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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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Hitting the Right Note

August 1st, 2010

By: Heather Razaghi

Yesterday I watched my one-year-old daughter dance along to the music for the first time ever. It was exciting to watch her enjoy music in that way. She has already attended many music classes and I know that she enjoys it. It’s amazing to see that joy on her face and to know that music is a great tool to help her grow and develop.

I think all parents have had a moment like this when they see there child enjoying music, dancing, singing or playing an instrument. However, you may be surprised to learn just how beneficial music can be to their development and overall well-being. For many years research has shown us that music education raises IQ and fosters higher levels of achievement in mathematics and sciences. More recent studies have shown that early music education affects children in many other amazing ways.

            In a 2006 study, researchers at McMaster University found that children who had participated in music classes for just one year had higher levels of brain activity when tested. This led them to conclude that the brains of these children were actually functioning on a higher level and were being ‘wired-up’ differently than those children who did not participate in the music classes. They also observed better memory skills, higher levels of literacy, better listening skills, and higher IQs.

Music can help children intellectually, but let me tell you about some other ways that music can benefit our children. Making music together in a group setting creates a sense of connection that is rare in our current society. Bonding and feeling like ‘part of a group’ is joyful for a child and children are drawn to learning in a pleasant and joyful environment.

Music can also help our children to absorb and retain information more easily. In a 1997 study University of Chicago researchers found that we learn and retain information better when it is attached to an emotion and action. Therefore, if children are moving and being stimulated emotionally, they will actually learn and retain information more easily. What better way to learn than in a music class! In fact, I bet that many of us have used music as a learning tool; do you remember singing your ABCs?

From nursery rhymes to classical, rock, country or pop, music is also one of the best ways we learn about the human experience, making it meaningful and important to us. Music teaches us compassion. Children can learn and be inspired by music because it reveals to them things about the world that they may not understand using words alone. Rhythm and music carry a beat that can reflect a multitude of emotions, interpreted by child and adult alike.

I have seen with my own eyes the tremendous effect making music can have upon babies and children. Watching mothers and fathers bond with their little ones, while they sing to them or share a rhyme is always a precious sight. I have seen children as young as ten months tapping along with the beat on their rhythm sticks and in watching my own little girl dance I am convinced that music is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children.


Heather Razaghi is the owner of Heather’s Musical Garden/ Licensed Musikgarten Teacher.

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