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. 


Refugee Sponsorship Information Session

The Regional Municipality of Durham and Durham’s Diversity and Immigration Program in partnership with the Town of Ajax, Catholic Crosscultural Services and Lifeline Syria will be presenting an information session on the private sponsorship of refugees.

This session will provide information and guidance to people interested in privately sponsoring refugees to Canada. Experts from the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program of Catholic Crosscultural Services and Lifeline Syria will be presenting. In addition, Diversity and Immigration staff will provide information on local settlement resources for refugees and other newcomers.

Seating is extremely limited and only those registered will be admitted so please register online.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
from 6:15pm to 8:30pm

Room LLC, Region of Durham Headquarters
605 Rossland Road E.
Whitby, ON

New Moves: An Orientation Video for Newcomer Students

This multilingual video features 14 youth talking about their adjustment to school in Canada and what helped them be successful.

Elephant Mosaic at Rossland Branch

Learn about the Indian festival, Ganesh Chaturthi, while creating a cool elephant mosaic.

Register online, call or visit any branch of Whitby Public Library.Rossland Branch, 701 Rossland Road East (at Garden) 905 668-1886

Friday September 25, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Grade Three and up.

Federal Election - October 19, 2015

Elections Canada logo.Canada is having a federal election on October 19th, 2015. This government webpage has information on how and where to vote, time off work to vote, voter identification, who may vote, what to expect when you go to your polling place to vote, and why voting matters.

Newcomers Bus Tour

Join Whitby’s Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee in celebration of Culture Days with a free bus tour for newcomers. It is a fun, family-friendly event designed to introduce the Town to new immigrants who are settling in Whitby, or any new Whitby resident.

The tour will begin at the Whitby Central Library with refreshments and a tour of the library. Participants will then board a bus and discover their community, with points of interest including recreation facilities, library branches, municipal and regional headquarters, historical sites, Station Gallery, Port Whitby Marina, Heydenshore Kiwanis Park, and much more.  Registration is required.

Saturday September 26, 2015
9:30 - 12:30
Central Library - Meeting Room 1

ESL Corner - Summer Activities

ESL Corner has some clear language vocabulary, glossary and language exercises for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. The Summer Activities exercise is an audio quiz focusing on vocabulary.

English Conversation Circles

English Conversation Circles are taking a break for summer and will start again on September 24, 2015.  Drop by the Whitby Central Library Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 to join the conversation.

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


Investigate the Action

Many new German titles have recently been added to the collection.  Try investigating the popular Rita Falk  Die Franz-Eberhofer series of  thrillers set in a Bavarian village.

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Changes to Citizenship - June 11, 2015

Changes to the ​ ​Canadian Citizenship Act will come into effect June 11, 2015. Find information on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.  New citizenship application forms will be available as of that date.

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.