We’re Having a Party!

Monday, August 21st is a partial solar eclipse, and we’re celebrating this fun event!

Our Solar Eclipse Party will be a fun drop-in event. Stay for a few minutes, or stay the entire solar eclipse—we’ll have lots of activities to keep everyone busy (too busy to be bothered to look out the window). This will be fun for kids aged 3 – 13…with lots of crafty tables, a special I Spy and more!

No registration necessary. Drop in and help us celebrate. It’s going to be out of this world!

Teen Book Club

Our Nerd Herd, aka the Teen Book Club, is getting ready for a fun book-filled fall! We’ve got our choices picked, and we’re gearing up for lots of discussion, fun, and more.

If you have a reader who is at least 12 years old who might like to join, drop by the library before school starts to get on the list. It’s always a fun session, and our first meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 27, from 4-5:30pm.

Money Money

Forbes has released its 2017 list of the top earning authors, according to its estimates. The list covers the 12 month period from May 2016 – May 2017, and falls in this order:

1. JK Rowling $95 million
2. James Patterson $87 million
3. Jeff Kinney $21 million
4. Dan Brown $20 million
5. Stephen King $15 million
6. John Grisham $14 million
6. Nora Roberts $14 million
8. Paula Hawkins $13 million
9. EL James $11.5 million
10. Danielle Steel $11 million
10. Rick Riordan .$11million

No real surprises here…except for maybe the fact that EL James is still on the list. If there hadn’t been a movie based on her FIFTY SHADES OF GREY series, would we still be talking about her? I’m pretty sure a lot of second hand booksellers have been overwhelmed with the number of copies of FIFTY SHADES that they have on hand–enough to make art out of them, and more. And here at the library, while it still circulates, it hasn’t been on demand since the series first came out, even with a movie in theatres.

Don’t you find it an interesting difference between the number one and number ten slots?

 

Summer Schedule

Next week, we’re finishing up our summer programs at the library. Can you believe it? Where did summer go? And while we’ll be continuing on with summer reading for a few more weeks (including draws for prizes), you only have one more week of fun activities to get your children excited about. What’s coming up this week?

  • We’re building VERY interesting things on Monday at “Build It”, from 10-11am. This is for 6-8 year olds…and it will be very hands-on.
  • It’s another Draw Yourself Drop In on Monday afternoon between 1:30-3:30pm (ages 5+). The kids will have a blast lying on the floor while we trace them–and then drawing life-sized versions of themselves. It was super fun when we did it in July!
  • Tuesday is an Olympic challenge, and weather permitting, we’ll be outside. Don’t forget to sign up!
  • Wednesday is our last Storytime for a few weeks, and our last Craftnoon Drop in. (We’ll also be eating pizza for lunch as we say goodbye to our summer students and another staff member, so please excuse us if we’re asleep at the desk when you come in.)
  • Thursday is a Junior Olympic challenge, and our visit to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, which we’re SUPER excited about! I can’t wait to see their exhibit this year!
  • And last but not least, its our French Storytime and Lego Drop In on Friday.

Take a closer look at the calendar above to see when everything takes place, the ages, and if you need to register. We left the best for last, so don’t miss out!

The Commuter Pig Keeper

THE COMMUTER PIG KEEPER: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO KEEPING PIGS WHEN TIME IS YOUR MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY by Michaela Giles, has won an illustrious award—The Bookseller’s Diagram prize for the worst book title this year.

Author Giles was really excited about the prize, which came right after one of her prize pigs was crowned supreme champion in a rare breeds show. While there is no monetary prize, the person who nominates the book wins wine. This sounds like a perfectly acceptable way to get people to participate!

The cover of this book is really cute, and I don’t even really mind the title (which won over a book called LOVE YOUR LADY LANDSCAPE). But this brings up the question, what is the weirdest book title you’ve ever seen? And did you read it?

 

Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist

If you love books, you’ve probably heard of the Man Booker Prize. It aims to award the best book of the year published in English in the United Kingdom, and awards the author with 50,000 pounds as the prize. But more importantly, it is a wonderful way to promote amazing books and writing. It’s always very exciting to wait for the short list, but the long list was just announced.

Here is the full list of authors and their books:

The 2017 longlist:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)

How many of these have you read?

Long Weekend

The library is closed today, and hopefully, everyone is out doing fun family/summer things. Can you believe it’s August already?

If you’re thinking about the week ahead, we still have plenty of interesting programs happening at the library. Download this August calendar to see everything. You can sign up for any of the programs that require registration the week before the program

Happy August! Enjoy the long weekend and we’ll see you at the library tomorrow!