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What's On This Month: June 2019


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Programs + Events | June 1, 2019

Summer is finally here, bringing with it tons of new programs for you to explore. Read on for some June highlights, and check out the monthly calendar for a full listing of events. And don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Idea Exchange Summer Magazine next time you visit!

Summer days call for breezy beach reads, but there’s nothing worse than getting sand in your book. Sign up for Summer Reading with Libby and learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks to your tablet using the Libby app. This program takes place at Queen's Square on Tuesday, June 4 from 10:00 – 11:30am and at Clemens Mill on Monday, June 24 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Registration is required, and please bring your own device.

The Thursday Topic, our weekday lecture series at the Old Post Office, continues this month with two new lectures led by seasoned experts. Join us on Thursday, June 6 from 11:30am – 12:30pm for The Garden and Landscape of Pompeii with Kelley Prendergast. Kelley will share an overview of the ancient gardens and architecture in the city, exploring some of the myths, religion, and symbols incorporated into the artworks of Pompeii. Next up, join us for A Story Through Letters with Maryam Rafiee, author of Dear Baba on Thursday, June 20 from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Maryam will share her experience as a teenager writing letters she could never send to her father who was imprisoned for his political views in Iran, and the suffering undergone by prisoners of conscience and their families.

There’s nothing like a good boardgame to help destress and spend some time away from a screen. Our Board Game Café can help you do just that on Thursday, June 6 from 6:30 – 10:00pm at Hespeler. This fun, friendly, low-tech gaming session is for all ages and interest levels. Come have some fun!

Drones are becoming more popular as organizations and hobbyists alike are using these awesome machines in interesting ways. If you have a drone or are looking at getting one, drop-in for Understanding New Drone Regulations on Wednesday, June 12 from 7:00 – 8:00pm at Queen’s Square. You’ll learn how the new regulations affect you as a drone pilot, including where to fly, done registrations, and more. Later this month, come see how different drones fly and what they can be used for at Drones in Flight. This program takes place on Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 – 11:00am at Queen’s Square. Please note that Drones in Flight is weather dependent.

On Monday, June 17, join us for Creating Refuge: A World Refugee Celebration. Starting with an information fair at Queen’s Square from 1:00 – 3:00pm, learn how we can help refugees and immigrants settle and belong in our community. Our panel discussion, 3:00 – 4:00pm at Queen’s Square, will discuss the support our refugee neighbours need and how we can truly help them. Later on, take a guided tour of the Common Waters exhibition. This day culminates with keynote speaker Emmanuel Jal at the Old Post Office from 7:30 – 9:00pm. Jal will share his journey from war child to activist. Learn more about Jal ahead of his keynote. Please note that Emmanuel Jal’s talk requires registration, but the rest of the Creating Refuge events are drop-in.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in June at Idea Exchange!