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Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Newsletter

June 2020

From Cathy's Desk
It’s been just under three months since we closed the library and self-service locations.  As the town and province cautiously re-open, the library is too.   We’re now accepting returns, although only at 10 Anderson Lane and not yet at our self-service locations.  Curbside pickup starts June 9 and you can place holds and book your pickup time now.  You’ll find details about the service here;
Later in June, we’re planning a delivery service for our most vulnerable members and those unable to access our e-collections.  Since you’re reading this via email, you have access to the internet and likely use our e-books and other virtual resources.  Others in our community aren’t as lucky, either because they don’t have internet or, have a slow connection that limits what they can access.  What we have here is a digital divide, something public libraries have been working to bridge for a number of years and the pandemic has made this work even more urgent. 
Ironically, those with no internet are often the ones most in need of it and the most isolated.  Pre-pandemic, those without the internet could use our public computers and wifi or borrow wifi hotspots.  Public computers will not be an option for a while, even after we re-open, due to health concerns.  Wifi reaches beyond our building but doesn’t help those who must stay home.  We hope to purchase more wifi hotspots but data plans are costly.
The good news is the federal government is considering making internet access a public utility to increase access, especially in rural areas.  As many of you know, rural internet is usually slow.  Laura Tribe, Open Media Executive Director, explained it well in a recent CBC Radio article about the federal plan to get all Canadians connected to broadband by 2030:
"For those living in rural Canada, 10 years from now feels like a long time to wait to be able to check in on your Grandma, and have a Zoom call, or finish your education.”  Tribe said recent data show urban areas enjoyed speeds up to 12 times faster than rural counterparts. "If you picture driving along the highway at 120 kilometres an hour versus 10 kilometres an hour, that's a really big difference.  It's the difference in the internet landscape of being able to actually join a video conference, being able to watch a movie, being able to do your homework."
It’s likely coronavirus infections will return in waves over the next few years requiring us to close the physical library periodically.  For those with slow or no internet, they will again be cut off from resources needed to stay connected as well as physically and mentally healthy during these periods of isolation.  For this reason, we’ll continue to come up with innovative ways to ensure those most in need get the library resources they need.  Read on for more details about what’s coming this month both virtually and “in real life” and stay healthy!
Click here for details
New and Notable

New Fiction

Stop at Nothing by Michael Ledwidge
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Blindside by James Patterson and James D. Born
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
Foresight: The Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung by Ian Hamilton
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Victim 2117 by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Above the Bay of Angels by Rhys Bowen

New Non-Fiction

House of Kennedy by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

How To Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books by Jolenta Greenberg

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

Life Without Diabetes by Taylor Roy

The Age of Fentanyl: Ending the Opioid Epidemic by Brodie Ramin

Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby


New DVDs

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Frozen II
Escape From Pretoria
Playing With Fire
Playmobil: The Movie


The Library may be closed, but you can still access our many free e-resources.  Simply click here to become a member!
The library continues to offer regular online activities for all ages.  Please check our Facebook page for up to date schedule information.
Access e-books and magazines, learn a new language or research your family history all from the comfort of your home.  
Weekly Trivia

Kids Trivia on Mondays at 2:00pm
All Ages Trivia on Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Virtual Chess Club Tournaments 

Ages 14 & Up: Mondays at 11:00am
Kids: Wednesdays at 3:00pm

Create an account at Email your account to and we will invite you to our club.
This year’s Summer Reading Program is going to be one for the books! Children of all ages are welcome to join for daily online activities, kits available for curbside pick up tailored to their age and reading level, opportunities for connection, and of course, to build their confidence and skill through reading. Online registration opens June 22nd!
The COVID-19 pandemic is calling on all of us to work collectively in a way many of us have never experienced before.
Here is a list of resources if you want to provide help or are looking for support in our community.
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