Archive for September, 2014

25 local authors gather for first ever Indie Book Day at library

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 18, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library today announced its first Indie Book Day to celebrate local authors who have independently achieved publication of their work.

The authors, the majority of whom are from York Region, are part of an increasing trend toward self-publishing independently, rather than through a publishing house. Once referred to as ‘vanity press’, self-publishing is now viewed as a viable alternative to traditional publishing due to the growth of e-books, digital content, and online distribution channels.

“Mark Twain self-published Huckleberry Finn in 1885, so self-publishing is not a new trend by any means, but today it is having a much bigger impact on the publishing industry.” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “We are pleased to provide a venue for local authors who will be here at the library to meet with people and talk about their work. People will find a variety of books, everything from fiction and non-fiction for adults to children’s picture books.”

According to Publishers Weekly the number of self-published books in North America exceeded those offered by traditional publishers for the first time in 2008, and a year later 76% of books being offered were self-published. And as self-publishing grows, traditional publishers are producing fewer books. A recent example of self-published books making a huge impact were the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James, which went viral before being picked up by a traditional book publisher.

Indie Book Day takes place on Saturday, October 4th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., with readings from some of the authors in attendance.

For further information please contact:
Jennifer Leveridge, Community Services Librarian
(905) 953-5110 Ext. 4710
jleveridge@newmarketpl.ca

OR
Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870
lchase@newmarketpl.ca

Sowing the seeds of community growth

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Newmarket Public library and York Region Food Network launch seed library, invite community members to participate

NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 12, 2014 – Newmarket Public Library today announced the launch of its new Seed Library created in conjunction with York Region Food Network, while extending an open invitation to members of the community to become part of a growing trend toward community food sharing.

The new Seed Library will rely on members who will maintain it be donating, lending, and exchanging seeds with each other. As the number of seed libraries in North America has increased in recent years, many have found homes in public libraries.

“‘If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,’” says Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director of the York Region Food Network. “That’s a famous quote by Cicero and it’s entirely appropriate that our new community seed library will be part of our library, a community hub whose slogan is ‘inspiring growth’”.

On Tuesday, September 23rd from 7-9 p.m. a Seed Library Workshop & Exchange will be held at the library and hosted by Jacob Kearey-Moreland of the Orillia and Toronto Seed Libraries. He will be discussing the popularity of seed libraries and how members maintain them by donating, lending and exchanging plant seeds such as tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas, peppers, and more.

“People can become members simply by bringing in seeds from their own gardens,” says Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “They can choose from seeds in the collection, take them home, grow them, save some of the seeds from the next generation of plants, and bring them in to add to the collection and share with others.”

Interested individuals can pre-register or get more information on the upcoming Seed Library Workshop & Exchange be calling 905-953-5110 Ext. 4770

For further information please contact:
Todd Kyle, CEO Newmarket Public Library
(905) 953-5110 Ext. 4670 tkyle@newmarketpl.ca

Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director York Region Food Network
905-841-3101 Ext. 202 joans@yrfn.ca

Newmarket Public Library is investing in the future growth of our community by providing access to a wide range of resources for individuals, families, children, teenagers, senior citizens, and businesses. The Library is located at 438 Park Avenue in Newmarket. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (Sept.-May) 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Visit us online at www.newmarketpl.ca

York Region Food Network offers programs, raises awareness and promotes policy changes for increased access to affordable and nutritious food produced within a sustainable food system. Our vision is Food for Health – Food for All. To learn more about YRFN, visit our website at www.yrfn.ca

 

Children learn about technology through library’s Tech Time For Kids program series

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 4, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library today announced the launch of Tech Time For Kids, a new ongoing series of free programs for children and their families focusing on the latest in technology.

Tech Time For Kids offers interesting and informative sessions that expose children to emerging technologies, demonstrating how they can assist them at school and in their daily lives. Programs range from learning how to use electronic devices to 3-D printing, creating digital music to building robotic items. Knowledgeable staff members host the programs, while some are led by outside experts.

“We live in a world where technology is prevalent and it’s important for children to gain insight into how it impacts their lives,” says Todd Kyle, the library’s CEO. “ Tech Time For Kids provides hands-on, interactive experiences with various technologies.”

Children are invited to bring their own digital devices to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs to get answers and friendly assistance in how to operate eBook Readers, smartphones, and other electronic devices. And the very young can enjoy digital storytelling sessions led by a staff member utilizing an iPad and story apps, as well as Tumblebooks.

The Tech Time For Kids provides children with the opportunity to discover today’s digital world, and help prepare them for the evolution of technology and the advances it will bring in the future.

For more on the Tech Time For Kids please visit http://www.newmarketpl.ca/kids/tech-time-kids

For further information please contact:
Biagio Rachiele, Children’s Services Library Technician
(905) 953-5105 Ext. 4690 brachiele@newmarketpl.ca

OR Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870 lchase@newmarketpl.ca