News & Reviews

Stories, tips, book reviews, and more! On BPL News & 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 browsed our online catalogue, hoping to find a good book to read right now? It can feel like you're looking for a white cat in a snowstorm. But help is at hand! Our...

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It’s February, and LOVE is in the air! Whether you’re new to romance fiction or have been too embarrassed to be caught reading one of “those” books, we’re here to tell you that there’s a lot more...

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Have you jumped on the eBook train yet? Are you sold on print books? Is there a reason why you prefer one over the other? At Burlington Public Library, we see the value in reading both digital and...

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No money? No problem! Celebrating the month of love with your sweetheart doesn’t have to cost much when you have a library card. Here are some ways you can spend a date with your Valentine (or...

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Throughout the month of February, we recognize and honour the history, heritage, and important contributions of Black Canadians and the Black community.  

The changes brought about by...

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At your next visit to the library, the entrance may look slightly different. We are activating the security gates at all our sites progressively over the next few months. What does this mean for...

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Sharing a great story is what family literacy is all about. Taking delight in books together helps children develop a positive association with words and language and experience joy in reading....

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Planning a trip to an exotic destination this winter? Want to connect with your grandparents who don't speak English? Hoping to brush up on the French skills you lost after high school? Learn a...

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Ready to cozy up with a good book? We’ve got you covered. These picks are more than just librarian-approved. They come straight from the librarian’s nightstand! We asked our six branch librarians...

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When a blustery day is in the forecast, and it’s time for “a little smackerel of something,” take a cue from a famous literary bear and reach for a pot—crock, stock, or instant—to tickle your...

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Yes, it is that time of year again! High school students are gearing up for exams. After a few unusual years of virtual and hybrid learning, many students are preparing for their first in-person...

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We are starting January off with some changes to popular BPL services and collections in order to give more people access to our collection. These changes will be effective as of January 16, 2023...

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Listening to audiobooks is a wonderful way to get more reading in. Before we get started with some audiobook basics, we’ll settle the age-old debate. Audiobooks—both digital versions and CDs—are...

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It’s hard to believe we are approaching the end of 2022 already. It was such a joy to revisit this year through BPL’s Your Library Wrapped...

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The start of a new year is a chance to pause, reflect, and think about what you want to achieve in the next twelve months. In the spirit of turning over a new leaf, why not try a book-related...