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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 Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Niagara Falls Public Library will be holding a used book sale at the Victoria Avenue Library on Saturday, October 15 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, October 16 from 1-5pm. There will mainly be fiction, non-fiction and picture books for sale for adults and children. Some talking books and videos may also be available. Most of these items are recent discards form the Library’s collection. Damaged, outdated and unused materials are discarded and have all been carefully examined to ensure they are not needed. The Library is mandated and committed to maintaining a collection of up-to-date, usable resources for our community. Please bring your own bags or buy a Library book bag for $2.00 to carry home your purchases. Proceeds will help fund the purchase of new materials. Come support your Public Library and take home some wonderful, but gently worn, materials to add to your personal library. A reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday October 4th, The Arthritis Society is hosting a workshop on Chronic Pain Management. The...
By Monika Seymour on Friday, September 23, 2011
It’s the time of year to vote for the annual Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award (RCEYNLA) book! Since 2004, this prize has highlighted the quality books available for parents to share with their young children, infants to 6 years. This unique award was initiated as a tribute to Debbie Zimmerman who served two terms as Regional Niagara Chair, and who was key in the development of the Early Years Niagara alliance of community agencies, which have worked to vision and sustain a program to enrich the development of all children in Niagara. This year’s short list of titles are:

Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson...
By Monika Seymour on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Ahoy, mateys! Do you know that September 19th is “International Talk like a Pirate Day”? It was inaugurated in 1995 by two American fellas, who determined that on this date each year everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example instead of greeting friends with “Hello” – you try “Ahoy, matey”! One of the more popular online eResources we have added to our collection this past year is Mango Languages – which offers online learning modules for a variety of languages including Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Russian and English for ESL students in a variety of languages. In addition, we also have Little PIM, an online language learning module for children 0-6 years old which includes 10 popular languages on a scaled down level. You can look at both on our website. And remember Mango Pirate is back on your course offering list for a limited time!

On Thursday September 22nd we are hosting an informative seminar “How to protect yourself from fraud” focusing on personal and financial...
By Monika Seymour on Thursday, September 08, 2011
The Fall 2011 schedule for computer classes is posted and we are now accepting reservations. Classes will begin on September 19th.There are a total of 7 different sessions to choose from, Basic Computers, Word Processing, Email, Internet, Computers Level 2 , Word Processing Level 2 and Excel. These classes are for beginners only and Basic Computers must be taken before signing up for others. Class size is limited to a maximum of 6, and each participant will have their own workstation. The cost of a class is just $10 and payment must be made in advance. Go to any of our branch locations and staff can register you. A calendar view of the class times is available under the Events@ your library link of the website. On Saturday the 17th – library staff is offering two hands on learning opportunities highlighting our free digital resources if you have a Niagara Falls library card. There is a workshop on downloading audio books and eBooks from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the LaMarsh Room at the Victoria Public Library. Niagara Falls Public Library now has our own collection of downloadable audio books and e-books. This collection is exclusive to our patrons! We have purchased titles that our patrons have placed a hold on so the wait time for these popular titles is reduced. Our Advantage collection is integrated within the same shared collection website that our patrons already use. To enter into the Overdrive Advantage website, visit our webpage at www.nflibrary.ca. The Download audio books &eBooks icon to the Download website is in the right-hand corner of our webpage above the "Service Ontario" icon. The workshop will explain all! Please call us if you are coming at (905) 356-8080....
By Monika Seymour on Thursday, September 01, 2011
Back in 1965, UNESCO proclaimed that September 8th is celebrated as International Literacy Day – to reinforce the status of literacy globally. Studies verify the clear connection between poverty, health problems and prejudices in countries with high rates of illiteracy. Today the concept of literacy has moved beyond the simple set of reading, writing and numeracy skills to one that involves multiple layers or dimensions of these competencies. We need to also be “computer literate” today. Public libraries are the free local access point to many materials which can promote and enhance a literate community. From the programming we offer for pre-schoolers, workshops & computer classes, internet access, books and other e-resource materials, and a knowledgeable staff - every day is literacy day at the Niagara Falls Public Library! We are offering more library programs for adults this fall and in order to be always stay up to date on what we have going on please take a moment and go to the “Events at your library”...