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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: We have put speaking engagements on hold for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will be in touch with organisations who have scheduled speaking engagements in March and April to reschedule.
Current Speakers & Stories
“Peterborough Is A Drop of Heaven” – Language, Family, and Mental Health
Themes: Latin America; Motherhood; Community; Language; Mental Health
Story Available in: English; Spanish
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
The Bid for Language and Connection: Embracing Opportunities and Challenges