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"at your library" in the north island eagle: more favourite e-resources, always free with your library card

More Favourite E-Resources, Always FREE With Your Library CardThe Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) offers so many “e-resources,” it can be difficult to remember them all! That’s why I’m always reminding you about the treasures hidden in your library card. Everyone with a VIRL library card has access to all these digital resources, and they are always free of charge. If you don’t have a computer, come to one of our branches and use ours. If you don’t have internet access at home, come use...
Tags: Travel, Music, ACORN, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, What I'm Watching, My Writing, VIRL, Kanopy Kanopy, At Your Library" Column, CardThe Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Music


"at your library" in the north island eagle: three reasons to give virl virtual programming a try

Three Reasons to Give VIRL Virtual Programming a TryAmong the many victims of the covid pandemic have been library programs. Large libraries down-island – and in towns and cities all over the world – have moved their programs online. Many programs are offered live, through Zoom (or similar video-conferencing programs), and also recorded for future watching. This has been disappointing to many people, but for people in the North Island and other remote regions, it’s a very positive development! S...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Eden, North Island, UBC, Native Plants, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Eden Robinson, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, Haisla


"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: we could use a laugh

As I mentioned here, I'm posting three of these columns each week until I'm caught up.Booklists: We Could Use a LaughI have one last booklist for you before I write about other things for a while. As the pandemic enters its second year, we could all use more humour in our lives, so here’s a list of funny books. Of course humour comes in many different flavours. A book that makes you laugh 'til you’re gasping for air may leave your friend totally cold – or worse, may offend them. Use this list wi...
Tags: Travel, New Orleans, Terry Pratchett, John Kennedy, Moran, What I'm Reading, Sedaris, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Brosh, At Your Library" Column, David SedarisA, Tina FeyEssays, Allie BroshA, Neil GaimanTwo


"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: hidden gems of historical fiction

Booklists: Hidden Gems of Historical FictionHere’s a booklist you may want to save: historical fiction. This genre brings history to life, by letting readers view it through the eyes of ordinary people. Sometimes there’s a romance or mystery set against a backdrop of an earlier time. Often there’s a mix of historical figures and fictional characters. Beyond the very popular titles, such as Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (both terrific reads!) here are 10 title...
Tags: Travel, Boston, New York City, Toronto, Barcelona, United States, Vancouver, Margaret Atwood, Sarah, Tulsa, RCMP, Louis Riel, Calcutta, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian


"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: hidden gems of fiction

Booklists: Hidden Gems of FictionHere’s a list of 10 so-called literary novels. These are great reads that will move you, make you think, and maybe make you sad when they end. Here are ten novels that could be called hidden gems.Title: White TeethAuthor: Zadie SmithA big mix of characters of many generations, ages, and backgrounds, all living in northwest London. Friendship, love, war, and just about everything else. One of the most talked-about debut novels ever, written when Smith was only 25....
Tags: Travel, Texas, London, China, New York City, Brooklyn, Smith, San Antonio, Central Park, Atlantic Ocean, Liu, Underground Railroad, McLain, Beryl Markham, What I'm Reading, Laura K


"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: meet amazing people through reading

As I mentioned here, I'm posting three of these columns each week until I'm caught up.Booklists: Meet Amazing People Through ReadingIn my last column, I suggested ten travelogues that might tempt you. Today I’m highlighting ten memoirs – great writing by fascinating people with a unique view of the world.Title: Just KidsWho’ll you’ll meet: Patti Smith, poet, musician, storied pioneer of punk rockWhat you’ll find: The art and music scene in 1970s New York City; a warm and loving portrait of frien...
Tags: Travel, Bruce Springsteen, New York City, Paris, Alan Cumming, Patti Smith, Ishmael Beah, Jenny Lawson, Alison Bechdel, Sherman Alexie, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Alicia Elliott, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" in the north island eagle: book lists: travel the world by book

Book Lists: Travel the World by BookIn my last column, I promised you lists of books on various topics. I’ll highlight ten books in each column. You might want to clip and save them!TraveloguesThe pandemic put all our travel plans on hold, but we can always travel through reading. In the books on this list, talented writers tell amazing stories about the places they visit, and they invite you to come along.Title: My 25 Years in ProvenceAuthor: Peter Mayle, a British writer who lived in FranceWhe...
Tags: Travel, London, Scotland, Pacific, Sam Heughan, Wise, Vancouver Island, Stephen Fabes, William Atkins, Peter Mayle, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Europe North Africa, Bruce Kirkby, My Writing


