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LET'S TALK LIBRARIES

A blog from the Southern Ontario Library Service

Connecting Families Bridges the Digital Divide in Canada

The Government of Canada’s Connecting Families initiative is investing $13.2 million over five years, from fall 2018 to March 2022, to help bridge the digital divide for Canadian families who may struggle to afford access to home Internet. A secure online portal will enable Canadian families who receive an eligibility letter to access high speed […]

Buzz about LittleBits

Have you heard the buzz about littleBits?  LittleBits are little colour coded magnetic blocks that make electronics easy to build. After Elgin County Library purchased our first set in 2016, we knew we wanted more. Our staff marveled at the simplicity of littleBits and it’s the simplicity of the kit that attract children to tinker […]

Together We Read Ontario – Now Live!

Together We Read Ontario is now live ! From Oct. 15-29, our shared OverDrive site will have unlimited access to The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol at no extra cost.  We’re joined by a number of other Ontario OverDrive libraries and systems,making this a truly province-wide event: Sudbury LOTG consortium Ottawa Burlington Mississauga Ajax […]

Mobile WiFi Hotspots – New professional resource page & a discounted offer

We’ve added a new Professional Resource page on LearnHQ on mobile Wifi hotspots – it’s got some basic tech information, examples of library programs and policies, and more.  It’s amazing what these devices can do to bridge the digital divide, especially for those patrons who do not have internet access at home. Some libraries have asked […]

STEM and STEAM programming for newbies, with littleBits!

Have you had a chance to play with littleBits yet?  It’s a system of electronic building blocks that snap together to “turn ideas into inventions”.  (For more on how it all works, here’s a short TED talk on littleBits). Here’s what makes them ideal for both staff and patrons exploring STEM and STEAM: Magnetic – The bits […]

And the “Together We Read Ontario” title is….

SOLS is pleased to announce that we have selected a title for Together We Read Ontario! The selected title is a finalist for the Northern Lit Awards as chosen by Ontario Library Service-North in partnership with Northern Ontario Public Libraries. From Oct. 15-29, the SOLS shared OverDrive collection and all participating Ontario public libraries will […]

Let’s Get Serious About Learning!

We in the public library sector have, for some time now, been talking about the importance of continuous learning to doing what we do and doing it well. In order to be responsive and innovative in our services, we rely on staff being comfortable with uncertainty, willing to take calculated risks, and ready to learn […]