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Guest Librarian

Every three months, we invite a member of the public to serve a three-month term volunteering as our Guest Librarian. Engaged, connected, and committed to community, our Guest Librarians will bring fresh ideas to us, and act as library ambassadors in their neighbourhoods.


We are pleased to be hosting two Guest Librarians from March through May:


Photo: Dr. Karen Stote

Dr. Karen Stote is an assistant professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests include Indigenous-settler relations, feminism, reproductive rights and reproductive justice, genocide studies, and eugenics in Canada. She earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Her doctoral thesis was nominated for a Governor General’s Gold Medal Award in 2012. Dr. Stote’s writing has also appeared in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and for many years she has collaborated on projects seeking to educate the public on Indigenous-settler issues.


Photo: Dr. Helen Ramirez

Dr. Helen Ramirez has been teaching in the Women and Gender Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University for seven years. Her research and teaching focus on the conditions that put women of all ages, races, classes, sexualities, and abilities at risk of violence and poverty. She earned her PhD at University of Toronto. While her original research was on women’s social movements in Latin America, she is currently focused on the status of women in Canada. Some of her most rewarding teaching experiences have been working with students on events surrounding International Women’s Day.

Building Community Through the Arts

Canada is 150 years old this year. Should this be a time for celebration or for building a new kind of community? This year gives us time to pause and consider what our responsibilities are to one another in building a just and caring community.

Please join us for conversations guided through music and other artistic performances with Beth Murch, Bashar Jabbar, Eden Hennessey, and others. Potential performances could include music, spoken word, poetry, and other works that address issues such as the history of feminism and equity, reproductive justice, poverty, aging and social exclusion, ableism, fatphobia, racism, or decolonization.

Registration required.

Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 pm
Central Library

Image: Wilfrid Laurier University

This event is organized by faculty and students from the Women and Gender Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University, with financial support from the Student Life Levy.

Dr. Stote and Dr. Ramirez Suggest

These are just a few of their favourite reads, all available at Kitchener Public Library.