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Kristin Johnson-Perlock to present on KPL and the geek potential of libraries

It’s our final Dinner of the season already! We’ve had a slew of fantastic and brilliant speakers, and we’re going out with a bang. As you may know, Central Library (formerly Kitchener Public Library) has recently re-opened after a four year phased renovation. So we’re not only going to learn about what an awesome resource they are: we’re going to have our Dinner there. And West of Seoul will be catering!

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Joining us will be Librarian and Pub Lit organizer Kristin Johnson-Perlock. Her co-host will be Barb Janicek, who is Children’s Librarian and outreach mastermind at Central Library.

A bit more about these ladies:

Barb is a graduate of Trent University (B.A. Hons.), Queen’s University (B.Ed.), and received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to becoming a Librarian, she spent nearly a decade working with both the Summer Camp and Outdoor Centre programs at Camp Wenonah. Barb worked on behalf of Wenonah at the Shikoku Canadian Global Camp (Takamatsu, Japan) for two years, spending seven months living in Japan. After retiring from camp and completing her Masters, she was a Children’s Librarian in Kingston, Saskatoon, and Cambridge, before finally returning to her K-W roots. Barb is currently the Children’s Librarian at Kitchener Public Library. When she is not advocating for early literacy on local committees, or volunteering with the Canadian Library Association to choose the winner of the Young Adult Book Award (5 years) she spends her time at the YMCA trying to get fit and blogging about it.

Kristin is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (B.A.) and received her Masters of Library and Information Science, with a specialization in Digital Content Management, from Wayne State University. During her Masters studies, she held a metadata internship with the Society of Architectural Historians and was Marketing and Events Chairperson for the first ever student chapter of National Digital Stewardship Alliance. She currently is a Librarian in the Information Services department at Kitchener Public Library where she co-facilitates Pub Lit, a book discussion group in the pub. Outside of the library, she enjoys film and digital photography, cycling, and running.

Kristin and Barb are going to give us the run-down on what’s new and different at the Central Library (besides the name and logo), and take us on a tour of the kinds of resources libraries really offer these days (books are just the beginning). Instead of just sitting and listening, we’ll be talking and walking, which should be a nice, interactive change of pace. The card catalogue (remember those?) is a thing of the past, and libraries are a vibrant and important resource for technology and community.

We’re working on some super-duper deliciousness for our dining pleasure (those of you into the local food truck scene might find the fare familiar…), and we’ll be kicking things off at 6pm as usual. If you haven’t been to the Library, it’s at 85 Queen St. N. in Kitchener, and there’s underground parking on-site.

Registration is now open. Join us!

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