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The Living Library Project

Sharing human stories of immigration and integration.

The Living Library features newcomers with unique and compelling stories of transition, settlement, and belonging. Organizations and individuals can book a featured newcomer to share their story at a gathering, staff event, or classroom to learn more about the newcomer experience and different cultures.

The Living Library introduces new speakers and stories every four-five months.

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Booking a speaker is free, however, donations to support the work of the New Canadians Centre is welcome.

The program is offered within the City and County of Peterborough. Depending on location, organisations may be asked to cover the cost of transportation.


For more information, and to book a speaker, please contact Bhisham: bhisham@nccpeterborough.ca

Please Note: We have put in-person speaking engagements on hold for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have launched the Living Library from Home Series, sharing video stories from our speakers

Living Library from Home Series

The Living Library from Home Series will share video stories from our current and past speakers, so you can watch from the comfort of your home. Speakers will share a shorter version of their story followed by a 15-20minutes Q&A segment.

Olena Oliinyk on the Challenges & Opportunities of Moving to a New Country

Video Premiering at 3:00pm on

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Esther Izarnotegui on Language, Family, Culture, and Mental Health

Video Premiered at 3:00pm on

Thursday, May 28, 2020