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COVID-19

The Library is open with reduced hours for select services until further notice.
As always, our eBook & Online Resources and programs pages for information available online 24/7.

Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

Find and take photos of these items, then tag @brockvillepubliclibrary on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a prize! All entries will be in entered into a draw for surprise prizes.

  • architecture
  • signs of spring
  • black & white photo
  • random household item
  • bookish
  • your favourite place
  • favourite food
  • just vibin’
  • action shot
  • a portrait

Photo Submissions due Friday April 16 at noon. 

Winners will be announced Friday April 16th at 4:00 pm

 

Take-and-make kits

Online burnout and looking for something to do while staying safe and snug at home? We’ve packed some free take-and-make activity kits for youth age 13 – 17. A new kit will be release each week!

Activity kits are available on request at the curbside pick up desk, while supplies last.

RNJ Youth Services Weekly Calendar and Activity Kits

Connect Youth and RNJ Youth Services with the support of the United Way of Leeds and Grenville are excited to offer the youth in our community Youth Activity Kits! These free kits contain games, snacks and supplies to join us in weekly online activities. To register for an activity kit click here.

We are also excited to welcome various local agencies, who will be running activities throughout each week! 

If you have further questions please call Hope Bennett, After School Program Coordinator, at 613-342-4238 or email at jade@rnjyouth.com

Online Resources

BounceBack

BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry.

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Digital Escape Room

Check out these online Escape Rooms!
Cinderella Escapes!
Escape the Fairy Tale
Fortnite
Hogwarts

Campus Tours

You can now tour Canadian university and college campuses from the comfort of your own home!
Visit CampusTour.ca for more information.

Puzzles

Free online puzzles. New puzzles daily.

Employment Help

The Employment and Education Centre is assisting students with finding employment and summer jobs. 
Contact Bill at bill@eecentre.ca or 613-498-2111 ext.239 to get started.

Teen Reviews

Earn community service hours by reviewing books, music, and movies. You’ll earn one community service hour for each review you submit. Here are the guidelines:
Reviews must:

  • be 250 – 300 words in length
  • contain a summary and personal critique
  • not have spoilers
  • be suitable for publication – clean language and content

Approved reviews will be shared on the Library website and/or social media.

You can submit up to 10 reviews per year to count toward your community service hours.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, fill out the form below and we will contact you with instructions for submitting your review.

4 + 15 =

Read the Reviews

Interstellar

Review by Kenny W.

Even though “Interstellar”, a science fiction masterpiece, was released back in 2014, the concepts of time and space described in the movie can be appreciated today, because there is always something that transcends the mysteries of time and space.

The movie talks about the future of the earth, where land is scarce and food problems are serious. People no longer look up at the stars for inspiration. At this time, the environment and limited resources do not allow them to seek a bright future. However, Former NASA astronaut Cooper accidentally discovers that NASA members are still in a safe location with a plan to save mankind. With this knowledge, Cooper flies to the other end of the lonely universe…

“Interstellar” is more than a sci-fi movie. There are many concepts in the movie that make it difficult for the average person to understand, such as: wormholes, black holes, black hole tidal forces, theory of relativity, Murphy’s law… after all, science is the backbone of the movie, At the same time, one could argue, some of the concepts are not scientifically based nor logical. For example, the rocket launches away from the working area and then is close to the black hole that swallows all light. Can the hero still see the silver-white spacecraft? In fact, it doesn’t matter if it’s logical. Movies are movies after all. We don’t need to research every corner of the book like studying an academic text.  Because it is a movie, it expresses something more than the science in a textbook.

Love is the only thing that can travel through time and space.

It is this love that has traversed the limitations of dimensions, escaped the shackles of black holes, shuttled through countless unknown windows, flew through galaxies, flew through the universe, and at the other end of our unknown world, led the movie’s father and daughter to each other. Even if the universe is far and infinite, even if time and space are confusing, and even if the two of them are just negligible points in the huge coordinate system of the whole world, with love, these connect two points into one. Their separate lines will eventually meet.

Many questions arise in the movie. Why did the protagonist set aside the land in his hands and go to space to complete a dangerous mission? Why did he say: “I once chose to be a guardian forever, but now I want to be a pioneer”? Why did the protagonist Cooper’s daughter Murph continue to study black holes and quantum mechanics decades after her father disappeared? Why keep sending videos to the spacecraft? In the end, it was all because she loved her father, she firmly believed that her father still existed, and she always looked forward to meeting him again. Love gave her hope.

Love is above God; love is above the time and universe. Murph and others spent their whole lives and intelligence to prove that even though human life will become extinct one day, the evidence of love and all of our contribution to the world will remain until the end of the time.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Review by K. Shea

If you like Harry Potter, you’ll love the Gregor the Overlander and the rest of The Underland Chronicles series. There are five books and they get more exciting with each new book. They are written by Suzanne Collins who wrote The Hunger Games series. I first read this series when I was a little kid, but I’m listening to it again on audiobook now for the second time since the pandemic. The audiobook is narrated by Paul Boehmer and he does a great job with all of the voices. I highly recommend the audiobook series.  

These books all have the same feeling of danger and suspense. What I like most about the series it that there are lots of animals in addition to the human characters. For example, the humans are bonded to giant bats called fliers. The bats are strong characters and I love the idea of flying on the back of a giant bat. 

Gregor is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in a crowded apartment in New York City. His dad (a science teacher) has been missing for many months. One day, Gregor and his toddler sister, Boots, fall down a giant hole under their apartment building and end up in the City of Regalia under the earth. The first creatures they meet are giant cockroaches called crawlers who worship Boots. She loves this and says she is their princess. I would say that Boots’s job is to bring humour to the story. Gregor has to stop battling to change her diaper sometimes. She even saves them from the giant spiders (spinners) by throwing one of her big tantrums. 

If you want a book about adventure that has great animal detail, includes a funny little toddler and keeps you turning the pages, Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins is perfect for you! 

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