Journaling for Mental Health

June 5, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

During this stressful time, a great habit to begin is journaling – it can either set the tone for your day ahead or settle a restless mind at night.  Caring for our mental health is as important as our physical health, during this time when we need to self-isolate, and limit our contact with others. Setting a future goal, stating your feelings or simply reflecting on your day, will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you identify stressors.

Canadian Armed Forces Day

June 4, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

“Today, on Canadian Armed Forces Day, we pay tribute to our brave women and men in uniform for their service to Canada, and thank them for the dedication, skill, and humanity they demonstrate when keeping Canadians safe here at home, and around the world.

Entertaining a Short Story

May 26, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

If you are in a reading slump, overwhelmed with chaotic news stories, but wanting a quick escape from it all, try selecting a short story for your next read. It helps me get back into my reading grove by giving me a feeling of accomplishment -- when you finish the first story in the anthology, you want to move to the next. Author of both novels and short stories, Lorrie Moore has said “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage.

Literary Departures

May 25, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Do you have a sense of wanderlust, anxiously awaiting a post-COVID-19 world? Try a literary departure – download our Mango Languages app, a travel memoir, and prepare for some comfortable armchair travel!

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

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.

Novels of nosh

May 6, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

One of my favourite series are the Coffeehouse Mysteries, a cozy mystery that features recipes and jargon about coffee. The sleuth in these mysteries is a manager of New York City café which lends itself nicely to an inside look at the world of coffee. Our relationship with food often becomes a character for many authors, who have explored this connection of food and emotion:

May the 4th Be With You

May 4, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

What started as a pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away. To help you celebrate Star Wars Day solo -- or as a family -- we have many offerings in our digital catalogue:


Family Reading