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Young Lindsay author pens dystopian novel, Silent Night

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Lindsay’s Emma Couette, 20, recently published her first novel, Silent Night.

Perhaps no genre was more dominant in books in the late 2000s or early 2010s as the dystopian YA novel. The soon-to-be classic series like James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games or Veronica Roth’s Divergent captivated and inspired innumerable youth, laying the groundwork for a new generation of authors looking to be successful in this genre.

Among these new authors is Lindsay’s own Emma Couette, 20, who recently published her first novel, Silent Night, the first in a trilogy, she says. It is set in a future where “we went too far forwards and now we’ve kind of gone backwards.”

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New manager of public services position would be an investment in our library

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New manager of public services would be an investment in our library

Last week, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library Board presented our proposed 2020 operating budget to City Council. Part of our proposal is a request for additional funding to create a new manager of public services position.

Far from libraries dying out or become redundant in the digital age, usage of our library system has grown over the last several years. Our branches are often one of the few places in our communities where everyone is welcome. Whether it is a place to study and do research, to find a new book to read, or learn a new skill, our libraries offer something for everyone.

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Conservative cuts to library system now mean user fees for some book loans

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Conservative cuts to library system now mean user fees for some book loans

Free inter-library loans are back at the Kawartha Lakes Public Library system, even after the Ontario Conservatives slashed budgets across the province. But ‘free’ comes at a cost, as this will now impact the collections budget and has also created a new type of user fee for books that come from universities.

In April the Advocate reported that funding for two key services – the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and the Northern Ontario Library Service (NOLS) were cut in half. SOLS – of which Kawartha Lakes system is a member of — supplies courier service that moves material between different systems. About 200-250 items per month for local patrons are moved about through other libraries, showing the popularity of the system.

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Lifelong learning at your local library

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Mother Goose Program presented by EarlyON at Lindsay branch.

You’re never too young to learn, and with older kids back in school and settled into their classroom routines now is a good time to think about the resources on offer for pre-schoolers at that other educational institution, the Kawartha Lakes Public Library, where lifelong learning happens.

As Lyndsay Bowen, the library’s outreach and community engagement librarian (and a qualified teacher), notes, “children’s brains develop most rapidly between 0 and 5,” so it’s a crucial period and any young parent will tell you those first years are a challenging and constantly shifting terrain to navigate.

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New Kawartha Lakes Library specialist for outreach and community engagement

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Lyndsay Bowen: New Kawartha Lakes library specialist for outreach and community engagement
Lyndsay Bowen, Library Specialist, Outreach & Community Engagement.

Let’s imagine the ideal candidate for the newly-created position of ‘Library Specialist, Outreach & Community Engagement’ for the Kawartha Lakes Library system.

There are library branches in 14 communities distributed around the City’s 3,059 sq. km — so lots of communities to reach out to, engage and create programs for, and each community is unique. Our ideal candidate should know the Kawartha Lakes and understand the diverse needs of its communities.

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Books that matter (to librarians); what books matter to you?

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From L to R: Sara Walker, Colleen McGregor, Marieke Junkin, Elizabeth Beauparlant.
  1. Every reader their book.
  2. Every book its reader.

From S.R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science (1931)

Sure, libraries have lots more than books to offer these days — everything from digital magazines to gardening workshops. But books remain the beating heart of every collection and the mission of librarians is still, as it was for Ranganathan, to be a matchmaker between books and readers.

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