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GPPL column: Trending titles of 2020
So, it’s been a weird year. We’ve spent a lot more time alone and inside than usual, which has led to an unprecedented need for quality entertainment. Watched everything on Netflix? Don’t sweat it, GPPL has resources to help you stay entertained over the holidays.
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GPPL column: 'Tis the Season for Holiday Reading
Is there anything better than curling up with a cozy book and a warm blanket while the snow swirls down outside? There are so many great holiday reads to get into this season, and since we’re all spending a lot of time at home this winter, that’s all the more reason to add to your reading list. The library may be closed at the moment, but you can still use our website to put our items on hold, and arrange for a curbside pickup. Grab your apple cider and settle into your fuzziest slippers while you give these titles a try!
GPPL column: Self-care through a good book
We’re all feeling COVID exhaustion. Restrictions, masks and distancing has an effect on us all. It’s difficult to find the time, but we all need to practice self-care. Take a walk, plan a workout or participate in a bit of online retail therapy (many of our local businesses now offer curbside pickup). My favourite kind of self-care? Getting into a good book. One that is uplifting is even better during these stressful times. Here are some suggestions for life-affirming stories filled with joy, kindness, humor, heroism, hope, empathy, compassion, and love.
Dino News and Views: The Great Parasaurolophus Pathology
Despite its status as a fairly popular and famous dinosaur, the tube-crested duckbill Parasaurolophus walkeri is actually quite rare. The first specimen known to science, collected from Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park and housed at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, is still the most complete example of this species.
GPPL column: Library going fine free in 2021
Did you hear the news? Grande Prairie Public Library is going fine free in 2021! We’re extremely excited to be able to offer this service to our community. We believe in breaking barriers to service, and this was an insurmountable barrier to so many families. While exploring the removal of late fees, we also learned that eliminating fines raised the number of items borrowed, brought those who hadn’t visited the library in a while back to the library, and boosted goodwill with our customers. We will still be charging for lost and damaged items, but if you need a few extra days to finish your latest book, you now have that option without accumulating a fine.
GPPL says goodbye to late fees
The Grande Prairie Public Library is eliminating late fees. The Library Board overwhelmingly passed the resolution that will take effect on January 1, 2021. “Access to libraries is an essential service for the community so removing this barrier for residents was an obvious decision for the Board,” says GPPL Board Chair Mark Evans. “Going fine free is a much more effective and responsible use of our municipal and provincial funding and ensures Library users continue to have the services they need.”