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Books in the Park: On the feasibility of elf-dwarf romance

GUEST POST BY KARISSA ALCOX, Librarian at Forest Heights Community LibraryBooks In The Park

What could be better than books, colouring, new friends, and sunshine? If you ask me, not much. Our new pop-up library program in Victoria Park was exactly that: a peaceful oasis of fun and a lively discussion of media.

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More than 500 copies of new High Demand DVDs have hit our shelves!

We know you love new DVDs, but some of them can be difficult to get your hands on without joining the holds list.

And we already have Express DVDs on our shelves – new releases that can’t be put on hold. That’s great for frequent library customers who can come in, grab a movie or two, and return them within three days. But the short-term loan and fine rate of $2 a day make Express DVDs less convenient for some customers.

Now, we’ve got a new option: High Demand DVDs. These are titles that have a long holds list — but we’ll have copies that, like Express DVDs, cannot be put on hold. Just browse through them in the New Releases area for DVDs any time you visit the library.

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Lots of spark at Kidspark

On Sunday, thousands of people – from the very, very tiny all the way up to grandmas and grandpas – threw on their sunglasses, grabbed a water bottle, and headed to Kidspark in Victoria Park.

Despite temperatures that soared to over 37C with the humidex, Victoria Park was a great place to beat the heat. The beautifully shaded island in the middle of the park had plenty of STEAM activities run by Engineering Science Quest. Nearby, the Active Kitchener Stage played host to five different dance schools, showing off their best work.

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Teen Summer Challenge – there’s still time!

Draw or build a robot. Create a new holiday. Share a weird dream. Do a good deed. Suggest a book. Translate your favourite quote into a new language. Make an obstacle course for a pet or insect.

These are just a few of the 75 challenges our Youth Advisory Council set for the 2015 Teen Summer Challenge.

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