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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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When I Grow Up I Want to Save the Environment

September 14th, 2010

If you ask a kid, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” it’s pretty likely that he or she might come up with one of the old standbys: firefighter, ballerina or astronaut. But if you ask that same kid, “What do you want to DO when you grow up?” there’s a good chance that he or she might say something about wanting to help the environment.

From junior kindergarten, children are taught about the environment and what can be done to help our planet, but most kids—and most parents—don’t often think about the possibilities of turning this desire to be green into a career.

Because the environment is top of mind among global and local leaders, the number and types of environmental science and sustainability-focused careers is rapidly expanding. In addition, many organizations are also realizing the importance of investing in young minds to create a well-equipped workforce that’s prepared to handle the environmental movement of tomorrow.

The last several years have seen the development of programs like the Canon Envirothon, North America’s largest environmental competition. These programs are created to encourage Canadian teens to pursue environmental studies and subsequent career paths, and reach kids who may not have understood what a rich and rewarding field environmental sciences could be.

This year, over 500,000 teens from across North America participated in the Envirothon. Preparing months in advance by completing tests, doing research, and conducting experiments, these green teens proved that they’re capable of understanding as well as solving some of today’s most complex environmental issues.

This type of competition appeals to kids like David Lawless. David was 14 years old when he began participating in Envirothon. He learned about the program through his Grade nine environmental science teacher who suggested he join the team. An Envirothon participant for four consecutive years, David saw it as an opportunity to analyze and decipher key environmental problems with his peers, teachers and natural resource professionals. Even now as a university student, David remains active in the program as a valued volunteer at the Ontario provincial Envirothon.

“The Envirothon has meant a great deal to me because it not only opened doors to a number of career and educational opportunities and exchanges, but it kick started my interest in making a difference,” said David. “I firmly believe that education and raising awareness play a fundamental role in environmental sustainability.”

Currently, David is an ecology student at Guelph University, and has already founded the Global Changemakers Community Action Project, a program designed to help mitigate the effects of a changing climate on water ecosystems in local communities. Additionally, David has worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources where he’s undertaken habitat restoration projects and conducted important research on climate change across Canada, and last summer, he worked at Parks Canada as a bilingual nature interpreter and biosphere researcher, leading hikes and doing studies on the ecology of the Niagara Escarpment. On top of all of this, David was also selected as one of only five international youth delegates to the United Nations World Climate Conference in Geneva.

With programs like the Canon Envirothon, and ambassadors like David telling their stories, perhaps it won’t be long before kids add ecologist, bio-researcher and other environmental-focused careers to their list of future aspirations.  This year, the team of five students from Sexsmith Secondary School won the Alberta Envirothon and represented the province at the Canon Envirothon in Fresno, California in August.

About the Envirothon

Ranging from Grades nine to 12, participants spend several months preparing for the regional, provincial and international competitions, which test students’ knowledge of four primary environmental themes: Aquatic ecology, soil, wildlife and forestry. As well, teens explore one topical issue each year. This year, students’ examined the Protection of Groundwater Through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning. Collaborating with their peers and learning from a group of industry experts, students are discovering the critical role that policy makers play in adopting and implementing effective strategies for long-term protection of ground water.

The provincial competitions, which are organized by the Canadian Forestry Association, choose one winning school to move on and represent their province or territory at the Canon Envirothon international competition, which was held in August at California State University in Fresno, California. Competing for Canon scholarships, prizes and awards worth more than $125,000 USD, teams prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges made up of foresters, soil scientists, wildlife experts and more. Each team is evaluated on their problem-solving capabilities, presentation skills and recommendations to help solve the specific environmental challenge presented during the competition. For more on Envirothon and how to get involved, please visit


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