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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!

For the full article and more information about EPL, please visit:

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!


For more information about Edmonton Public Library and their awesome programs, visit:

2012 Edmonton Area School Open House Dates

December 22nd, 2011

Beaux Esprits Playschool

Address: Room # 105, 15120-104 Avenue

Phone: 780-484-4926



Open House: Feb. 8 at 7pm

Bonnie Doon Playschool

Address: Rutherford School, 8620-91 Street

Phone: 780-461-3449   


Open House: Monday March 12, 7-8 pm



Address: Room # 4, 9735 - 80 Avenue

Phone: 780-240-5332



Open House: April 17 at 7:30 pm

Comitato Promotore della Lingua Italiana  

Address: 10915 - 141 Street
Phone: 780- 722- 5391


Always taking registrations. Watch the website for open house dates.

Edmonton Catholic Schools


Welcoming Students for September 2012

At Edmonton Catholic Schools children can begin their educational journey as young as 3 years old with the two-year 100 Voices program.   Programs for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students are offered at one of our 87 schools and schools hold an Open House between January and May. For specific Open House dates and times visit


Edmonton Public Schools


In over 200 locations throughout the city, Edmonton Public Schools is helping to shape the future. We know it’s important to help our 80,000 students develop the ability, passion and imagination to pursue their dreams and contribute to their community. We also recognize that each of our students is unique, with their own strengths, needs and interests. Pre-registration at Edmonton Public Schools begins each year in early March. Visit to find the location of your neighbourhood school, learn about our more than 30 alternative programs, or explore a list of school open houses.

Grandin Prescolaire

Address: 10209-123 St

Phone: 780-447-5995


Open House: February 28

Little Caterpillar Academy

Address: 8939 - 82 Avenue

Phone: (780) 297 - 0519



Open House:  March 14th from 5:30 to 7pm

Progressive Academy

Address: 13212 - 106 Avenue

Phone: 780-455-8344



Open House: February 10th, 10am. Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12.
Call the school to register for the Open House.


Address: 7730-106 St

Phone: 780-433-4224


Open House: March 15 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Westend Community Playschool

Address: 15108-76 Avenue

Phone: (780) 444-0221


Open House and Registration: Tuesday, February 7, 5:30 -7:30pm

West End Montessori

Address: 15120 - 104 Avenue

Phone: 780-487-6419


Always taking registrations. To schedule a one-on-one evaluation any time call or email

West Edmonton Playschool

Address: 15525 - 83 Avenue

Phone: 780-918-1115


Open House: Tuesday, January 24 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Public Registration: Wednesday, February 1, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Spots available in January 2012 for 2 year old program.









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