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. 


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.

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.