Wishing you all wellness and safety
Love, your ADBCC family

COVID-19 Update to our Community

Dear family and friends of The People’s Residence: A Different Booklists Cultural Centre,

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure that we are meeting health standards outlined by government officials and health experts. We have made the difficult decision to close our physical space and look forward to engaging in new and innovative ways on our online platforms.

Prevention is always better than cure. Everyday preventive actions can help to reduce the spread of the coronavirus-19. We are encouraging members to adhere to the guidance provided by public health authorities by practicing social distancing and staying home as your situation permits.

It is at times like this that bring out the best in people and communities. We are confident that as a collective village we will overcome this pandemic. We also take this opportunity to acknowledge the good work being done on our behalf by all front line workers in the health, education, food and agricultural, transportation and maintenance sectors. Let’s pull together as we show our common resilience and respect.  

With love,

Itah Sadu

Managing Director

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre — The People’s Residence


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Wearing a non-medical face mask is recommended by the Government of Canada and Canadian health officials to avoid spreading droplets between individuals and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Check out our mask-info page for more on how to wear and care for your mask or face covering.

We are bringing Afrocentric masks to you! Thanks to our wonderful member, Kathleen Barrow, you are now able to purchase Afrocentric masks from ADBCC. Adult and child sizes available. 

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Author and educator, Fartumo Kusow stopped by The People’s Podcast to share stories of her immigration to Canada and discuss how COVID-19 has impacted Ramadan and Eid in her community. 

Fartumo Kusow was born in Somalia and immigrated to Canada in 1991 at the start of the civil war. He first novel in English, Tale of a Boon’s Wife, was published in Canada by Second Story Press in October 2017. Her first novel, Amran, written in Somali, was serialized in October Star, Mogadishu: the Somali national newspaper in 1984. Since her arrival in Canada in 1991, and after learning English as a second language, she earned a BA (Hon) in English Language and Literature and B.Ed from the University of Windsor. A writer, a podcastor, and a public speaker, she now teaches English literature courses for the Greater Essex County District School Board and is working on her next novel. She is a mother of five adult children, and lives in Windsor, Ontario.

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