Newcomers to Canada

The Library provides materials, information and programs for people who speak languages other than English or French, or who are new to Canada.

Multi-lingual Materials

Featured Languages
The library provides adult and children’s books, magazines and DVDs in many different languages in addition to English and French.   Currently we offer 16 languages in print and many more in DVDs, in addition to those listed in our Featured Languages.  Please ask about our Multi-lingual Collection!


Language Learning
Improve your English with ESL, TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or access language learning resources in other languages.


ESL and Literacy Readers
The library provides a variety of book and CD kits, as well as high interest, low vocabulary readers.

Newcomer News & Programs


All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle
Bring the whole family to experience this Native hand drum performance! The All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle will be performing in the lobby at 6:30 pm for about 20 minutes and again at 7:00 pm for a second performance.

The Circle was formed by Métis women from the Oshawa and Durham Region Métis Council in 2008 who wanted to learn about, celebrate and honour First Nation heritage. The group has performed at many local events and members continue to increase as indigenous women and friends of the indigenous culture and community are welcomed to join.

The Oshawa and Durham Region Métis Council invite Métis, indigenous and non-indigenous people of all ages to participate with us in the celebration of our Métis history, values, culture, and languages which form our proud heritage.


Tuesday May 23, 2017
Central Lobby
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This is a drop in event for all ages and no registration is required.



Adult Indigenous Craft with the Durham Métis Cultural Crafting Circle
Experience Métis crafting and culture in this workshop where you'll craft your own traditional leather pouch using pony beads for decoration. Beading and leather materials will be provided.


This program is for adults 18+ and registration is required. Limited spaces available.

Tuesday May 23, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Central Library, Meeting Room 1B
905.668.6531 ext. 2020




Summer camps (FREE!) for newcomer children
The Ontario Camping Association is offering free camp spots to young immigrant refugees. Free spots are available for a variety of camps including specialty camps, religious or non-religious camps, all boy, all girl or co-ed camps and week-long or multi-week camps. There are also specific overnight camps that will be offering free spaces to families.

Applications for camp this summer are now open. Agencies, organizations, sponsors and families must first complete an application for the family. The two criteria for children to apply are: they are a refugee that has arrived in Canada in 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017 and they are between the ages of 4-15. For more information, visit If you have additional questions, email or call 1-844-485-0425.




Test Drive IELTS Online
Try out the British version of IELTS with Road to IELTS Test Drive for 30 free hours worth of practice General and Academic training modules.  Each of the speaking, writing, listening, and reading areas has advice and tutorials, practice zone, and test practice tabs.  And don’t forget to check out the library’s IELTS practice books!




Getting a Job in Canada – Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
Newcomers bring a wide variety of employment skills and experience to their search for employment in Canada; however many are unfamiliar with Canadian job search practices. Welcome Centres offer a wide range of supports to assist in developing the skills needed to find work, such as these job search workshops



New French Conversation Circle
Parlez-vous Francais? Join the French Conversation Circle for Newcomers to Canada.  This program is run in partnership with Community Development Council Durham (CDCD).  Participants, with the help of CDCD volunteers will learn about Canadian culture, connect with the community, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program.  Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or


Every other Tuesday
Meeting room 2, unless indicated otherwise
Central Library
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



English Conversation Circles
Drop by the Whitby Central Library to join the English conversation.  The Conversation Circle is run by Settlement Services of Community Development Council Durham. For more information call Maria 905 686-2661 or email:


Every Thursday
Meeting room 2, Central Library
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.



Refugee Information
Find information for and about refugees through and Canada Immigration and Citizenship.


Basic refugee information

Local assistance for refugees

Volunteer to help

Welcome Refugees