Events - 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

This workshop is a primer for working with computational hydrology software and, as such, assumes a good grounding in most GIS concepts of spatial and raster analysis. The tutorial is designed to get you comfortable with HEC RAS's specific requirements for creating a dynamic flood simulation.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

Monday, December 2, 2019 — 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST

All students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend a conference given by the students of HIS 203: Methods of Applied History.

Students will be giving 5 minute presentations on their original research regarding Treasures of the University of Waterloo Special Collections & Archives. Topics are varied from Greek coins to the anti-suffrage movement, from changes in mathematical computations to séances, and many more.

Monday, December 2, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
ten book ornaments

Make a book ornament from one of ten Waterloo Reads book titles. Keep it for yourself or give it to a friend.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 — 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Machine Learning is all over the news in the tech world. How can GIS users make use of this technology for their research and work?

This workshop focuses in on the GIS application of Machine Learning, including for raster analysis and how deep learning can aid in extracting vector features from imagery. GIS users and enthusiasts are invited to join us in learning about this exciting new application of data science.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Ever wanted to try Open Source GIS but didn’t know where to start?

This workshop builds on “Getting Started with ArcGIS” (a recommended prerequisite for those with no previous GIS experience but isn’t absolutely necessary.) It will go through the ins and outs of QGIS and also cover other alternative Open Source GIS platforms.

This workshop introduces users to a different environment to create maps with GIS.
By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

Monday, November 18, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

You may have heard of GIS, but what exactly is it, and more importantly, how can you use it in your own research and academic work?

This introductory workshop presents the basic concepts of GIS and will teach you the skills you need to find geospatial data, map it, and discover new dimensions of information.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

Monday, November 18, 2019 (all day) to Friday, November 22, 2019 (all day)
student pointing to map

Celebrate International Education Week at the Library! Drop by Dana Porter or Davis Centre to show us where you're from on our interactive map, learn more about international authors in our collection, and pick up a collectible button!

Monday, November 11, 2019 (all day) to Friday, November 15, 2019 (all day)
boy holding valentine behind back

Show Veterans your gratitude for their sacrifices and achievements in serving our country. Fill out a card created with images from Special Collections & Archives. Cards will be delivered by Veterans Affairs to veterans living in long term care facilities across the country in time for Valentine's Day.

Find Valentines for Vets at Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries all week.

Monday, November 4, 2019 — 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
Women wearing knit skirts from the 1970s

Whether you need a pattern for hot pants or hot tea, Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo have got you covered. Join us at the Kitchener Public Library to try your hand (and needles!) at knitting or crocheting from a selection of historic fabric arts patterns from our holdings.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

Join Special Collections & Archives at the Kitchener Public Library's 7th annual Genealogy Fair. Meet our archivists, try out our databases, and learn more about how our local history collections can support your family research.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 — 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM EDT

Trick or treat yo-self to Library resources and candy!

Visit the Library in the Student Life Centre Great hall to learn more about the services and resources we offer to support your academic success! Visit each table to collect a different type of candy and get information about all the Library resources and services available to you, including:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

Find the Library, Copyright and other services that can support your graduate and post-doctoral work at Waterloo.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Harry Potter holg a golf club

Learn more about Library services and resources as you make your way through our Harry Potter-themed 9-hole mini golf course.

This event was so popular during Goose Week, we're bring it back - better than ever!

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Take a five minute break from your day to feel fantastic! Get some cuddles with our enchanting therapy dog, Lexi!

This popular event always fills up, so get there early!

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Bob Ross painting a Quibbler

Xenophilius Lovegood is setting up a new edition of The Quibbler at Waterloo and is looking for contributors. Will your page come to life in this magical
new edition? Unleash your inner Luna and join us at the DC library to pitch your design. All applicants will be able to take their work home...along with their own golden snitch!

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Test your knowledge of the Harry Potter book series with our trivia questions! Can you outsmart our Library Ambassadors?

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
A student in Hogwarts

Picture yourself in Hogwarts and have your photo taken in front of our green screen with a huge selection of Harry Potter props!

A selection of backgrounds will be available to choose from, and your photos will be emailed to you after the event so you can share them with all your friends!

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
wizards' duel

Want a good, old-fashioned Wizard’s duel without the potential for injury? The Department of Magical Games and Sports has a new development based on a game from the muggle world! It involves something with “paddles” though we aren’t sure what, so come to the Arts Quad to find out and compete against your friends in this magical new game!

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Test your knowledge of the Harry Potter book series with our trivia questions! Can you outsmart our Library Ambassadors?

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
dragon's eggs

Was your name never chosen from the Goblet of Fire, but you're sure you could have gotten an 'O' in the first task? Test your skills of dexterity with our Dragon's Eggs game!

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT

Come out and try the sport that has been described as "the thinking wizard/witch's Quidditch." Although its reputation may not be as cool as other wizarding games, this muggle friendly version won't leave you needing Skele-Gro.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT
castle with event times

Can you solve the many riddles of Azkaban in order to unlock the gates and escape to freedom? Grab some some wizarding accomplices and test your skills in our Harry Potter-themed escape room! Teams can be 2 to 5 people.

This event is currently full. Check out some of our other Library Day events!

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
mandrakes on a shelf

learn more about the care and feeding of mandrakes and other magical plants at our book display!

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
book spine poetry

Create a poem using the spines of library books! Whether amateur or professional, channel your inner Peeves (no pranks allowed) to create some peaceful prose, a lilting limerick or a hallowed haiku.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
magical manuscripts

Take a close look at some of the spooky items lurking in the basement of Dana Porter Library. Staff will be on hand on the lobby with some enchanted objects that you can touch and feel!


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