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What’s Your Fave? Top 10 Titles Borrowed at Mississauga Library in 2021

Searching for that perfect winter read? Mississauga Library has released its list of the Top 10 titles borrowed across all 18 locations.

“The Top 10 list of titles borrowed represents our entire collection of adult, junior, fiction and non-fiction titles in all formats,” said Rona O’Banion, Director, Mississauga Library. “It’s an interesting mix of diverse themes and topics that offers something for everyone.”

The top 10 titles borrowed through Mississauga Library’s collection in 2021: 

1.     Diary of a Wimpy Kid 15: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

2.     A Promised Land by Barack Obama

3.     Diary of a Wimpy Kid 14 : Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

4.     Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney

5.     Dog Man: Grime and Punishment: A Graphic Novel by Dav Pilkey

6.     The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

7.     The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

8.     The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly

9.     Daylight by David Baldacci

10.  A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Use our online catalogue to search our physical collections and to reserve items to be picked up at your preferred library location. In addition, it’s never been easier to borrow eBooks and audiobooks thanks to a partnership between Mississauga Library and the Hamilton, Burlington, London and Ottawa public libraries. Through this partnership, Mississauga Library cardholders can access 260,000 additional titles, including eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines. In 2021, the library experienced a 12.73 per cent increase in eBook and audiobook use.

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Mississauga can register online for a library card. Customers can use any major device, including Apple®, Android™ and Chromebook™. The adaptive reading and listening platform is available on most devices.

Need some help deciding what to read next? Have our experts help you find something new and enticing to read through ourrecommended reads service and subscribe to our Book Buzz eNews to receive recommendations monthly.

Visit mississaugalibrary.ca or download the Libby app to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks anytime, from anywhere.

At this time, all libraries are operating with contactless pick up only to ensure the safety of our residents and library staff.  

For more information about the Library’s programs and services, visit mississaugalibrary.ca and follow Mississauga Library on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

City of Mississauga cancels events for New Years Eve on Celebration Square

In response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and with the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the City of Mississauga has made the decision to cancel the organized events for New Years Eve on Celebration Square, including fireworks.

“This was a really tough decision to make but absolutely necessary to keep our residents safe. When we made the decision to host New Years Eve, the situation with COVID-19 was much more stable. Typically, New Years Eve events at Celebration Square have drawn very large crowds. With the current situation of COVID-19 cases, now is not the time to be gathering in massive groups.”

Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services

On New Years Eve, the skating rink at Celebration Square will be open until 11 p.m. and food trucks will be operating on-site. Anyone on the Square after 11 p.m. is encouraged to head home to watch a virtual countdown and ring in the New Year safely. No reservations are required for the skating rink at this time but city staff are closely monitoring capacity.

Residents are reminded that setting off fireworks, even on private property, requires a permit. Visit mississauga.ca/fire for more details.

For more information on impacted City services, please visit mississauga.ca/covid19.

Safety First! Donation to Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Aimed at Keeping Students Safe

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) are the proud recipients of 702 Kidde Canada 10-year, worry-free combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms valued at approximately $42,112. The donation comes as part of Safe Community Project Zero – a public education campaign delivered through the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, funded by Enbridge Gas Inc. The program provides select fire departments with combination alarms to improve fire safety in homes and help lower fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths. This year’s alarm donation will help keep students safe who are attending and living off campus at the University of Toronto – Mississauga and Sheridan College – Hazel McCallion Campus.

“Every year, students make the exciting decision to come to U of T Mississauga, either living in residence, commuting from home or moving into local rental housing. Our students are vital members of the Mississauga and Peel communities, and they need safe, affordable housing. Safe Community Project Zero is a campaign designed with protection in mind – ensuring that our student renters have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their spaces. We are grateful to our partners at Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Enbridge Gas for helping to keep our students safe.”

Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President, University of Toronto & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga

“I want to thank Enbridge for their generosity and for selecting Mississauga as one of the beneficiaries,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our fire department is there for us when we need them most – but fire safety requires all of us to do our part. This includes making sure working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in our homes and knowing the three keys to safety: prevention, detection and an escape plan when it comes to saving lives and your property from fire. The goal of fire safety education through programs like Safe Community Project Zero is to provide our community with the tools and skills required to reduce the risk of fires and know what to do and how to respond if a fire does occur.”

“Sixty per cent of the fires MFES has responded to in the last five years either did not have a working smoke alarm or the presence of one could not be determined. When properly installed and maintained, combination alarms help provide early warning to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure,” said Deryn Rizzi, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management. “Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer. It’s a toxic, odourless gas that can lead to illness and death when levels become too high. We know post-secondary students are often pre-occupied with new surroundings, school demands and an active social life, so fire safety may not be top of mind. With these combination alarms, we’re helping to ensure that students are kept safe and protected.”

