural Dancers, Musicians and Entertainers
    Featuring Brooklin Mini Idol and Whitby Idol Finalists
    Complete your World Fest Whitby Passport for a chance to win prizes!
    Interactive Cultural Booths
    Food Vendors

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: McKinney Centre - 222 McKinney Drive, Whitby

All things Russian

DVD cover of Pussy Riot.Wondering what the Riot is all about?  Learn more about this news-making band in their DVD, A Punk Prayer.  And if Sochi or Vladimir Putin have peaked your interest in all things Russian, check out this list!