Holocaust Education – November 16 – 20th

One of the most important educational awareness weeks we celebrate every year is Holocaust Education Week (this year from November 1 – 9, 2015). The BWG Diversity Action Group, in partnership with the South Simcoe Police, the Town of BWG and the Library, is recognizing Holocaust Education with two very important events on November 18th and 20th. By deferring these events later in November, we have a unique opportunity to welcome a thought-provoking speaker as well as the Tour for Humanity bus. Both events are free.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Andy Réti

Andy Réti is a child Holocaust survivor, born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1942. He came to Canada with his widowed mother after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. In 1958 his mother married Emil Grossman, who was also a survivor. In 1990 Ibi Grossman published her memoir, An Ordinary Woman in Extraordinary Times. Then, in 2002, Andy released his memoir, The Son of an Extraordinary Woman, published by AMA Graphics.

Andy is a retired taxicab owner. He has been writing for over 40 years and has had articles featured in the Jewish Tribune, Cab Connection, Taxi News, Good News Toronto, and his B’nai Brith lodge bulletin, The Observer. Since 1998, he has served as a docent (museum guide) at the Holocaust Centre of Toronto. He and Ibi were the only mother and son team at the centre who were both survivors.

Ibi passed away in 2005, and Andy has since become a full-time speaker, especially during  Holocaust Education Week. His latest presentation was titled “Motorcycles and the Holocaust.” He is also a member of the Yidden on Wheels (YOW) Motorcycle Touring Club of Toronto, the largest Jewish motorcycle club in Canada.

In May 2012, the YOWs hosted the annual Ride to Remember (R2R) and Andy Recited the Pledge of “Never Again” on the steps of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The theme of Never Again became an annual motorcycle rally  (www.Pledgeriders.com) and Andy read it in front of thousands of Christian and Jewish bikers in Dallas, Texas in 2013.

Friday, November 20, 2015 • 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Tour for Humanity Bus

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) has created the Tour for Humanity (T4H), a mobile human rights education center to teach students, educators, community leaders, and front-line professionals about topics of diversity, democracy, and Canadian civic rights and responsibilities. The purpose of T4H is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds, empowering them to raise their voices and take action against hate and intolerance, bullying and to promote justice and human rights.

The Tour for Humanity is a 30 seat, wheel-chair accessible, state-of-the-art, technologically advanced classroom that presents information on the effects and consequences of hate and intolerance, a truly unique and powerful educational experience.

Each session is approximately 45 minutes in length. Spots for each session are limited, so please drop by or contact the 1st Floor Information Desk at the Library (905.775.3328 ext. 6109) or email diversityinbwg@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Learn more about the BWG Diversity Action Group by visiting their page on Facebook.


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Evergreen_logo-tm (3)The time has come to cast your vote for The 2015 Evergreen™ Award, a Forest of Reading® program aimed at adult readers. The 10 nominated titles have been chosen by a panel of Ontario librarians from Canadian fiction and non-fiction published in 2014. The jury is composed of the vast community of adult pleasure readers. That’s us!

The contest is simple:  if you have read at least one of the nominated titles, you’re eligible to vote. The Evergreen poll is open until October 29, at the 1st floor Information Desk.

If you’d like to vote but can’t make it into the Library, please contact Elizabeth at (905)-775-3328, ext. 6122.

2015 Nominees for the Evergreen Award (linked to our catalogue)

Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick

Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents by Mark Sakamoto

Juliet Was a Surprise by Bill Gaston

Little Bastards in Springtime by Katja Rudolph

The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War by Jennifer Robson

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

Who by Fire by Fred Stenson

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Library Community Focus Groups

Please join BWGPL’s Community Focus Groups to help guide the direction of Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library’s 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan.

Light refreshments will be served.

Focus groups are scheduled for:

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Multipurpose Room
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Multipurpose Room
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Multipurpose Room
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Help Shape the Future Direction of Your Library!

Please contact Luisa Pinto to pre-register at lpinto@bradford.library.on.ca or 905-775-3328 x 6104.

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One-on-One Technology Help

Laptop, Smartphone and Tablet

Need help setting up or managing your email? Questions about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social networking sites? Have a tablet or eBook reader and don’t know where to start? Looking for help with Microsoft Office? Have other technology-related questions? We have the FREE help you need with our one-on-one tech sessions with Nathan.

Appointments are now being taken for these one-on-one sessions. Starting Saturday, September 19th, 2015 and on every Saturday through December 12th, 2015, you may book appointments in 30 minute increments from 1:30 to 5:30 pm.

Visit the 1st Floor Information Desk or call (905) 775-3328 ext. 6109 to book an appointment today!

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New Arts, Culture and Design Documentaries

Do you love a good documentary on arts, culture and/or design? If you are, we are pleased to offer you some great viewing with these recently added titles to our collection:

Salt of the Earth [photography]
DVD 770 Sal

A moment of rest at the Serra Pelada Mine (1986) by Salgado

This Oscar-nominated documentary tells the remarkable story of world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado.  Over the past 40 years, Salgado has been traveling the world documenting our natural world as well as historically significant moments and events. Often in the most remote regions on the planet, or in the most tumultuous areas of conflict and hardship, his lens provides us with unmatched exposure to beauty, nature, hardship and the human condition. This often hard-hitting and unflinching documentary will undoubtedly leave its mark on viewers. Learn more about his remarkable life and his dedication to making the world a better place.

We also have a beautiful book of Salgado’s photography, featuring his project Genesis, in the Library collection.

View the trailer

Find it in the Catalogue

A clean, clear design to help keep New Yorkers and visitors moving across the city

Design is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli [graphic and industrial design]
DVD 745.4 Des

Chances are you have seen the work of these iconic and historically significant designers sometime in your life. This husband and wife team of graphic and industrial designers have created some of our most recognizable brands, designs and objects…from the American Airlines logo and brand, to the New York City Subway system map and signage, to beautiful home decor items.

The Vignelli’s recently opened the Vignelli Center for Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology featuring many of their designs.  The Center houses the Vignelli’s extensive professional archives which includes primary source material and finished works.

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