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The Gadget Gift Guide for ‘Big Kids’
By HarnasonNovember 28, 2016
Written by Holly Arnason, Digital Literacy Librarian Just in time for the holidays - a list for the “big kid” who loves exploring new technology and gadgets. EPL staff have hand-picked the latest tech gadgets that could make someone’s gift under the tree a memorable one and could also easily fit in the EPL Makerspace. Pocket C.H.I.P. ($70…
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Top 5 Favourite Gifts for Explorers, Tinkerers and Makers!
By HarnasonNovember 25, 2016
Written by Holly Arnason, Digital Literacy Librarian At EPL, we're always looking for opportunities to connect families with resources and programs that support the development of digital literacy skills. And just in time for the holidays, EPL staff have compiled a list of their favourite gadgets. This gift guide features some of the newest technology we’ve spotted to support…
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Children Benefit When Learning Code
By Nancy ShengSeptember 1, 2016
By Nancy Sheng, Youth Services Librarian In the 21st century, coding is a new type of literacy; a language that allows those fluent in it to explore, create and affect change in our increasingly high-tech world. Like any language, the earlier you learn it, the more it sticks. New coding programs are being introduced to…
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Staying Safe and Having Fun with Pokemon Go!
By LmackenzieJuly 18, 2016
Written by Holly Arnason, Digital Literacy Librarian  Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game for iOS and Android mobile devices and it’s been taking the world by storm, including the Edmonton Public Library! Over the past week, we have welcomed Pokemon Go players at many of our locations. Like with any other online game or…
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Helping Children Cope During Difficult Times
By Tamsin ShuteJune 17, 2016
Written by Tamsin Shute, Youth Services Librarian With the recent devastating fires in Fort McMurray, many families found themselves having difficult discussions with their children they never expected to ever have. Forest fires do play a role in forest ecology, but can be devastating when they get too close to homes. Not only did young…
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What Teens Can Do To Keep Busy This Summer
By Karen ChidiakJune 16, 2016
Written by Bronwyn Hartman, Youth Services Librarian 1. Make something great: Our Makerspace has everything teens need for their next creation, including 3D printers, sound booths, a vinyl cutter and more. Encourage teens to drop by the library and get creative! 2. Find the next great read: Teens can check out our Staff Picks, talk to staff for recommendations…
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A father’s impact on a child’s life and the library
By Karen ChidiakMay 10, 2016
Written by Michael Eaton, Community Librarian In recent years, there has been research done about the positive impact fathers’ involvement has on their children, especially in literacy activities. Some of these include: Increased ability and interest in reading amongst children Increased attentiveness in the classroom Better developed problem-solving skills Greater resilience to stressful situations Over…
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Fern’s “Crafty” Blog Post: #3SkillsYEG
By CityoflearnersApril 25, 2016
One of the delightful opportunities within the Learning Champions group was the chance to identify a "learning buddy" for the #3SkillsYEG challenge, with whom o
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Seniors and Teens Work Together
By Karen ChidiakApril 22, 2016
EPL has created an intergenerational pilot program and is having seniors and teens work together to create relationships. The pilot program includes the use of "Then and Now" kits, which help start conversations between seniors and teens in the Mill Woods community. Mill Woods Branch staff is looking for hard to find vintage and contemporary items, and we’re…
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I’m the new kid in town
By JmcpheeDecember 4, 2015
  It's been a long time in the making, but we're sure proud to show you our new epl.ca. EPL wanted to make it simpler for you, our customers, to find what you need; and this new site will do just that! There are always some growing pains adjusting to change, but we're confident you'll…
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