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Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

November 2, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Kitchener Public Library is organizing its seventh annual Genealogy Fair on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The event runs from 9:30 am to 4 pm at Central Library. It is open to the public with no admission charge. We are planning a variety of activities, including free workshops and a vendor marketplace. Our previous Genealogy Fairs were successful beyond our expectations! We hosted 8-12 lectures at each event and saw over 300 people throughout the day at each Fair. We would like to offer your business or non-profit organization an opportunity to participate in our Fair. Reach your target market!

This year, we are pleased to announce that Melanie McLennan, of Ancestral Tapestry Genealogical Services, will be our keynote speaker! Melanie will talk about her enthusiasm and success in using genetic genealogy in her Irish family research in her keynote address.

There are a two ways to participate:
1) Marketplace Exhibitor
Single information & sales booths will be displayed in the main floor lounge of the Library. Tables (6 feet in length) cost $10 plus HST (total = $11.30) each. Electrical outlets, one chair per exhibitor, and Wi-Fi are provided. You are welcome to bring your own equipment for use at the table. Table payment, by cash or post-dated cheque, (dated and received by September 20, 2019, made payable to Kitchener Public Library), must accompany or follow your application. Payment receipts will be mailed when your participation is confirmed in early October. Please note that table deposits are non-refundable after your application for participation has been accepted in early October. To expedite your application, please email us your organization’s logo (jpeg) when you submit your application.

2) Workshop Leader
Workshops are scheduled throughout the day and will be held in the Central Library’s meeting rooms on the lower level, which can accommodate from 30 to 200 participants. Forty-five minutes have been allocated for each workshop (35-minute presentation, followed by Q&A).
If you are applying as a workshop leader, please include:
– an outline of your presentation and A/V equipment needs
– a brief speaker bio
– a high quality jpeg of your logo and headshot

There is limited space for this event, and we anticipate a strong response.

Please ensure that your application reaches us, by email/mail/fax, before 5pm on Friday September 20, 2019. We will confirm marketplace and speaker acceptances the first week of October.

Participating businesses and organizations will be promoted in a number of ways. Posters with your company name and logo will be created by our in-house Graphic Artist and displayed at five library locations and 16 local community centres. Electronic copies will be distributed to community contacts and genealogy websites and via electronic newsletter to library subscribers.

Complete event details will be featured on KPL’s web page at and the Grace Schmidt Room blog, Historically Speaking, ( Event teasers will be released via KPL’s Facebook page at and our Twitter accounts and throughout August, September and October.

With your help, Kitchener Public Library’s Genealogy Fair will offer something for everyone – from the person who is just getting started to more experienced researchers. The day will also be a wonderful way to connect with others. As we know, for many of us, genealogy isn’t a hobby, it’s a passion.

Please feel free to contact either Karen or Sheila at this dedicated email address, with any questions or to discuss this opportunity further.


November 2, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Kitchener Public Library
(519) 743-0271
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Kitchener Central Library
85 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2H1 Canada
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(519) 743-0271
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