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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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How to provide encouragement to your child

September 11th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Kumon

Did you know encouragement helps your children develop pride in their achievements and acquire a positive attitude toward learning?

While encouragement is not a new idea, most people tend to give their children non-specific praise instead of encouragement. By understanding the difference between praise and encouragement and how to use each appropriately, parents can help their children gain a sense of self-awareness and confidence.

Children who are encouraged tend to develop stronger self-motivation skills for their work and attain greater gratification from their work. They learn to take pride in the process as well as the final outcome. Encouragement gives children hope that they can succeed and builds their confidence by helping them recognize their own self-worth.

Different forms of praise have different effects on children. Praise is an expression of approval or admiration and can be non-specific, exaggerated, and is often in the form of a compliment. Encouragement, also known as specific praise, is detailed, non-judgmental, valid, and sincere. Praise can be given when good results are achieved, like winning a race or contest, but it should be used sparingly to retain its value. Encouragement can be given more often, even when activities don’t go as planned. When children feel discouraged and lose hope, encouragement is needed. Simply praising a child for doing a “good job” may not be as effective as encouraging them by commenting on their “commitment to getting the job done.”

The following are a few examples of non-specific praise vs. encouragement:

Non-specific Praise

Encouragement – Specific Praise

Non-specific praise is often more about the feelings of the one giving the praise, rather than the one receiving it.

“You make me proud!”


Encouragement is focused on the feelings of the recipient.

“You must be proud of yourself for working through that problem.”

Non-specific praise is vague and can be meaningless when said repeatedly.

“Good job!”

Encouragement is specific.

“You followed all the directions on your worksheet and got a good score.”


Non-specific praise is often exaggerated for effect.

“You are the best student I have ever seen!”

Encouragement is based on realistic achievements.

“You have come a long way. You’re reading more difficult books than you used to.”


By encouraging children, they realize that they are capable. They will be able to take on new challenges with confidence and gain a sense of self-awareness, making it more likely that they will succeed.

For more information, contact Kumon Math & Reading Centres at 1-800-ABC-MATH or

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