The Library Lowdown Blog


The Joy of Browsing

Last Updated October 20, 2020

By Sam Talbot, Outreach Coordinator There is nothing like browsing through the shelves of a library. Maybe you are looking for The Witches are Coming by Lindy West. You found the call number (305.42 WEST) in our catalogue, wrote it down, and are now meandering through the shelves looking for it. But, as you are


Back-to-School Jitters

Last Updated September 14, 2020

Sept 5 2020 By Pippa Rogers, Child & Youth Coordinator Returning to school this September will be a new experience for many of us in our community. Some children will be starting school for the first time, others are choosing to stay home and dive into online learning. Amid fears of contracting COVID-19 are general


Reading Off the Radar

Last Updated July 30, 2020

During our pandemic closure, I discovered so many amazing books on Overdrive. Now that we’re open again (YAY!), you can finally get them in print too. Here are some of my favourites!   ~ Sue         A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: One of my favourite books. It’s not an uplifting read but


Thoughts on a Virtual Summer Reading Club

Last Updated June 30, 2020

  Like so many of you, I have been suffering from screen overload lately. This pandemic has made Zoom meetings, email alerts, and digital learning curves the new normal in my life and frankly, I am tired of it. So I was a bit less than enthused when I first heard that the BC Summer


#Blacklivesmatter Essential Reading/Viewing List

Last Updated June 13, 2020

In the wake of ongoing racial injustice, it’s hard to know how to help. We can honour the memory of those who have lost their lives by educating ourselves about the topics of racism, prejudice and inequity, and inspiring ongoing discussions on how to support inclusion, diversity and justice. The following  lists might provide a


Amanda’s Top International Film Picks

Last Updated May 29, 2020

Getting tired of Netflix? Why not try the curated collection on Kanopy. Here are a few of my top international picks! If you need help getting started with Kanopy, Niche Academy has a great tutorial that walks you through the set-up.   Oslo, August 31st Directed by Joachim Trier (Norway, 2011) A Norwegian anti-fairy tale


Words from the Kid Zone

Last Updated July 9, 2020

   Last week my 12 year-old son created a hilarious science experiment to determine, once and for all, if the light goes off when he closes the fridge door. It was simple and goofy but had us all in stitches. The week before that, my 8 year-old daughter orchestrated an equally hilarious obstacle course involving


Thinking Critically in the Time of COVID-19

Last Updated May 27, 2020

We’ve all had well-intentioned friends and family members share misinformed YouTube videos, articles and memes about the Coronavirus outbreak. The problem with misinformation, especially in this or any other health-related context, is that it can give a false sense of security or hope at best, and can be downright dangerous at worst. So, the next


My Quarantine Reads

Last Updated May 7, 2020

Bored to tears in isolation? Amanda is too! Here are her quarantine picks!

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Parenting in a Pandemic

Last Updated May 5, 2020

Overwhelmed? It’s ok, we are too….. and we’re here to help! Danielle introduces her Parenting in a Pandemic Blog.

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