Art at the Library

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If you drop by the library in the next month, you’ll be delighted to see some new artwork on display!  We love seeing all of the great talent in our area, and this group from the Almonte and Area Artists Association has a variety of pieces made using various mediums. The colours are fantastic and the pieces are professional in quality. Don’t delay….they won’t be here forever!

Book Covers

We don’t often think too much about book covers or how they’re designed, but sometimes, special attention goes into creating something very special.  The just released book entitled THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, has brought about some significant excitement, and with it, a different book cover for the UK version. The book itself is about a young woman in the 17th century who creates a magical dollhouse that begins to predict the future.

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You can read more about Ms. Burton on her website, and follow her research into 17th Century Amsterdam  to learn how this book came about. The UK book cover took quite a turn from this North American cover, showing the actual dollhouse in a very creative format. How lovely to see them hand-painting the font etc.!  You can watch how it was created below.

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Sometimes it amazes me how much work can go into a single book!  But this book is getting a lot of buzz right now, so it’s sure to be worth the effort. Would you like to read it?

Published in: on August 28, 2014 at 3:32 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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Giant Ice Cream Sundae!

As part of the TD Summer Reading Club, we’re building a giant ice cream sundae at the library this summer!  No worries…there won’t be pools of melting ice cream everytime you come. It’s made of all sorts of creative things, like paper, stickers and jewels. The theme this summer is “EUREKA”, and what better way to create and discover than to build something fun! So, all of our young readers are working hard to read all they can in order to put on another “sprinkle”.  Here is the sundae as it was on July 1st, before anyone put anything on it:

July 1st Our wonderful summer mascot Miss Squeaky and her friends are hanging out, enjoying the sweets, but they’re looking forward to being smothered by sprinkles of all types!  Here is the sundae one week later…already accumulating a few little sprinkles and sparkles.

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You can keep track of our sundae with weekly updates on the right side of this blog. Hope you don’t get hungry thinking about it…..

Illustrations Galore!

It’s Wednesday morning, and that means it’s Storytime at the library. One of my favourite things about picture books are the illustrations.  When they’re done right, they can elevate a wonderful story to become something superb!  And if you haven’t read a picture book since you were a kid, things have changed a lot. There are many wonderful illustrators out there doing sophisticated and creative work to go along with imaginative texts.

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I follow quite a few illustrators on Facebook and Instagram, so when I came across this great post at Sharpread about wonderful illustrators to follow on Instagram, I jumped right on it.  It’s the perfect medium for instant, small illustrations that can stand on their own.  And who wouldn’t want to see one of these adorable pictures in their feed? I’m kind of getting tired of super macro flower shots and selfies.

You can see the full list right here and get a feel for their work. I’m going to go and follow some of these right now. I hope you do, too!

 

Published in: on July 9, 2014 at 3:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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London’s Literary Benches

London has just done something every major city in the world should do! They’ve installed 50 literary-themed benches across the city as part of an initiative by the National Literary Trust to encourage reading and celebrate London’s literary heritage. Isn’t this brilliant?

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The 50 benches are dedicated to books, authors and characters. Not every one is easy to figure out, but that’s part of the challenge, isn’t it? And the location of each bench is also a closely guarded secret. People are encouraged to look for them around the city and post their photos. And if you can come up with a great suggestion for bench #51, London is looking for input! Read more on the benches and see the artists work on them right here.

Don’t you think these would look great anywhere?

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