Summer Reading Programs for Kids and Teens starting June 22nd

Black and white photo of a girl sitting outside, reading Twilight

Summer’s almost here, and we’ve got summer reading programs for kids and teens launching on Saturday, June 22.

Details on our TD Summer Reading Club for kids aged 3 to 12…

Details on our Teen Summer Reading Program for teens aged 13 to 18…

Creative Commons image by Brendan Murphy, from Flickr


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Library Catalogue Unavailable Morning of June 11th

Please note that the library catalogue will be unavailable on the morning of Tuesday, June 11 for regularly scheduled maintenance. Patrons will still be able to check out and renew materials at Borrower Services, but will be unable to search the catalogue or renew items online. Those requiring assistance locating materials should visit the first floor Information Desk where staff will be pleased to help you.

The catalogue should be available again by noon.

The computer lab will be unaffected and available for use as normal. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Upgrade to Overdrive Media Console Apps

Overdrive AuthorizationOn May 28th, version v2.6.5 of the Overdrive Media Console app for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and Android was released. Those who check out our ebooks and audio books on these devices through Pulse from Simcoe County need to update the Overdrive  app and reauthorize the device with your Adobe ID. You should be prompted to authorize the device when you run the updated app for the first time.

If you have forgotten your Adobe username and password, use the Trouble signing in link on the Adobe site.

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Book review: Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener

Photo of book cover of Rosemary Verey: The life and Lessons of a Legendary GardenerRosemary Verey: the Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener by Barbara Paul Robinson

Rosemary Verey was a housewife and gardener who came to prominence late in life after her husband died and left her financially insecure. She was a self-taught garden expert heavily influenced by early English gardens and gardeners. She created traditional gardens such as Herb Gardens, Knot Gardens, Potagers and Parterre Borders. Within these formal structures, she combined “layers”  of flowers to create very intense, dynamic garden spaces. Prince Charles and Elton John were clients but her lasting impact was in the United States where she instilled confidence in American gardeners through her books and tours. Garden designs by Rosemary Verey were in great demand.

Garden designs have changed and the very detailed, labour intensive garden has given way to a more relaxed and informal style. However, elements of Rosemary Verey’s design principles still exist. She stressed the beauty of the garden throughout the year including the winter and the inclusion of vegetables into flower beds. Rosemary Verey died at 82 in 2001, working to the end. Her legacy remains in part due to her prolific writing output. In the space of 20 years she wrote 17 books, 3 of her titles can be found in the library (see below).

The author of this book worked in Rosemary’s garden and became a personal friend.  Her fondness for the gardener is evident although she is also objective about Rosemary’s failings and troubled personal relationship.  It is unfortunate that the author is not more skillful.  At times the book is repetitious and the writing style stilted.  This book is successful because Rosemary Verey is a fascinating character worth reading about.

~Liz Fenwick

Books by Rosemary Verey

Classic Garden DesignHow to Adapt and Recreate Garden Features of the Past

The Garden in Winter

Rosemary Verey’s Making of a Garden

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AboutMyPropertyTM from MPAC

Municipal Property Assessment CorporationThe Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has designed an online application entitled AboutMyPropertyTM for customers who want to compare their property assessment with others in their neighbourhood or municipality. It allows property owners to gain a better understanding of their property assessment through a secure, online self-service application. Through this service, a property owner can access property assessment information, site information, and recent sales information on their property and other properties in the neighbourhood, free of charge.

To access this service, please visit Questions or comments should be directed to MPAC (

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