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National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. In honour of Canada's Indigenous peoples and this day of recognition, here is a selection of staff picks by Indigenous writers and illustrators.


Stone Collection by Kateri Akiwennzie-Damm

Seasons of Hope: Memoirs of Ontario's First Aboriginal Lieutenant-Governor by James Bartleman

A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby with Mary Louisa Plummer

The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Coultier

Young Adult

Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont

He Who Dreams by Melanie Florence

Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith

Those Who Run in the Sky by Aviaq Johnston

Algonquin Sunset by Rick Revelle

Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

Pemmican Wars: A Girl Called Echo, Vol 1 by Katherena Vermette

Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People by Eldon Yellowhorn & Kathy Lowinger


Nokum Is My Teacher by David Bouchard

I Am Not A Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis

Only In My Hometown by Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen

What's My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston; illustrated by Tim Mack

Akilak's Adventure by Deborah Kigjugalik Webster; illustrated by Charlene Chua

Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

The Cloud Artist Story by Sherri Maret; illustrated by Merisha Sequoia Clark

Blackflies by Robert Munsch; illustrated by Jay Odjick

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

When We Were Alone by David Robertson

Compiled by Kumkum, Paula, Fiorella, Heather & Cecilia

Picks from Pops

It’s Father’s Day weekend – and to celebrate, a few Dads of BPL share their top picks, from books and movies enjoyed with their kids—to stories with memorable dad characters—to their all-time "two thumbs up" favourites. SuperDads of Burlington, enjoy your special day!!


Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

One Love by Cedella Marley

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Empire Strikes Back – eAudiobook read by George Lucas

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


An Autumn Afternoon

Field of Dreams

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 - DVD | Blu-ray

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - DVD | Blu-ray

Mrs Doubtfire - DVD | Blu-ray

National Lampoon's Vacation

The Empire Strikes Back / Star Wars Trilogy

To Kill a Mockingbird

Toy Story

World's Greatest Dad (Hoopla streaming video)

Recommended by Adam, Armen, Chris, James & Oz

Chief Moe's All-Time Favourite Books

maureen barryNot surprisingly, with 38 years in the library business, Burlington Public Library's soon-to-retire chief executive officer, Maureen Barry, has read lots of great books!

So, as her parting gift to her all-time favourite people—Burlington book lovers—we asked her to share her all-time top picks with us. Over to you, Maureen...

What a request to make of a librarian, to list one’s ‘all-time favourite books’!

My list includes books that have been read to me (and I loved them), recommended to me (and I loved them), and books I have loved reading to little ones in storytime or with my nieces and nephews.

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

I remember my Mom reading a chapter to my sister Kathy and me before bedtime. The book was a gift from my aunt Eleanor who was a librarian at Burlington Public Library for many years.

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio

A picture book I loved hearing over and over and over again. The story takes place in a zoo in France and there are little French phrases in the story. I remember feeling like a real ‘grown up’ when I repeated those French phrases. Maybe it was an early sign that I would go on to major in French and German at university? Maybe!

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

This classic children’s picture book was and remains a favourite. Although I did not go to boarding school, I did go to a Catholic elementary school so the images of the nuns in their habits is very much the imagery of my early school years. Once again, the few French phrases sprinkled in the book made me feel like a very sophisticated reader as a young child.

Red is Best by Kathy Stinson

I can’t count how many times I have read this book aloud to my nieces and nephews and great niece! “Again!” That’s what my niece Lindsay would say to me at the end of this great book by a Canadian author. Red truly is best!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

When this book first came out every storyteller loved the repetition of this great phrase and the inevitable perils of young Alexander.

Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst

I love the children’s stories and poetry by Viorst but was also touched by her non-fiction book that explores the inevitability of loss in one’s life.

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

A retired English professor and I seemed to step into the elevator at the same time in the apartment building where I live. We always spoke about books and he recommended Kingsolver’s first novel to me shortly after it came out and over the next years until his death, we would share reviews of Kingsolver’s writing and many other authors.

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

This was one of the choices for One Book One Burlington but I had read it before we selected it for this program. I’ve only visited the Vimy Memorial once (so far) and it was with my Mom as part of a European tour in 1990. It was a rainy day and only two or three other people were visiting the memorial that day. I took photos of details of the stone carving and names etched in the stone. A friend who saw my photos years later recommended Stone Carvers to me. Urquhart’s description of the work of the stone carvers takes me back to that rainy day with my Mom in that powerful place of remembrance.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

This book was recommended to me by a guide in Sarajevo who shared with us her personal recollection of being a child during the siege of the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 1996. The evidence of the siege is everywhere in the City with many building still pocked with bullet holes and red roses painted on sidewalks and roadways “Roses of Sarajevo” marking the landing point of mortar shells. The imagery in the novel of a cellist playing in the midst of the fighting and conflict is powerful as a symbol of hope.

The Summer of the Great Grandmother by Madeline L’Engle

The book was a farewell gift from my first public library boss at Collingwood Public Library. She knew that I was a huge fan of Madeline L’Engle as a children’s author and wanted to share with me one of L’Engle’s non-fiction journals. It is a memoir of L’Engle’s last months with her aging mother, surrounded by family and stories. I remembered the book as I witnessed the decline of my Mom and was surrounded by the power of family.