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Staff Blog

Well it's Holiday Time and that always means lots and lots of food...most of it made with lots and lots of butter and sugar... not to mention the appetizers, the gravy, the stuffing get the picture. So what's a person to do!!??  Most of us eat too much and don't move around enough anyway, and now this! Again!!

Winter is a great time for outdoor activities with your kids – from skiing to skating, to snow fort building, even a good old snowball battle is bound to keep everyone entertained. But if you are like me, outdoor play is only a small part of the day. What do you do the rest of the time? There are some great resources available in the library as well as online that can help fill those days when you need inspiration.

One of the great pleasures of reading  a good novel is the anticipation of settling in, studying  the cover, turning the title page, reading the dedication, the title page, the quote if there is one, and then embarking on the journey.  I've learned to add another step to this process from a friend who facilitates my book club.  Last year, she suggested reading just the first sentence of a novel, then closing the book and lingering over that first sentence for a few days before moving ahead with the read.  I've been doing that for months now. 


  • You've discovered our wonderful collection of downloadable audio books but you can't listen to them on your iPod.
  • You are ready to watch a movie but you can't skip the annoying trailers and commercials at the beginning of the DVD.
  • You purchased an e-book and you are unable to print a chapter even though the book's copyright is expired and the work is now in the public domain.

So why is this?

Today's morning news, with talk of flooding in London during this (so far!) strangely mild January, reminded me of the wonderful book "The Knowledge of Water" by Sarah Smith.   I decided to share the word about this book, and some of the other memorable books I've read over the past year.    book cover image"The Knowledge of Water" is set in Paris, France, during the great flood 1910 - the year the Seine overflowed its banks, causing havoc and devastation in the great city.

Looking for enlightenment, sore feet and all? Come to the Central branch on Saturday, January 12 (2- 4.00 p.m.) for an author reading & book signing by noted Canadian author Jane Christmas.

Yes, it is a cold and wintry January but it is not too early to start looking for your summer job. The City of London advertised their 2008 summer jobs last November. Other government postings will be available soon. Many large companies also start looking for their summer students in the winter or early spring.

Want to do an effective job search? Here is a check-list of things to start thinking about:

Why has copyright become such an important issue to so many people?  Why should you or I care?  Flickr, iPods, Youtube, DVDs, MP3 players - the way we use new technology could be at risk through more controlled Digital Rights Management (DRM).   We may also lose the ability to use copyright material for personal use, teaching or other reasons that were protected under the Fair Dealing Provisions. 

Parenting teenagers can be a bit of an adventure. Teenagers are like toddlers just learning to walk. There are many obstacles and dangers on the road to a new kind of independence, and it is up to parents to keep a close eye on these adults-in-the-making to make sure that in their explorations of the adult world, they don't travel too far down the wrong roads.  Our job is to give them enough independance so  that they have the opportunity to make choices, but to support them and guide them if those choices are not in their best interest.

There was exciting news in the world of Canadian publishing as the winner of the 2007 Scotiabank Giller prize was announced at a gala dinner in Toronto.  I thought this year's shortlist was particularly strong and that all the nominees were worthy of the prize.  I was rooting for Elizabeth Hay and her novel Late Nights on Air, and was delighted when her name was announced. I have been an admirer of her beautiful writing since I read A Student of Weather, my pe