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. 


Income Tax Clinic at Central

Volunteer Certified General Accountants will complete 2014 income tax returns for those who meet the criteria.  Free services are available to:

  • Individuals with a gross income under $30,000
  • Couple with a gross income under $40,000
  • One adult + child with a gross income under $35,000

For each additional dependant you have, add $2,500 to the family income. You should not have interest income of more than $1,000. 
Services are available by appointment only.
Call the Reference Desk at 905-668-6531 ext. 2020.

Central Branch, 405 Dundas St. W.
Saturday March 21; or
Saturday March 28
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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! 

Hugh Burnett and the Struggle for Civil Rights at Central

Believe it or not the last place in North America where black people could not be served alongside whites was in Ontario.

John Cooper, author of ’Season of Rage’  presents the story of Hugh Burnett and the National Unity Association, a group of African-Canadian citizens, who challenged the racist attitudes of the 1950s and forged an alliance with Toronto civil-rights activists to influence the Ontario government.  This is a Family program. All ages are welcome.  Register online or call 905-668-6531, ext. 2020.

Monday February 9, 2015
Central Library, Meeting Room 1
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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.

Colombian Author Wins Major Literary Prize

Author Juan Gabriel Vasquez's third book, El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer (in English, The Sound of Things Falling), has won the Dublin Literary Award. Canadian Anne McLean also received part of the prize money for her translation of the book from Spanish to English.

Read this CBC article to find out more about Vasquez's " 'literary thriller' set against the Colombian drug trade" during the reign of drug lord Pablo Escobar. To give you a taste of what's in the novel and Vasquez's writing style, CBC Books has put together a collection of memorable (English-translated) quotes from El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer.

Nominations for the Dublin Literary Award are submitted by 150 public libraries around the globe, including several in Canada

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.