Nerd Herd Gathering

28187This month, our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club has been reading Rick Riordan’s THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the first in the Percy Jackson series. We’re getting ready for our meeting today from 4-5:30pm, and we anticipate a lot of discussion about this one.

Will it be the first book we all agree on?

nerdIf you have teens aged 12 and up who would like to become a part of our Nerd Herd, they can drop by the meeting today–whether they’ve read the book or not–for some lively discussion, some crazy games…and snacks. Will there be blue cupcakes today? Only time will tell……

The Nerd Herd is getting ready for an exciting fall, including a Skype author visit with Kelly Loy Gilbert in October, and a party in late November. How could you not want to be a part of this?

 

Do You Have GOOSEBUMPS?

This past weekend, I was watching a movie when a trailer at the beginning caught my attention. It was for GOOSEBUMPS, the Movie, coming out October 16 in theatres.

R.L.Stine is the author of the well-loved scary series called GOOSEBUMPS, and I know these are super popular in our library, so I was intrigued by the trailer. However, it surprised me that the movie immediately referenced the books…something which I’m pretty sure the books don’t do, so I wondered what this was going to be about. Apparently, the movie is not so much an adaptation of the popular series, but something that is counting on the popularity of the series to sell tickets.

Will it be scary? Probably. Will kids flock to the theatres to see it?  I’m not so sure…with a cast that looks a little older than the kids at which the books are aimed, I think maybe they hit the market a little bit off. Think your teen will want to go and see a movie called Goosebumps? No matter how much they loved the series growing up, I’m betting on no.

Maybe this will prove me wrong.

GO SET A WATCHMAN

watchmanWe now have two copies of Harper Lee’s GO SET A WATCHMAN circulating at the Carleton Place Public Library. While reviews have been less than stellar online, the book is certainly gaining some conversation. And whether or not Lee wanted this book out there or not is something maybe we’ll never know. However, it seems there might be another–or two more–manuscript(s) that were locked away in Lee’s vault.

Apparently, WATCHMAN was found by Harper Lee’s lawyer Tonya Carter in a vault where Lee’s sister’s items were kept. There are rumors of another story called THE REVERAND, that hasn’t yet been released, and the possibility of the third book that will bridge the story between TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and GO SET A WATCHMAN.

If found, it’s likely this book will also make it to publication, if only because Lee’s fans demand it. It’s not clear why none of these other books were released after MOCKINGBIRD, but it’s likely Lee did not feel they were ready, and simply wanted to stay out of the limelight. Such is the difficulty for some authors who have books rise to popularity. It will be interesting to see how this all comes out in the end.

Have you read WATCHMAN yet? If so, do you want more from Harper Lee? Let us know in the comments what you think.

Are you Anticipating?

underI was slow to pick up Patrick deWitt’s award winning THE SISTERS BROTHERS, but loved it. Witt’s story was everything I thought as Western wouldn’t be–funny, full of endearing characters, and enlightening.

So, when I saw that his newest book UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR is coming out this fall, I immediately put in on my to-be-read list. Points for weirdest title ever aside, this book is billed as a fable without a moral about a man named Lucy who becomes the Undermajordomo of the Castle von Aux. With adventure, a mystery, and a double murder,  I expect it to be as surprising as the last. deWitt will probably earn some more awards for his skillful writing, and creative characters, so if you haven’t read anything by this Canadian author, put this on hold now, or pick up THE SISTERS BROTHERS.  You won’t be disappointed.

It’s a Grey Day….

GreyIt’s Christian Grey’s birthday today.

And it’s E.L. James’ latest book birthday….the release of GREY : FIFTY SHADES OF GREY AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN.

Hurrah……..

Yes, this book will be available at our library soon, and there might be a waiting list, so get those library cards out and place your holds. You want to find out what he was thinking, right?

Oh wait, we know what he was thinking……

Happy Birthday, anyway!

Young Writers are Doing It Again!

It’s summertime, and that means fun programs for kids! And we couldn’t have a summer program without offering a fun session for our Young Writers. This program has proven to be a lot of fun, and we love to see the creativity pouring out of our young patrons.

Young Writers SummerSessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons at the library, beginning July 7th. We’ll have two groups…..1-2pm for kids aged 7-11 years, and 2-3pm for teens 12-16 years.

Registration is taking place now, so if you have a young writer who might like to take part, give us a call today at 613-257-2702 to reserve a space. It’s going to be a fun summer!

Epic Yarn

Star WarsThere is a Canadian link to Star Wars now! Brothers Jack and Holman Wang put their creative talents to work on the cutest books you’ve ever seen…all with an amazing twist!

Recently, we received these three board books at the library, all under the STAR WARS : EPIC YARNS series—A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and RETURN OF THE JEDI.  But these are not your typical board books. They tell the well-known Star Wars tales with few words….and pages full of gorgeous felt creations by the Wang brothers. Each photo is well lit and the settings and characters are extremely detailed.

I love each and every book in this new series, and I can see it being quite popular with fans of Star Wars. Even if the little ones reading these books aren’t yet old enough to walk, their parents sure will delight in sharing the stories with them.

A new generation is born!

You can find out more about the books, the series, and the brothers who created them right here.