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!

 

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Trump

Looking for one of the latest books about President Trump? We have them…although there is a bit of a waiting list. However, it won’t be as long as the Toronto Public Library’s holds list! Regardless, here’s a fun video they included on their Facebook page recently, of the book being processed. Did you know we cover books in a very similar way?

Cookbook Book Club

We’re still trying to get our mouths to say it without stumbling–our Cookbook Book Club. But regardless of the tricky name, the IDEA is easy as pie to remember! Find a cookbook based on our monthly theme, make a recipe, bring it to the book club meeting (along with the cookbook), and be prepared to eat (oh, and chat about the cookbook)!

This month’s theme is chocolate, because what could be better on Valentine’s Day than a whole evening of chocolate?? Hey, if you’re really cheap…er….stuck….bring along your sweetie and an extra recipe he/she can pass off as their own, and just enjoy the delights that will surely be contributed to the event!

We meet the second Wednesday of each month, at 6pm. So, Valentine’s Day it is this week. Give us a quick call to register….although I don’t think anyone will be turned away if they have something chocolatey to share. And while you’re here, you can pick up the list of themes coming up. Honestly, I don’t know why we didn’t think of this earlier. It’s turning into one of our most popular adult programs!

Bon appetit!

What’s Popular?

It’s always interesting to see what books are popular in the library during a given time. While all the new books have holds on them long before they arrive in the library, sometimes another book can surpass the requests, just because it is so good. But for the months of December and January, our popular books weren’t really any surprise.

John Grisham’s THE ROOSTER BAR took the lead with checkouts. Not far behind were James Patterson, Danielle Steel, and David Baldacci. Thrillers and the odd romance are what our readers want!

In the non-fiction realm, cookbooks took the lead. That’s no surprise, considering many people were baking up a storm for the holidays, and now our super popular Cookbook Book Club has started.

ISTANBUL & BEYOND: EXPLORING THE DIVERSE CUISINES OF TURKEY by Robyn Eckhardt was the most popular non-fiction checkout by far, followed by DUTCH FEAST by Emily Wight. How great is it that people are exploring exotic cuisine!

The third book in the running (all three non-fiction books had the same number of checkouts), was WOMEN & POWER : A MANIFESTO by Mary Beard. A sign of the times, I think.

And in our ever popular DVD department, new releases were the most borrowed, which is really no surprise. Have you seen these movies?

Only time will tell what will be the most popular fiction, non-fiction and movies of the next few months. Stay tuned! (And don’t be afraid to place a hold on anything you see here that might interest you. All you need is your library card and your PIN.)

 

To Hygge or Not to Hygge?

Last year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. I’d been reading about the art of art of “hygge” for ages, and just knew that it was going to make my life cozier! But honestly, the Nordic Secrets that make up the hygge entity were really not me.

Outdoor sports, gardening, cooking fresh all the time, candles everywhere…..aside from the few ideas of yummy breads, coffee with friends, and fuzzy blankets, this wasn’t me. I wanted the art of Hygge to include more inside time, more long lunches out at restaurants with friends, and more sleep time. Forget getting up at the crack of dawn to hike up a mountain….I want to stay cuddled under those covers.

But the general art of making your house cozy still makes a lot of sense to me, especially in winter. While I’m not crazy about candles (frankly, leaving candles lit all over the house scares me, and if you have them and don’t light them, what’s the point?), I do like the idea of scent. That’s why scent diffusers, or oil warmers, or anything of the sort makes it a little easier. I can plug in a mister or a warmer that will turn itself off after a certain amount of time, and not have to worry. And my house can still smell like cinnamon sticks (even nicer, actually).

Adding warmer lighting–or smarter lighting–also makes more sense to me. Try one of the new smart home plugs and add a dimmer. You can have that cozy house lit and ready for you the moment you walk in, simply by setting a timer on your phone, or asking Alexa to get things on when you get home.

Make soup. Or Stew. Or anything with apples and cinnamon. Bake. Just use your oven to get the warmth and coziness flowing. Plus, you’ll have a nice meal to sit down to with your family. Break out the bread and you’ll be there for a while.

Cuddle a pet. Yes, pets can be important to our mental health, and nothing feels better than a friendly furball sitting on your lap for hours. Plus, it keeps you sitting in one place. That’s called relaxation.

And while I’ve always thought it was indulgent, often, celebrities will talk about how they bring along favourite things when they travel, like soaps, candles, or special blankets. Maybe they’ve had it right all along. What better way to keep yourself grounded when you travel than to bring along a little piece of your cozy life?

Maybe I really could get into this hygge thing.

Want a Challenge?

I’ve done my share of 30 Day photo challenges, and hey, who hasn’t set a New Year’s resolution or two and tried to keep it? But it’s hard…so hard to keep up a new activity for 30 days. (It’s difficult to do it for ten days, let’s be honest.)

So when I saw this book in our new bin, I had to take a look. THE BIG BOOK OF 30-DAY CHALLENGES by Rosanna Casper is all about how to start a new challenge–and how to keep going. She gives you tips on how to run a 30-day change, how to follow up, and how to use the book. The book is filled with 30 two-page projects, from running everyday, to dressing up everyday (I need to try this one), to having lunch with 30 new people this month (!).

While some of the programs seem a little difficult, you might use a few of the suggestions to work out a slightly different goal for yourself. Each one comes with a list of tips, and  a set of “rules” or guidelines to make it simple for yourself.

They say that a new habit takes 30 days to really make itself solid in your life. Maybe what we’ve needed all along to keep those New Year’s resolutions was a book like this, with solid suggestions, and a plan when we fall off the wagon.

Are You Reading Yet?

The CBC’S battle of the books known as Canada Reads doesn’t take place until the end of March, but the long list is promising.

The 2018 Canada Reads longlist is:

There are 15 really interesting books, and they’ll be whittled down to five. Then, the exciting part…the big week of defending the books with celebrity readers. Until then, you can get a jump start on the list and try to figure out which books you’d pick.

Have you read any yet?