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This week's book reviews, by Connie Forst, as submitted for publication in the Tofield Mercury. True blood [DVD]. the complete first season The small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana boasts a wide array of colorful locals. Sookie Stackhouse is a sweet and innocent waitress who hides her powerful ability to read minds. Bill Compton is a 173-year-old vampire who's just moved back to town. Sookie's brother Jason is a ladies' man who can't seem to stay out of trouble. Tough-as-nails Tara is... More...

Thursday October 29, 2009 12:12PM - 0 Comment(s)



ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation recently launched the annual Munsch at Home Contest, a fun contest where families get to write a creative story together in hopes of winning a private home visit from Robert Munsch! But that's not all;the winning family will also get to choose a local library, school or literacy group to receive a public reading by Mr. Munsch. The contest runs until December 11 and is open to all Canadian families. The Munsch at Home Contest runs in celebration of Family... More...

Tuesday October 27, 2009 01:16PM - 0 Comment(s)



Don't forget to bring your preschoolers to our Children's Halloween Party led by balloon artist and puppeteer Deseri Adrian on Friday, October 30th at 10:30 am. Cost is $1 per child or $2 per family, and feel free to dress up! More...

Tuesday October 27, 2009 01:08PM - 0 Comment(s)



I've had a hard time getting to the computer this month as it's been a lot of hands-on programming work. We're almost half done our two fall sessions of Computers for Novices, and just finished a very successful fall session of Kids Connection (a new session has been plannned for January 13th). In between, we've had a story hour with the Day Home Providers, been to Clandonald School to promote the library, and hosted another successful book sale fundraiser for library. The Genealogy Interest... More...

Tuesday October 27, 2009 12:52PM - 0 Comment(s)



Hi all, I’m writing this while in Calgary for NetSpeed ’09. I’ll tell you some of the things I’m learning here next week.For now, the following is an issue that has cropped up a few times recently, so I thought I should address it. Donations Policies: A Matter of Give and Take Sometimes receiving book or materials donations from your patrons is like Christmas: you open a box and you see everything shiny and new.Oh the delight!Other times, it’s like getting coal in your stockings for being... More...

Monday October 26, 2009 01:40PM - 0 Comment(s)



This week's book reviews, by Connie Forst, as submitted for publication in the Tofield Mercury. Who owns the Arctic? : understanding sovereignty disputes in the north / Michael Byers Who actually controls the Northwest Passage? Who owns the trillions of dollars of oil and gas beneath the Arctic Ocean? Which territorial claims will prevail - those of the U.S., Russia, Canada or the Nordic nations - and why? In this highly readable book, a leading Arctic expert and international lawyer... More...

Friday October 23, 2009 10:59AM - 0 Comment(s)



This week's book reviews, by Connie Forst, as submitted for publication in the Tofield Mercury. Breaking the silence : veterans' untold stories from the Great War to Afghanistan / Ted Barris Describing combat, imprisonment or lost comrades from the wars was thought to be reserved for Remembrance Day or the Legion lounge. Nobody was ever supposed to see a soldier get emotional, or show their vulnerability. About 25 years ago, Ted Barris began breaking through this silence. Because of his... More...

Friday October 16, 2009 10:26AM - 0 Comment(s)



Going into OverDrive! You’ve been hearing about OverDrive.You know it’s going live on November 2nd.Are you ready for it? Some time ago, Kelly O. sent out information on how to download the software needed.A few of you responded, and now six libraries are ready.Six.Hmmm. I’ve attached the software download information again, so if you’ve simply forgotten – here’s the reminder.When you have installed it, please let us know the name of the computer you’ve installed it on. If you’re... More...

Friday October 16, 2009 09:09AM - 0 Comment(s)



This week, I went on van run with Joanne, so I haven’t been able to spend much time in the office.I did, however, get the chance to see most of the libraries in the Northern Lights Library System and met a lot of you briefly (very briefly!) You know how you start out with preconceived ideas of how things should be until reality taps you on the shoulder and says, “Now wait a minute…”?I’ve been experiencing that this week.Before going on vacation, Mircea asked that while on van run I keep an... More...

Friday October 09, 2009 01:19PM - 0 Comment(s)



Hello! It’s a long message this week, but one that a number of you have been asking for. Staffing & Salary Survey Report 2009 In February of 2009, the member libraries of the Northern Light s Library System were sent Staffing & Salary Surveys, and asked to return them mid-March.The survey covered: staff qualifications, staff salary ranges, library volunteers, general information and funding, benefits, continuing education for staff, and when personnel policies were put in place.... More...

Friday October 09, 2009 01:17PM - 0 Comment(s)



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