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Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Beach Reads



Summer 2020 has been an unforgettable summer, although, not in the way most of us would like. Quarantining, and social isolation has shifted vacation plans and the way many of us would prefer to spend our weekends.  However, just because we can’t physically get away doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy that summer beach feeling.


Step One:

Envision that deep blue sea, and the sound of crashing ocean waves. Take a deep breath in, and smell that fresh ocean air…..  Need a visual to accompany, try this virtual experience from Myrtos Beach in Kelafonia, Greece.


Step Two:

Play some calming relaxation music (or reggaeton works well too) to hear the sounds of the Caribbean. Watch the clouds slowly move by and envision the sun reflecting off the water. This 360 of Amilla Fushi Resort in the Maldives provides some mood music and great scenic images to help along with way!


Step Three:

Find a great beach read to enjoy, and lose yourself in some summer romance, adventure and/or fun!


Some of our top picks include:

 Beach Read by Emily Henry

  • (not just a great title!)  When two authors in a writing slump meet (neighbouring beach house), fireworks, and a writing challenge ensue…

The Wife Who Knew too Much by Michele Campbell

  • When Tabitha reconnects with her old flame her heart reignites with love. But he is still married, and when his wife Nina is murdered, everyone becomes a suspect.  Tabitha quickly becomes the next Mrs. Connor Ford, and she quickly discovers all is not as it seems, and Nina seemed to know someone was after her. Will she become the next victim? Or is she at fault? Or is it Connor, the man who stood to gain a fortune from Nina’s death. All is not as it seems in this fast paced thriller.

The Safe Place by Anna Downes

  • When down on her luck Emma is offered a housekeeping/nanny gig on a beautiful, sprawling, remote French estate she jumps at the offer. Isolated from the rest of the world, she ignores the warning signs that something may be off.  This family is keeping dangerous secrets, ones that they want to keep hidden, and if discovered could mean the end for Emily…

 For more beach reads (including children’s titles) check out the lists below!

And for more virtual beach experiences, check out Thrillist!



"Beach" Reads: The Digital Editionby charmaine_library

...calm seas, ocean breeze... # we recommend # beach reads # beaches #summer #fiction #non-fiction #mysteries #women's fiction #romance #ebooks #audiobooks

Lire sur la plageby charmaine_library

...mer calme, brise océane... # nous recommandons # lecture de plage # plages # été #romans #les documentaires #mystères

Beach themed fun!by ha_childrens

...just because we can't travel doesn't mean we can't have some beachy fun! #beaches #summer reading #children #we recommend #juvenile fiction #juvenile non-fiction

Les plaisirs de la plageby ha_childrens

...ce n'est pas parce que nous ne pouvons pas voyager que nous ne pouvons pas nous amuser à la plage ! #beaches #lecture d'été #enfants #nous recommandons #les romans pour les jeunes #les documentaires pour les jeunes