KPL: A Community Hub for French in Kitimat

Kitimat Public Library's French language programs and services provide tremendous value to the families from France and Quebec arriving in Kitimat each year for work, and position the library as a centre for French language and culture in the community. Along with substantial holdings of materials in French, the library serves francophone patrons in their own language, and is typically the sole community source for French language support.

KPL also offers workshops and programs in both English/French or French only; in 2016, these included a French-language Summer Reading Club, a bilingual English/French African storyteller, and a bilingual storyteller who spun stories with string. KPL partners with the Association des Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest (AFFNO) to deliver the annual Cabane à Sucre, a community-wide French-Canadian breakfast and music festival; AFFNO has also provided readings in French for children prior to English author events at the library.

"We do our best to keep the French language alive in Kitimat," says library director Virginia Charron. You can contact Virginia for more information at

March 2017
Click the button below to find a list of webinars, online courses, and resources for library staff and trustee professional development in March. Free webinars this month include topics such as using local history for community engagement, what's new in children's literature, measuring program outcomes, and dealing with angry patrons.
find the list

Syria's Secret Library
Crossing Continents (BBC)
Darayya, on the fringe of Damascus, has been besieged by the Syrian army. In this BBC podcast, residents of the city tell an extraordinary story about a secret repository of peace, learning and hope amid the terror: a makeshift library housed in a basement room, deep beneath the rubble.
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