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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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Go Wild for Science this Summer at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton!

June 20th, 2014

By Ryan Friele

TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWoSE) is the place to be this summer with a season full of excitement, including two new feature exhibitions that will teach and entertain visitors of all ages!

On display this summer is K'NEX®: Thrill Rides, which will captivate young and adult visitors alike, providing them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides! Visitors will be immersed in the amusement park experience and will see 15 fully-functional amusement park rides, constructed solely from K’NEX rods and connectors. Models range from a roller coaster measuring over 10- feet long to a 6-foot tall Ferris wheel, a variety of swing rides from 3-10 feet and the new Serpent’s Spiral; a roller coaster made from K’NEX regular and micro parts that stands over 4-feet in height. The realistic actions of these models will bring scientific and engineering concepts to life, as visitors conduct simple experiments to explore physical forces, potential and kinetic energy and linear and rotational motion.

This exhibition also includes hands-on activities and K’NEX building areas for children ages 6 and up, as well as KID K’NEX for youngsters ages 3 to 5, where budding engineers can get started on their very own K’NEX creations. And if that is not enough, children won’t have to leave their K’NEX creations behind - instead creations can be purchased at the Weigh-&-Pay Stations inside the exhibition! Parents beware: full days will be lost in this exciting exhibition!  

Become a part of the rescue mission with Wildlife Rescue and explore the rehabilitation of different species who share Earth with us, and discover how we, as individuals, can make a difference! You will be immersed in compelling stories of animal rescues from around the world, including how seabirds are saved from environmental disasters and what happens to orphaned baby elephants and orangutans. Through interactive exhibits and displays, visitors will engage in rescue efforts while earning  understanding about the innovative science involved in wildlife rescue.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to experiment with techniques and tools used by rescuers, through hands-on exhibits and multimedia experiences, such as flying with whopping cranes on their first migration, playing panda matchmaker and simulating feeding California condors. Wildlife Rescue will not only examine what steps are taken throughout the world to conserve endangered animals but also help you discover ways you can help preserve endangered species in your own back yard!  

Both K’NEX: Thrill Rides and Wildlife Rescue are included with General Admission and are free for TWoSE Members!

Continue your wild adventures with two exciting IMAX 3D features this summer that will captivate and enthral visitors or all ages. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar, which is the only place on Earth where lemurs roam free. Lemurs arrived millions of years ago as castaways and eventually evolved into hundreds of diverse species, who are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist, Dr. Patricia Wright, on her journey to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world. Lemurs are a remarkable and quirky animal, full of personality who will bounce right into your hearts during Island of Lemurs: Madagascar!

Also playing in IMAX this summer is the family favourite Born to be Wild 3D. It tells an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them - saving endangered species one life at a time. The film combines stunning imagery of some of the rarest animals on Earth with stories of love that will tug on your heart strings!

This fall, a different type of adventure heads to TWoSE as Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition opens on October 11. Enter the world of Indiana Jones™ and discover field archaeology, ancient remains, cultural artifacts, a collection of Indy film props, costumes and more. Visitors will embark on a dynamic quest to unearth hidden treasures and explore ancient societies through an interactive tour.

For tickets and showtimes visit or call 708-451-3344.

Ryan Friele is Coordinator, Marketing & Membership at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton.

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