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

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

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

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

Library highlights year of successful initiatives in its first report to the community

April 24th, 2014

Nomination for 2014 Business Excellence Award caps year that saw the library launch online magazines, music downloads, IdeaMarket, and more

NEWMARKET, Ontario, April 24, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library has released its first ever report to the community, highlighting initiatives taken during year one of the library’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016. The report includes a number of firsts for the library, such as e-magazines, music downloads, the IdeaMarket series of community conversations, children’s technology learning programs, and more.

“The library now offers its members access to digital magazines and music, in addition to eBooks,” said Todd Kyle, the library’s CEO. “And we have introduced more programs to teach people how to use the technology required to enjoy digital media. Our goal is to provide library members with access to the wide range of knowledge and resources available in today’s digital world.”

The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce recognized the library’s successes in the past year with a nomination for a 2014 Business Excellence Award (winners will be announced at a gala on October 16, 2014).

Some of the achievements highlighted in the report include:

● Online Music. The library’s freegal music service allows members to download 5 songs per week and stream 3 hours of music daily. Users can choose from millions of songs from record labels worldwide, as well as Sony Music’s vast catalogue of contemporary and classic artists.

● Digital Magazines. The Zinio digital magazine service lets library members download popular magazines such as Canadian Gardening, Discover, Cosmopolitan, The Hockey News, Good Housekeeping, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Outside and more. Complete digital issues can be accessed from multiple platforms (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.), and there are no waiting lists or due dates.

● Online Language Lessons. Mango Languages provides library members with the opportunity to learn over 50 different languages through simple online instructions.

● IdeaMarket. IdeaMarket events provide a venue for community members to share ideas, express their views, ignite debate, and create conversations based on issues that impact Newmarket residents.

● Tech Time For Kids. Bi-weekly programs providing children and their families with the opportunity to discover the positive benefits of digital literacy through friendly and informative hands-on sessions. Programs range from exploring digital music to 3-D printing, from GPS-enabled geocaching treasure hunts to using Lego Mindstorms and StoryStarter educational kits.

● Computer Workshops. Additional programs were added to the library’s ongoing suite of computer workshops, which provide technology learning and discovery.

● New Equipment & Collaborative Work Spaces. The library has created new work spaces for groups, including a teen area featuring a large-screen monitor and Internet-enabled conference table. Teens use the equipment to connect their laptop computers and mobile devices for collaborative group work.

“As Newmarket transitions to a community engaged in the knowledge economy, the library is evolving to reflect that,” says Kyle. “Newmarket Public Library is rapidly becoming a centre of dialogue, learning, and discovery.”

The library’s report to the community will be presented to Town of Newmarket Council at their meeting on May 5, 2014, and is currently available online at www.newmarketpl.ca/report.

For further information please contact:
Todd Kyle, CEO
905-953-5110 Ext. 4670
tkyle@newmarketpl.ca
OR
Lorne Chase
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
905-953-5110 Ext. 4870
lchase@newmarketpl.ca