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The Coolest Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

Submitted by Edmonton Public Library

Written by Caroline Land

Weather forecasters are predicting a hot summer in Edmonton. Looking for ways to beat the heat? Check out EPL's collection of cookbooks for desserts that can help keep you cool all summer long. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! These are perennial favourites and go down easy on hot summer days:

Icebox Desserts Go beyond ice cream with these ideas for cool parfaits, mousses, puddings, and more. I bet your grandparents' iceboxes never looked like this!


People's Pops Think that popsicles are just for kids? Think again! Check out some of New York City's hottest pops in this book from Brooklyn's People's Pops.


Pops! Do you like your pops chocolatey? Maybe fruit-flavoured pops are more your thing. Pops! promises icy treats for everyone, no matter what your taste preferences are.


Paletas Add a Mexican twist to your popsicles and treats with this book of recipes for paletas and other icy delights.


The Vegan Scoop Looking for a vegan alternative to ice cream? Try The Vegan Scoop for some ideas!


After you've eaten your ice cream and you need a break from the sun, drop by any of our air conditioned locations to check out even more books and cool off for even for longer!

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Top 5 Ways to Cheer Up the Lonely Days - Edmonton Public Library

Written by Hilary Kirkpatrick, EPL Outreach Worker

As a social worker for the Edmonton Public Library, I know the importance of community building and making connections for those who are feeling lonely. Having a supportive network of people and meaningful connections can give us the boost we need to feel better about ourselves and have a positive outlook on life. At EPL, there are programs specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of all EPL customers, which help bring people in the community together.

Here are the top 5 ways to utilize your local library to help alleviate loneliness:

1.     EPL Book Clubs – Book clubs offer a space where you can meet new people with similar interests (hello, fellow avid readers!) and discuss the means and motives of your favourite literary characters. Friendships are sure to blossom over a cup of tea and a wonderful book! 

2.       Baby Lap Time and Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn Programs – New parents are at times isolated by the needs of their new little family member, and early literacy programs can provide the opportunity to make a connection for parents while babies learn through play, song and story. These interactive, free, drop-in programs are a great opportunity to connect with other new parents and give your little one a head-start.

3.       Makerspace Programs – Did you know that expressing yourself creatively in a way that is meaningful to you can help you combat loneliness? EPL Makerspace programs offers sound-booths to record a song, binding and printing services for your writing, or the opportunity to create a mini-movie with the green screen! Make friends and enjoy a fun project all at the same time!

4.       Adult Programs – Find ways to socialize based on what interest you such as learning a new hobby at the library: sewing class, adult colouring, film series, traditional arts and crafts, and more! Hobbies are a great way to meet new people, and to help yourself get out of the house. If you are feeling left out of the community because of a language barrier, EPL can help you improve your English conversations skills. We host conversation circles for English language learners that are set at your pace.

5.       Assistive Services - If you are experiencing a significant barrier or are physically unable to leave your home or a have disability, EPL provides home service where you live, whether that's an extended care facility, a seniors' lodge or your own home. We also offer specialized computers and assistive technology. If you are far away from family across the world, EPL staff can show you how to use email and Skype with your far away family members!

With EPL, connection is always possible. Let’s work together to combat loneliness and connect with our community and loved ones. A step towards visiting your local public library is a step towards ending loneliness!

What Teens Can Do To Keep Busy This Summer

by Bronwyn Hartman - Edmonton Public Library


1. Make something great: Our Makerspace has everything teens need for their next creation, including 3D printers, sound booths, a vinyl cutter and more. Encourage teens to drop by the library and get creative!

2. Find the next great read: Teens can check out our Staff Picks, talk to staff for recommendations, access eBooks and magazines through our digital collection, or just come and browse our teen section. They can also participate in one of our Summer Starts Here events happening at branches throughout the city.

3. Get in the game: Teens have a love for gaming and can join us for our many gaming programs: Minecraft, retro gaming and even old-school board games!

4. Learn something new: Our non-fiction collection and online resources have everything teens need to learn something new - from a new language, to photo editing, to digital design and more.

5. Come and hang out: On hot summer days the library is an even a cooler place to hang out! With study spaces, meeting rooms, computers and more, teens can come and lounge in an air conditioned space with us at any of our branches.

Be in the know with EPL! Sign up for EPL eNewsletter to learn more about programs and events for teens and the whole family!


