It’s Flower Time!

We might just be seeing the first of the tulips (and LOTS of dandelions), but eventually, the world will be full of wild flowers, and flowers in our gardens. While it’s easy to pick flowers and put them in a vase, haven’t you always wondered how they make those gorgeous “casual” looking floral arrangements you see in the all the decorating magazines. Usually, the flowers aren’t even the focal point of the room! But they should be.

We recently added FORAGED FLOWER ARRANGING by Rebecca Clark Moody to our collection. Inside, she walks you step-by-step through creating beautiful arrangements using plants you can find on a walk, or in your garden. Now you won’t have any excuse for a simple bunch of cut lilacs.  Get out that white sheet background and prepare to stun Instagram with your new skill!

You can drop in to see if the book is available, or place a hold on our library catalog and receive a notification when it becomes available.

Do You Need Help with your Wardrobe?

For a fun, and frivolous post today, I’m talking clothes. While the transition in Canada from Winter to Spring to Summer can seem like it happens within a day, it makes for really confusing clothing choices. While you might need to start out the day with a warm sweater and a jacket, by lunchtime, you can be sweating it out and wishing for sandals. So how can you weed out those “useless” clothes and invent your own capsule wardrobe that will make sense all season long? The answer, apparently, is shirts, and lots of photos.

I ran across this interesting blog post about building a Winter capsule wardrobe. It starts off with the mind-boggling fact that in 1930, the average woman had 36 pieces of clothing in her closet. How many does the average woman have now? ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY. I’m pretty sure the author of this article has been in my closet. And the worst part? Most of these items rarely get worn.

So what does she suggest? You can read the full article here to see how she pares down a wardrobe, but some of her tips are great:

  • Consider your climate and lifestyle first. If you need clothes for work that are drastically different from casual ware, then you might need more pieces than she suggests. But most of us can get by with several top/blouse/shirt/sweater items, a few pair of pants, and some good shoes.
  • Create style boards on Pinterest or Instagram. Lots of people post their outfits of the day. If you like something you see and think you can pull it off, consider adding it as a staple. Once you have several outfits on your boards, see what they have in common, and purchase one or more good quality items that can be used in all of your looks.
  • Make sure your clothes FIT! Sure, it can be a pain trying on clothes at the store, but once you find those pants that really make you feel good, buy them in two or three neutral colours. And if you can’t find just the right fit, consider having them tailored. It might cost a little extra, but you’ll wear them until they fall apart.

Do you have any other great suggestions for creating a simple wardrobe that you can switch out season after season? Let us know!

Art at your Fingertips

It seems like everyone in my Instagram feed these days is posting photos from gorgeous places around the globe. And one of the most interesting things about traveling is being able to hit museums and art galleries to see amazing art.

But what if you can’t get there? Recently, the Guggenheim Museum decided to make available over 200 books of art online. You can flip through pages of books just like they were right there at your fingertips. The photos are brilliant and crisp, and it is a wonderful idea. I’m sure this is just the start of offering valuable resources to people online that more institutions will adopt.

Take a few minutes to browse the collection. I’ll bet you’ll get lost in the pages.

Wonderstruck

A few years ago, a young reader came up and handed me Brian Selznick’s WONDERSTRUCK, saying it had changed her life. She wasn’t even going to pick it up…at 640 pages, it’s a HUGE book. But mostly pictures, it tells the story through art and text of two teenagers from two totally different eras…1927 and 1977. Both characters are deaf, and they communicate their stories of love and loss and pain through time, each in their own unique way.

Now, they’ve made it into a film–Selznick wrote the screenplay–and I can’t wait to see how they incorporate both ideas into something all of us can see. (I read somewhere that Rose’s part of the book, which was told in pictures, is going to be shot as a silent film. Isn’t that unique?) It promises to remain as creative and engaging as the book. I hope it lives up to my young reader’s expectations.

You can see the first official trailer below.

The Library is CLOSED

Happy Long Weekend!

The library is closed today for the Victoria Day Long Weekend. We’re probably all at home lounging around, just like you. But don’t worry, we’ll be open tomorrow again at regular time.

In the meantime, you can return items to our giant Blue Box on the front steps, and you won’t be charged fines for yesterday and today. And you can always access any of the great resources on our website to keep you going, like ebooks, audiobooks, languages, and magazines. All you need is your library card and your PIN!

See you on Tuesday!

Forest of Reading® Winners!

While we had our voting night last month, the official winners of the 2017 Forest of Reading® have just been announced. And the winners are:

Blue Spruce™–

THE NIGHT GARDENER by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

(We chose HARRY & WALTER and THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK)

Silver Birch Express™—

(We chose MYLES AND THE MONSTER OUTSIDE & THE ENCHANTED EGG)

Silver Birch Fiction™ —

(We chose THE NEST)

Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ —-

(We chose HALF-TRUTHS & BRAZEN LIES)

Red Maple™ —–

SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat

(We chose MINRS  and TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE)