Tag Archives: St. Thomas Public Library

Reason #62: We Loan Free Video Games!

It’s the summer. To some kids, this means parking their bottoms in front of the television and playing hours upon hours of video games. Purchasing new games, or even USED ones, can become expensive. (Many new games are about $55 each!) Some people think video game play is something that …

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Reason #61: At the Library Sharing is Caring

Once again, our wonderful library customers and St. Thomas community members share their reasons to celebrate the library. A local artist shares her reason to celebrate St. Thomas Public Library: Our world has entered the most fragile of its existence. And here, in North America, consumption of mass produced stuff – (which …

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Reason #55: Our Customers Believe In Us

Back in April, our eighth reason to celebrate St. Thomas Public Library was “We value your feedback.” And we do! We emailed over 1,200 of our customers that subscribe to our monthly online newsletter and asked for their personal reasons for celebrating St. Thomas Public Library and libraries in general. …

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Reason #53: Fun and Creative Programs for Adults

St. Thomas Public Library has really been working hard at offering new, interesting, enriching, informative, educational, and entertaining programs for adults. We are planning many things for “Culture Week” in September and other special programs during October’s Canadian Public Library Month. This summer is no exception! STPL is offering a …

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Reason #49: We Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Welcome lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer! While kids bask in two months of classroom freedom, parents fret about how to prevent learning loss. Studies show that students who spend a summer without books and literacy activities score significantly lower on standardized tests in early September than they do on those same …

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Reason #48: We Adapt Policies to Meet Community Needs

St. Thomas Public Library, like any library, has a bureaucratic, paperwork filled, staff and board meeting, policy writing and abiding, sometimes serious administrative side. It’s the side of the library that most customers never see, connect with, or even know about. (It takes a lot of work to keep a …

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Reason #47: We Lend Materials in Many Languages

At St. Thomas Public Library, we do our best to accomodate the needs of as many of our customers and community members as possible. Through a long-standing partnership with YWCA’s “New Canadians” and Settlement Services, we’ve come to understand what other languages people might be looking for at their local …

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Reason #45: We Provide a Link to Your Family History

Were you born and raised in St. Thomas? Has your family always resided in this area? If so we may be able to provide you with some family connections. The George Thorman Room at the St. Thomas Public Library is a collection of local historical records and information about the people …

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Reason #42: New DVDs, Follow Them On Pinterest!

If you didn’t know already, we carry brand new movies and TV series at the library. It’s not just old public television specials and documentaries! You can access the hottest DVDs and Blu-Rays for free with your library card. Of course these items are in demand, so you’ll want to …

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Reason #40: Can’t Find It? We’ll Borrow It!

Did you know that libraries borrow from other libraries? If you’re looking for something that we don’t have, make a request at the information desk and we can search other libraries for it! We do it all the time, especially for rare or older books that may be difficult to …

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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 #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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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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Found in the STPL Staff Lounge

he first and foremost would be the is staff. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. You are always greeted with a smile and a see you soon or thanks for dropping in as you leave. All of the staff are very knowledgeable on a number of subjects or authors. They are very willing to look up things for you to guide you in the right direction or to put in a request to order a book, cd, audiotape, movie and the list goes on.

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Libraries: The Original Recyclers

Earth Day is approaching! A good time of year to renew our efforts to be sustainable. Libraries are sustainable by nature. Come and borrow what you need and save yourself a purchase. We reuse books until they can no longer be circulated, and here at St. Thomas Public Library even …

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The Income Tax Deadline is Approaching!

Did you know that St. Thomas Public Library offers a free income tax clinic? You may qualify! If your tax situation is simple and you make between $20,000 and $25,000 (single) or $30,000 and $35,000 (married), volunteers from the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help you get those taxes filed! There are still a few weeks left before Income Tax is due at the end of April.

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Online Resource: Auto Repair Reference Centre

Have you ever wondered whether you absolutely HAD to take your car into the garage? Have you ever wanted to do some car repairs on your own? Not sure of where to look to find reliable information about your vehicle?   Look no further! St Thomas Public Library has a …

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Books Turned Movie Display – April 2014

To tie in with our Academy Award Movie Series at St. Thomas Public Library, we’ve decided that our main display should be Books Turned Movie. Even some of the library staff were shocked to find out that some of our favourite movies were books first! (For example, did you know that Jaws …

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Thursdays this spring are Oscar Nominated Film Nights!

Get excited. Starting on April 10th, the St. Thomas Public Library is showing 2014 Oscar nominated films on Thursday nights. Join us in the Carnegie Room, bring your own snacks and watch some great films! This is a free program, but space is limited. Thursday April 10th, 6:00: 12 Years a …

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St Thomas Public Library Achieves Ontario Public Library Accreditation

St. Thomas Public Library, March 28, 2014– The St. Thomas Public Library Board is pleased to announce that the Library successfully achieved Ontario Public Library Accreditation. This certification is a public recognition that the Library and its services have met an expected standard for public libraries in Ontario. Out of …

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