Beware of the SHARK!

Can you believe this guy was spotted hanging around the library yesterday? If you drop in this week, try not to wave arms and feet around too much. He seems hungry!

Man Booker Longlist Announced

If you follow literary awards, the 2014 longlist has just been announced for the Man Booker Prize!  It includes quite a diverse group of books and authors. You can click on the links to find out more about each author and their books.

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TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR by Joshua Ferris

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan

WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Joy Fowler

THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt

J by Howard Jacobson

THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth

THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell

THE LIVES OF OTHERS by Neel Mukherjee

US by David Nicholls

THE DOG by Joseph O’Neill

ORFEO by Richard Powers

HOW TO BE BOTH by Ali Smith

HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Williams

Have you read any of these books, and if so, do you have a favourite?  Let us know your choice!

Published in: on July 28, 2014 at 3:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Crimes

Just a little Frivolous Friday fun…..Weird Al Yankovic’s “Word Crimes”. I’m sure none of you have ever been guilty of any of these.

Published in: on July 25, 2014 at 3:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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It’s COOL at the Library!

Don’t forget, when the temperatures soar, the library is a great spot to come and cool off!

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Published in: on July 24, 2014 at 3:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hand Lettered Book Covers

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As a children’s librarian, I’m often taken with the creative talents of illustrators, especially in picture books. Often, the pictures and lettering tell as much about a book as the story itself. One of my particular favourites is Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator extraordinaire. He creates simple drawings that are delightful, but his hand-lettering style is also something that sets his books apart.  It’s easy to pick out a piece of his work through his distinctive style. You can see some of his work above.

Lately, though, hand lettered book covers have been taking over the shelves.  From the wonderful lettering of Marion Deuchers seen below….

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….to a similar look by Steph von Reiswitz  below:

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Hand lettering is deceptively simple. It must not only be legible, but have a stylized look to it. Give it a try. Write anything you like on a piece of paper….but try to make it easy to read and yet interesting. Thinking twice about how easy it looks? These artists are amazing!

So, the next time you see a book on the shelves with an illustrated cover, don’t ignore the simplicity of it. These illustrators will be happy to know you understand!

Published in: on July 23, 2014 at 3:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Birthday, Prince George!

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Last year at this time, plenty of us were glued to our TV’s or computers, awaiting the news of the birth of the next Royal heir. (And yes, there may have been whoops and hollers at the library from certain staff members when the announcement was made. That’s all I’ll admit to.)

Although my husband is tired of the little chubby-cheeked cutie on the cover of every magazine, I can’t seem to get enough. I especially loved this funny look at the tiny Prince’s best facial expressions as ranked by the people at Buzz Feed.  This one is my favourite:

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Have a little fun with it. Happy Birthday, George!

(P.S….there are books about the Royal Family, too! Come in to see what we have at the library!)

Published in: on July 22, 2014 at 3:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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