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With the advent of spring, a novel initiative is budding in Quebec, combining the charm of a library with the allure of nature.

The Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) are giving you the chance to "borrow" a national park.

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Montreal's largest library has a pavilion dedicated entirely to music lovers. Musicians who visit the top floor of the BANQ can play instruments provided by the space, while audiophiles can peruse the library's 10,000+ vinyl record collection and listen to their picks at a private station.

The BANQ is a notoriously delightful study space, and its music pavilion is no exception. You can set up at a desk surrounded by musical inspiration, including old music player installations and colourful displays of special records, including a release by Montreal-based Polaris winner Pierre Kwenders.

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Montreal's Grande Bibliothèque has shut down some online services after a widespread data breach. While no personal information appears to have been compromised, the library has temporarily shut down its wifi and stopped reservation of external digital resources, interlibrary loans and book downloads. All of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) buildings will stay open while an investigation is underway.

"A detailed analysis of our computer system is underway, and we are in contact with the Government Cyber Defense Center," the BAnQ wrote in a statement.

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Summer is the season of reading. While you chill in the park,the sun's warm rays shining down upon you, the green grass touching your toes, and the cool breeze gently caressing your skin, all you need is a great book to complete the perfect summer-scene.

And you can find your next great read this weekend at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec's annual book sale, Le Marché aux Livres 2016.

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