First Nation Public Library Week

October is a busy month! There’s Thanksgiving, Hallowe’en, Canadian Library Month, Ontario Public Library Week, Dyslexia Awareness Month and First Nation Public Library Week which runs from October 2-6! Read on to discover the special events for the week.


Expressed in the Mohawk, Anishinaabemowin, and English languages, this year’s First Nation Public Library Week theme describes how we can all work together as one group to understand and support each other. 

This week the Petawawa Public Library is weaving this theme into our regular and special programming

Truth and Reconciliation Display

Just inside the library, you’ll find, books, information and take-home activities with a focus on First Nations, Truth and Reconciliation.

A table full of books by Indigenous authors, in front of a window displaying Indigenous symbols.

Take and Make Kit

Starting on Wednesday, pick up a Kindness Rock Activity at the front desk.

Thursday October 5 – Story Time

Thursday’s 10:30 drop in Story time for children will feature a spin-drum craft. The spin drum is an important part of Indigenous culture in North America and around the world.

A sample of the spin drums young children will make during Story time.

Thursday October 5 – Movie Night

At 6pm, we will be screening “Indian Horse“. Based on the novel by Richard Wagamese, the film follows the story of a young Indigenous boy who is sent to a residential school where tries to use his talent for hockey as a stepping stone to a better life. However, on this journey, he discovers he still has much healing to do. Looking for more information? Check out the trailer.

The Indian Horse DVD which will be shown at the library.

We Also Stand Together Throughout the Year

We regularly welcome visits from BIAK Early On (Bonnechere Inòdewiziwin Abinòdjìnjish Kikinàmàgan EarlyOn) who share their traditions through story, song and drumming with children and their parents.

Three women stand behind a blanket covered with the sacred drums they use to teach children and their parents about Indigenous culture.

We continue to add Indigenous authors to our collections and are updating our catalogue records to use respectful subject headings.

Interested in Learning More About FNPLW?

Check out the First Nation Public Library Week website for more information about the poster designed by Mya Warner (Six Nations of the Grand River) and for links to virtual programming courtesy of the Ontario Library Service.

Published by Petawawa Public Library

The history of the Petawawa Public Library can be traced back to 1973 when what is now known as the Town of Petawawa consisted of two separate municipalities: the Village of Petawawa and the Township of Petawawa. In 1997, with the amalgamation of the Township and Village, the new Town of Petawawa became home to the “Petawawa Public Library”. Today, the Petawawa Public Library continues to grow. It employs full-time and part-time staff and continues to rely on the help of loyal volunteers to serve over 7000 active members.

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