Winners

After the Oscars this past weekend, a lot of people will be flocking to rent or buy some of the winning movies they didn’t manage to see last year. Did you know that we carry many of the most current DVDs and also a great assortment of the books that the movies were based on? You can drop in and pick up a DVD at the library using just your library card, and keep it for a week. Isn’t that a great deal? We think so! These are just a few of the movies that won or were nominated for Oscars this year, and we have them here. If they aren’t available when you come in, put one on hold.

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Welcome Back!

welcomeDuring the March Break, we’re doing something special….welcoming people BACK to the library! We realize that sometimes fines can be intimidating. Really, we just want our books back so that other patrons can use them, too. But we understand that it might be difficult to pay a fine that has grown quite large.

Come back to the library during the March Break (March 16 – 21), bring your LONG overdue items back (movies, books, magazines), and we’ll wipe the fines clean. (And we promise, we won’t scold you!). Are other large fines preventing you from coming in? We don’t want you to feel like you can’t use all of the fantastic resources the library has to offer, so bring us a few donations for our local food bank (non-perishables or money), and we’ll wipe those fines away, too!  It’s a win-win situation……we get our items back, and you can start using the library again!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 257-2702 for more information.

We want you back at the library! Drop in and say hello!

Voice Choice

Tonight, we’re offering up a fun writing workshop at the library, geared toward beginning or early writers, and those who might just want a bit of a boost to their writing. We’re covering the scary concept of “voice” tonight from 6-8pm, in our “VOICE CHOICE” workshop.

Voice Choice workshopNo registration is required, but this is geared toward mature writers, not children. Bring along a piece of your writing if you want some advice….we might have time at the end for a bit of a critique/help session.

Call us at 257-2702 for more information!

Hey, Teens! Are You Out There?

We’re hoping to have some teens sign up for our Teen Book Club beginning this week. So far, the response has been rather weak, but maybe you know a teen or two who might like to attend? We’ll be talking about great teen books, selecting some choices to read over the next few months, and probably eating some snacks. Okay, we definitely will be eating some snacks!

Teen posterWe’re looking at meeting once a month, on the last Wednesday from 4-5:30pm. It’s open to ages 12 and up, so the books will be of interest to everyone involved. If you can’t make it this month, drop by the library or give us a call to see what book we’re reading.

Did I mention we’ll have SNACKS???

Calling All Toddlers!

We’re finishing up with our first babytime session of the year, and gearing up for Toddler Time starting next week. If you have young ones aged 1-2 years of age, drop by on Thursday morning at 10am for the first in our six-week session! It’s going to be a fun time, filled with songs, stories and much more.

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No registration is necessary, and your child can be a little older (or a little younger), if you think they’re ready for this session. We do a bit of baby-sign, and the format is quite different from babytime, so it might be a great cross-over before they’re ready for storytime.

Each Toddler Time is about 25 minutes long, and you have plenty of time to chat with other parents, choose books, and let the children socialize. It’s a great chance to get out of the house and do something a bit different. All of our children’s programs are quite popular, so we’re hoping this session will be as much loved as some of the other ones. Yay, Toddlers!

Did You Know?

screenIf you haven’t been using our new website, we think you should give it a try. It might look different from our old catalog, but it’s got lots of great new features. And one of the best is our ONLINE RESOURCES!

If you click on the tab on the left of the page that says, Online Resources, you’ll come to a new menu that allows you to explore the resources based on what you’re looking for. Try “Genealogy and History” if you’re looking for links to Ancestry.com library edition, the World History Collection, or Our Ontario. Or click on “Health and Wellness” if you would like an easy way to find information about a medical problem or health question, choosing Consumer Health Complete, a Multilingual Health Database, or even a Teen Health and Wellness link. It’s easy to search any of these databases, either from home or while you’re at the library. It’s a great resource that we’re proud to offer to our patrons.

One of the great “book” related links is called NoveList (or NoveList K-8 for the younger set). Click on that link and you’ll be brought to a fantastic search engine that will help you search for books by your favourite author, see what’s coming next in a series, and even get recommendations for authors who write in a similar style. No more wondering what to read next!

You can find all of these links at our online catalog. Take a few minutes to explore it. You might be surprised at what we have to offer!

Do You Use Bitcoin?

index.aspxRecently, I heard of a new online scam where someone was frozen out of all their accounts (Facebook etc.,), and sent an email asking for ransom. But it wasn’t money the crooks wanted…it was Bitcoins. The woman was instructed to purchase a large amount of bitcoins, and deposit them into a special online account by a certain time in order to gain access to her accounts again. And if she failed to meet the deadline, the cost would increase.

Before going that route, the woman tried everything she knew…a computer whiz to unlock her sites, the advice of her daughter who was more versed in technology than she was, and even pleading emails to the people who sent them…all to no avail.  She then proceeded to figure out how to purchase some bitcoins in hopes of getting her accounts freed up, only to find there was a glitch when she purchased them, and missed the “deadline” imposed by the people doing the blackmail. The ransom was then raised to another, much higher amount. At this point, she went to the police, I believe. Did she ever gain access back to her accounts? Probably not, which is the outcome of many online scams, unfortunately.

If you don’t know what bitcoins are all about, they’re the latest online currency, originally created to provide a safe way for people to purchase anything online…and in store. They’re an alternative to using PayPal, which also acts as an in-between account manager. You never have to worry about a company or person seeing your account information (and therefore, leaving yourself open to attack). But Bitcoin is not without problems, as rumors swirl online about it everyday.

If you’re interested in reading more about the state of cybercurrency and how it might (or might not) apply to you, we have a great new book in the library called THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY : HOW BITCOIN AND CYBERMONEY ARE OVERTURNING THE WORLD ECONOMIC ORDER by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey. I don’t think you need to be afraid of purchasing online, or of getting locked out of all your accounts, but it certainly puts a new spin on how we use the internet and how we try to keep our money safe.