The Library is now open: Monday & Saturday, 10am-2pm, Tuesday & Thursday, 4-8pm, Wednesday & Friday, 1-5pm. Curbside pickup is available, please call 519-284-3346 for more information.
The Library's drop box is now open 24/7 at the Queen St. entrance to the right of the door. ALL ITEMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE DROP BOX. Please note, it may take up four days for items to show as returned on your account as a result of the quarantine period.
This is the moving story of the mass migration that brought a million Irish men and women to Canada in the first half of the nineteenth century. After leaving conditions so bad that one witness described how "they wandered into towns and died in the streets," many arrived penniless, hoping to "make good" in the new world. In one tragic year, 5,000 died at sea and another 5,400 got no farther than a grave on Grosse Ile. But, despite the countless daily hardships facing settlers in a harsh new land, by the time of Confederation the Irish were the second-largest ethnic group after the French.