DIY reality TV fans regularly follow the exploits of Mike Holmes and Brian Baeumler – but closer to home – we have our very own budding DIY stars, Councillors Rino Bortolin and Jim Morrison.

On Wednesday, April 13 at Budimir Branch (1310 Grand Marais Road West) at 11 am, WPL is staging a ‘friendly’ DIY competition between the two councillors and WPLB members to see who gets to be our reality star.  We will be launching stage 2 of our OFF THE SHELF campaign, which is focused on our tool lending collection and our databases, which feature many DIY resources.  Rino and Jim will be on hand to put our tool collection to work and show off their DIY skills.

The 2022 OFF THE SHELF campaign is focussed – in a fun way – on resources not usually associated with public libraries, but resources which are necessary for us to survive in an online world.  The message we want the community to take away is that WPL is ‘more than books’Throughout 2022, in two-month intervals, we will highlight eBooks, audio books, digital music, databases, newspapers and magazines, as well as movies and videos.

“These education and entertainment options are unavailable elsewhere free-of-charge and provide a fabulous opportunity to build a strong connection with our customers,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope.  “We want super busy parents to choose WPL as their primary destination for movies and we want seniors to know we have an extensive collection of newspapers and magazines for them, all free, to access from home.”

This month Shelf Improvement – Phase 2 of the campaign – will feature databases in our collection, with a focus on home DIY and the WPL tool collection.  Tools from our Tool Lending Library, sponsored by Lowes, can be checked out in the same way as books and DVDs.  WPL DIY resources will save time and money and provide detailed instruction and tips on all manner of home projects.  Tools will be housed at Forest Glade, Muir and Seminole branches and must be checked out and returned to their home location.

In January the Off the Shelf campaign began with a focus on our collection of over 26,000 Audiobooks and their role in improving reading skills and comprehension.  They can be downloaded and listened to anywhere – in line at the grocery store, in the car during a daily commute or when walking the dog.  They’re easy to use and free.

Other themes include Shelf Awareness, Treat Yourshelf, Shelf Help and Shelf Indulgence and highlight newspapers and magazines, summer entertainment for kids, personal growth and self-help resources and assistance getting ready for the holidays.

Windsor Public Library is more than books.

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