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Books and Beyond

Last Updated March 29, 2021

March 2021 By: Heather Evans-Cullen, Library Director This month marks the one year point of the global pandemic that impacted our lives in many challenging ways. Reflecting on all the changes we have been forced to go through, I feel tremendous gratitude for how well our Library Staff, patrons and community have persevered. It is

Library Listopia

Last Updated February 1, 2021

One of the few things I love about January is Top Ten Lists. Yes, I admit, it’s a weird thing to love.   But I love LISTS!  At the beginning of each new year, the Top 10 Lists come out for the previous year’s Best of the Best –  Top 10 Places to Go,  Top 10

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