Library Settlement Partnerships Continue to Help Newcomers

May 15, 2020 | Elsa

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Our Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) service is still helping newcomers with their settlement questions through phone or email during our closure. Library Settlement Partnerships is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.        

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LSP has been serving newcomers for more than 10 years. TPL and seven local settlement agencies work together to offer year-round helpful one-on-one information and referral and relevant programs for newcomers.

During this time, visit the Settling in Toronto page to connect directly with the settlement agencies. 

Library Settlement Partnerships


In addition to offering one-on-one support, there are online LSP programs. These are taking place via Zoom, which is a third party online platform. The settlement workers can help walk you through the steps of using this platform carefully. Check out these upcoming LSP programs from home: 



Language Support

Let's Talk, hosted by LSP partner Rexdale Women's Centre
May 21, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
For full details or to register, contact Faiza at [email protected] 


Online French Conversation, hosted by LSP partner CICS 
May 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 11, 28, 25, 9 - 10 am
For full details or to register, contact Zarmeena at [email protected]


LSP: Canada My New Home-Discover Canada, hosted by LSP partner YMCA Newcomer Information Centre
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4 - 5 pm
For more information or to register, visit: or

Citizenship Preparation

Online Citizenship Series, hosted by LSP Partner CICS
May 18 and 15 and June 1, 8, 15, 22, 2 - 3 pm
For full details or to register, contact Zarmeena at [email protected]


Online Library Resources

While you are staying home and staying safe, Toronto Public Library (TPL) continues to offer a variety of services online. If you do not have a library card, you can make use of the OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks collection by getting a Temporary Digital Card. You'll find an ebook, eaudiobook or video for everyone in the family. There are small collections in: Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.

If you already have a library card, you can use all of TPL's online resources. For full details, check out the blog post, 38 Ways to Use Library from Home. Here are some useful highlights for families: 


Call 416-395-5400 to hear children's stories over the phone in over 16 languages. 


Get online help from tutors for students from kindergarten to Grade 12. 

Mango Languages

Interactive English as a Second Language courses.


Full-page images of current and recent newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries, in over 60 languages. 


Popular movies and music. Since March 21st, Hoopla credits have been increased to 8 plays per library card per month. 


Stream from a great collection of classic films, world cinema, documentaries, and popular movies For each library card, you can get up to 8 plays per month. 

For different children's activities in French, this blog post will give you fun ideas: Online Activities and Resources in French.



Check out for other online resources and programs at your fingertips. Stay home and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you online!