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 in-person speaking engagements on hold for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however welcome opportunities for Virtual Speaking Engagements.
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
The Bid for Language and Connection: Embracing Opportunities and Challenges
Themes: Language; Community; Employment; Eastern Europe
Story Available in: English; Ukrainian
The Living Library Radio-Podcast Series
In September 2020, we launched Season 1 of the Living Library Radio-Podcast Project in partnership with Trent Radio.
This series tells the stories of newcomers living, working, and building their lives in Peterborough, Ontario. These are their stories of home, belonging, loss, hope, community, and more.
This radio-podcast series is produced by the New Canadians Centre in partnership with Trent Radio, and hosted by Jill Staveley of Trent Radio.
New Episodes released each Wednesday at 4pm.