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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, June 28, 2011
Summer hours at the library will be in effect starting Monday, June the 27th and will run for the next 10 weeks until Labour Day. Changes affect the Victoria Avenue, Community Centre & Stamford Centre branches, and mainly involve earlier evening closings. The Chippawa branch hours are unchanged. Please be sure and check our website or call ahead. There are still many activities planned all summer long. Movie Night Big Screen Tuesday on the June 28th will feature the 2011 romantic drama “Jane Eyre,” based on Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, from acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga. Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Judy Dench star in the film, as our heroine Jane Eyre is compelled to flee Thornfield House, where she has worked as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester, and finds true happiness for the first time in her life. In this elegant adaptation of the story, Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever. The rating is PG and start time is 7pm. Canada...
By Monika Seymour on Saturday, June 18, 2011
Welcome to another summer of great reading, prizes and fun with the Children's Department's Kids Book Clubs. We all know that to avoid summer “brain drain” in children, a summer book club is the answer. Keep your children engaged and literate while still enjoying lazy days with a good book. We have 3 levels of book clubs available at all 4 Library locations this summer. Ready to Read is for ages 3-6, Rockin' Readers is for ages 6-11 and Slammin' Readers are for our teens, ages 12+. Our theme this year is Kids Book Clubs in 3D: Daring, Dazzling, Dragons. Younger readers will complete a cute dragon puzzle, one piece for every book read, and receive a “jewel” when they complete the program. Our middle readers will put a shiny scale on our huge over sized dragon for every book read, making him 3 dimensional by summer's end. As usual, we have great prizes, wonderful new books and the dazzling smiles of staff waiting for you and your kids. Our thanks this year again to McDonald's, we love that ice cream, yummy pizza...
By Monika Seymour on Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Our library has been offering downloadable audio books and eBooks for just over one year, available through funding from the Ministry of Culture. The Overdrive service means you can borrow books without coming to the library and also never have to worry about late returns, since they expire automatically once your loan period is over. In the future this will be the gateway to download music and videos – and at the public library, these services are offered to residents free. Our current usage is almost doubling monthly! With anything new, we understand there is a learning curve and want to help everyone feel comfortable about this product – so staff is offering some workshops. You will learn how to browse, check out and download eBooks from the Niagara Falls Public Library virtual website. You will be able to download to a Windows, a Mac computer and popular mobile devices as well as transfer to devices like the Apple iPod, and Sony reader. You can choose from a text-based digital book E PUB/ PDF. Here's what...
By Monika Seymour on Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Rediscover your library during seniors’ month! Niagara Falls Public Library is pleased to be able to offer a number of services for the seniors in our community year round. The library provides a wide variety of materials and services, including: public access computers, free Internet access, videos, books, magazines, large-print books, audiobooks, interlibrary loan, and more...!

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Large print and talking books are available at the library. These books feature novels of romance, mystery, adventure, westerns, historical fiction as well as non-fiction titles. Both of these collections provide recreational reading for people whose physical or visual disability might limit their use of regular books. The library also subscribes to three national and six local newspapers. These are available for consultation in the periodical section. Library programs for Seniors

COMPUTER ACCESS & TRAINING The library provides free high speed access to the Internet via 23 public workstations. Wireless...
By Monika Seymour on Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Children’s author Chris van Allsburg  of Polar Express and Jumanji fame will be visiting us at Victoria Avenue Library on Thursday evening June 2, for a book reading. All tickets for the event are taken, but there will be copies of the new book “Queen of the Falls” - the story of Annie Taylor who in 1901 went over the Falls in a barrel, available for purchase and to be signed by the author before and after the LaMarsh Room reading.   

June 1 marks the start of a special region wide event – the Niagara Literary Arts Festival, sponsored by Grey Borders Books.  Throughout the month almost daily there are literary readings and lectures being offered in Fort Erie, St Catharines, Welland and Pelham, Ridgeway,   Jordan and Queenston.  A number are also being hosted by our Library including “A Book Affair” on Saturday June 4 from 10 am to 5pm, in the LaMarsh Room  – featuring many of the publishers and authors involved in the series.  All interested are welcome.  Another presentation on Tuesday June 7, features...