We Belong! Celebrating Library Settlement Partnerships: October 21, 2021

October 1, 2021 | Stacey

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This October, Toronto Public Library (TPL) and agency partners celebrate 14 years of Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP). LSP expands TPL’s newcomer services by offering settlement support with multilingual workers at some library locations, in partnership with 7 local settlement agencies. LSP is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Throughout the pandemic, LSP has provided ongoing access to remote settlement services, and the service is now gradually returning to select TPL branches across the city. To keep everyone safe, no drop-in service is available at this time. Please make an appointment with a settlement worker for one-on-one help. Settlement workers are using Personal Protective Equipment, acrylic shields installed at LSP desks, and regular cleaning takes place. Don’t forget your mask or face covering when you visit us, even if you’re fully vaccinated. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home.

Settlement Worker at LSP desk

This fall, LSP settlement workers will continue to offer online programs. These programs are taking place on a third-party online platform. The settlement workers can help walk you through the steps of using their selected platform carefully. Here are some upcoming programs:


Language Support

English Conversation Circle

Hosted by LSP partner TNO—The Neighbourhood Organization
Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, & 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2021; 2-3:15 pm
For full details or to register, contact Enas at 647-296-6524

English Conversation Group: Let's Speak English

Hosted by LSP partner YMCA Newcomer Information Centre
Wednesdays, October 13 & 27, November 10 & 24, December 8 & 22, 2021; 3-4 pm
For full details or to register, contact Alicia at alicia.rasul@ymcagta.org

French Conversation Circle

Hosted by LSP partner CICS
Wednesdays November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 8, 15, 2021; 3:30-4:30 pm
For full details or to register, contact Zarmeena at 416-707-8259


Citizenship Test Preparation

Citizenship Test Preparation Class

Hosted by LSP partner CICS
Mondays November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6, 13, 20, 2021; 5:30-6:30 pm
For full details or to register, contact Zarmeena at 416-707-8259


Health & Wellness

Introduction to Algonquin Provincial Park (in Mandarin)

Hosted by LSP partner CultureLink
Friday October 15, 3-5 pm
For full details or to register, contact Stanley at 647-404-8857


LSP logo

LSP Week

On October 21, 2021, join TPL in celebrating LSP Week! LSP Week is an annual celebration of the successful program. This year, to help keep everyone safe, LSP Week will be celebrated online, and the special event is scheduled to overlap with Ontario Public Library Week (October 17-23, 2021). All are welcome to participate.

Each year, LSP Week has a theme. This year’s theme, “We Belong,” invites us to bridge understanding across all groups, celebrate inclusion, and promote a sense of belonging for all.

Citizenship Judge Suzanne Carrière

Our special guest presenters are Citizenship Judge Suzanne Carrière, who will discuss the importance of newcomer contributions to Truth & Reconciliation, and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone, who will share traditional, contemporary, and original hand drum songs and stories. All are welcome to attend. Register for this free event on Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you there!

Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone

Read more on previous LSP celebrations