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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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Back to School Isn’t Just for the Kids!

September 1st, 2015

By Adriana Amelio

Education is not limited to the classroom or to a specific time in our lives. Opportunities for growth and education happen every day. With back to school just around the corner, it can be pretty exciting to think about all the new things your kids will learn and discover this year. But what about you? Personal enrichment can be found in many ways, and nothing is quite as satisfying as uncovering a new skill or interest.

Thought you were done learning? Think again! Continuing education can offer a wide variety of opportunities for both personal and professional growth. Adult continuing education programming has the benefit of offering hundreds of options at varied pace, skill level and locations around the city at a fraction of the cost of post-secondary or formal business training. With such a wide variety of offerings in Edmonton, there is no shortage of options for potential students. For example, cooking classes are a great way to learn new skills, have fun or do something creative in your evenings. Conquer your kitchen and be the envy of all your guests with dishes from around the world. You can start from the beginning and learn basic knife skills, or delve into the world of ethnic cooking as you travel the globe with your culinary pursuits.

Is an exotic trip in your future? Learn a new language before you get there! Languages can often be hard to pick up, but finding a class with the right pace and experienced instructors can help you achieve your goal. We often stress the benefits of a second language to students in school, but learning a new language can be just as valuable later in life. According to Alberta Education, learning a second language can increase ones intellectual potential as well as their professional opportunities. In fact, “there is an urgent requirement for qualified speakers of languages other than English in areas of science, technology, medicine and global commerce,” across Canada. What may start as a hobby could actually benefit you professionally!

Education can even be more fun than work. Musical education has numerous intellectual benefits, but playing an instrument is often just a fun pastime for most. Picking a course a little off the beaten track can be a great challenge, like learning to play the banjo or ukulele. Musical education is also a great way to meet people with common interests outside of your regular social circle. Group drumming and ukulele circle sessions are popular local course offerings.

One of Edmonton’s options for personal and professional enrichment programming, Metro Continuing Education, has over 350 unique and exciting courses in 16 categories for you to explore this fall.  Part of Edmonton Public Schools, Metro is a customer service-oriented educational institution committed to providing flexible and diverse learning opportunities to students of all ages and needs. Whether you’re looking for a fun new hobby, a great night out, affordable group activities or professional development, make Metro your first stop for personal and professional enrichment programming!

Visit for more information or to download the current Class Calendar.

Adriana Amelio is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Metro Continuing Education. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Alberta in 2012 and completed the Public Relations Diploma at MacEwan University in 2013. She remains active in the Edmonton community through volunteering at various events and organizations including IABC Edmonton and The Yards Magazine.

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