St Thomas Public Library

Reason #39: We’re Open 24/7 With Downloadable eBooks

Do you have an eReader? A tablet? Cell phone? Mp3 player? Laptop or desktop computer? Then you might be interested to know that many of these devices, from the smallest mp3 player to the most powerful laptop computer, can be used to borrow electronic books and audiobooks directly from the …

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Reason #36: We Do Custom Orders!

Is there a book you need to get your hands on that we don’t have? A missing volume in a series, or an older book by a favourite author? Perhaps you heard about an upcoming book by your favourite celebrity chef, or you’ve developed an urgent need to learn about …

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Reason #35: We Offer Alternative Ideas & Thinking

The library is a place where all viewpoints can be explored. We strive to have something for everyone, whether you’re into Christian fiction or hard sci-fi, exploring atheism or looking for religion, carnivorous or vegan. Libraries aren’t censors; libraries are access points. We are here to provide knowledge on any …

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Reason #33: Sometimes We’re All Fun And Games

It’s okay to come and hang out at the library. You don’t have to check anything out. You don’t have to be doing research, working on a project, reading or joining in a program. You can come and relax too! On the lower level in the Children’s and Teens’ Department, …

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Reason #31: Learning Disguised as Play

Located in the John and Dorothy Palmer Youth Library on the lower level, the “Kids’ Spot” fuels the imagination, tantalizes the senses, and promotes learning and literacy skills with furnishings, decor, books, toys and activities designed specifically for this age group. It is a place for children, parents and caregivers …

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Reason #30: Like, Repin & Comment on Pinterest!

The St. Thomas Public Library is on Pinterest! Have you followed us? Pinterest is a free, online pin-board of sorts, where you can keep track of your favorite things from around the web, and also follow other pinners (like us). Following the library on Pinterest is a great way to …

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Reason #28: You Can Search Our Catalogue on Facebook!

Did you know that you can access the library’s catalogue from ourFacebook page?? It’s never been easier to search the catalogue, or place a hold on a book! On our Facebook page, we have a new button called “Search the library catalogue” When you click it, you are brought to the …

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Reason #27: Everyone Can Enjoy Free Movie Night!

Did you know that the library has been holding free movie nights for several years now? We call it Family Movie Fridays! We show everything from new releases not yet available on DVD to older favourites, and last month we started showing movies for the adult crowd too! It’s a …

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Reason #25: Awesome BBC TV Series on DVD

St. Thomas Public Library has an extensive collection of television series. But lately, British television and movies seem to be gaining speed in popularity, and the library provides! Our 25th Reason to Celebrate St. Thomas Public Library is our pretty stellar collection of BBC television series. This collection includes (but is not …

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Reason #24: We Support Local Charities!

Dress down days have been happening here at the library all this year, and staff are enjoying wearing their jeans on Fridays! Just so you know, we don’t do this purely for our own comfort. If we choose to wear jeans on a Friday we donate at least $2 to …

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Reason #23: More Kobos!

Did you know the library lends Kobos? It’s a great way to take a whole bunch of books home with you in one package! We’ve just added two more Kobos to our collection: Best of 2014 and Book Club Picks! Also available are Kobos loaded with General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, …

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Reason #19: We Support Teen Artists!

We are now officially accepting applications from Teen artists for our Teen Art Wall! We’ve had the Art in the Library on the main level of the Adult Dept for years now, and while we have had some young artists, we thought it was time for teens to have an …

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Discover at your Library

The library is often thought of as a place to gather information, research, and read. Information is stored in our books and on our computers and librarians are traditionally thought of as the gatekeepers and the guides. But is this really how libraries look now? Libraries are becoming more about …

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An Evening Adult Book Club? It’s a Mystery!

At St. Thomas Public Library, we try to offer programs that are wanted and relevant to our community. We frequently get requests and suggestions from customers for programs and events, and we do what we can to make them happen. This is one of those times. Over the past year …

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From Our Table to Yours – Library Display

“From our table to yours…” is the latest library display at St. Thomas Public Library. We’ve included a broad range of books in both the fiction and non-fiction sections, but they all have one thing in common – food. We invite library customers to take books from our display table, to their …

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A Lonely Business

Sometimes reading is a lonely business. When one reads a book, it’s largely an internal process. So many times I have finished a novel only to close it and think to myself, “that was really good, now what?” Whereas it is definitely satisfying to read something worthwhile, it’s sometimes frustrating …

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Say hello to Flat Stanley

TPL’s New Character-in-Residence St Thomas Public Library is pleased to officially welcome Flat Stanley as our first Character-in-Residence. He has completed his probationary period with flying colours and is now available to accompany library customers on their vacations. He is especially partial to warm, exotic destinations. To book Stanley for your upcoming …

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Choosing Opera

Do you know that every year, New York’s Metropolitan Opera holds auditions across the U.S. searching for the best young opera singers?  Hundreds of singers compete for a place in the finals on the stage of the Met at Lincoln Center accompanied by the full Met orchestra.  The 2013 competition, …

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