"at your library" in the north island eagle: happy new year and happy book lists

Happy New Year and Happy Book Lists2020 was such a difficult year. Most of us were not sorry to see it go! Your library is here for you, dreaming of a time when we can open our doors wide and welcome everyone back inside.Do you ever wonder what to read next?Do you ever want to learn about a specific topic but you don’t know where to start?Librarians have lots of tips and tricks to help you find what you’re looking for. For my next few columns, I’ll be sharing lists of books on various topics and...
Tags: Travel, Netflix, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Amazon At Goodreads, Better Than Food To


roots and icebergs: decolonizing community spaces: a workshop

I recently attended a six-hour workshop called Decolonizing Community Spaces. The workshop was led by two facilitators, one a Native American speaking to us from her traditional territories in Montana, and the other a Filipina-Canadian. About 30 people attended; I believe all were health and service providers in the province of BC. All the other participants raved about how much they learned, and how they will change their daily practices accordingly. I don't know if they were exaggerating, or i...
Tags: Travel, Activism, Montana, History, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Bigotry, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, Information Sciences, Tree of Liberation, Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa, Ways of Knowing Combining Two Ways of Knowingbr


how do you read? in which my reading habits unexpectedly change

Librarians like to ask readers about their reading habits. How do you read?What format do you most prefer? Do you have a secondary format? These days, most avid readers have found a use for e-books -- travel being the number one reason -- but generally prefer print. But some people read only e-books, and some only print.Many people listen to audiobooks in their car or during their commutes, often listening to one book and reading another. Some people are audio only, especially now that most au...
Tags: Travel, Henning Mankell, Allan, Ontario, John le Carr, George Smiley, Wallander, Martin Beck, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Donald Westlake, Per Wahloo


further to rebecca solnit: angry men attack me online

I recently completed three booklists for library customers, part of a system-wide readers' advisory project. The lists use good gender balance, and a strong representation of people of colour and LGBT themes. I did , , and . I love readers' advisory, and I really enjoyed the challenge of writing about each title in about 45 words.In the list of essay collections, I included Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me. Then I decided it was time to read it! She's a brilliant essayist, one of the...
Tags: Travel, Post, Feminism, Baseball, Allan, Ndp, Ontario, Solnit, Laurie Penny, Rebecca Solnit, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Wingnuts, Joy of Sox, Allan Wood


"at your library" in the north island eagle: homeschooling? your library can help

Homeschooling? Your Library Can HelpOne of the many ways COVID has changed our lives is an increased interest in homeschooling. Of course no parents want their children to be exposed to the virus. But many families face health challenges that make the possibility of exposure much more dangerous. Parents may have many reasons for preferring homeschooling, and the pandemic has brought them front of mind.If you're a homeschool family, you already know that the public library is an invaluable resour...
Tags: Travel, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, CreativeBug VIRL


"at your library" in the north island eagle: new e-resources and new hours at the port hardy library

New E-Resources – and New Holl different areas – language learning, music, crafts, local history and culture, auto repair – and so much more. And like everything in your library, iursThe Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has added some terrific new e-resources to our catalogue.The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has added some terrific new e-resources to our catalogue.If you read this column, you’ve read a lot about e-resources. VIRL gives you access to digital tools that focus o...
Tags: Travel, Know Your Rights, Port Hardy, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Clicklaw, My Writing, VIRL, Life In A Small Town, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Clicklaw Clicklaw


"at your library" in the north island eagle: september is literacy month

 Catching up on my "At Your Library" column in one of our free local newspapers.September Is Literacy MonthWhen you hear the word “literacy”, you might think of reading and writing. That is the traditional definition of literacy, but did you know there are many different kinds of literacy?Numerical literacy is the ability to do the basic math that is needed in every day life – to make change, add up a budget, or read a graph.Digital literacy means having basic computer skills, being able to use ...
Tags: Travel, Digital, Media Literacy, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: homeschooling? your library can help

Homeschooling? Your Library Can HelpOne of the many ways COVID has changed our lives is an increased interest in homeschooling. Of course no parents want their children to be exposed to the virus. But many families face health challenges that make the possibility of exposure much more dangerous. Parents may have many reasons for preferring homeschooling, and the pandemic has brought them front of mind.If you’re a homeschool family, you already know that the public library is an invaluable resour...
Tags: Travel, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, CreativeBug VIRL


"at your library" in the north island eagle: kids bogo at the library

Kids BOGO At the Library September is Literacy Month in BC, and your library will be celebrating in a big way. During the month of September, we are offering "Kids BOGO". BOGO usually means "Buy One, Get [Another] One", but this BOGO is "Borrow One, Get One". When you borrow a children's book, your child will receive another book – to keep. Both books are free!The Vancouver Island Regional Library, the Mt. Waddington Family Literacy Society, and The Book Nook, Port Hardy's bookstore, have teame...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Children's Books, RCMP, BOGO, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, At Your Library" Column, Mt Waddington Family Literacy Society, Literacy Society, Port Alice Port Hardy Port, McNeill Sointula, PacificCARE Family Enrichment Society PacificCARE, PacificCARE


"at your library" in the north island eagle: make screen time count with library e-resources for kids and teens

At Your Library: Make Screen Time Count with Library E-Resources for Kids and TeensYou know I’m always going on about the great e-resources you can access through your library. “E-resources” means e-books, digital magazines, streaming music and movies, plus ways to learn new skills, expand your small business, and so much more. But did you know that Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has e-resources just for kids and teens?My favourite e-resource for kids is TumbleBookLibrary. It offers pi...
Tags: Travel, British Columbia, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Knowledge Network, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" in the north island eagle: columns published since re-opening, part 1: library takeout

