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. 


Free Film Night - The movie Skin

Join us for our monthly Free Film Night on Thursday February 5th at 7:00 p.m.. Despite being born to Afrikaner parents, Sandra faces prejudice from her community due to her dark skin and African features. Torn between her family and the man she loves, Sandra must overcome the racial intolerance of her society in this uplifting true  story. Closed Captioning is available.  Not rated by the Ontario Film Review Board. Register here or call, visit or email any branch Central Library, Meeting room 1A & 1B.

Hair! The History, the Power and Symbolism of Hair

Images of hairstyles.
Carolyn Taylor-Watts’ fascination with 20th century Greco-Turkish history and its aftermath led to two years of research, travel in Greece and Turkey, and eventually to the writing of “Helena: an Odyssey” with her heroine, a hairdresser.  Join us Thursday, January 15  at 7pm as she discusses her journey from ancient to modern times and how hair has played an integral part in all cultures, religions and ages.  Register online or contact any branch of the library.

World Religion Day in Durham - January 18

World Religion Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and the unity within many faiths and traditions in one place.  Eleven different faith groups will join in a celebration at the Region of Durham Headquarters in Whitby. There will be culturally diverse light music, spiritual classical dance and light refreshments.  All are welcome!

World religion day logo.Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Time: Doors open at 12:00 (noon) to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters
LL Conference Room
605 Rossland Road East, Whitby, Ontario

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.