Book Bingo

Many of our patrons tell us that they hear about books on the radio, on TV, or in the newspaper, and then they come in to request them. If you’re one of those people, CBC Books just put out a fun Bingo Card to help you feel like you’re accomplishing something with your reading. With the Canada Reads coming up in the early spring, this will also help.

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This is a lot like the Book Buck Bingo cards we do each summer for our teens.  Make your own rewards, if you like.  One line could be a lunch out with a reading friend. Get all four corners, and maybe you can buy yourself something you’ve been looking at in that special store. Or be really creative and purchase a book for a friend or co-worker when you complete the card.  Whatever you decide to do, have some fun!

Published in: on September 22, 2014 at 3:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ahoy, Mateys!

Yes, it’s that time of year again….International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And what could be more fun than pirate books!

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There is never a shortage of pirate-themed books, it seems, ranging from picture books, to craft books to YA fiction and even adult. So, hoist them sails and get ye o’er to th’ library fer some excitin’ pirate tales!

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And if you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate today, check out the variety of Pinterest boards based on the theme.

Published in: on September 19, 2014 at 3:08 am  Comments (2)  
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Fall for Reading!

Kirkus Reviews has come out with their Top 10 Most Anticipated books for fall 2014. There are a wide number of topics, from vampires to time travel to the Great Depression, but all of these novels will be sure to generate conversation and probably controversy.  Are you looking forward to reading any of these?

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SOME LUCK by Jane Smiley

ON THE EDGE by Edward St. Aubyn

COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami

LILA by Marilynne Robinson

PRINCE LESTAT by Anne Rice

THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters

CONSUMED by David Cronenberg

THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell

THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS by Michel Faber

BITTERSWEET by Colleen McCullough

Published in: on September 5, 2014 at 3:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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Paying it Forward

Author Eleanor Catton, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for THE LUMINARIES, announced recently while accepting a prize for the New Zealand Post, that she intends to establish a grant that will award writers $3000  to provide “time to read”. 

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There will be no strings attached, except that the author will have to write a short non-fiction article to be published at the end of the three-month period, stating what they read and what they learned from each book. She hopes it will help others understand the need for authors to have time to read, as well as to write, simply because a well-read author will write stronger works as a result.

Published in: on September 4, 2014 at 3:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Books, Movies and TV

When books are made into movies for the big screen or little screen, we often see a surge in their popularity, even if the book has languished on the shelf for a while.  It’s nice to see them revived and discovered by a new audience, and even better that people who are going to see them in different versions STILL want to read the book! (Because the books are often better, right?)

Recently, we’ve seen a great demand for THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, due to the movie’s release this summer, and for George R.R. Martin’s GAME OF THRONES series because of the tremendous popularity of the HBO series. Up next?  We’re expecting Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL to start being requested like crazy again when the movie comes out this October, and who knows, maybe even a few extra requests for Joe Hill’s HORNS upon its US movie debut on Halloween.

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Do you request books once you’ve seen a movie/tv series, or do you like to read the books first? Let us know!

Published in: on September 2, 2014 at 3:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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If…

We just got a fabulous new book at the library called IF…A MIND-BENDING NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT BIG IDEAS AND NUMBERS by David J. Smith.

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It’s written by a Canadian author and educator, who really knows how to engage readers. This has wonderful unique ways of presenting ideas on size and numbers that any kid (or adult) can understand. It’ll surely open their minds to looking at the world around them in a different way.

For example, did you know that if the planets in the Solar System were shrunk to the size of balls, and Earth was the size of a baseball, Mercury would be about the size of a ping-pong ball, and Jupiter would be the size of one of those large exercise balls you balance on for core strength.  The sun would be MUCH bigger than that in comparison, about 10 times the diameter of that exercise ball! WOW!

Or….if all the water on Earth were represented by 100 glasses, then 97 of the glasses would be filled with salt water, and only three of the glasses would contain fresh water. BUT…only ONE of those glasses of fresh water would represent all the fresh water available to us.  The rest of the fresh water is locked up in glaciers, frozen in the atmosphere or deep underground.  Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

The facts are accompanied by wonderful illustrations done by Steve Adams. Honestly, this is a book EVERY child should read. It should be required for school. If I had known a lot of this information when I was younger, maybe I’d have taken a greater interest in math and science.

Drop in to the library to borrow the book or place a hold. This is one read for everyone.

Published in: on August 27, 2014 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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