Since the lockdown ended, I've been writing my column in the free local newspaper again. These columns seem very specific and not of wide interest, but since I started collecting the columns on this blog, I want the record to be complete. At Your Library: Your Library Is Coming Back… One Step at a TimeWelcome back! I’m so very happy to welcome you back to your local branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL). I hope you weathered the lockdown in relative comfort and safety, and that ...
Tags: Travel, North Island, Greenwood, Port Hardy, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, GALIANO, My Writing, Michael Christie, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, COVID-19, COVID, Ancestry Library, Port Alice Port McNeill Sointula


things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #32

I emailed this to my colleagues and our administrators; I should share it with wmtc readers, too. Along with many library workers, I am worried that our most vulnerable neighbours are being left behind.* * * *I just heard a heartbreaking lament from one of our regular customers, who was here for curbside.She told us that most people she knows do not have internet access or any TV service, and many do not have phones. They rely on library staff to suggest and order materials for them.We assured ...
Tags: Travel, Salvation Army, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, Life In A Small Town, COVID-19


10 things on my mind about covid-19

1. Wealthy urbanites are fleeing to their second homes -- buying out grocery stores, expecting personal shoppers and home delivery, swelling vacation towns' size to summer proportions. This is the epitome of the egocentric, classist arrogance that often pervades the United States.2. In India, a planned lockdown of more than a billion people is expected to leave millions dead of starvation. As people become desperate, there will inevitably be rioting, police shootings, and all forms of rampant vi...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, India, Canada, United States, Labour, Health Care, Loblaws, UFCW, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, We Like Lists, COVID-19, Brazil Pakistan Nigeria, Blogger Google


things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #31

One of the most frustrating and sad things we encounter at the library are people we can't help, who don't understand why we can't help them -- and who blame us. These are generally people with minimal or no digital literacy (i.e. tech skills).Here's a typical scenario. A customer cannot access their email account because they have forgotten their password. It's likely they changed the password at some point but don't remember doing that, so they're using the old password, or that they're typing...
Tags: Travel, Hotmail, Daniel, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, Daniel Blake


in which i reflect on many one-year anniversaries of a big life change

It's November. Here at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, the days are getting mighty short. It's not cold -- most days still reach 9 or 10 C -- but the gray sky and low sun feel like winter.This time last year, everything was happening. I was buzzing with nervous energy -- making lists, organizing the cross-country move, preparing to leave my job, preparing to leave my life and start anew.Now, I feel a tremendous sense of calm and contentment.Next week begins all the "one year since". One y...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Canada, Ontario, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Moving To Bc, Life In A Small Town


laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia


what i'm reading: the library book by susan orlean

I've been on a "books about books" run lately, beginning with Syria's Secret Library, then Robert Caro's Working, and now I'm finishing the wonderful The Library Book by Susan Orlean.Orlean is a writer for The New Yorker, which generally means excellent nonfiction. Her book about the canine movie star Rin Tin Tin has been on my List since it was published in 2011. Her 1998 book The Orchid Thief is considered a modern classic. (I read The New Yorker story that led to the book, but have not yet r...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Syria, History, Orleans, Los Angeles Public Library, Robert Caro, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Books About Books, Los Angeles Central Library, Orlean, Susan Orlean Orlean


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It's been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don't. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo


"at your library" in the north island eagle: you can now borrow video games from your library

I am very pleased to announce that all Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) branches now offer video games! You can request and borrow games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.Video games are a great fit for the public library. You -- our customers -- want media. Whether you borrow DVDs, stream Kanopy, or listen to downloadable audiobooks, we want to help you access media. We believe our library services should reflect what our customers are interested in.Video games are for pl...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Nintendo, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, ESRB, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column


what i'm reading: the library book by susan orlean

I've been on a "books about books" run lately, beginning with Syria's Secret Library, then Robert Caro's Working, and now I'm finishing the wonderful The Library Book by Susan Orlean.Orlean is a writer for The New Yorker, which generally means excellent nonfiction. Her book about the canine movie star Rin Tin Tin has been on my List since it was published in 2011. Her 1998 book The Orchid Thief is considered a modern classic. (I read The New Yorker story that led to the book, but have not yet r...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Syria, History, Allan, Orleans, Los Angeles Public Library, Robert Caro, What I'm Reading, Becoming A Librarian, Books About Books, Los Angeles Central Library, Orlean, Susan Orlean Orlean


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It's been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don't. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Allan, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It’s been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don’t. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo


what i'm reading: the library book by susan orlean

I've been on a "books about books" run lately, beginning with Syria's Secret Library, then Robert Caro's Working, and now I'm finishing the wonderful The Library Book by Susan Orlean.Orlean is a New Yorker writer, which generally means excellent nonfiction. Her book about the canine movie star Rin Tin Tin has been on my List since it was published in 2011. Her 1998 book The Orchid Thief is considered a modern classic. (I read the New Yorker story that led to the book, but have not yet read the ...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Syria, History, Orleans, Los Angeles Public Library, Robert Caro, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Books About Books, Los Angeles Central Library, Orlean, Susan Orlean Orlean



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