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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: https://www.epl.ca/blogs/post/the-coolest-recipes-to-beat-the-summer-heat/

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! https://www.epl.ca/

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: https://www.epl.ca/blogs/post/what-teens-can-do-to-keep-busy-this-summer/

Teaching Movements in Everyday Life

March 1st, 2015

Submitted by: Kumon

The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” empowers everyone in the community to take part in helping children learn and grow into well-rounded adults. Here is a collection of tips to help your child learn from siblings, neighbours, friends and family members. You are your child’s first teacher, however, so be open to exposing your child to new ideas, and viewpoints as well as different ways of learning.

Make Communication Important

People learn in many ways, but at a basic level it all comes down to people communicating with one another, sharing ideas and thoughts, and then learning from one another. When your child is comfortable communicating, it is more likely that he or she will learn something from people other than teachers in his or her life. If you have a shy or reserved child, remember that shyness is a personality trait, not a fault. However, it is important that your child learn how to communicate effectively. Try building his or her communication confidence by encouraging him or her to speak up around people he or she is familiar with, such as your friends at a dinner party or the local cashier at the grocery store. These little confidence-builders can go a long way toward making your child feel comfortable when communicating in public. Whatever you do, make communication important and lead by example. Your initiative will make your child more comfortable conversing with others.

Encourage Siblings, Grandparents or Relatives to Share

It may be that your home has more than one child or includes several generations living together. If so, older children may have lessons and advice that they can share with younger ones. It may seem obvious that older children would readily share experiences or challenges with younger children, but this may not be the case. Talk with your younger child and explain to him or her that it’s okay to ask his or her older brother or sister or grandparent for advice if he or she is having a problem with something. If you only have one child, you can have him or her talk with an older cousin or relative for advice. Let your child know how important it is to talk to people who have lived through the things that he or she is currently experiencing in order to gain new perspective on how he or she can better deal with them. Learning from people of different ages and backgrounds will also help your child gain respect, appreciation and stronger bonds with family members.

Reveal the World as a Classroom

You’ve heard the words, “You learn something new every day,” and your child probably has too. In a child’s mind, this phrase usually is associated with the classroom, but if you can reveal other learning resources outside of the classroom, this phrase can take on a whole new meaning. Your child can learn from neighbors, friends, bus drivers and relatives just like he or she can learn from teachers. The next time your child comes home from a friend’s house and shares with you something he or she has learned, explain how he or she just got a little smarter and learned something new without sitting at a desk or reading a textbook.

Parents know that the world is full of chances to learn and grow each day; this knowledge comes with age and maturity. Instill in your child the value of learning something new daily and teach him or her that learning extends beyond the walls of the classroom. As your child shares and communicates more with the villagers in your community, he or she will see how much knowledge the village holds and will start making withdrawals from its knowledge bank.

More educational tips and hints can be found online at www.facebook.com/kumon. To learn more about Kumon, visit www.kumon.ca.

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