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)

Get inspired!

If you’re like most of us, the long weekend means relaxing. Maybe you’re at the cottage, or maybe you’ve started vacation and are traveling our great country. Inspired by the Canada 150 celebrations this year, we have a great new book at the library called THE COLOUR OF CANADA with an introduction by Roy MacGregor.

This book is filled with great colour photos of Canada from coast to coast. Not only does it hit upon some of the most iconic places in our country, but it also captures some of the lesser known beautiful areas. We have such a variety of people and terrain, and the COLOUR OF CANADA does a great job of representing that.

Drop by to pick it up, or place a hold on our catalog at http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

Home Libraries

My home library consists of this right now. It’s not beautiful, but I’ll confess, it belongs to my husband, and he’s not concerned with the beauty of it. He just wants a place to put his books. While I try to find just the right shelving unit for my books, mine are scattered throughout the house, waiting. But once I have that shelf, you can bet my books are going to look nice!

If you’re looking for shelving/book inspiration, look no further than the Design Sponge website. I came across this post about “10 Incredible Home Libraries“, and now, I want to go right home and get busy! There are nooks, and ladders, and gorgeous seating…everything to inspire a cozy corner for reading.

What does your home library look like?