Be a Part of the Book Chain

thank youWorking with books all day, we often hear people rave about something they’ve just read. While they might tell quite a few people through word of mouth what they thought about that book, not everyone goes any further.

Some will go on to find that author’s website, and possibly send out an email to tell them how much they enjoyed the book. Maybe they’ll even get a response. But there is something more important, something that has more impact, that readers can do: thank an author by writing a review.

Online reviews on Goodreads and Amazon don’t always seem like they’re doing anything really important, but they are. Especially for the author. Good reviews are better than bad, but the more reviews a book has, the better it is for the author in general. A well-reviewed book means people are reading that book, which not only translates to more sales, but also to a better standing at the publishing house for that author. If you’ve ever seen debut authors on Twitter and Facebook begging for reviews, they aren’t doing it just to hear praises for their books—they need those reviews to stay relevant in the minds of the publishing business. If they want another book published, the first must garner sales and positive reviews.

Of course, this isn’t all about sales. It’s also about how it affects well known authors and publishing houses and your local library. If people stopped reviewing books, sales would plummet. When sales plummet, bookstores close and authors are not published again. When bookstores close, books either become more expensive to produce, or they will dip into the electronic production, and places like libraries will have a harder time purchasing books for patrons to read. It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it?

So, if you love to read, make sure to do an online review for books you enjoy—Goodreads, Facebook, a blog post, a short tweet….whatever you prefer, just do it.  If you’re really ambitious, do one for every book you read. It will keep book sales high, allow authors to continue to publish, keep bookstores afloat, and allow libraries to receive funding to purchase the books their patrons want to read. We’re all a part of the book chain.

Write a review today!

The Clan is Back!

Jean Auel’s CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR series has always been popular in our library. Back in the mid-eighties, they made a movie out of the first book, starring then-popular Daryl Hannah, and it didn’t garner much positive feedback. They’re trying again.

This time, Auel’s story is being made into a Lifetime series, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer behind it. Bigger names + better producers will hopefully mean the story gets told with more devotion to the characters and story Auel’s fans have grown to love.

CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean AuelTHE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR takes place 25,000 years ago and centres around a clan of Neanderthals who take into their group an orphan Cro-Magnon girl named Ayla. It focuses on the story of Ayla growing up in a society not the same as her own, and how she breaks free of the issues placed upon Neanderthal women. Gripping, right?

Auel weaves history and fiction together into a tale that explains the differences in early man, and also shows how much we haven’t changed. Auel did research at her local library, by touring archeological sites, and by going to numerous archeological conventions according to some online bios. We’ll have to wait to see if this television series makes fans happy.

Nerd Herd In!

youngOur Teen Book Club–aka the Nerd Herd–is back at it this week. And wow…do we have a book to discuss this month! Take a look at that cover above….Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES is certainly a blockbuster book.

This is the first selection by a Nerd Herd member (instead of the Head Nerd Herder…yes, I know…this is getting to be a tongue twister), and it is a whopper of an exciting book. It’s a tragedy with a hopeful message, and I think we’ll have a great time discussing it. Lu’s book is full of adventure, special powers and secret societies. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thought.

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm to disect the book, make some very special masks, and fill our bellies. Oh yes, and we’ll probably have a good laugh or two.

If you have a young reader at home aged 12+, we’re still taking on a few new members…and yes, we’ll be reading all summer. Why stop when there are so many great books to read?

Next up….a Harry Potter-esque adventure about special powers, secret societies and….wait….isn’t that what we’re reading this month? Yes, but this one has owls!

Head Nerd Herder, out.

View Toronto Through Poetry

The Toronto Public Library, with the help of poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke, has created a new way to explore Toronto: through the use of poetry.

They’ve created a fun, interactive map of Toronto that marks the locations of important spots in poetry about Toronto. At each location on the map, information about the poems is listed, and details as to which branch of the Toronto Public Library has that poetry book available is also given. There are also many Toronto poems that aren’t associated with any specific locations, and you can find out more about those on the Toronto Poetry Map as well.

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The Winners are Announced!

Forest-of-Reading-LogoWhile we had our official Forest of Reading® Voting night back in April, the final totals were sent to Toronto to be tabulated along with results from other libraries and schools across the province. Last week, the final winners of each category were announced. And the winners are……………

 BLUE SPRUCE

kindergartenTHE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus

 

SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS

 chickenKUNG POW CHICKEN : LET’S GET CRACKING by Cyndi Marko

SILVER BIRCH FICTION

gardenerTHE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathan Auxier

 SILVER BIRCH NON-FICTION

 carrANNALEISE CARR : HOW I CONQUERED LAKE ONTARIO TO HELP KIDS BATTLING CANCER by Annaleise Carr as told to Deborah Ellis

 RED MAPLE FICTION

threeTHE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters

 Our library didn’t do too badly, picking a few of the overall winners. If only we didn’t have to wait until December to start reading next year’s nominees!

American Sniper, American Wife

americanSet to release this week is AMERICAN WIFE: LOVE, WAR, FAITH & RENEWAL by Taya Kyle, widow of “American Sniper “, Chris Kyle. This is sure to be a well-reserved book, following up the success of Chris Kyle’s own AMERICAN SNIPER.

sniperWhile we don’t have the DVD available yet at the library, expect to see that coming to our movie racks soon, too.

If you don’t know Chris Kyle’s story, he was the Navy Seal credited with having the most confirmed sniper kills in the history of the United States military while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. While controversial in its idea, Kyle’s story was so riveting, it was told in an award-winning movie last year.

Now, Kyle’s widow, Taya, tells her side of the story, and what life is like after her husband’s death from a shooting at a firing range in 2013. She has been making the publicity rounds for the past few months, so this book is bound to be in demand, and full of interesting detail.

You can drop by the library and place a hold on this book, or use your library card and PIN to reserve it online. Do it now…you don’t want to wait too long!

Teen Book Club Meeting

PaperTowns2009_6AToday, we’re going to be discussing John Green’s PAPER TOWNS at our Teen Book Club meeting. If you have a teen that’s read the book and would like to attend, tell them to drop by. We’re meeting from 4-5:30pm, and there will be snacks. And crafts. And books. And black Santas. Don’t worry, no shaving cream, fish, or Vaseline will be involved today.

See everyone at 4 o’clock!