Elnora Library news

Colourful local Elnora children come in from the cold to explore the internet at the Elnora Library on Friday, December 20, 2013. ECA Review/Submitted

The Elnora Library would like to extend a new-year reminder that we have two young people hired specifically to help anyone with any technical question. Even the seemingly easy questions can cause headaches until you ask for help. The past month Kaylee and Kelly helped 27 people who worked in farming enterprises. They conducted 11 computer sessions and advised 14 people.

New readers and programs
The Elnora Public Library is a new partner with Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). We have a CNIB Daisy-type reader which we own and can loan out to anyone who is print disabled. This does not necessarily mean blind. Perhaps arthritis makes it painful to hold a book, maybe you learn better aurally or you may be dealing with dyslexia. It is for anything that makes an audio book or audio magazine easier for you.
Elnora Public Library has a program that rewards reading. For every half hour of reading the reader gets to choose a treat. In the last month there were 88 sessions of half-hour reading. As far as treats go, pop is cheap, chocolate bars can be bought on sale and potato chips or Cheezies are well received.
We have started loading books onto people’s ereaders for the holidays. This is a public service as you do not need to be a library patron. Please feel free to open the door and request assistance. Computers, laptops, tablets, any brand of cell phone and how to find the programs you want to use on them.

Gaming console
The Xbox One gaming console will be coming to the Elnora Library in May of 2014.
The Parkland Regional Library is excited to offer the console to be shared among member libraries.
The system will be available for libraries to book to have at their location for a period of time. This is a great opportunity for patrons and libraries to organize gaming tournaments or even a gaming charity fundraiser.
In 2013, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation held their own gaming fundraiser with Extra Life Edmonton, which was extremely successful, raising over $40,000. Libraries can play a big part in these events by providing space, equipment, as well as a strong community network of supporters.
The Xbox One is Microsoft’s next generation gaming console that includes an Xbox Live subscription for online multiplayer action. An HD projector and four controllers are also in the set for ultimate gaming with friends. We have five Xbox games so far and libraries will be taking requests for future purchases. Games include Battlefield 4, Forza Motorsport 5, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Need for Speed: Rivals.
Come loiter at the library – we offer Keurig and Tim Horton’s coffee with lively conversations. The Library is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 1 p.m. and  Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m.

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