Children’s English Summer Programs by Alison McCorkle

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We are busy preparing for this summer’s children’s programs in both the Haileybury and New Liskeard branches.

On Wednesdays, starting 3 July, from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Haileybury branch we will be having our T.D. Summer Reading Club Family Storytime.   This program will alternate between the branches weekly. Check our website or Facebook page for dates and times or call us at 705-647-4215 or 705-672-3707.  Children accompanied by an adult are invited to join us for stories, colouring activities, and playtime. There are no age restrictions for the children but we will be choosing picture books that are suitable for children from around 3 to approximately 7 years of age.

This summer we are offering our first Pen Pal program and are very excited to partner with the Kenora Public Library.  This is for children aged 8 to 14 and will take place in the New Liskeard branch on the following Friday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: July 5th and 19th and August 16th and 30thIt will be a wonderful opportunity for the children to make friendships that may last a lifetime with youth in another community and socialize with like-minded peers here at home.

As a very special treat, on Thursday July 11 at 10:30 a.m. we invite families to come to the Riverside Place for a live performance of The Firebird by the Little Red Theatre Company of Toronto.  This event is sponsored by the Temiskaming Shores Public Library so your attendance is free.

We will also have Saturday programs at the New Liskeard branch on July 13, and 27 and August 10 and 24.  We haven’t finalized plans yet but they will follow the natural world theme and include crafts, stories, various activities and hopefully even a guest or two. Check our Facebook page for details!

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How to Renew Library Books in Your Pajamas by Elesha Teskey

You don’t have to wear your pajamas to renew your library books, but you can!

If you have the internet at home or data on a mobile device, you can renew your books at anytime through the Temiskaming Shores Public Library website. All you need is your library card number, found on the back of your card. If you don’t have it, call or stop in during business hours, and we can give it to you.

When you visit our website, click on Online Catalog on the right under our logo. That will take you to another page where you can see what books are new, search for titles, put books on hold, or renew your books.

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At the very top of the page on the right, there’s a list of options, click on Log In.

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A little box pops up asking for your library card number and pin. Enter your card number without spaces. If you haven’t sent up an account before, your pin will probably be “books”. If you did set up an account and forget your pin, we can provide it to you.

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Now that you are logged in, you can view your account by clicking My Account in the menu found in the top right corner. That page will show you the information we have about you in our system (if there’s any changes needed to your address or phone number, please let us know). The tabs above the information also allow you to see your checkouts, holds, and fines.

To renew your books, click on Checkouts. Above the box showing your list of books, there is the option to select all the books or you can click on the boxes beside the items you want to renew. Once you’ve chosen your items, click the blue Renew button above or below you list. A box will pop up that asks if you want to renew the item(s), choose yes. If an item has a hold on it or you’re over your renewal limit, it will not renew and a message will appear in red under that book title.

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One thing to remember when renewing books is that you can renew a book two times without bringing it into the library as long as there are no holds on it. After that, you need to bring it into either branch to renew it so we can ensure it’s in good condition.

There you have it! You can renew your library books online at any time, even at 10 o’clock at night in your pajamas. We are also always happy to renew books for you in the branches if you call in or stop by.

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Envisageant les réductions budgétaires par la province, aux services des bibliothèques par Rebecca Hunt

