Category Archives: Leisure & Sports

Getting Ready for the Olympics With Feats of Endurance

With the world focusing on Sochi for the Olympics, we’re getting ready to cheer on our athletes.  As we live vicariously through these athletes who have put years of effort into preparing for their moment, we got thinking of our own endurance tests and came up with a list of books or series that will take some time, but result in a major payoff for you.  While a nation of...
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This Cool Shall Pass or 73 Ways (more or less) to Kill the Chill

For those of you counting the days until spring, telling you this is normal weather and we’re really only a little over one month into winter isn’t likely to help. But the following tips might. So grab a hot drink, warm yourself by the light of the screen on which you’re reading this and perhaps learn a few new, inexpensive, unusual, and common sense ways to kill the chill. CLOTHING:...
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Computer Courses at Windsor Public Library

The City of Windsor Parks & Recreation is once again offering computer courses in conjunction with Windsor Public Library. All classes are held at Central Branch, 850 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor. See a list of courses available in the New Guide section. To register, go to any City of Windsor Customer Care Centre or register online at www.reconnectwindsor.ca For more information, call the City of Windsor Parks & Recreation at 519-253-2300 or call...
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January 25: Robbie Burns Day

January 25, 2014, is Robbie Burns Day, the 255th birthday of Robert Burns, the man known in Scotland as The Bard. Robbie Burns Day is celebrated in Canada from coast to coast. The Selkirk Grace (below, at left) will be said across the country this weekend at the opening of countless Burns Suppers:   Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it; But we hae...
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WPL and LeeLee Hats…warming babies’ heads one hat at a time!

If you’ve looked at the craft section of your local library branch lately, there’s a good chance you’ll notice a fair number of things checked out. There seems to be something about this time of year that brings out the “crafty” in people. Perhaps it stems from the urge to start the year off with a new hobby or project. The blustery weather also lends itself to cozy images of...
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WPL Continues to Expand its Database Collection

Windsor Public Library is pleased to announce it is now offering another online eResource to WPL customers: PressDisplay. WPL joins 13 other Ontario public libraries currently offering this service. PressDisplay is the online version of the resource that produces WPL’s printed NewspaperDirect Print-On-Demand newspapers, which are offered in-branch at Central Library (850 Ouellette Avenue). PressDisplay provides instant online access to today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format....
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January Meeting of Essex County Branch Ontario Genealogical Society

The Essex County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society resumes its monthly meetings on Monday, January 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Central Branch of Windsor Public Library, in the Fred Israel Auditorium, Lower Level. The guest speakers in January are Barb Sandre and Nancy Bonifield. Local researcher Barb Sandre will discuss and read excerpts from her recently published family history book. Nancy Bonifeld will review the collection...
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How to Celebrate the Birthday of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes‘ birth date is widely agreed to be January 6, 1854 (based on the scholarship of Christopher Morley, American journalist, novelist, essayist, poet, and founder, in 1934, of the Baker Street Irregulars-the oldest literary society dedicated to Sherlock Holmes). Perhaps no other fictional character ever created possesses the enduring popularity and seeming immortality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, Conan Doyle himself was ultimately unsuccessful in killing...
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World Braille Day: January 4

World Braille Day is observed annually on January 4 and is the birthday of braille inventor, Louis Braille. The day recognizes the contributions he made in helping those with vision loss to read and write. Before Braille invented this form of communication, visually impaired people read and wrote using the Haüy system which embossed Latin letters on thick paper or leather. The Haüy system was complicated, required much training and...
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