It is Popular

One of the most requested new movies at the library is the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. We know that people are eager to get it, but the waiting list was long from the moment we ordered, and it doesn’t seem to get any shorter. Right now, there are 11 people on the waiting list, which means, if everyone were to keep it out for the one-week loan period, it’ll be about 3 months before the last person on the list gets to see it.

Now, while that might seem like a long time in this age of instant download and streaming video, but for those who frequented our last local video store, this might now be their only option. Why don’t we purchase extra copies of popular movies, the same way we do for highly-requested books? There are a couple of reasons.

First, we have limited space for our DVD collection. While circulation of new and popular movies allows us to stock lots of back titles, BBC selections, documentaries, and more, the shelves are still only so big. We also need similar space behind the desk for the actual disks, and if you frequent the library, you’ll know that space is quite limited.

Secondly, DVDs tend to get damaged much faster than books. It wouldn’t be cost effective for us to keep replacing popular titles after only a few checkouts, although we’d love to be able to do that!

So, thank you for being patient while you wait for your titles to arrive. We appreciate it. And don’t forget, you can search our online catalog and place holds on ANYTHING you see, even if it isn’t available yet. The sooner you get on a list, the sooner you’ll get your movie.

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Stay in Bed

Stay in bed today. We’re giving you permission. (Okay, if that won’t go over with your boss, then get up and get into work!)  But for those of you who don’t feel like leaving home today, there are plenty of things ways you can still access our library. All you need is your library card and PIN.

  1. Take out audiobooks, ebooks, movies, and music with the HOOPLA app. Download it onto your phone, register your email and make a pin, and you’re ready to go. You can have up to four titles out per month, and everything you see, you can download immediately.
  2. Register for any of our programs. You can give us a call, send us an email, or just check out our latest newsletter for all the details. We’ve always got lots going on, from children’s programs, to teen activities, adult programs, and sessions for seniors.
  3. Make a donation to our Summer Literacy tutoring program. Now you can do it from home…no getting on those boots and coats. All you need is your credit card, and they’ll even provide a tax receipt for donations over $10!
  4. Check to see if any of our museum passes are available. Just click on the link, scroll to the bottom and click “Check availability” to see what’s in. While you can’t place holds on these, you can find out more about how they work, access the links to all of the websites to check on Museum hours, and download maps to get you there.
  5. Learn a language. Have you tried the Mango Languages app? It’s super cute–and it’ll help you get ready for that spring trip to Rome (or Bali, or Iceland).

Had a notice that your card is about to expire? Just give us a call and we’ll renew it over the phone after we ask you a few important questions. Want to place a book on hold? Stop by our website and log in. We’ll notify you when your item becomes available. (Hint, this is especially useful for parents who only ever seem to hit the Children’s section when they’re in.)

Happy loafing!

 

Ask Alexa

If you were one of the many gazillions of people to receive an Amazon Echo or Google Mini for Christmas, you’re probably now into the swing of things. Or maybe you’re bored. (How many times can you ask Alexa the weather?) But there are plenty of great things you should be using your home assistant for, beyond playing music and helping you to turn on your lights hands-free.

How about asking Alexa one of these fun book-related questions?

Alexa, what’s in a name?

Alexa, who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?

Alexa, do you like green eggs and ham?

Alexa, what’s the answer to life, the universe and everything?

Alexa, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

How about asking a few personal questions to your Google Home assistant? Maybe you’ll get to know each other a bit better. Things like:

OK Google, ask me a question

OK Google, what’s your favourite ice cream?

OK Google, are you friends with Siri/Alexa/Cortana?

OK Google, what’s your favourite Pokemon?

OK Google, Star Trek or Star Wars?

OK Google, how do you like your coffee?

OK Google, what’s your favorite ice cream?

OK Google, who’s your favorite superhero?

Do you own a Kindle? Alexa can read your ebooks to you! Just pick an eligible Kindle book and ask her to play it. (She can’t read graphic novels, immersion books, or participate in narration speed control.)

Google Home will now play your audiobooks purchased from Google Play for you, too. They only recently started selling audiobooks outright, but you can share between family members, and play without using Bluetooth, or a casting device.

What are YOUR favourite questions to ask your home assistant? (Stuck in the thick of winter, we’re asking Alexa to play bird sounds quite a bit–one of her skills. It’s nice to hear pretty birds as you do the dishes or read.)

Don’t Let This Be You

We’ve all been there. It’s Sunday morning during a long weekend, and we realize…..we’re out of books!!

Yes, this is Family Day Weekend, and that means the library will be closed on Monday. If you are a regular user of our online services, you’ll still have access to everything from ebooks to magazines to movies, but if not, you’ll want to make sure you drop by the library before we close on Saturday. You can stock up your card with books, DVDs, magazines, puzzles, museum passes, and more! We’re open today from 9:30am – 5:30pm, and Saturday from 10am – 5pm.  But after that, you’re on your own for a few days.

Feel free to drop off returns anytime this weekend to our blue return box. You won’t be charged fines for Sunday or Monday, so it’s a great time to get those books back to us!

We’ll be here bright and early on Tuesday morning, prepping new books, getting programs ready, organizing schedules and events, and much more, so feel free to call us to sign up for programs, or to place holds before we open at 1:30pm.

Have a happy long weekend, everyone!

Financial Planning for all of Life’s Firsts

Next week, we have another great Financial Planning Seminar on offer. Join us on Thursday, February 22nd for “Financial Planning for all of Life’s Firsts”, at 6:30pm.  Katya Ells of Dominion Lending Centers will be with us to discuss the importance of saving for the big things coming down the line—your first home, your childrens’ education, retirement, and more. While she won’t be able to answer specifics about your portfolio, or about her company, she will have a great presentation about how you can work toward making all of those goals a reality, no matter where you live or bank.

Give us a call at 257-2702 to register. And if 6:30 seems like a bit of a rush from work, don’t worry, we’ll be serving some refreshments.