Le monde des bibliothèques est encore sous le choc des réductions budgétaires de 50%  de chaque organization des services de Bibliothèque de la province, le Services des bibliothèques du Nord (OLS-North) et celle du Sud (SOLS). Cette coupure a été annoncée dans le budget de 2019 par le gouvernement de l’Ontario. En ce moment nous n’avons pas beaucoup de détails sur l’impact total sur les bibliothèques du Nord. Une subvention, pour aider les bibliothèques de l’Ontario à participer dans le programme provincial de prêts entre bibliothèques, a maintenant pris fin et tout le système a été suspendu jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Dans le sud de l’Ontario le service de courier par camionnettes pour transporter les livres empruntés entre les bibliothèques a été suspendu et maintenant elles doivent réorganiser leur système pour s’adapter à l’expédition des livres par Postes Canada. En plus, cinq postes à temps plein ont été éliminés par les Services des bibliothèques de l’Ontario – Nord, et un sixième poste a été rétrogradé à temps partiel. Même si nous ne savons pas exactement quels services subissent l’influence par ces mises à pied de OLS-North, nous savons que ces réductions aussi drastiques dans cette capacité aura un impact disproportionné sur les petites bibliothèques rurales et autochtones du nord.

En tant que bibliothécaire du nord de l’Ontario je peux témoigner sur le fait que les petites bibliothèques rurales et autochtones du nord comptent sur OLS-North et SOLS pour plusieurs services et il n’y a aucun doute des impacts négatifs sur les activités quotidiennes des ces bibliothèques, malgré les commentaires par le porte-parole du Ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et Sport Brett Weltman que les services des bibliothèques du sud et du nord sont “des organismes autonomes qui n’ont aucune influence dans les activités quotidiennes de les bibliothèques publiques de l’Ontario”. Sans semer la panique, j’aimerais discuter des impactes négatifs possibles à cause des compressions budgétaires.

OLS-North gère un consortium d’achat, ou un groupe d’achat, dans le nord de l’Ontario appelé le Joint Automation Server Initiative ou JASI. Ce serveur d’automitasion nous fournit le logiciel de bibliothèque que nous utilisons pour enregister les livres en circulation à la sortie et à l’entrée et pour faire des recherches dans nos collections. Plus de cent petites bibliothèques y compris la bibliothèque de Temiskaming Shores, se sont unis pour acheter le logiciel de bibliothèque dans le consortium. Ce logiciel permet aux personnes à regarder nos collections, avoir accès à leur compte en ligne, renouveler leur livres ou réserver des titres sur les livres qu’ils souhaitent. Ceci est utilisé par notre personnel quotidiennement pour l’administration des succursales et pour faire le suivi du matériel en prêt à les  membres de la communauté. La perte de cette opportunité d’achat par le groupe pour ce service signifierait que les petites bibliothèques seraient obligés d’acheter leur propre logiciel au coût de plusieurs milliers de dollars. Malheureusement, pour présenter leur inventaire de matériaux, une bibliothèque est incapable de fonctionner sans un catalogue d’une certaine forme et ce coût serait potenciellement transférés aux contribuables locaux des bibliothèques publiques.

OLS-North aide aussi aux bibliothécaires et à leurs conseils de recevoir la formation requise dont ils ont besoin pour faire leur travail. Ils fournissent un soutien et des occasions de réseautage afin que chaque conseil de bibliothèque évite de “réinventer la roue” dans l’élaboration des politiques et des meilleures pratiques de prestation de service. Ceci aide à augmenter l’efficacité du fonctionnement des bibliothothèques partout dans le Nord de l’Ontario.

SOLS gère le service de prêts entre bibliothèques ainsi qu’un consortium d’une collection de livres électroniques appelée Overdrive. Le service de prêts fourni des livres d’en dehors de notre communauté qui ne se trouvent pas dans notre collection, mais qui peuvent être empruntés. Plusieurs personnes utilisent ce service pour obtenir des livres d’intérêt spécifique afin de soutenir leur loisirs, appuyer la recherche pour des cours, obtenir des livres en gros caractères et d’autres livres en format spécial qui sont très dispendieux pour ajouter à notre collection. Ils empruntent aussi des livres de lecture récréactive que nous ne possédons pas. Ce service a rempli 375 demandes pour les clients de Temiskaming Shores en 2018, nous donnant un usage quasi-quotidien fourni par une des organisations des services de bibliothèques ontariennes.

