We are in the middle of a very cold spell with today’s temperature being -25 with a wind chill that makes it feel like -38. If you are like me, you have a tendency to want to stay indoors where it warm and would rather not stick my nose outside. However, since we are Manitobans,we are a hardy breed and we dress up warmly and go about our business as usual.

This Sunday, January 27th, is Family Literacy Day and the library is planning a party. Yes, the library is closed on Sundays, but for this special day we are opening our doors from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and we are inviting all families to come and join the fun. In honour of Family Literacy Day’s 15th year, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have Fifteen Minutes of Fun!, learning together. Taking just 15 minutes a day to participate in literacy activities, as a family, can make a big impact. ABC Life Literacy Canada lists the following suggestions:

  • Create your own comic strip about your family.
  • Invent two new endings to your favourite book.
  • Make up a new recipe together and post it online.
  • Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.
  • Sing five songs really, really loud!
  • Invent a new game while playing at the park.
  • Read a story to your pet (or favorite toy).
  • Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.
  • Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.
  • Log on to your favourite word game - can you beat your best score?
  • Create your family tree.
  • Play rhyming "I Spy" - "I spy something that rhymes with..."
  • Play a board game together.
  • Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.
  • Find 15 things that begin with the letter "S".

See: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/

At the library there will be games and fun things happening. We want YOU to come and join us. Corny Rempel from Mix96 will be there, there will be a HUGE crossword puzzle that everyone will have a chance to fill in, and lots more. There will, of course, be cookies and milk for all. So mark your calendar and have a fabulous family Sunday afternoon that will provide a warm atmosphere to counteract the chilly temperatures outdoors.

The library is very fortunate to have received a grant from the Community Access Program which is funded by Industry Canada. With the grant we have been able to hire a short term intern who is available for tutorials in basic computer and internet skills. There is no fee for this service – there is a $1 per hour charge for using our public access computers. If you have a laptop, bring it along and your tutorial will be geared to your laptop. Phone the library to make an appointment or make one next time you visit. Our grant is finished at the end of March 2013, so don’t wait too long.

More and more people are enjoying the flexibility of being able to read in more than one format – especially if you are travelling and you don’t have space in your suitcase for books. Our intern is ready to assist you with setting up an e-reader and teaching you how to download ebooks, or audio book files, from eLibraries Manitoba (eLM). eLM is a collection of ebooks that is a holding for all Manitoba public libraries. Many people have assumed that this is just another way to check out the books that belong to Jake Epp Library. That is not the case. eLM is a totally separate collection and is still in the process of growing. Each electronic “book” is a license that must be purchased just as an actual book must be purchased before it can be circulated. So be prepared for a possible wait for popular titles and authors. As with our books, you can put a reserve on an e-book, and you will receive an email notification when it is ready for you to download. Any Manitoban resident that has a current library card in their local public library has free access to eLM. One more important piece of information is that not all e-readers are compatible with eLM, so if you are thinking of purchasing one, make sure you find out which devices are compatible. Feel free to call us with questions or book an appointment with our Intern, Andrew, for assistance.

Happy reading – in whatever format you choose!

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off.

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