TSPL e-Resources to Help You Through by Elesha Teskey

This is definitely a strange time for us all. There has been a lot of discussion about all the things we should be trying to do during our time at home, from learning something new to cleaning our homes. Everyone will deal with this time in their own way. Some people will be productive while others will not. However you deal with it, that is okay.

No matter where you’re at, TSPL has some online resources that can help you through this time. Below are just a handful of what we have to offer, check out our e-resources page on our website for the full list.



If you want to lose yourself in a book, you can borrow a e-book through Libby or Overdrive to read on your computer or electronic device. There is also a large selection of audiobooks that could be a friendly voice to listen to if you need company. For our French readers, they can access Cantook. You need a library card to use these resources. If you don’t have your card number, leave us a message at 705-647-4215.



We’ve also added a couple resources that don’t need a library card. Romance Book Cloud has e-books that can be read online through the website. Audiobook Cloud has a variety of audiobooks for children and adults that can be listened to on the website.


RB Digital LogoFor those that may not have the ability to concentrate on reading right now, you can flip through a number of magazines in English or French, for adults or children on RB Digital. You can read them on a computer or download the app on your mobile device (you will need to register on the website before using the app). This resource also requires a library card.


If you are interested in learning something new, there are resources for that too!


You can learn a new language through Mango or explore the EBSCO Hobbies and Crafts Reference Centre. Both need a library card number to log in.


Many children have started their online schooling, but sometimes parents need something else to occupy their little ones. If you’re looking for something educational, check out our fun resources!

Tumblebooks(need library card to access) offers a variety of books that your child can read or have read to them, while Tumblemath(no library card required) has a selection of stories about aspects of math.



PebbleGo is a great website (need library card to access) where children can learn about animals, science, dinosaurs, people, or social studies.

TSPL staff misses seeing our patrons but hope our resources will help you. We hope everyone is safe and following the necessary precautions.

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Book Clubs – Yea or Nay? by Alison McCorkle



I’ve always wanted to be in a book club but have never had the privilege. The closest I’ve come is working the evenings when one of the library’s book clubs would have their meetings.

I love reading and read for my own pleasure every day. I always squeeze in time for reading even if it’s just fifteen minutes or so.

I have friends and family who are in book clubs and I’m always curious about how they’re run and how the clubs go about choosing what books they will be reading. Every book club, I imagine is different, but for the most part it seems that voting on book choices, or each member choosing a title or two of their choice at the beginning of the club’s year or season, is standard protocol.

Meeting once every month or two, depending on how much time they wish to give themselves to read the book, is the norm but not carved in stone.

Meeting places vary as does the agenda. As I mentioned earlier, the library’s book club met in the library once a month. There were a few occasions when they decided to switch things up a bit and meet at a restaurant for a lunch meeting but I think that they ended up feeling that those meetings weren’t nearly as productive. There are book clubs that change venues monthly (usually book club member’s homes) and even feature pot luck style meals. I love this idea and I’ve even read about book clubs that serve food featured in the books and decorate the space and/or dress up themselves in a manner that represents the featured book up for discussion as well. This sounds like so much fun to me!!

I think that what I might not like so much about being in a book club is being told what to read. I sure didn’t appreciate it in high school! I’ve always been of the opinion that telling people what they must read is a good way to curb their reading enthusiasm. Everyone prefers to choose for themselves what they’d like to read, don’t they?

I personally think that it would be difficult to stay on topic at a book club. It often is when you get a group together, especially when they are passionate about the topic and are expected to offer up opinions. You always seem to have a few in any group who tend to monopolize the discussion and have louder voices. The timid people in the club would certainly have to make a concerted effort to offer up their opinions. It could be a great opportunity for the shy ones to become more comfortable speaking up and speaking out.

