CELA – Accessibility in the Library

W englishfinalsNTPL is proud to be a partner library with CELA – the Centre for Equitable Library Access.  CELA provides Canadians with print disabilities, and the libraries that support them, access to materials in a broad range of reading materials in the accessible format of their choice.

If you have a print disability, you can borrow Daisy Books – MP3 Audiobooks on a single disc – to listen to at home. You can also register to become a CELA member, which gives you access to a growing collection of books, magazines, newspapers & described videos for every age and interest. Through CELA, you can select from various formats – audio, braille, described movies, accessible e-books, and download them to your computer, handheld device or Daisy player, or have CD and braille items delivered by mail.

Visit the CELA website or drop by your local branch to find out more about our partnership with CELA and how it can benefit you.


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Around New Tecumseth Family Day Weekend

Family-Day-PictureFamily Day weekend is fast approaching. Do you have any plans made? Here are some ideas of things you can do with your family next weekend:

Drop by your local branch of the New Tecumseth Public Library on Saturday to stock up on books, movies, magazines and more to get you through the long weekend! Bring some friends and enjoy a board game or play with our robot kits.

Join New Tecumseth for Family Day fun at the Tottenham Community & Fitness Centre, 139 Queen St. N., Tottenham on Monday, February 19 from 11 am-2 pm. Family fun for the whole family including games, gym activities, program samplers and free public skate times from 11 am-12:20 pm and 12:30 pm-1:50 pm

Nottawasaga Inn Resort is going Kid Crazy with a variety of Family Day Children’s Programs all weekend long. Festivities include their 4th Annual Family Dash Competition, inflatable jousting, movies, ice skating, a bonfire, treats and crafts! There are activities for kids of all ages.

The Gibson Centre has an art exhibit you may enjoy – Surfacing New Paintings by Graduating BMHS Students.

Drop by the Banting Homestead and learn more about Sir Frederick Banting, the man who discovered insulin.

Take in a movie at Circle Theatre or Imagine Cinemas.

Visit Bizzy Bee Indoor Playground at 169 Dufferin St. S.

Discovery more about our military at the Base Borden Military Museum.

Enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing or a nice long walk at Earl Rowe Provincial Park.

Enjoy the trails at Tottenham Conservation Area.

We’d love to hear your suggestions and ideas as well!






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Welcome to CLASS!

The New Tecumseth Public Library started running monthly programs for CLASS in the fall of 2016. We noticed that many clients of CLASS were active members of our library – with individual and group visits happening on an almost daily basis. After getting the OK from the management team here at the library I approached CLASS and asked if they would be interested in attending a library program.CommunityLiving

For those who are unfamiliar with CLASS let me introduce you to them.  CLASS is an acronym for Community Living Association of South Simcoe. They service New Tecumseth, Essa, Adjala-Tosorontio as well as parts of Innisfil and Bradford West-Gwillimbury. They are a non-profit organization run by a dedicated group of volunteers. CLASS supports individuals with intellectual disabilities and their right to choose and lead lives within the community with dignity.

There are different programs and support groups that are offered by CLASS. FYI (Facilitating Youth Involvement) is one such group. This is an after school program for youth aged 13-21 which operates Monday to Friday. The attendees of this program are offered a range of recreation, leisure and educational activities aimed towards the youth to enhance their life and social skills.

Attending library programs was and continues to be a great way of supplementing the activities offered to the FYI participants.

Justine D.

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Hello babies, and young children! 

Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Memorial Branch (Alliston) is Lively Tales at 10:15 am.   It’s free and drop-in!  Come and join us for rhymes, songs, scarf play!
Photo Credit: Two young sisters reading books in library. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
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Hello Babies & Young Children!

Tuesdays at the Pam Kirkpatrick Branch (Tottenham) is Baby Time at 2:00 pm 
Lively Tales at 10:15 am.   
It’s free and drop-in! 
Come and join us!
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Book Review: Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever – by Deborah Moggach

TulipFeverMoggach’s novel is a lusciously told tale of lust, intrigue and sin in seventeenth century Amsterdam.  The author neatly weaves a suspenseful story set around “tulipmania” and famous Dutch painter Jan Van Loos. It’s told from the point of view of many characters, who display both modernity and tradition in their sometimes cringeworthy choices.  This is not just a romantic period drama. There is more to this novel than meets the eye. The plot dabbles in several themes including,  the tension between Protestantism and Catholicism, determinism versus free choice,  social climbing, as well as unattainable love.

Alix G.

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Technology Thursday

Learn to Love Your Tech Again

So this is to be my first bit of writing for the New Tecumseth Public Library Tech Assist Team’s contribution to the blog. (Wow that was a mouthful!) I guess I should discuss our upcoming seminar. It seems like a good place to start.


Many of us have an old phone, tablet or laptop gathering dust somewhere in the house. It sits there waiting for us to try and decide its future. Do you recycle it, throw it out, and maybe reuse it?? This month the Tech Assist Team at New Tecumseth Public Library will be hosting a two-hour seminar titled Love Your Old Tech on February 21st. We will help to spark that old flame for your old tech toys and find new and exciting ways to use them.


We will discuss topics such as a New Spark with an Old Phone, Computer Casanova, Tantalizing Tablets, Enchanting eReaders, and What to do with E-waste. So when your laptop is a 4-year old Windows 7 computer that has become a sluggish beast, and you’ve tried uninstalling as much as you could from it and it still runs like molasses in January, we can inform you how to fix it.

One of my favorite bloggers, Tanya Spydergrrl, once posted: “With the advent of smaller and smaller tech like MP3 players and smartphones, it’s easier to purchase devices with the intent of throwing them away, than to commit ourselves to making long term investments. At first blush, it might seem that software, operating systems, and processing capacity evolve quickly enough that it makes long-term hardware investments seem quaint. Like something the older generations might do.

But we are creating a disposable economy and — more importantly — a culture of waste.

Everything will eventually become obsolete but I’d rather think that when a piece of tech reaches obsolescence, it does so in its current form. Instead of throwing it away and pretending it no longer exists, we can use our creativity to see opportunity: to re-purpose it, give it new life, make it relevant and useful once more.”

RECYLING TechnologyI find these words far too true in my own life and constant “upgrades” in my every day carry (EDC) technology reflect this. On any average day I carry two or three tablets, a smartphone, and two mp3 players. This doesn’t include the tech I have at home that I am constantly using. I do my best to find new ways to revitalize what I have but the allure of the shiny new toy is hard to resist.

Well these are my musings for now. Hope to see you at the seminar.

Scott M.

New Tecumseth Public Library Tech Assist Team

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National Puzzle Week!

PuzzledIt’s National puzzle Week! Drop by the library to give our friends a hand (as they don’t really have hands) completing a puzzle!
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Friday Family Films: Lego Batman Movie


The Memorial Branch (Alliston) will be showing the Lego Batman Movie this Friday, February 2nd at 1:00 pm.

Drop by to enjoy this fun free family-friendly event.

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Food for Thought

Food4Thought - Jan22-18

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