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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 Monday, March 26, 2012
Big Screen Tuesday returns to the Victoria Avenue Library on Tuesday March 27th with the 2012 action thriller Haywire. The film directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast including Gina Carano, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Fassbender. Freelance “black ops” agent Mallory Kane is hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can't authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. After a mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Mallory is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin. When the operation goes awry and Mallory finds she has been double crossed, she needs to use all of her skills, tricks and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her. The film has received positive reviews from critics as a fast and spare thriller. It’s rated 14A and the action begins at 7pm. Children...
By Monika Seymour on Monday, March 19, 2012
 The next opportunity for youngsters 6 and over to take part in the Therapy Tales program is March 22nd, from 3:45-4:30. Come and read a favourite story to one of the therapy dogs. Call 905-356-4053 for more information. Books provided!

With March Break over; it’s not too early to take a look at our other Spring programming for the children. The latest flyer is now available on the web or at each library. With Easter on the horizon, registration is open at Victoria, Chippawa and Community Centre for the annual Egg Decorating Egg-stravaganza on Saturday April 7th. This session is open to ages 3 and up. Participants bring along their own 6 hard boiled eggs and we provide the decorations. There is a $1 fee.   

Box Office Tuesday @ Chippawa for March 20th features the return of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This 2011 film directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Jared Harris, as Sherlock and his long time associate Dr. Watson once again match wits with their arch nemesis, Moriarty. In this sequel to the popular 2009 production, with largely the same cast, our hero is looking into a series of crimes all over Europe while Watson is about to be married, which of course makes him and his intended, a target for the villain. Once again the leading men deliver lively performances that carry the film. It’s rated PG and start time is 5:45pm. Make note that the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month are the dates for Chippawa movies. Please check www.nflibrary.ca, or call us at 905-295-4391 or 905-356-8080 to find out the title of the next movie being featured. 

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By Monika Seymour on Tuesday, March 13, 2012
If you have heard about ZUMBA fitness and are not sure if it’s something for you, here is your opportunity to try an introductory class. Tammy Lacas from Happy Feet Dancing in Niagara Falls will be on hand Saturday March 24 from 2-3 pm in the LaMarsh Room. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music combined with dance moves to create a dynamic and effective cardio and toning workout. Please register in advance by calling the library @ 905-356-8080 or email programming@nflibrary.ca. There is a $3.00 fee for this programme. The Victoria Avenue Library Big Screen Tuesday for March 13th will be a comedy, “The Sitter” (2011) starring Jonah Hill. Hill was recently nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor for his role in Moneyball, however in this film he plays the role of a troubled young man who is the last person you would want to look after your kids. Home from college on suspension and following an argument with his Mom, he is propelled into a babysitting job he is ill equipped to deal with. One...
By Monika Seymour on Monday, March 05, 2012
Monday March 5th is the first Canada Revenue Agency Tax preparation session this year. Trained volunteers will be on hand in the LaMarsh Room at the Victoria Avenue Library to assist low income earners with their returns 9am-3pm. Only 2011 returns will be accommodated and the maximum earnings are $25,000 for singles and $35,000 combined for couples. Call the Library @905-356-8080 to book an appointment. Walk-ins on the day will be accommodated as time permits and provided that all receipts and a completed 2010 return and notice of assessment are presented. Also on March 5th, being the first Monday of the month – The next free legal clinic will be held 1 - 4:30 pm in the Conference Room at the Victoria Avenue Library. Advice can be given on issues such as small claims court, consumer rights, landlord/tenant issues and human rights by staff from Niagara North Community Legal Assistance under the auspices of Legal Aid Ontario. No appointment is needed. At 7pm on Monday evening it’s time for the Philosophers...
By Monika Seymour on Monday, February 27, 2012
Libraries have long stood at the forefront of championing the right of our readers to choose what they want to read without interference from others. Not only do we resist demands for items to be pulled off our shelves, we also zealously protect the records of our cardholders so that no-one, even other family members, will be able to find out what an individual is reading. So, for example, a spouse would not be able to find out that the other spouse is reading up on separation and divorce, or a teenager's parents wouldn't be able to find out that their child is reading pregnancy or sexual orientation books. The library has just received a four-volume set of books entitled Banned Books. Each of the four volumes describes literature suppressed for one of four reasons: religious grounds, sexual grounds, political grounds, and social grounds. Some titles covered have been on the lists for many years Fahrenheit 451 To Kill a Mockingbird Ulysses Huckleberry Finn Gulliver's Travels...