Community Calendar February 17 – 23, 2020


Feb 17 - Feb 23


February 18 & 21: Getting Started in Genealogy

In a three-hour overview, Nancy Cutway — member of Kingston Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, for over 40 years — will provide you with the Why, How, and Where of family history research: and you will then be able to begin finding your own Who and When. You will learn basic principles: how to document information you gather and why it is important to record the source; the difference between primary documentation and secondary or “third-hand” sources; where to find original records, including “live” visits to the major online repositories; and what resources the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) has to offer locally, including the library edition of and the library collections of Kingston Branch OGS and Kingston & District Branch, United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, housed at the Central Branch of KFPL. You will follow a case study of one family to see how civil registration records, census records and digitized newspapers can be utilized to fill in the blanks in knowledge of a family. You will receive a handout providing blank forms you can use as a guide when gathering information, and a list of useful web links and other suggestions. The same presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Central Branch, and on Friday, February 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Turner Branch. Admission is free. Seating is limited, so please register in advance at or by phone at 613-549-8888. Please register for one session or the other, but not both, so that we may make space available for as many participants as possible.


February 22: Fishing Derby on Dog Lake at Berry Island

Tickets must be purchased before 11 am on the day of the derby. Weigh in time is 2 pm at Berry island. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by calling 613-539-4429 or 613-353-4429 and ask for Scott.


February 22: Poetry Writing Workshop: Renga Poetry and Leonard Cohen

Kingston Frontenac Public Library is delighted to announce a 90-minute Poetry Writing Workshop on Renga Poetry and Leonard Cohen with Kingston Poet Laureate Jason Heroux. Renga poetry is a genre of Japanese collaborative poetry, written by different authors in conversation. Poets work in pairs or small groups to compose alternating three-line and two-line stanzas, with each stanza arising from its predecessor. Centuries after it began, the opening stanza of renga gave rise to the shorter haiku. Jason Heroux will give a 15-person workshop on renga poetry, open to those 14 and older. The workshop will begin with a discussion of Cohen’s work, and then participants will use Cohen’s verse to initiate a series of renga poems. This program is offered in conjunction with the February 25 Grand OnStage presentation of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal’s Dance Me, which was itself inspired by the work of Leonard Cohen. This workshop will take place at our Central branch at 1 p.m. and there is no admission charge. Please register in advance at or by phone at (613) 549-8888, any time after 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 8.

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