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Lindsay and Fenelon library branches to reopen

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Starting Sept. 8 the Kawartha Lakes Public Library will begin offering in-branch service to the public at the Lindsay and Fenelon Falls branches.

While both Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon branches have very similar circulation numbers, according to Kawartha Lakes Library CEO, Jamie Anderson, “the deciding factor came down to size.”

“Fenelon Falls is in a larger building and we can safely accommodate more people in that facility,” he tells the Advocate.

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‘Someone’s grandfather and everyone’s neighbour:’ Librarian Bill Scholey

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During the pandemic our library system has sustained us with all its digital offerings: ebooks, audiobooks and downloadable video and music.

And to keep us engaged with the world outside our walls it’s even provided “Home for Coronovirus — Virtual Learning and Activities,” a curated set of links for kids and adults.

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Cuts to city staff include 32 library staff members

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When the city recently announced they were laying off more than 200 part-time employees currently working for the city, this included 32 library staff.

Jamie Anderson, CEO of the Kawartha Lakes Library system, told the Advocate that all the library’s part-time staff would be temporarily laid off as of April 18.

Emergency declarations coast to coast have determined that libraries are non-essential sites, and therefore will be closed for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pages and Pints: Library’s latest outreach a hit with young and old

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Pages and Pints: Library's latest outreach a hit with young and old

Not your mother’s book club.” That’s how it’s promoted, and for sure the Kawartha Lakes library’s “Pages and Pints Book Club” has unexpected features calculated to draw young and young-at-heart adults — not the least of which is its location.

Held upstairs at the Pie Eyed Monk, beginning at 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, tippling of beer and consumption of bar snacks is certainly an option.

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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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Library moves ebook collection to cloudLibrary for greater choice, access

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Starting October 21 the Kawartha Lakes Public Library is moving its main eBook and eAudiobook provider to cloudLibrary from OverDrive/Libby. Through cloudLibrary patrons can access the online collections of over 25 public libraries in Ontario through the cloudLink consortium, starting on November 6.

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

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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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Bienvenue à . . . Omemee?! Mickaël’s Café expands          

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Mickaël Durand is now open for business in Omemee. Photo: Devin Cross.

It’s been three years since Breton baker and entrepreneur Mickaël Durand opened Mickaël’s Cafe Librairie, Lindsay’s first — and still only — boulangerie, tapping into the town’s previously unsuspected appetite for croissants, brioche, sourdough breads, and baguettes.

The growth has been formidable: more selection (everything from bagels and German pretzels to Norwegian bread), expanded hours (8 am to 5 pm daily), a staff that has grown from three to 15, increased availability (including stalls at no fewer than eight farmer’s markets in a region that stretches from Sutton to Peterborough and Stanhope to Uxbridge), and the option of online ordering of the most popular items for pick-up.

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Literacy in the library — it’s about more than just books

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A father and son reading.

When you consider the word ‘literacy,’ you mostly likely think about reading, but did you know that literacy encompasses so much more than that? There is digital literacy, financial literacy, community literacy…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Schools are designed to teach students all sorts of literacy as they progress through the grades – preparing children for the ‘real world.’

Can you think of another institution that has similar goals? If you guessed the local library, then you are absolutely correct.

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Summer Reading Club launch swamped by kids and parents

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Summer Reading Club launch swamped by kids and parents
More than 300 people crammed into Lindsay Library to see Simon Ward kick off the TD Summer Reading Club. Photo by Lyndsay Bowen.

Now there’s a headline to gladden the heart of any librarian. It’s accurate, too. On Saturday morning over 300 — precisely 140 of them kids — crammed into the Lindsay library branch’s children’s area for the official launch of the TD Summer Reading Club.

The draw? Lindsay native Simon Ward, lead singer of the Juno award winning Strumbellas, was on hand to perform a rousing set of kids’ songs and officially present a collection of over 700 Lego minifigures (plus Lego Ferris wheel, castle, and sundry vehicles) that he has graciously donated to the library.

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