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These columns by the Chief Librarian Monika Seymour or other staff members, appear on a weekly basis in the Niagara Falls Review.
By Monika Seymour on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Royal Wedding is this Friday and our event planners are busy finalizing the details for our special Breakfast event. It looks like we have been selected by CHCH TV to be a live feed for their coverage. There are still tickets available. The $20 covers the costs of the Breakfast and Champagne. The Ceremony is at 6am so doors will open at 4:30am. Please call any Library for details. Our next Big Screen showing will be on Tuesday Apr il 26th and is "True Grit". This 2010 remake of the John Wayne cowboy classic, stars Jeff Bridges , Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and introduces Hailee Steinfeld in an Oscar nominated performance. It was written for screen and directed by the Coen brothers. The Rating is 14A. Join us in the LaMarsh Room at 7 pm, and you are welcome to bring your own popcorn & a comfy cushion! On Saturday April 30 from 11am to 3pm, in the LaMarsh Room, we are hosting the Book launch of local author Kara Bartley’s latest book “The Moon in Habock’s Mirror”. This is a public opportunity to meet...
By Monika Seymour on Monday, April 18, 2011
All Branches of the Niagara Falls Public Library will be closed on Friday April 22, Easter Sunday April 24 and Monday April 25. When the library is closed many databases and resources are still available and accessible through our website at If you are a registered card holder and have a PIN number, you can check your borrower details, place holds and renew your items at almost any time 24/7. For information on getting a PIN number please contact the Library in person or by telephone (905-356-8080).

Drop boxes are also open at all locations to return library materials.

Easter being the last Sunday in April means that our Sunday hours at the Victoria Avenue Library and the Community Centre Branch are over until October, following Thanksgiving.

You may have heard there will be a Federal Election on May 2nd (!),...
By Monika Seymour on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
There are still spaces available for the Saturday April 16th craft programs at the Victoria Avenue Library. Two sessions are being offered; morning at 10:30am and afternoon at 2pm.  Looking forward to the arrival of spring, the project is a cute “Feed the Frog” storage box. On the same day, at the Chippawa Branch, the project is a “Rabbit Candy Can”, and it is scheduled to begin at 2pm. Both these programs are geared for children 6 years and over. Registration in person, online or by phone is required in advance for programs. 

Also on Saturday April 16th we will have local author Debbie Shaftoe visiting us at the Victoria Avenue Library.  She will be selling and signing copies of her first novel “Forged in the Jungles of Burma”. The adventure – spy thriller revolves around a Canadian widow and a British spy who end up cell mates in a Burmese prison at the mercy of the oppressive military junta.  Their survival ultimately depends upon their trust and working together.  The novel is about love, fear, conquering...
By Monika Seymour on Monday, April 04, 2011
“I Did: You Can Too!” is the inspiring book by local author Dorothy Seabourne, and is the account of her travels through Europe and North America by motorcycle. Dorothy has been riding a motorcycle for more than 30 years now – has been through seven bikes in that time, and oh, by the way she is now 70 years old! She likes the speed she feels on her 2005 Honda Gold Wing and claims she is not afraid to share the road with a tractor trailer. On Sunday April 10th , at 1:30pm in the LaMarsh Room at the Victoria Avenue Library, Dorothy will be presenting a slideshow and talk about her travels. She hopes her stories inspire other “older women” to follow their dreams whether it’s on the seat of a motorcycle or something else. All are invited – men welcome too!

The Niagara Falls Family Literacy Event, is a joint initiative sponsored by the various community groups promoting literacy and will take place again this year, next Saturday April 9th at the MacBain Community Centre from 9:30 am – 1pm. It’s a morning of free fun for all families with young children (Birth to 8 years of age). This year’s banner theme is “One Book, Two Book, Red Book, Blue Book” – and every child receives a free book to take home. There will be musical entertainment, featuring “Fun with Brian” at 10 am and 11:30am, storyteller – Mr Fun from Great Wolf Lodge, face painting, crafts activities a play area and lots more. A free swim session for the family follows at 1pm. For more information call the Ontario Early Years Centre at 905-357-2398.

By Monika Seymour on Saturday, March 26, 2011
An article in the Toronto Star highlighting the importance and value of bedtime reading with young children recently caught my attention. Perhaps, even more important now in the “digital age,” and amid the oft-repeated comment that “the book is dead,” bedtime story-time offers a winding down time at the end of the day. In addition to instilling an enjoyment of reading that may develop into a lifelong love of reading, the shared quiet time offers a sense of security and comfort. The simple nightly routine of washing up, getting into pyjamas and settling down for a story signals to the brain to slow down, relax and release the melatonin that triggers sleep. The combination of the slower deliberate reading voice of the parent and an absorbing story or pictures help to slow down brain waves. This is true even in young infants, where the soothing effect of the interaction is felt––although they don’t have the skills yet to know words or images. Many young parents have commented that the various programmes they...