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Ramadan Mubarak

April 27, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Ramadan started on April 24th this year and although fasting, prayer, spiritual reflection and doing good deeds will continue to occur, it will surely be challenging not to be able to visit with family during this time of social isolation.

To learn more about the holiday, try some of these children's titles from our digital catalogue:

Science Can Be Fun!

April 27, 2020
Karen Scott

Are you looking for ways to keep your elementary-aged kids engaged and having fun, while possibly learning something at the same time?  Why not let them try exploring some scientific concepts -- they can do these on their own, or you could get involved and have some fun together.

Reading Resolution Revival

April 24, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

We are close to five months in from January's New Year's resolutions – how are you doing?  I have to admit, I have not achieved my reading goals for 2020, however, there is still time. If a reading resolution did not work out for you, why not revive with a reading challenge?

If you need some inspiration on how to achieve this, try these resources to reboot your resolution:

Picture Books for Tough Emotions

April 24, 2020
Catherine

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.

The Archives During a Pandemic

April 22, 2020
Kim Kerr

No one reading this needs a description of how the world has been flipped upside down. What we know today will change tomorrow, and the future is anyone’s guess. What I want to share is my perspective through the archivist lense as we all try to navigate our new normal.

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:

Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF)

April 21, 2020
Lindsey

The Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) is a new investment by the Ontario government to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people, through assistance to individuals and to frontline agencies. This Fund was announced on March 23, 2020 and is a shared initiative between the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

This funding is available to support:

Staff Picks: Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

April 21, 2020
Catherine

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
Catherine

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.