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I am my Family

     Chilean/Canadian photographer Rafael Goldchain whose parents immigrated to Chile before the start of the Second World War, describes his family history as one "defined by exile".

1001 Books you Must Read Before You Die

Isn't that a catchy title? This is a great resource if you are looking for a good book to read.book cover image 1001 Books You must Read Before You Die is available at several branch libraries and is a reference tool at Central (you can't take it out but you can use it in the library).

The Power of the Mind to Heal- Inspirational Film Festival

 In this film Dr.Joan Borysenko, a Harvard-trained medical scientist, as well as an expert in psychology and mind-body medicine, teaches through compelling examples and deeply moving stories. You will learn how to gain greater inner peace, understand your ego, overcome fear, develop a philosophy of compassion and forgiveness and more.

Do You Know Your Credit Score?

Knowledge of one's current credit history, including a credit score is important during both good or bad economic times.  Financial institutions look to an individual's credit rating to help decide whether or not to grant a customer either a personal or small business loan.

Fortunately the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada can help Canadians stay apprised of their personal financial situations as they appear in credit reports and scores.

"Toot your own horn"

Portfolios for me have always conjured up images of the artistic types,   (painters, sculptors, models, architects, fashion designers), with folders full of sketches or photographs of their work. But nowadays portfolios have become essential for every profession if one wants to stand out from the crowd of job seekers. Portfolios are your career DNA-showing a record of your work ; demonstrating your skills, knowledge, competencies, and accolades. It is the easiest way to "toot your own horn."

Deliciously Creepy Canadian mystery

You know, when The Calling  first came out in hardcover last year, I heard nothing but rave reviews. It was voted one of the best mystery books of 2008 by Publisher's Weekly.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't grab a copy sooner. What a fantastic read!

Soles of the Century-History of Shoes

Join us for the Soles of the Century talk on Wednesday, June 17th at 7pm in the Stevenson & Hunt room in Central Library, to explore the history of shoes with Fanshawe Pioneer Village staff as they discuss the social and historical importance of shoes.For most of human history, footwear has been both a necessity and a luxury worn by all classes within society.

Picture Books for Adults?

What a treat to read a literary work with lots of illustrations!  Even though I'm many years past reading picture books to my young children, I still have a weakness for books with attractive pictures or vivid art work.  So my attention was immediately caught by a beautiful new book, 'Paintings in Proust',  which is a lavishly illustrated visual guide to

Cycling 101

According to the Highway Traffic Act a bicycle is a vehicle and when you are riding one you are a driver and may be fined for failing to observe and practice the rules of the road.  With your free library card borrow Bike Safety material to review with your children and be sure to visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation online cycling guide to review hand signals, bike handling