Why Small Business Month Matters

As the second wave of COVID-19 hits Canada, uncertainty regarding the future of many local, small businesses are rising once more. Will they be forced to shut down again? Will even more businesses have to permanently close their doors? At Markham Public Library, we strongly believe that small businesses are crucial pillars of any healthy…
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It’s Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is from September 27th to October 3rd. It is a time to celebrate the freedom to read whatever you want! Since 1982, Banned Books Week has been occurring annually during the last week of September. This week was created in response to overwhelming amounts of challenges to books in various institutions such…
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Getting your Kids Emotionally and Mentally Ready for a New School Year

After lazy summer days, it’s hard to believe that a new school year is right around the corner - yet here we are.  A new grade, new friends, and new teachers are exciting, but change and anticipation can be scary. Add in the uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic and many kids may experience heightened levels…
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Why is a makerspace in the library? 5 Reasons why it makes sense!

Libraries are breaking away from stereotypical books and dusty carts, and letting the community try technology they can only fantasize using on computer screens.  If the makerspace doesn't make sense in the library, here are why 5 reasons why it does. 1. Digital Literacy As part of our #DigitalMarkham initiative, Markham libraries are committed to…
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Happy Birthday Mary Shelley, Creator of Frankenstein!

August 30th is Frankenstein Day, a day to honour Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and her famous book Frankenstein, which is about a mad scientist named Victor Frankenstein, who gives life to a monstrous-looking creature. Shelley was born August 30th, 1797 and she published Frankenstein in 1818. She created the story of Frankenstein, in 1816, when she…
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