En plus SOLS gère un consortium d’achat provincial de livres électroniques appelé Overdrive dans lequel plusieurs petites bibliothèques rurales du nord et autochtones utilisent car c’est la solution la plus abordable pour celles-ci. 6,793 livres électroniques et livres audio furent empruntés par les clients de la bibliothèque de Temiskaming Shores sur le système d’Overdrive en 2018. Ce serait une épreuve pour continuer à offrir ces services et les petites bibliothèques seront obligés de prendre des décisions très difficiles si SOLS serait incapable de maintenir le consortium.

Les bibliothèques sont normalement coopératives et efficaces. Le fait d’avoir une si grave réduction budgétaire à ces organisations qui appuient cette collaboration et efficacité dans la vaste région du nord de l’Ontario est un désastre. Ceci pourrait causer des répercussions négatives aux budgets locaux des petites villes du nord de l’Ontario. En soulignant les conséquences potentielles aux prestations de services de jour en jour dans les bibliothèques rurales, autochtones et du nord nous souhaitons d’inverser les réductions budgétaires afin que ces effets ne se produisent pas.

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Contemplating the Province’s Library Service Budget Cuts, By Rebecca Hunt

The Ontario library world is reeling from a 50 per cent budget cut to each of the provincial library services organizations, Ontario Library Service-North (OLS-North) and Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS). The cut was delivered by the Ontario government in its 2019 budget. At this time there is little detail on the full impact to Northern Ontario libraries of the cuts. It is known that a subsidy to help Ontario libraries participate in the provincial interlibrary loans program has been eliminated, and that the entire system has been suspended until further notice. In Southern Ontario, a van courier system to deliver interlibrary loans books between libraries has been eliminated and those libraries now have to re-jig their systems to accommodate shipping books by Canada Post. As well, five full-time positions have been eliminated at Ontario Library Services North, and a sixth position has been downgraded to part-time.  Although we do not know exactly which services are being impacted by the OLS-North layoffs, we do know that such drastic reductions in the capacity of OLS-North will disproportionately impact small, rural, Indigenous and Northern libraries.

Despite the comments by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport spokesperson Brett Weltman that the southern and northern library services organizations are “arm’s length agencies that have no involvement in the day-to-day operations of Ontario’s public libraries,” as a Northern Ontario librarian I can attest to the fact that small, rural, Indigenous and Northern libraries rely on OLS-North and SOLS for a number of services which definitely impact the day-to-day operations of those libraries. Without fearmongering, I would like to discuss a bit some of the potential and possible impacts of the cuts.

OLS-North administers a consortium, or a buying group, in Northern Ontario called the Joint Automation Server Initiative (JASI) that provides us with the software that we use to check in books, check books out and search our collections. Over a hundred small libraries, including Temiskaming Shores Library, have banded together to purchase the library software in the consortium.  This software is what allows people to look at our collections from home, go into their account online and renew their books or place holds on books they want. It is used by library staff on a daily basis to operate the library branches and track materials on loan to community members. Loss of this opportunity to purchase through a consortium for this service would mean small libraries would have to purchase their own software at a cost of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately because a library cannot operate without a catalogue of some type to present their inventory of materials, this cost would potentially be downloaded to local funders of public libraries.

OLS-North also helps librarians and library boards get the training they need to do their jobs. They provide support and networking opportunities so that each individual library board is not re-inventing the wheel as they develop policies and best practices of service delivery. This helps to create efficiencies in library operations across Northern Ontario.

SOLS administers the interlibrary loans service and a consortia e-book collection called OverDrive. Interlibrary loan brings books that are not in our local collection into our community from other libraries. Many people use the service to get special interest books to support work they are doing for hobbies, books to support research for courses they are taking, large print and other special format books that are expensive to purchase for our local library collection. They also borrow leisure reading material that we do not carry locally. The program filled 375 requests for Temiskaming Shores patrons in 2018, constituting pretty much a daily use of this service provided by one of the Ontario library service agencies.

