Staff Pick: Deacon King Kong

May 21, 2020

Jennifer Robinson of our Amherstview Branch recently enjoyed reading Deacon King Kong by James McBride, a book the New York Times has described as "a supercharged urban farce lit up by thunderbolts of rage." Here is her review:

Fixes for all occasions

May 20, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

With the closures of many business and isolation orders, many of us have had to become our own chefs, teachers, therapists, plumbers and more. Although we can still order parts online, many of us have had to use a workaround when problems pop up.

If you need some extra help or ingenious solutions try out one of these "fix it" titles available through our digital library.

Prepping for Curbside Service

May 15, 2020

On Thursday, May 14th, the Province announced that public libraries will have the option to open for curbside service starting Tuesday, May 19th. At this time, we are not ready to offer curbside pickup or returns.

While we are eager to get library materials in your hands once again, it's is important that we proceed with caution so we can best ensure the safety of our staff and patrons. 

History of a Holiday

May 15, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

With a different tone to our first long weekend, why not change the theme to a retro birthday celebration: “The British queen was born on May 24, 1819. She was a reigning monarch (Queen) for 63 years, seven months and two days.

Books for Babies

May 15, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Although the focus may be on teaching our school aged children, reading to our younger children is vital to their development. Take the time to focus one-on-one, by reading a story to them.

Thank you, Nurses!

May 14, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Now more than ever, we need to give our thanks and appreciation to all nurses.

We're currently in the midst of celebrating National Nurses Week (May 11-17) and the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Here's a quote from ICN President Annette Kennedy:

Happy Bookversary!

May 13, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

If you are looking for a unique reading challenge try celebrating a “Bookversary” by reading these juvenile and adult titles with milestone anniversaries in 2020:

25th Anniversary

"Springing" Outdoors

May 12, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Spring has had a slow start this year, but with the longer days we are finally seeing the greening of our lawns. Depending on your hardiness zone, the tasks you are trying to complete can range from cleaning up your beds to planting your garden. For those in urban areas you may have already had your spring bulbs emerge and may be working on cleaning up your patio furniture and fertilizing your yard. If you need some sage advice or are looking for outdoor plans start with Hoopla and Overdrive:

Motorcycle Mania

May 11, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

With the arrival of May flowers rather than April showers, you may be getting your motorcycle back on the road for another season. Whether you ride or drive we have go-to resources to help you plan for getting back on the road or just ride virtually.

Dreaming of riding and need to practice for your license?

Throwback to a Classic

May 8, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

With children studying at home, why not join them by indulging in a Classic. Maybe there is one you have been meaning to read, but never had time for? Although more challenging than a beach read or thriller, they offer you the opportunity to practice your focus through the length and language you encounter and will give you an opportunity to engage, rather than just be entertained. You will often find allusions to the classics in everyday life.