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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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Recommended Reads for Fall

August 28th, 2014

Submitted by Jennifer Mason, FMPL Children’s Librarian

The best thing you can do to help your child become a strong reader is to read to them: even fifteen minutes a day has a huge positive effect, increasing children’s vocabulary and school achievement. Older kids like to be read to as well, or read to you. Here are some titles share for getting into the school spirit.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

The pigeon might try to drive the school bus. . .don’t let him! This funny, interactive book is great to share. It encourages kids to have a conversation with the talkative pigeon. Next time you’re at the library, borrow one of our mini iPads from the Children’s Help Desk for in-library use and play Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! to create your own pigeon story. If you like this one, there are a five more Pigeon books to enjoy.

Tony Baloney: School Rules

This early reader is great for beginning independent readers, or you can read it to a child who is getting ready for their first day of kindergarten or early entry. It addresses first day anxiety in a fun and entertaining way. As Tony Baloney learns the rules of school (with a couple minor mishaps) he discovers school isn’t about being perfect; it’s about learning and doing your best.

Splat the Cat

Splat the cat is nervous about his first day of school, “I don’t have clean socks, Mom. Maybe I should go to school tomorrow instead?” said Splat. “You don’t wear socks,” said his mom. Kids will laugh and appreciate the cute, quirky illustrations as Splat makes it through his first day of school, ultimately shining with the help of his pet mouse. If you like this book, the library carries many more Splat the Cat titles.

I am Too Absolutely Small for School

Lola has some strong opinions about why she does not have time to go to school, and so does her invisible friend, Soren Lorenson. Luckily, Lola’s older brother Charlie has some pretty imaginative arguments for going to school: What if Lola needs to write a letter to Santa? Or read a bedtime story to an angry ogre? The banter between Lola and Charlie is clever and creative, and Lola learns that school may just have a something to offer after all.

100 Inventions that Made History

Be inspired by the history of 100 world-changing inventions from rockets, antibiotics and video games to toilets. This colourful book, full of pictures and facts encourages kids’ natural curiosity, nurturing an attitude that fosters lifelong learning.

I Spy School Days

Reading I spy books together and searching for the items in the pictures is a fun and engaging way to share books. Check out our many I Spy books at the library, including I Spy School Days.

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