• Illustrated keyhole on a blue shield with a blue background. Text reads: It's Data Privacy Week! Read about five steps you can take to safeguard your personal data. Click here to visit our blog.
    Data Privacy Week

    This year, Data Privacy Day, traditionally marked on January 28, has expanded to a global, weeklong initiative to raise awareness and promote best practices around data privacy and protection in the digital age.

    In honour of Data Privacy Week, here are five steps you can take today to help protect your privacy and safeguard your personal data: 

    Use strong passwords.

    No one likes having to create and remember passwords, but a strong password is your first line of defense. Passwords should use a combination of upper and lowercase characters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using dictionary words as these are easy for hacking software to crack.

    When it comes to passwords, the longer, the better! Experts recommend at least 12–15 characters. Consider using a passphrase. Turn a phrase you’ll remember into an acronym. For example:  “I have two dogs. One is named Spot and the other is named Fido” becomes “Ih2d.1inS&toinF.”

    Make a habit of changing your passwords on a regular basis and use a unique password for each account. 

    Enable two-factor authentication.

    For an extra layer of security, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible. With 2FA enabled, you’ll be prompted to enter a second piece of information after correctly entering your password. This is usually a one-time code sent to you by text message or email.

    Close accounts and uninstall apps you no longer use.

    Recently, a number of inactive platforms like Myspace and Google+ have suffered data breaches, affecting millions of users who hadn't logged in for years. These “zombie” accounts can be particularly vulnerable as they are more likely to use passwords recycled with other active accounts and have poor data protection practices in place. 

    Review privacy policies and terms of service.

    No one wants to read the fine print, but remember, knowledge is power! It’s easy to blindly click “agree” when you create a new account or install an app, but it’s important to understand what you are giving up. Pay attention to what data is collected, who owns it, how it will be used, where it will be stored, and if any third parties will have access. Be on the alert for any overly invasive terms and conditions. 

    Don’t overshare on social media, and check your privacy settings.

    It’s fun to share details about our lives online, but this can also put your personal data at risk. Check the privacy settings on the web services and apps you use and adjust them to your comfort level. Be cautious when posting details about your location, birthday, or other personal details. 

    Want to view your privacy settings, but don't know where to find them? The website staysafeonline.org maintains a list of direct links to the privacy settings of popular online services.

    Also be wary of those widely circulated Facebook quizzes that use your middle initial, birth month or year, and other personal details to reveal something fun about yourself, like  “Which Dr. Seuss Character Are You?” While seemingly innocent, you could unintentionally give hackers access to details that are commonly used in security questions used to verify your identity. 

    These are just a few proactive steps you can take to defend yourself from unwanted attempts to access your data and protect your privacy from those you don’t consent to sharing your information with. 

    Want to learn more? Check out these recommended links: 

  • A grandmother and granddaughter sit, laughing, while reading a book together. Text reads: January 27 is Family Literacy Day! Click here to join our celebration.
    Family Literacy Day 2022 v2

    Happy Family Literacy Day! In case you didn’t know, every year on January 27 families across Canada come together to read and play to promote literacy. 

    Want to instill the love of reading? Let your kids catch you reading! Don’t underestimate the value of your family seeing you read or starting dinner late because you can’t put down that book!


    Here are five fun and easy ways to celebrate Family Literacy Day:

    1. Read a book as a family that has been turned into a movie, then watch the movie. Talk about the differences and preferences. Which was better?

    2. Plan a themed family reading night! Decorate the house in the theme and have every family member read the same type of book. As a treat, enjoy themed snacks!

    3. Write a letter to a relative you haven't seen for a while, including drawings and photographs. You may not have been able to see them in some time!

    4. Create a family scrapbook. Spend time talking about the different pictures and experiences you are including and leave pages open for new things you’d like to do together!

    5. Visit one (or all!) of our story walks across Brampton! 

    On January 27, join @BramptonLibrary on Instagram Stories to share your family’s favourite read!

    For families preparing their children for reading and writing, check out our Daily Literacy Calendars and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, available to download or pick up from any Brampton Library branch. 

    Happy Family Literacy Day!

  • Illustration of a tablet connected with a dotted line to a laptop featuring the words Concept and 3D Modelling on a charcoal grey background. Text reads:Get Started with TinkerCAD. Join us to learn the basics of 3D modelling with free software. January 29, 2022 2pm to 3:30pm. Click here for details.
    Get Started with TinkerCAD
  • New! Winter Activity Kits. Borrow a mini hockey set for free with your library card. Click here to learn more.
    Seasonal Activity Kits

    New! Winter Activity Kits. Borrow a mini hockey set for free with your library card. Click here to learn more. 

  • Service updates. Click here for details.
    Service updates stage 2

    Brampton Library continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our community and make adjustments to our services when necessary for the health, safety, and well-being of our customers and staff. Due to staff shortages and in the interest of our community, we have made the decision to reduce our services at all eight Brampton Library branches.

    As of tomorrow, Friday, January 7, 2022, the following changes will take effect:

    • Mount Pleasant Village branch will have reduced hours and will offer curbside pickup only. The new hours will be: 
      • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
      • Tuesday and Thursday: 1 p.m.–8 p.m.
      • Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
    • At all other branches, our hours of operation will remain the same. Possible closures due to staff shortages will be communicated through our website, social media, and email notifications. Please check our website before visiting a branch for the most current information. You will still be able to access in-branch services, with the following exceptions:
      • Library Chromebooks will not be available.
      • In-branch study space and the use of personal devices to work or study will not be available.

    You will still be able to access library materials and online resources. Use of library computers for one hour per day as well as printing services for $0.20 per page will remain available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Brampton Library's Local Authors Showcase 2022-2023. Recognizes books by authors currently living in Peel Region. Click here to learn more and submit your application online.
    Local Authors Showcase 2022-23

    Brampton Library's Local Authors Showcase 2022-2023. Recognizes books by authors currently living in Peel Region. Click here to learn more and submit your application online. 

 
 

Rapid tests are NOT available in our library branches. Click here for COVID-19 vaccine information.

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