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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: or (705) 743-0882.


Current Speakers & Stories

Esther Izarnotegui

“Peterborough Is A Drop of Heaven” – Language, Family, and Mental Health

Themes: Latin America; Motherhood; Community; Language; Mental Health
Story Available in: English; Spanish

Jasim Ammanatt

Connecting Across Culture & Language: How Giving Back Gave Me New Perspectives


Themes: Post-Secondary Education; International Education; Language & Communication; Volunteerism
Story Available in: English; Malayalam; Tamil; Arabic

Magali Sperling Beck

Crossings North and South: Being Mapped By A Place Called Branada


Themes: Identity; Brazil; South America; Travel
Story Available in: English; Portuguese

Olena Oliinyk

The Bid for Language and Connection: Embracing Opportunities and Challenges


Themes: Language; Community; Employment; Eastern Europe
Story Available in: English; Malayalam; Ukrainian