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. 


Newcomer News & Programs

World Fest Whitby

Come and celebrate Whitby's culture and diversity at the 1st Annual World Fest Whitby! This event is hosted in partnership with the Town of Whitby, Brooklin Optimist Club, the Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and the Whitby Youth Council.

    Cultural Dancers, Musicians and Entertainers
    Featuring Brooklin Mini Idol and Whitby Idol Finalists
    Complete your World Fest Whitby Passport for a chance to win prizes!
    Interactive Cultural Booths
    Food Vendors

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: McKinney Centre - 222 McKinney Drive, Whitby

The Beauty of Kimono

Japan has long fascinated Westerners and nothing more than the elegant, intricate kimono. Even more so since manga and anime have become so hugely popular. Join us and learn about the features and types of kimono, where to shop and then join in a detailed demonstration of the elaborate dressing given by Tanya Archibald on Tuesday April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in meeting room 1B of the Central Library.  Registration is required.

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!

Whitby 2 Me Diversity Art Event

Whitby’s Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory committee is sponsoring an Art Exhibition for high school students. Students are asked to create expressions of diversity in our community illustrated through their art. The selected art will be on display throughout May at the Whitby Central Library.

To enter a piece of art for the Whitby 2 Me Diversity Art Event, you must be a high school-aged Whitby resident. Please review the following requirements for your display: 
  • Canvas size: maximum 24 inches by 24 inches
  • Framed or canvas stretched over a frame
  • Student name, grade, and school
  • Wire hanger attached to back of canvas
  • Title of art work
  • All art is to be delivered to the Community and Marketing Services Department, 500 Victoria Street West, by April 1, 2014. If you prefer to arrange for pick up at your school, please contact the Department at 905.430.4338.
A reception will be hosted on Wednesday, May 7 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Whitby Central Library with a viewing of the selected art works. Attendees will be asked to vote for their favourite piece of art and the top three winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event. Friends, family, and dignitaries of our community will be invited to be a part of this evening. Art works will be returned by June 10.
Whitby’s Ethno-cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee is pleased to partner with high school students and staff to increase awareness about diversity in our community.
If you have any additional questions please contact

Vanidades en español!

Picture of tablet.We’re excited to announce that we have a Spanish language title available through Zinio, our new digital magazine service.  Acceso Vanidades en español en su computadora o dispositivo.  This magazine covers beauty, fashion, health, culture and lifestyle.  Start reading today!


New Persian DVDs

Living with eyes closed DVD cover.
If you have been waiting for new Persian DVDs to view this winter, they have finally arrived!  Check out the new additions in the catalogue.

Picture Dictionaries

Are you learning a second language?  Picture Dictionaries provide illustrations covering everyday topics such as people, transportation, food, etc.  There are mono-lingual and multi-lingual adult and children’s versions.  The Oxford Picture Dictionary is intended for English as a Second Language learners, but can be useful to English speakers learning another language too!

Changes to the Canadian Experience Immigration Class

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced several changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program including a yearly limit to the number of new applications accepted.  Some occupations will no longer be eligible for this program.  Proof of the required language skills will now be checked at the beginning of the application process, although the language requirements have not changed .

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

January 20th
February 24th
March 17th
April 28th
May 26th
June 16th

New Novel

We’re excited to highlight a variety of new Polish language materials from cookbooks to historical fiction and short stories by Nobel Laureate in Literature, Alice Munro.  You’ll also find Bezcenny, a mystery focusing on the timely topic of paintings and artwork lost during World War II.  Watch for several new Polish DVDs and other books that will be arriving soon too!

Cookbook cover.Barbara I Krol cover.Drogie zycie cover.Bezcenny cover.