Picture Books for Tough Emotions

April 24, 2020

Emotions are running high these days and children are certainly not immune. Picture books are a great way to explain big concepts to very young children, and give them a way to understand the feelings they can’t quite fully articulate. With continuing recognition of worry, grief and mood disorders in early childhood, parents may choose to turn to literature to help explain these concepts along with coping mechanisms.

STEAM Quest at Home

April 23, 2020
Karen Scott

Are you looking for some fun and easy STEM activities you can do with your child or children with ingredients you probably already have at home? These have all been tried and tested at the library, so you know they'll work!

How about a simple, two ingredient play-dough? Just mix equal parts corn starch and hair conditioner (any brand), for a soft and silky dough that moulds easily, isn't sticky (if it is, just add more corn starch!), smells wonderful, and is easy to clean up.

Arbor Day 2020

April 22, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Coinciding with Earth Day, Arbor Day is on April 24th, a day for us to celebrate trees which filter the air, give us shade in summer, and give homes to our feathered friends.

In 1872, the State Board of Agriculture accepted a resolution by J. Sterling Morton “to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.” Originating in the United States, the celebration of trees has become a world wide phenomenon:

Staff Picks: Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

April 21, 2020

Jennifer recently enjoyed reading the amusing Young Adult novel Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Malika Moulite, which offers a blend of romance, mystery and adventure. Here is her review:

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine  is an intriguing alchemy of how reality and magic mix to create personal truth. This high drama coming-of-age story resembles Star Wars as an exploration of a dark legacy which juxtaposes grand and individual perspectives.

New Virtual Book Club

April 20, 2020

We have started a new virtual book club on Facebook where you can read at your own pace, and join the discussion when it’s convenient for you.

Each month, the membership will vote on a new book to read. We’ll share background information, videos, and questions to enhance your reading experience. All of the books featured will be available for you to read on-demand via Hoopla Digital. If uptake is reasonable, we'll also add a Zoom meeting component.

Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day

April 19, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Did you know that April 22nd, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Let’s celebrate our beautiful planet together. Whether you recycle, repurpose, start plogging, plant a garden, or eat a meat-free meal, it all helps to lesson our impact on the planet.

As David Suzuki, a legendary Canadian environmentalist, once said:

World Trade Press Resources

April 17, 2020

For a limited time, you can access World Trade Press databases through the County of Lennox & Addington Libraries. Check out what they have offer until July 31st.

Staff Picks: The Book of Letters I Don't Know Where to Send

April 17, 2020

Julie, our Readers' Services Coordinator, recently enjoyed this compilation of letters written by award-winning stand up comedian Steve Patterson. Here is her review:

Books on Bikes

April 16, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Did the Easter bunny bring you a bicycle last weekend, or maybe you recently rediscovered your bicycle in the back corner of your garage?  Now is a great time to do maintenance, adjust seats and handlebars, and hit the road for your daily iso-exercise routine.

To be safe, first check out a few tips in some of our books on bikes available on online via Hoopla and Overdrive:

Resources for Meditation

April 15, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

In this time of chaos and confusion we may need to step back and take a breath – mindfulness and meditation can help. Keeping ourselves healthy, both physically and mentally, is important so that we have the strength to help others in their time of need.