SOLS also administers a provincial e-book purchasing consortia, OverDrive, into which many small, rural, Northern and Indigenous libraries buy because it is affordable for those libraries. 6,793 e-books and audiobooks were checked out by Temiskaming Shores patrons on the OverDrive system in 2018. Should SOLS be not able to continue to manage this consortia, it would mean very difficult decisions for smaller libraries on whether they could afford to provide these e-resources in their communities.

Libraries by nature are cooperative and efficient. To have such a severe budget reduction to the organizations that support this cooperation and efficiency across vast geographical locations in Northern Ontario is devastating. It could potentially impact already fragile small town Northern Ontario local budgets in very negative ways. By pointing out the potential consequences to day-to-day library service delivery in rural, small, Indigenous and Northern libraries we hopefully can reverse the budget cuts so that these impacts do not occur.

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Books Made Into Movies by Alison McCorkle

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In the book that I just finished reading, the author, in her Acknowledgements, thanked Dame Helen Mirren for being the inspiration for one of the fabulous characters in her novel. She’s never met the actress, but she pictured her in her mind’s eye as that character when writing the novel and chose to thank the actress for her inspiration. (If your interest is piqued, the novel I am referring to is The Bar Harbor Retirement Home For Famous Writers (And Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino).

When reading novels I often cast actors/actresses into the roles of the characters in the book (in my imagination). When discussing books with friends, family and co-workers I frequently will say things like “I could see so-and-so playing the character of so-and-so if this was made into a movie.”

Many, many novels have been made into movies over the years. I almost always feel that the books are far better than their movies but there are a few movies that I felt were pretty much as good as the book. The movies that stand out to me as being as good as their novels are:

Mercury Rising – Based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Pearson

The Bone Collector – Based on the novel of the same title by Jeffery Deaver, and then my favourite:

The Shawshank Redemption – Based on the short story by Stephen King.

Do you usually prefer the book? Do you have a favourite book to movie?

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Read Unapologetically by Elesha Teskey

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Everyone is different, so why should we read the same books?

Sometimes people look down on certain categories or genres, which makes me sad. There is a place for every book and every reader. The important thing is that people are reading, no matter what category or genre they choose.

There have been times when I’ve talked to people who apologized for the books they read. There is no need to apologize for books you enjoy. Read what makes you happy. Read what sparks your imagination. Read what you love whether it be a steamy romance, young adult, dark thrillers, or science fiction.

Reading is supposed to be fun and relaxing. It’s your time to do something for yourself, to escape for a little while. I always recommend reading outside your comfort zone to discover new authors or genres, but the same rule applies here. If you aren’t enjoying it, don’t read it. There are no set rules of what you should read as long as you’re enjoying the books and continue to challenge yourself as a reader on your terms.

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Quoi de neuf à la bibliothèque? MaBiblioNumérique devient Cantook Station!, par Carmen Peddie

La bibliothèque est fière de vous offrir un service de livres numériques en français! En partenariat avec DeMarque et le Service des bibliothèques Ontario-Sud, vous avez maintenant accès à une grande sélection de livres électroniques francophones. Dorénavant vous n’avez simplement qu’à visiter notre site www.temisklibrary.com, défiler jusqu’au bas de la page, cliquer sur Cantook Station ensuite sur le mot Connexion.

Si vous avez déjà un compte sur MaBiblioNumérique vous devez réactiver votre mot de passe ici. Votre historique de lecture personnel sera migré.

Si vous vous connectez au niveau service pour la première fois veuillez suivre quelques étapes simples. Ensuite, sélectionner la bibliothèque appropriée (Temiskaming Shores Public Library), entrer votre numéro de carte ainsi qu’un nip et votre adresse courriel.

Vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur Cantook Station et les nouvelles fonctionnalités auquelles vous avez accès?

Découvrez ça sur Cantook Station!!

 

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