News & Reviews

Stories, tips, book reviews and more! On BPL News and Reviews you'll find thoughtful reading recommendations from our librarians, tips to make the most out of library resources, and updates on the exciting stuff happening at all of our branches.

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Have you ever wondered how the library selects its material? It’s a comprehensive process that considers many different factors. We purchase thousands of items each year from digital books to DVDs...

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BurlLitFest is back! Burlington Public Library is excited to announce its 2022 Burlington Literary Festival Lineup. After a fully virtual event in 2021, the library is happy to be offering many...

French writer, Annie Ernaux, has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature. The author is no stranger to literary prizes, and is decorated with many other honours including the Prix Renaudot...

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The five finalists for the richest annual literary award for excellence in Canadian fiction, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, were recently announced on September 27. The prize—$100,000—will be...

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It's no secret Burlington Public Library (BPL) has dozens of fabulous, FREE programs available each month. We offer everything from coding classes to Author Talks to dance workshops. Some of our...

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Halloween is creeping up on us, which means it’s time to get started on your costume! The excitement of being someone—or someTHING—else for the night is exhilarating. Whether your costume is...

Lita Barrie receives a rollator from Mitchell Koplowitz in front of the Brant Arts Mobility van

Brant Arts Mobility has donated six rollators, also known as “walkers with wheels” to Burlington Public Library (BPL). The devices will be available for use in the library’s branches so customers...

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Burlington Public Library (BPL) was honoured to welcome Booker Prize-winner Douglas Stuart to our Central Branch this week for a sold-out Author Talk. Stuart recently released his second book,...

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Google is likely your go-to search engine for a quick look-up, whether you’re researching something for education, or just plain fun. But do you sometimes find yourself sorting through an...

A quarterly update from Burlington Public Library CEO, Lita Barrie

Hello! And welcome to our BPL News & Reviews site. If this is your first time visiting,...

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This weekend, we celebrated 150 years of library service in Burlington with a great big party at our Central Branch. Supporters of all ages—from 9 months to 90 years—joined us for a morning of fun...

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Set yourself up for success this school year with resources to support learning in the classroom and at home. We’d love to help!  

The library has much more than books to offer. We...

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Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school. Today, it is a national initiative to reflect on the...

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If you’ve never ventured into the Makerspace on Central’s 3rd floor, the space and equipment inside may seem mysterious or even intimidating. But it’s easier to use than you may think! So, let’s...

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Do your reading habits change with the season? Many people’s do. The number of books borrowed from the library ebbs and flows depending on the time of year. We also notice that the types of books...