We are excited to introduce our latest digital service, Niche Academy! It is a free online database with succinct tutorials on topics like navigating social media platforms and using digital book and media resources. To access the platform from your computer, click here. You'll also find tutorials conveniently built in to pages throughout this website. You don’t need to have a library account to use the service.
Are you missing our crafting sessions at the library? With the April showers, we are heading inside and a good alternative to screen time is craft time. Try a few ideas from many of the crafting books available from Hoopla and/or Overdrive:
If you are looking for an upbeat story, but aren’t really into the usual rom-coms, give our NoveList service a try. This database allows you to search through 100,000s of titles by appeal factor, genre, and subject matter, so you can discover books that you’ll find interesting and feel-good. The following are ten examples of “upbeat” non-fiction books that I discovered using NoveList. They all can be borrowed on-demand with your library card via Hoopla.
Atypical Easter and Passover celebrations will be the norm for most families this year with our self-isolation preventing our normal family gatherings. Whether we are seeking a moment to reflect or needing a laugh with our children, our online resources have many offerings.
Andree Duval, Relief Librarian, recently enjoyed American Sherlock, a fascinating non-fiction book about one of America's earliest forensic scientists. Here is her review:
Although the first day of Spring was “officially” March 19th this year, it is never too late to start your spring cleaning. Self-isolation and working from home, can make that nest of dust bunnies in the corner more annoying than ever. Sometimes we need some motivation (myself included) to start this project – my windows are calling!
Kristin recently enjoyed Dance of Thieves, the first book in a new YA series and a great read for those looking for a fantasy/adventure novel with just the right amount of romance! Here is her review:
Our Minister of Education announced March 31st public schools across Ontario will be out until at least May 4th in an effort to protect our children. Concerned parents are speaking out, worried about the help they need teaching their children from home.
While the "new normal" has certainly been destabilizing, families who are home schooling can equip themselves with a wide variety of educational activities (both online and offline) to support learning. Below is a roundup of links that may give you some ideas.
Need a chat with fellow bibliophiles? Did you miss your book club chat this month? Why not join us on our County of L&A Libraries Online Book Club on Goodreads– we have a monthly theme, a discussion board, and please, invite your friends to join.
For April the theme is “Celebrity Memoirs” – and we have a variety of options to choose from on Overdrive and Hoopla.