Community Calendar January 13 – 19, 2020


Jan 13 - Jan 19


January 13: Library Launches “Create Space” for Community

Is your New Year’s resolution learning a new skill? Or maybe sorting through those old boxes of family photos and making copies for your kids? The Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s new creative space has the tools to get you started. The Friends of the Library Create Space will open to the public on Monday, January 13, and will be available Monday to Saturday during the regular hours of the Central Branch. The space includes two computers — a Mac and a PC — that are dedicated to photo and video editing. Epson Fast Foto scanners on both computers will digitize an entire photo album of images in minutes, and the Elgato Video Capture device on the PC makes it easy to transfer family movies from VHS and DVD into MP4 format. Both computers are available for four-hour bookings. A Janome sewing machine and a Cricut maker can also be booked, while two button-makers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, along with two guitar pick punches and a chest of simple hand tools. Any adult with a KFPL card can book the equipment through the library’s website. Children are welcome to accompany adults into the space and may use some of the equipment with direct supervision. Would-be makers should note that the Friends of the Library Create Space is not staffed —you’ll need to get started and troubleshoot your projects on your own. The library offers weekly Art Hive programs where you can learn how the equipment works before you book it for independent use, and there are plans to offer occasional workshops that will delve into creative skills more deeply. All of the equipment in the space was funded through a generous donation from the Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. For more information, visit


January 15: Brain Storm Speaker Series presents The Gut-Brain Axis: Fact or Fiction?

Kingston Frontenac Public Library is delighted to offer a new speaker series, titled Brain Storm. Each month a student from the Centre for Neuroscience Studies (CNS) at Queen’s University will speak about their basic or applied research into the inner workings of the brain. Basic research deals with both the healthy brain and the brain as affected by traumatic events like stroke or concussion. Applied research deals with the causes and treatments for various brain disorders: neurodegenerative (like Alzheimer’s), neurodevelopmental (like Autism Spectrum Disorder), and neuropsychiatric (like depression and anxiety). The CNS combines both basic and applied research to better understand our similarities and differences, and to learn how to take advantage of each to achieve better brain health. The first Brain Storm presentation will be on the Gut-Brain Axis: Fact or Fiction. Just as the bacteria naturally present in our gut can be affected by probiotic foods to improve our digestive health, research is finding that gut microbes may also influence our mental health. PhD student Caroline Wallace will explain how diet and nutrition can affect symptoms of depression. An earlier version of Caroline’s talk was a big hit at KFPL during Science Literacy Week this past September. This presentation will take place at the Calvin Park branch at 2 p.m. and is open to adults. There is no admission charge, but seating is limited. Please register in advance at or by phone at (613) 549-8888.


January 18: Know Your Heart: Canadian folk-rock duo “Kennedy Road” debuts in Kingston

Canadian singer-songwriters and recording artists, Sheila Carabine (one half of award-winning folk duo, Dala) and Brian MacMillan help beat the winter blahs just ahead of the release of their first album, together. Their original songs and heartfelt harmonies are backed up by the 100-strong Open Voices Community Choir. Shows at 2:00pm & 7:30pm. “Kennedy Road” tickets are only $15 ($5 under 18 or underemployed) and available at Tara Foods, Novel Idea, Brian’s Record Option,, choir members, and at the door. The venue is Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church, 200 Norman Rogers Drive, Kingston. “Kennedy Road” is becoming known for its stars’ seamless vocal blend, electric on-stage chemistry, and poignant songs. Open Voices Community Choir frequently hosts some of Canada’s best guest artists, conductors, and songwriters. Now celebrating its 18th year, it is 100-voices strong, always fun, often quirky, sometimes beautiful.


January 18: KFPL Live Presents: Oil and World Politics

KFPL is pleased to host John Foster as part of our KFPL Live Monthly Speakers’ Series. He will address the role of petroleum in recent conflicts, looking at major powers and allies, including Canada, as well as the concerns of Russia, China and the US. He will also have copies of Oil and World Politics for sale after his talk. This presentation will take place at our Central branch at 2 p.m., and it is open to adults. There is no admission charge. Please register at or by phone at (613) 549-8888.

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