Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Newsletter

February 2023

From Cathy's Desk

February is Black History Month and an opportunity to dig deeper into the significant role people of African descent played in the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Most are familiar with NOTL’s role in the Underground Railroad and as home of the first piece of legislation limiting the slave trade but there’s much more to Black history in NOTL.


I’m reading a very interesting book by Brian Martin called “From Underground Railroad to Rebel Refuge” that digs into little-know aspects of Canadian Black history. Martin details Canada’s role before, during and after the American Civil War. The details are fascinating and not a well-known part of our country’s history. I encourage you to explore the many titles featured in our Black History Month displays showcasing Black stories, experiences and perspectives.


Valentine’s day is also coming up this month and we’re celebrating with a poetry reading. Poetry lovers are invited to read one of their own poems, recite one of the classics from our curated list, or simply come to listen. If you are interested in reading, either your own work or one of the selected classics, please contact Debbie at to confirm your participation and for further details.


Keep reading for more details about One Book, One Niagara, Tech Tutoring, Dr. Brown’s latest lecture series and our Creative Break art fundraiser.

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