In my limited experience, just being on the outside looking in at one of the library’s previous book clubs, I noticed that not all members read the books assigned for that month. I believe that everyone tried but some only got as far as maybe fifty or one hundred pages before giving up because they weren’t enjoying the book. I would probably fall into that group. I really enjoy discussing books, authors, writing styles, series, characters, settings, plots and well I’m sure you get my drift, but I think I’m at a point in my life now where if I’m not getting any pleasure from reading a book I just won’t finish it. There are many more books out there that I will surely enjoy so why waste my valuable time on the one that I’m just not into?

All of this being said, I really do some day want to be in a book club so I can share my love of books with other like-minded souls. Most days I feel that being fortunate enough to work in a public library I do get to do that on some level almost every day at work.

Presently, the Temiskaming Shores Public Library has a French book club called Les Liseuses and they meet the first Tuesday of the month here in the New Liskeard branch of the Temiskaming Shores Public Library from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. For more information regarding this book club, please contact Carmen at 705-647-4215 once the TSPL reopens.

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Did You Know? Fun & Interesting Facts about Libraries! by Hannah Wight

I love learning new things. As such, I thought it would be neat to do some research on the profession that I now find myself in. Below are some interesting, strange, and funny facts about libraries.
• One of the most overdue library books in the world was returned after 122 years.



• Librarians used to have to learn a specific style of handwriting called “Library hand”.




• The oldest library in the world dates from the seventh century BC.




• Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated $55 million ($1.6 billion in today’s dollars) between 1886 and 1919 to open 2509 libraries around the world. The last Carnegie library to be built was none other than the New Liskeard branch of the Temiskaming Shores Public Library!



• The more popular genres in prison libraries are paranormal romance, young adult titles, and the Left Behind series.




• The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world.




• The Guinness Book of World Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.




• There are 150 libraries around the world where you can check-out humans as a living book and listen to their stories.




• Want to work for the Central Intelligence Agency? At the CIA, you can earn up to six figures working in their library!




• At the end of the 19th century, library work was considered to be too overwhelming for women, and in 1900, the Brooklyn Public Library Association proposed building “a seaside rest home for those who had broken down in library service.” Thankfully, that is no longer the belief held by society.


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The Origins of Books by Sharren Reil


I work in a library, so every day I am surrounded by shelf after shelf of books. I have always taken my access to books for granted, and do not think about the history, and inventions, that have led to our modern libraries full of paper back and hard cover books.

I know a bit about paper because as a young hippy girl, my friends and I made our own paper from local plants that we cooked and mashed, and then put thin layers out to dry on screens. The paper was thick and uneven, but we were thrilled!

So, looking at these books got me thinking about the history of the modern book. Research tells me that we have been passing on information through marks on clay tablets, scrolls, codex’s, and then books for almost two thousand years.

The history of the book starts with the invention of writing. Writing is simply using symbols to mean certain objects or ideas. Writing originated as a form of record keeping in Sumer sometime in the 31st century BC. The Sumerians used clay tablets to record legal contracts, lists of assets, and eventually record literature and myths. While durable, the tablets were obviously heavy and hard to haul around.

Elsewhere, the ancient Egyptians were busy making a type of paper from papyrus reed. They made a rough paper and used this to make scrolls of several sheets passed together to make long scrolls of ten meters or more. The first scrolls we have date from the Fifth Dynasty around 2400 BC. Since you needed two hands to use them, scrolls were awkward to use. The papyrus also cracked very easily and today we only have fragments of ancient scrolls.

The industrious Romans invented the codex. This was a book like format made with parchment. Parchment is animal skin. It is more durable than the plant based scrolls and the Romans bound their books with wood covers. They were the first to add a table of contents and indexes.

Before books, writing on bone, shells, wood and silk was prevalent in China long before the 2nd century BC. Paper was invented in China around the first century AD. Their first books were called jiance or jiandu, and were made of rolls of thin split and dried bamboo bound together with hemp, silk, or leather.

