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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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Our Metro Contest Winner's Experience

May 1st, 2013

By: Lori-Ann Claerhout

I took a lot of new skills away from my day at Metro at the "Become a Leading Facilitator" class. Our leader, Harriet van Staveren, was well experienced as a facilitator, and seemed to know exactly how much time we needed on each topic, when we needed breaks, and basically, how to guide us throughout the day. Clearly, she was modelling exemplary facilitating behaviour in this facilitator's course.

I signed up for the facilitator's course because I have started to lead workshops, and want to be better at it! In February, I organized a workshop where fifteen writers came to my hometown of Athabasca to work with copywriting wordsmith and all-around wise woman Alexandra Franzen for a weekend. Alex led the sessions, and I organized the details. It was a hit! And in the future, I'd like to do a little more leading myself.

At my Metro class, we worked through some practical principles of adult learning, including examining learning modes, and dipping into leadership and personality styles. I see now how tailoring a workshop to include visual, auditory, reading-writing, and kinesthetic (movement-based, or rooted in practical examples) components will help to reach the widest audience of learning styles. Harriet offered us simple tests to suggest which learning styles my classmates and I most closely aligned with. It didn't surprise me at all that I mostly prefer reading and writing and practical examples. And the best part of Harriet's teaching style is that she "practices what she preaches" and offered us exercises in all learning modes, including moments of listening, looking at diagrams, reading, and actively constructing. I will model my next facilitated session (workshop or otherwise) on Harriet's style and some of the activities we worked through in the class.

Harriet provided a model for developing lesson plans--a model not so different from the ones I implement in my day job as an editor of course materials at Athabasca University--and I'm looking forward to using her template, because she made it very easy. The template includes spaces for lesson objectives, resources required (something I would tend to do at the last minute--or just expect that my work space would have things like whiteboard markers), and an area to set up the actual event. In this model, there are four parts to an event: connecting, exploring, practicing, and assessing. Simple! And in this template, I could add my notes, including actual content, activity descriptions, and time allocated.

I had a very positive experience in Harriet's class, and learned from my colleagues there about working in the not-for-profit sector with new Canadians and women-in-transition. Having other examples of how these tools could be used in different settings helped reinforce my learning, and build a greater perspective for applications of my new skills. What I like best about "adult learning" is that everyone comes to the class with their own story and lived experience. Meeting my fellow facilitators-in-training and having lunch with them and hearing about their out-of-class worlds was a highlight of the day.

I would definitely take a Metro class again. Right now, I have my eye on some of the ethnic cooking classes. Maybe "Savoury Indian Street Food" or "Thai it up!" Mmmmm. . . .

Metro is a bit of a golden thread in the fabric of Edmonton's activities. Their courses span from legal and business to wholistic to languages and fitness--at reasonable prices and convenient times. I had a very positive experience, and am grateful to Edmonton's Child and Metro for allowing me to participate. Thank you!

Lori-Ann Claerhout is an editor, writer, workshop-builder, skier, swimmer, and dreamer of big ideas in the forest in Athabasca, Alberta. Lori is a devoted Auntie and became a far-too-young insta-Grandma when Mike's son and daughter-in-law had babies Adelie and Ewan.

Photo credit: Martin Husch

Tags: Dads, education, Moms

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