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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!

For the full article and more information about EPL, please visit:

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!


For more information about Edmonton Public Library and their awesome programs, visit:

Homeschooling Resources

July 31st, 2010

There are two types of home education offered by Alberta Education:  A Home education program or a Blended school/home education program.

Home Education/Traditional

Parents may choose to educate their children at home, entirely or in part, provided they meet the requirements of the School Act and the Home Education Regulation.

The provincial government gives boards and accredited private schools a per student grant for supervising home education students. Parents receive at least 50% of this grant for the purchase of programs of study and instructional materials. Parents do not have to use the Alberta Programs of Study.  A Home Education program will meet the Schedule of Learning Outcomes for Students Receiving Home Education Programs That Do Not Follow the Alberta Program of Study. They must ensure their children are receiving an education that meets provincial standards, but can choose curriculum, resources and teaching methods consistent with their beliefs.

Alberta Education Home Education Regulations:

 Alberta Education Home Education Handbook:


Blended Programs/Aligned/Part-time School

Parents may teach their children for part of their education program and have a school teach them for the rest of their instruction. With blended programs, parents may decide to teach the subjects they feel most capable of handling while school teaches the rest. The school must teach the student at least 50% of the blended program in grades 1 to 9.

The school portion must follow The Alberta Program of Studies and the Home Education portion will follow the Schedule of Learning Outcomes for Students Receiving Home Education Programs That Do Not Follow the Alberta Program of Study


School Act Rights and Regulations:

 Reference:  Alberta Education


School Boards (in alphabetical order) that Register Edmonton and area Home Education Students


Alberta Distance Learning Centre

Argyll Centre

Black Gold Regional Schools

Cbelearn  or

Centre for Learning at Home, Okotoks

Edmonton Catholic

Education Unlimited

Families Learning Together

Golden Hills Home Learning

Home Learning Connection (formerly Community Connections)

Hope Christian School

Phoenix Foundation

Rockyview/Airdrie Learning Connection


School of Hope – Vermillion (East Central Alberta Catholic Separate Schools)

Sherwood Park Catholic

Sherwood Park Public

St. Albert (Elk Island) Catholic

St. Albert Protestant

The Home Education Exchange

Wisdom Homeschooling


Find Your Support Community


Alberta Homeschooling Rate Your School Board Blog

Find out what to look for in a school board and see what other’s experiences have been.


Society for the Homeschool Network of Edmonton (SHINE)


Cochrane Home Educators Support Group


Helping Hands Home Education Support Group


AHEA – Alberta Home Education Association

Airdrie Christian Home Educating Parents


Strathmore Home School Support Group


Calgary Education Fair (Annual May Trade Show with most school boards present)


Homeschoolers Guide (Alberta) Magazine


Life learning magazine (Canada)


 Yahoo Email Groups


Homeschooling High School


General support group for all homeschoolers in Alberta


For buying used curriculum, and supplies

Homeschooling Preschoolers


Homeschooling Children with Special Needs


Calgary Homeschooling


Canada Unschooling Group


Books about Homeschooling

And the Skylark Sings With Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and
Community-Based Education, ALBERT, David

In Their Own Way: Discovering & Encouraging Your Child's Personal
Learning Style; The Myth of the A.D.D. Child; 7 Kinds of Smart: Identifying & Developing Your Multiple Intelligences, ARMSTRONG, Thomas

Homeschooling For Excellence, COLFAX, David & Micki

The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The Most Important Questions Answered
 by Homeschooling’s Most Respected Voices, DOBSON, Linda

Dumbing Us Down, GATTO, John Taylor

The Homeschooling Handbook
The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's
Classroom,GRIFFITH, Mary

Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense, GUTERSON, David

How Children Fail; How Children Learn; Learning All The Time; Teach Your Own
HOLT, John

Learning At Home: A Mother's Guide to Homeschooling, LANE, Marty

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School & Get a Real Life
and Education, LLEWELLYN, Grace

School Can Wait; The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook, MOORE, Raymond & Dorothy

The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for
Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from
Arithmetic to Zoology; Getting Started on Home Learning: How and Why to Teach Your Kids at Home, RUPP, Rebecca

Child's Work: taking Children's Choices Seriously, WALLACE, Nancy


Homeschooling Magazines

The Homes-Schoolers Guide

Life learning magazine





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