All of the above was slow and took a lot of work to produce each item with writing on it. We have the Chinese to thank for inventing printing sometime around 868 AD. The oldest printed book is called the Diamond Sutra, and was printed using a method called woodblock printing. The text had to be carved into the wood blocks surface, and then some type of ink was put on the woodblock and it could be used to stamp out a page. This was very time consuming, as you had to carve out a woodblock for each new endeavor!

A forward thinking gent by the name of Bi Sheng invented the process of movable type printing. This method would later be improved upon by Johannes Gutenberg. We are now well on our way to the mass production of written works. Before Johannes Gutenberg in 1450, only very rich individuals could afford books. Gutenberg used his skills to design a sturdy and dependable press, using moveable type and printing on parchment. The Gutenberg Bible was the very first book that was mass produced and not copied by hand. With the invention of the printing press, literacy began to flourish!

Reference books became popular and pamphlets were easily distributed which eventually led to newspapers and magazines. I really can’t imagine life without books and reading, and feel so very thankful that I live in a time and place where books are available for everyone to enjoy. Next time you are browsing in your library, stop and think about all the steps that had to be mastered to give us our beloved books!

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Literary Quotes by Hannah Wight

Everyone likes a good inspirational quote. We like to post them on social media, hang them on our walls, and incorporate them into our conversations. Certain quotes have a way of sticking with us, and we may even rely on them in times of stress or when we need motivation. Some sayings have been around so long, or have been used so frequently, that the origins of where they were first read have been forgotten. Below are a list of famous quotes and the books they are from, so that the next time you hear a well-used quote you can say, “Hey! I know where that came from.”




“Not all those who wander are lost.”

Written by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings




Order of the Phoenix


“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Written by J.K. Rowling for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix



Wuthering Heights


“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Written by Emily Bronte for Wuthering Heights




Perks Wallflower


“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Written by Stephen Chbosky for The Perks of Being a Wallflower




Autumn Leaves


“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

Written by Andre Gide for Autumn Leaves




Phrynette Married


“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Written by Marthe Troly-Curtin for Phrynette Married




Little Women


“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Written by Louisa May Alcott for Little Women




Peter Pan


“For to have faith is to have wings.”

Written by J.M. Barrie for Peter Pan






“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”

Written by L.M. Montgomery for Anne of Green Gables



If you find yourself reverting to a favourite saying and you’re not sure of the origin, I encourage you to look it up. You may just be surprised!

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I Read Canadian by Alison McCorkle

I Read Canadian Logo 2020

There is a new nationwide initiative of Canadian authors and their works and I’m happy to tell you a little about it.

This celebration is I READ CANADIAN and it will take place from the 14th to the 21st of February.   I READ CANADIAN DAY will happen for the first time ever on February 19, 2020.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Canadian books and celebrate the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature.

We at the Temiskaming Shores Public Library will be celebrating I READ CANADIAN on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the New Liskeard branch.

The English program/celebration will be from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and will feature special guests from the community coming in and reading a Canadian story or poem aloud followed by refreshments.

For our French speaking friends the French program/celebration will take place from 13:30hrs to 14:30hrs with the same agenda.

If you’re looking for more Canadian authors to try or you’re wanting to give Canadian authors a try here are some suggestions:


For adults:  Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Miriam Toews, Michael Crummey, Alice Munroe, Emma Donoghue, Yann Martel,  Joseph Boyden, Carol Shields, Thomas King, Louise Penny, Austin Clarke, Richard Wagamese (my favourite), Elizabeth Hay, Alistair MacLeod, Robert Rotenberg…..just to name a few.


For children: Mary-Louise Gay, Deborah Ellis, Janet Lunn, Dennis Lee, Gordon Korman, Susin Nielsen, Sarah Ellis, Eric Walters, Robert Munsch, Peter Eyvindson, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Elise Gravel, Kathy Stinson, Jean Little, Cary Fagan … just to name a few.