According to MFES public education, one working smoke alarm must be installed on each floor of a home, with at least one alarm outside of each sleeping area. Additionally, it is also recommended that a smoke alarm be installed inside every bedroom. A combination alarm is one device that provides protection from both fire and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

For more information about fire safety and prevention in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/fire.

Phil Green Award Nominations Now Open: Recognize a Mississauga Cyclist Who Made an Impact in 2021

Is there an inspirational cyclist or group in your community that encouraged others to ride their bike or advocated for cycling programs or infrastructure this year?

The Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) invites Mississauga residents to submit their nominations for the Phil Green Award. The award is an opportunity to recognize someone who’s made an outstanding effort to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and sustainable mode of transportation.

The Phil Green Award is presented by MCAC annually. The award continues to honour Mississauga resident, Phil Green, who was a founding MCAC member and worked diligently to promote safe cycling in Mississauga.

See the nomination form for full eligibility details.

What:
Call for nominees – Phil Green Award.

When:
The deadline to submit your nomination is Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

How:
Submit your nomination form to cycling@mississauga.ca using the online form. MCAC will review the nominations and will select the winning resident or group.

The winner will be announced and recognized at a City Council meeting in early 2022.

For more information about the Phil Green Award and to access the nomination form, visit mississaugaikes.ca/phil-green-award.

One Collision is Too Many: City Recognizes World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

On Sunday, November 21, the City of Mississauga is recognizing the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. In remembrance, the Civic Centre Clock Tower will be dimmed on that date to honour those who have lost their lives, been injured and had their lives forever changed by a road collision.

The City’s Road Safety Committee and Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee are collaborating on a campaign to raise awareness about the impact that collisions have on victims, their family, friends and emergency services crews and first responders. The campaign encourages all road users to be safe and responsible to prevent road collisions.

“Road collisions can affect people’s lives forever. On November 21, we will reflect and remember those who’ve lost their lives, been injured or impacted on our Mississauga roadways – including our emergency services workers from Mississauga Fire and Emergency ServicesPeel Regional Police and Peel Paramedics Services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our behaviours, actions and decisions have impacts. When you’re on the road, remember everyone deserves to be safe regardless of whether they’re driving, walking, cycling or taking transit. Slow down and stay focused on the road at all times.”

Road collisions happen most often at intersections where there are different modes of transportation being used – cars, bicycles, buses, walking and other modes of active transportation.

“Collisions can happen to anyone, but they don’t have to. You have to pay attention when you’re behind the wheel,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor and Chair of the Road Safety Committee. “Drivers need to understand their negative actions have consequences especially when they choose to speed, drive distracted or drive impaired. This campaign from the Road Safety Committee and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee encourages drivers to be alert, follow the rules of the road and slow down to help prevent road collisions from happening.”

According to Peel Regional Police, more than half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users, which include pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

“Road collisions can change lives forever, whether you’re the driver, the victim, or a friend or family member,” said Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 Councillor and Chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee. “Vulnerable road users have the highest risk of being injured or killed in a collision. That’s why it’s especially important for pedestrians, cyclists and those who use active transportation to be aware of their surroundings and follow traffic signals. Avoid distractions like using your phone, use dedicated crossings to be visible and stop, look, listen and make eye contact with drivers before crossing at an intersection.”

Mississauga has the second-lowest rate of fatalities and injuries on its roads compared to other GTHA municipalities. However, the City continues to take action to implement Vision Zero principles into its road safety initiatives and efforts to reduce injuries and collisions on Mississauga roadways.

“The majority of collisions and injuries occur on Mississauga’s arterial and major collector roadways. Intersections also account for the most serious conflicts between drivers and vulnerable road users,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “We are working to shift the way people move around the city to achieve safer and more accessible roadways. Through our data-driven approach to Vision Zero, we’re making changes to our infrastructure. This includes installing protected bike lanes, introducing Complete Streets that prioritize safety, updating traffic signals to provide more time to cross the street and implementing traffic calming projects throughout the city.”

Resident feedback and data is important to help the City inform specific road safety programs, initiatives and measures. Residents are invited to take the Road Safety Survey and share their feedback. The results of the survey will help the City develop specific solutions based on the data received. The deadline to complete the survey is December 17, 2021.

To learn more about road safety in Mississauga and how the City is taking action to prevent road collisions, visit mississauga.ca/roadsafety.