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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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International Baccalaureate for Elementary Schools

March 7th, 2012

By: Wayne Arthurson

Many people are aware that a good number of Edmonton Public and Catholic schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to high school students. But not so many are aware that there are schools in the Edmonton region that also offer an IB program for Kindergarten through Grade 6.

            “The IB Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners with an international perspective that relates their world in Canada and Alberta to a larger global community,” says Dolores Kowalchuk, principal of Coronation School in North Glenora, one of only two Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) schools that offer the IB-PYP program. “At Coronation School in North Glenora, students are provided with the opportunity to become active and caring global citizens and lifelong learners through its IB-PYP.”

            Victoria School for the Arts is the other EPSB schools that offer IB-PYP. The Edmonton Catholic School District has four schools offering IB PYP: Annunciation Catholic Elementary School, Holy Cross Académie Internationale, St Clement Catholic Elementary/Junior High School and St. Edmund Elementary School.

            In order for an elementary school to become an IB-PYP World School, they have to undergo a rigorous training and accreditation process under the watchful eye of the non-profit International Baccalaureate Education Foundation. The process, which includes many hours of professional development for the teachers and administrators of a candidate school, can take anywhere from two to three years to complete.

            And once this process is complete, an accreditation team from IB North America headquarters in New York spends several days at the candidate school, interviewing students, teachers and parents, as well as conducting an assessment of the entire operation of the school.

            But once the accreditation is approved, the school has the right to call itself and IB World School. And that’s a limited club because only 848 schools throughout the world are IB-PYP schools. Only 58 of those IB PYP schools are in Canada with only six in the Edmonton area.

            “A focus of IB programming is to nurture global citizenship. Children don't just learn about their world, they develop a sense of responsibility and ownership,” says Christopher Spencer, trustee for the Edmonton Public School Board.  “The academic components of I.B. are rightfully celebrated. There is also merit in the sense of empathy that comes from taking an international perspective to primary education.”

            According to the IB PYP website the most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes that allows the students to step beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

            These six themes are: who we are, where we are in place and time, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organize ourselves, and sharing the planet.

            “These themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us,” according to the IB PYP website. “The program offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them.”

             To gain more information or to register to attend one of the IB PYP schools in Edmonton, just contact the principal of the previously mentioned school. Or attend an open house.

            Some of these IB PYP schools such as the Victoria School for the Arts do have a limited enrollment. Student must go through an application process in order to attend.    With other schools, such as Coronation School, there is no limited enrollment; students register the same way they would to attend any other regular program in the EPSB. The open house for Coronation School is March 7, 2012.

Wayne Arthurson is a freelance writer.



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