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BOOKS PLUS: Tri-City libraries have holiday suggestions
Books Plus runs in The Tri-City News each Friday to highlight programs and happenings in the Tri-Cities’ three libraries: Coquitlam Public Library, Port Moody Public Library and Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam.
• Mag-nificent: You can read your favourite magazine online with Zinio at Terry Fox Library. Can’t justify spending $5 or more on your favourite magazines? Now you don’t have to as your library card gets you free 24/7 access to Zinio and complete digital editions of the magazines you love. The digital editions look exactly like the paper versions and are accessible from any internet-enabled device, including tablets, smartphones, laptop and desktop computers. They also offer enhanced features such as video, audio and live links. You can choose from hundreds of titles and subscribe to your favourites.
• Go anywhere, read anywhere: Take digital books with you when you are on the go or listen to the latest bestselling fiction and non-fiction books on your portable media device. With OverDrive, you can download and read or listen to a diverse selection of eBooks and eAudio books any time on your PC, laptop, PDA, MP3 player or Apple product.
And if all this is new to you, remember that you can book a free, half-hour internet one-on-one session at Fox to learn more about Zinio or eBooks.
For more information, visit www.fvrl.bc.ca or the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Phone 604-927-7999.
• Wish you were home for the holidays? At least you can keep up with the news as Port Moody Public Library offers free eNewspapers in full colour through its Press Display service. There are 2,200 newspapers from 97 countries in 54 languages included in this one-stop electronic shop. All you need is your library card and a computer. Go to www.library.portmoody.ca and select Digital content, eNewspapers, Press Display; enter your library card number and PIN — then catch up on the news in your hometown. Don’t have a computer? Drop by and use one at the library.
• Ah, quiet: You can share some down time with your children at Port Moody library over Christmas. Bring your children into PMPL over the holidays and enjoy a festive atmosphere and great services. PMPL has a fabulous collection of children’s materials, two computer stations containing a variety of educational games and a fun set of activity panels for younger kids. These 10 interactive learning panels provide imaginative hands-on learning for young children — little fingers can’t seem to resist turning the Spin-A-Story panel, “finger painting” on the heat-sensitive blackboard, spelling with the magnetic letter board or manipulating an interactive song panel honing alphabet knowledge and fine motor skills as they play.
• Calling Port Moody teen poets: Submit your two best original poems about Port Moody’s past and become a part of the city’s centennial celebrations. The Centennial Youth Poet Laureate will help Port Moody make the most of its 100th birthday through poetry readings, public appearances and participation in arts events. As well as leadership and civic engagement opportunities, the Youth Poet Laureate will win a $500 prize and have his/her poem included in a centennial time capsule. All contest entrants will have their poems published in the School District 43 Journal of Writing and a runner-up will be awarded a $250 prize. The contest is open to Moody residents aged 13 to 18 years old. Applications are online at library.portmoody.ca/youthpoet and submissions will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2013.
For more information, visit library.portmoody.ca or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody Public Library is located at 100 Newport Dr., in the city hall complex.
What to read during the Christmas holidays? Looking for a good book to read? Click on What to Read on the left-hand menu on the CPL website and choose one of all of the following leads.
• Try the blog I Was Told There’d Be Cake for reviews of books, movies, CDs and more. And you can submit book reviews so others can enjoy your recommendations.
• Try Booklists for adults, teens, and kids with Novelist, Log in with your library card to find book suggestions and read-alikes.
• Also, check out the A Good Read columns, which run every Wednesday in The Tri-City News and are available online at www.tricitynews.com.
For more information about any of these programs, visit www.library.coquitlam.bc.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 3000 Burlington Dr. and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.