Libraries Aren’t Just About Books

The Toronto Public Library is doing something fascinating again–providing a lending library of musical instruments to the public!

musicWhat a great concept. While many libraries are starting up new lending options like seed libraries, tool libraries, and technology for lend, the idea of borrowing musical instruments is a fascinating idea. Musical instruments are so expensive, and the option of trying something before putting out the money on a big purchase is a great idea, and one that could help not only young people, but adults hoping to try something new.

The library is offering these instruments with a valid library card. Maybe you’re not interested in buying that violin for your child until you know they will keep up with lessons. Or maybe you are on a limited income, and want to give your teen the chance to audition for a University music program without having to worry about borrowing an instrument from school. One would think they must have proper sanitization methods to follow before lending or borrowing instruments, but it would be a good idea to ask about this if you’re looking at playing an instrument that involves mouthpieces.

I’m sure all of the instruments have limited borrowing times, but this would also be a fun way for people to get together to learn music as a group. Music is a great way to keep the mind active, and learning a new instrument can provide a lot of satisfaction.

You can find out more information about this unique program right here.

Why would YOU borrow a musical instrument from a library?

New French Resources!

maBiblio_logoWe have some great new options for patrons looking for eBooks and Audiobooks in French! Mabiblionumerique is our newest e-Resource, completely accessible through our main library website. All you need is a library card,  set your login, and you’re ready to go!

There are plenty of great options, from Quebecois authors, to non-fiction, to translations of popular titles for both adults and children. And if you’re not fluent, but looking for some options to get you started, the website is also offered in an English interface to make it easy. Drop by our library website, and choose ONLINE RESOURCES, then LANGUAGE LEARNING, and then Mabiblionumerique….or simply click the link here to go directly to the login page.

You’ll have to download a small program to use the interface, but it’s easy to use, and you can take out a number of books at one time and read to your heart’s content.

Voila! This is a wonderful way to supplement your French reading!

Why do YOU use the library?

QUALITY GOODSA few years ago, we ran a post that talked about many of the different reasons people used the library. It covered lots of typical uses like taking out books, magazines, and DVDs, using our WiFi or public computers, and attending meetings. While these reasons are still a very big part of why many of our patrons use the library, there are now many more.

How about:

  • taking out books, magazines, DVDs, and audiobooks
  • Downloading eBooks and Audiobooks from our online collection
  • Doing volunteer hours, either as a student or adult
  • Using our free WiFi, or public computers
  • Photocopying, printing, emailing, and scanning items
  • Tutoring, taking exams
  • Doing puzzles
  • Taking part in programs for children, teens, and adults
  • Book club meetings
  • Tech tutoring sessions
  • Adult colouring
  • Regular class visits
  • Visits from Sparks and Brownies
  • Relaxing on our couches, reading
  • Taking advantage of A/C in the summer, and warm spaces in the winter
  • Special workshops and events
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Reading Programs
  • Literacy Tutoring
  • Books for sale
  • Borrowing a museum pass for the whole family

 

There are so many reasons people visit the library each day, but one of the nicest things is that we see many of the same faces day after day. It’s wonderful to be able to have a conversation with a young person who comes here after school just to “hang out” and read while waiting for a parent to pick them up. It’s just as satisfying to talk with someone who drops in everyday to work on whatever puzzle is out on the back table. When students come for regular tutoring, the library is a safe space, and they are greeted with friendly faces they’ve seen before, and that can mean a lot to a child. And for some, the library is their only real means of connection each day, and coming in to get a movie or choose some books means they’ll be able to tell someone about their day, or just commiserate about the weather.

In every community, the library is a social hub, a safe place, a learning zone, a technology port, a comfortable temperature, a game center, and most importantly—-free. All you need is a library card.  If you haven’t been to the library in some time, why not drop by to see what’s happening? We’re always glad to see you!

So….why do YOU come to the library?

Slow Mail

Does anyone write letters anymore? We sure hope so! And February is the perfect month to think about writing a special letter to someone—yourself in the future, a loved one, or maybe even to someone you don’t really know, but would like to share some kind words with.

20160208_163601SLOW MAIL is our newest library fun! Write a letter at our special table, address it, and we’ll mail it out….a year from now! (No, we’re not trying to compete with the Post Office, as you can see.)  This is a great way to see what you’re thinking right now….and mail yourself some goals. Or send your sweetheart a letter telling them how much they mean to you. Think of this as a time capsule. You’ll probably forget all about it, and then next year–bingo! Your mail will arrive. What a fun surprise, right?

20160208_163554To get you inspired, we’ve put out a really great selection of books on letter writing that might help you figure out what you want to say. I’m getting out my pen and paper right now. Are you?

Librarian Problems

tumblr_inline_n3sjlzuk2J1rpcnpzYes, we have some of these problems. Staples are a real thing for us.

*Please note, that while this Tumblr site is VERY funny, it is also aimed at adults and might contain content that is not appropriate for all viewers.

 

WHEN THE PRINTERS STOP WORKING DURING A WEEKEND SHIFT:

tumblr_n9xytmzIrE1qa390yo1_500My favourite…..

Librarian Problems.

 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Yes…we’re doing it again….a Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the library!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover posterAs part of our Ontario Public Library Week celebrations, we’re looking forward to our Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Friday, Oct. 23rd! Drop a stuffie off anytime that day, and we’ll get them ready for an overnight bit of fun at the library. (No, your child doesn’t stay…just the stuffed animal!)

We have lots of things planned for that evening, and when your child picks up their friend the next day, we’ll have lots to show them. We’ll be posting the photos on Facebook on Saturday, Oct., 24th, so keep watch. It’s going to be crazy fun!

Next Week, We have ALL the fun!

srmeiGiIh7f7KFwVl8aG9HA5O2VfUUDNEkvWmPvwnOEWe’re almost there….Ontario Public Library Week!  Yes, we’re going to be doing lots of fun things at the library next week to celebrate, so make sure you drop in.

What kinds of fun things, you ask?

  • A special Library-themed I Spy for the kids all week long
  • Super Hard library trivia contests, and extra special scavenger hunts for the kids
  • The launch of our Adopt-a-Book program!
  • A stuffed animal sleepover
  • Our #FavBookYourFacebook event
  • Get Carded at the Library……

….and much more! You won’t want to miss a second of it! See you at the library next week!