Local authors to read:  Brit Griffin, Mark Howey, Elesha Teskey, Jennifer Jeffery, Bruce Taylor, Charlie Angus, André Mahieu, Charlie Johnson, Margaret Paraskevopoulos….just to name a few.

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L’hiver est arrivé !! par Carmen Peddie


Pour ceux et celles qui n’aiment pas l’hiver je suis désolé mais pour les autres je dis youpi !! Vous me demandez la raison? Voici la réponse : ici à la bibliothèque publique de Temiskaming Shores nous avons plusieurs livres sur l’hiver pour les enfants contenant les sujets suivants : le froid, la neige et les bonhommes de neige, les glissades, le patinage, le hockey, les flocons, la tempête, etc… :


Lucy fait du patinage de vitesse par Lisa Bowes

“Ce livre représente bien la communauté du patinage de vitesse: des membres et athlètes rassemblés pour l’amour du sport dans un fair-play où existe, à l’extérieur de la patinoire, une grande amitié.” Marc Gagnon, Médaillé olympique à cinq reprises en patinage de vitesse sur la courte piste.


La neige parfaite par Barbara Reid

Elle est tombée pendant la nuit.

  • Parfait! s’écrie Félix.
  • De la NEIGE! s’exclame Julien.

Mais comment construire quoi que ce soit…? Les deux jeunes créateurs prouveront que, lorsque amitié, enthousiasme et neige parfait sont aux rendez-vous, il faut s’attendre à de bien belles surprises!


Nicolas fou de hockey! Cinq histoires amusantes par Gilles Tibo

Nicolas est fou de hockey! Il dort, mange et respire avec une seule idée en tête : jouer au hockey! Ce recueil de cinq histoires savoureuses encouragera l’esprit d’équipe chez tous les lecteurs.


Dino-hockey par Lisa Wheeler

Si vous croyez que les dinosaures sont féroces dans la nature, vous devriez les voir s’affronter sur une patinoire! Il n’y a rien de plus excitant qu’un match opposant les Carnivores aux Herbibores!


Une nuit avec les ours par Andrew Breakspeare

Malgré tous ses efforts, le petit Tim ne sait pas patiner…jusqu’à ce qu’il passe une nuit magique avec les ours!


Suprises d’hiver par Jean-Denis Côté

Aujourd’hui, la neige est tombée. Le ciel est bleu et c’est une journée épatante qui s’annonce ! Francis et sa cousine, Clara, vont se promener en forêt avec leur grand-père.

  • Qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans ton sac, grand-papa ?
  • Mystère, les enfants…


Le but du siècle par Mike Leonetti

Nous sommes en 1972. Le petit Paul, qui aime bien jouer au hockey, suit la palpitante série Canada-U.R.S.S. à la télé. Tout a bien commence pour Équipe Canada, mais les Soviétique prennent le dessus et sont bientôt à une partie de la victoire. Quand tout semble perdu, le héros du jeune garcon, Paul Henderson, tire son équipe du pétrin.


Petite Ourse et son bonhomme de neige par Trace Moroney

C’est la première chute de neige de l’hiver, et Petite Ourse a hâte d’aller dehors. Quelle journée parfait pour attraper des flocons et faire des anges dans la neige! Mais quand Petite Ourse décide de faire un bonhomme de neige, elle a besoin de l’aide de ses amis.


Toute une glissade! par Suzan Reid

“S’il te plaît, grand-papa, encore une fois…”

La dernière glissade de la journée devient toute une aventure pour Florence, grand-père Léo et leurs invités inattendus!



La légende de Sedna par Martine Latulippe

Le pingouin que ne savait pas voler par Melanie Joyce

Seth le Sasquatch L’empreinte du monstre! Par Martin Deschatelets

Stella reine des neiges par Marie-Louise Gay

Un manchot marabout de Jory John

La mitaine de laine par Annie Broccoli

La vie secrète des bonhommes de neige par Caralyn Buehner

Un câlin pour le bonhomme de neige par M.C. Butler. Et plus…

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