Did you know that since branches closed on Saturday, March 14, our staff have produced 218 videos for our customers to enjoy? I know, we’re a little mind-boggled by that number as well. We’ve tried to bring as many of our in-branch classes and events online as possible, whether it’s our popular Baby Laptime and Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn, virtual book clubs, Cree language classes, storytimes and more.
Three months in, our librarians decided to take a look back at some of our personal favourite EPL from Home videos. And while we’re at it, let’s catch you up on what we’ve been reading lately from our catalogue.
Karen Doerksen, Associate Manager at the Lois Hole (Callingwood) Branch
READING: Just finished Stephen King’s Pet Sematary on eAudio. Love Stephen King, but he’s too scary to read in the winter — I usually read at least one of his books every summer when it’s light out and there’s no scary furnace in the background. On the non-fiction front, I’m also enjoying the eAudiobook version of The Wonder of Birds by Jim Robbins. Lots of fascinating info about birds, many native to North America.
Quincy Hiscott, Licensing and Collections Assessment Librarian in the Collections Management & Access Division
My little one and I have been watching the Baby Laptime videos. Especially when we couldn’t go outside much and need extra indoor activities!
READING: I’ve really taken to escapist reading since starting to shelter-in-place, and I’m burning through lots of new as well as nostalgic YA fantasy reads. My latest excursion was a call-back to my early teens with Cassandra Clare’s OG Shadowhunter series, The Mortal Instruments.
Emily Paulsen, Community Librarian at the Londonderry Branch
Such a helpful, bright, and interesting video highlighting one of my favourite resources!
READING: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I was completely absorbed and swept away with the beautiful writing and engrossing characters. The book spans decades and I was so interested to find out what would happen next, it was hard to put down.
Beth Kilfoy, Collections Librarian in the Collections Management & Access Division
READING: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I’m always willing to pick up a book that involves libraries and this fantasy novel (the first in a series) is set in a world where the Great Library of Alexandria never burned and instead controls access to all knowledge worldwide. Great world building with tons of appeal to readers who enjoy books about books and libraries.
Allison DaSilva, Analyst in the Planning, Research & Assessment Division
I’m a big fan of Nailed It, and other baking shows, and I thought this video was an excellent parody.
READING: I’m currently reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.
Meg DeForest, Community Librarian at the Jasper Place Branch
I just love watching all the librarians sing together.
READING: I've been reading Golden in Death by JD Robb on CloudLibrary. I hadn’t tried Cloud before but I got to skip the long hold list and since I always read mysteries in a few days the one week due date was not a problem.
Andrew Halberstadt, Manager at the Calder Branch
READING: I have actually never read the Harry Potter books, so I have taken Overdrive up on the #HarryPotterAtHome unlimited access to the first eBook and eAudiobook! I have seen all the movies, but I have heard the books are far superior. Looking forward to experiencing this for myself.
Evelyn Delgado, Service Design Specialist for Youth at the Shelley Milner Children's Library
I’m enjoying the alphabet hunt videos. I share them with my friends and their children send me pictures, voicemails and videos of what they find. Once a voicemail came all the way from Peru!”
READING: I have been catching up on Overdue Finds episodes, in episode 9 Pixels and Parrots they discussed really strange video games, I immediately downloaded “dots” and have been playing it non-stop.
Melanie St. Onge, Manager of Adult Services & City of Learners
READING: I’ve been reading Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo on CloudLibrary. It’s an amazing book that follows the interconnected stories of twelve Black British women.
Nancy Sheng, Associate Manager at the Stanley A. Milner Library
READING: Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby is the funniest person alive, don’t argue with me. Whether she’s chronicling her adventures with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (human bodies are inherently gross and hilarious) or complaining about having to go out with friends (how dare friends drag you out when staying indoors watching Netflix is so much easier), I’m here for every word.
Angela Lieu, Youth Services Librarian at the Lois Hole (Callingwood) Branch
This was my (and Hemi’s) first EPL From Home video, and we kind of shot it as a joke. Everyone was watching as we did it, and we all laughed the whole time. Hemi played the part perfectly, and the video was a hit! Now, I am officially Hemi’s agent and we will never be the same again.
READING: This pandemic, I am reading the Lord of the Rings for the first time! I am not usually a fantasy reader, but the quarantine has definitely broadened my horizon. To my surprise, I am really enjoying the books (I think having seen the movies has been helpful because I don’t feel the need to rush through them to find out what happens).
Jolene Brisbois, Digital Initiatives Librarian
READING: I have been working my way through an Early American settler saga by Sara Donati. The book I am on currently is called Fire Along the Sky. I love historic novels with a lot of detail and historic moments and this series has it all! They travel from upstate New York to Montreal to Scotland throughout the series.
Ilona Storie, Collections Librarian in the Collections Management & Access Division
My favourite videos are the storytimes for slightly older kids. Everyone forgets how important it is to keep reading to older kids. It’s a great interaction and often an opportunity for discussion.
READING: I recently listened to The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and narrated by the author. Written in verse, each word has impact and emotion. It’s a coming of age tale with Xiomara balancing religious, generational and emotional conflicts with her family members and herself. Acevedo’s storytelling is powerful and relatable.
Emily Riddle, Senior Advisor on Indigenous Relations
I have been curious about bullet journaling for a while and this was an awesome and fairly simple explanation of the method. I have not yet implemented it, but I’m still hopeful!
READING: I recently finished In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado and then immediately borrowed the audiobook to listen to it. It's the best memoir I’ve ever read. I’ve also been watching Louis Says on SUMMA Kids. It’s a cartoon kids show in nehiyawewin (Cree). I don’t have any kids, but since I can’t be around any speakers in my life, it’s good to keep hearing the language and the show is super cute and teaches about Cree value systems.