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

English Conversation Circle

English Converstation Circles are BACK!  Do you want to practice your English language skills? We can help! 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.  


Job Searching for Newcomer Youth Workshop

Do you need help exploring your career options or wish to learn about effective job search strategies? This day-long workshop will help you:

  • Map your education and career goals
  • Pursue volunteer and co-op work of your choice
  • Link volunteer work to long-term career goals
  • Learn about job search strategies
  • Create your resume and cover letter
  • Learn how to be successful in an interview

This workshop is available to youth new to Canada, ages 14-24. Registration is required. Register with Northern Lights Canada by calling 1-800-361-4642 or by emailing either or

Saturday October 4, 2014
Central Library- Meeting Room 2


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 2014 between 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15


Bus Tour of Whitby for Newcomers

Newcomers are invited on a free bus tour of Whitby on Saturday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This celebration of Culture Days is hosted by the Town of Whitby's Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and will begin at the Whitby Central Library, 405 Dundas Street West, with a tour of the library and refreshments. Participants will then board the bus for a fun, educational, family-friendly tour of our remarkable town. Points of interest include recreation centres, library branches, municipal and regional headquarters, historical sites, the Station Gallery, Port Whitby Marina, Heydenshore Park and much more. A newcomer can be a new immigrant to Canada who is settling in Whitby, or any new Whitby resident.

Space is limited and interested participants must pre-register. Register on-line or by calling or visiting any Whitby library location.  For more information on the newcomers' bus tour, visit

Culturally Culinary

Food image.Ontario, being one of the largest multi-cultural regions globally is privileged with a diverse population and a wealth of cultural experiences waiting to be explored. The problem is that many people are reluctant to step out of their own cultural niche and one of those reasons is simply a lack of knowledge.

Culturally Culinary helps to bridge that gap by introducing unfamiliar foods from different cultures in the hope that participants will feel comfortable in expanding their supermarket choices. A variety of foods will be introduced, and methods of preparation, nutritional value and in some cases samples may be made available.  Register online or call 905-668-6531, ext. 2020.

Monday September 22, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Meeting Room 1
Central Library


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. 

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!