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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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Tips to Help Your Child Have a Better School Year

September 1st, 2015

By Anastasia Pasqual

As a parent, getting your kids ready to go back-to-school can sometimes be challenging. Juggling fun and learning certainly isn’t easy but it’s an effective way to get your children ready to learn again. We all want our children to be well-prepared for the year to come but after a few months of relaxing, what does it take to get kids back into the swing of things? Taking the month of August to start preparing for what’s ahead is a great way to help children transition from a few months of summer to a full-time school schedule in September. Here are some tips to help smooth that transition:

Get a head start on your morning routine.

Putting an earlier bedtime in place for your child at least one week before school begins, will make the transition easier when it comes to waking up early. Continue your morning “practice run” by planning quick and healthy breakfast ideas together. If your child is old enough, have him/her get into the habit of making lunch for himself/herself.

Read a book a day.

You can set a specific time for reading a book each day and make it fun by establishing “together time.” For instance, you can ask your child to read a book that matches a summer activity you shared, such as going to the beach, riding horses, or camping. Enhance these special learning moments by taking the reading session outdoors on a picnic or under a tree.

Ease first day of school jitters.

Being nervous about the first day of school is natural for many children. From new teachers to new friends, new schools to new schedules, the anticipation of a new school year can be overwhelming. Remind your child of achievements from last year and all he has to look forward to this year, from learning new subjects to exploring new extracurricular activities.

Tour the route and school.

Remind your children that they are certainly not the only ones who are uneasy about setting off for school on the first day. It’s important to make sure that children are familiar with the new route, new routine and the new school environment. Take a practice run of the schedule. Make it special and surprise your child with an afternoon filled with their favourite activity.

Encourage a study buddy.

Before school begins, your child may want to begin thinking about who their study buddy will be this school year. Having someone to go to the library with after school or work out homework problems with can also help your child forge positive and supportive relationships with peers.

Create a distraction-free “study zone.”

Has your child’s study area become cluttered over the summer? Now is the time to get organized. Use this time to ensure all distractions are removed (e.g. games), and only necessities like paper, pencils/pens, erasers, and other study supplies are accessible in the “study zone.” Get your child into the habit of using this area for activities like reading and writing in the weeks leading up to the start of school.  

Anastasia Pasqual is an instructor from Kumon Math and Reading Centre of Lessard, Edmonton.

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