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Cyberbullying: A back-to-school checklist for parents

August 29th, 2012

12% of Alberta parents surveyed believe their child has been cyberbullied

As summer comes to a close, there’s lots of things to do before the kids head back to school, and having a conversation with them about social media and cyberbullying should be on parents’ to-do lists.

According to a recent survey among Canadian parents of children aged 10-17 years old, when asked which online accounts their child has, the following results were found: Facebook account – 82%, Twitter account – 28%, email account – 97%, other online/social network account (e.g. BBM, MSN, MySpace, Skype, Steam, Tumblr) – 35%.

As parents are buying school supplies, backpacks and cellphones, they need to equally equip their kids to deal with the cyber school yard which exists in social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and other online sites. While 12% of Canadian parents surveyed believed their child had been a victim of cyberbullying, the majority of those surveyed are equally (57%) or more concerned (9%) their children are susceptible to bullying as a result of being active online.

“It’s difficult to know what your child is experiencing online if you’re not involved,” said Dr. Peter Jensen, vice chairman for research for the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. “In the age of social media, what kids say and do online can be unforgiving and unforgettable, so it’s key to set social media rules and to help kids understand the implications of their actions. “

Combating Cyberbullying with Rules & Monitoring

4 in 5 Canadian parents surveyed said they set rules for their child’s online activities. Other actions parents surveyed have taken include:

  • Discussing what is acceptable to write online (84%) and what images are acceptable to share (83%)
  • Are friends with children on Facebook (69%)
  • Setting a time limit for child’s socializing online (56%)
  • Have their child share passwords with them for email (52%) and Facebook (43%)

While setting rules is an important step, monitoring is paramount according to Dr. Jensen. “It’s essential to ensure your child isn’t a victim to cyberbullying or that he or she is not instigating it. This can happen without a child even realizing the implications of their actions which is why parents need to have an open and ongoing dialogue with their kids.”

Of those parents surveyed who believe their children have been cyberbullied, 17% of parents of female children believe their child has been cyberbullied. Canadian parents of children 10-11 years old surveyed believe their children are less likely to have been victims of cyberbullying, relative to parents of 14-16 year olds.  However, the parents of the younger children report increased monitoring of their child’s online activity. 

While 4 in 5 parents surveyed have set rules for their children’s online activities, 17% of parents are not monitoring any of their child’s online activity with the majority (63%) only monitoring some of their children’s online activities.

Social Media 101 for Parents

Dr. Jensen suggests the following step-by-step guidelines for parents as kids prepare to go back to their online schoolyard:

  1. It starts with talking about social media ‘table manners’. Just like teaching our kids it’s not acceptable to talk with their mouth full, you need to discuss ‘online manners’ to ensure they are not being offensive online. Let them know it’s never OK to use abusive or threatening language in any online communications or to share images that they wouldn’t share with someone like their grandparents.
  2. Once a Facebook account is setup, set appropriate privacy settings. Every Facebook user has the ability to customize their privacy settings. Make sure you help your child set the appropriate level of privacy. This helps control who can see the content your child is sharing and also lets them block people if necessary.
  3. Parents need passwords. You’re the parents and as long as kids are on your computer then they need to provide you with their Facebook and Twitter passwords. Let them know you trust them and will always respect their rights to privacy but if they want the privilege of using social media then they will have to share their password in case there is a concern.
  4. Set a time limit. Always set a time limit for how long your child can be on their social networks. Typically there’s no reason your child needs to be on the computer for any longer than one hour a day especially during the school week.
  5. Be friends and follow your kids. If your child is on Facebook, make sure they’re your friend and if they are on Twitter, follow them. If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter, set up an account because it’s important to monitor their actions online.
  6. Most importantly – monitor activity daily. If your child is on their social media sites every day then so should you. Setting the rules is important but making sure they abide by the rules can only be done by monitoring what your kid is posting and who is posting on their wall.

About the Survey

From August 20th  to August 22nd 2012, an online survey was conducted among a randomly selected sample of 1016 Canadian parents of 10-17 year olds, who are Angus Reid Forum panelists.  Survey respondents were required to have a child, between the ages of 10-17 years old, who is active online.  Being active online was defined as having at least one of the following accounts: Facebook, Twitter, email, or other online/social network account. 

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a non-profit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit, and


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