February Fun!

January was a busy month at the library, with plenty of great “Lifelong Learning” seminars, including an ongoing creativity course, an introduction to Twitter, and a Family Finances seminar. February looks like it will be just as much fun…especially for adults!

While we start off the month with a Valentine’s Craft Night for kids, were continuing our Creativity Course, and looking forward to a special Facebook 101 seminar with Chantal Bechervaise of Take it Personel-ly. If you’ve been hesitant to get onto Facebook, or use it but don’t feel like you’re using it to its full potential, we have a few spaces left for this great introduction. If you took part in our Twitter 101 seminar, you know you’ll learn a lot about the site and how to use it, through Chantal’s easygoing manner and simple learning strategies. You can sign up for the course, which happens on Saturday, February 20th from 2-4pm, by calling us at 257-2702, or dropping by the library.

cropped-cropped-cropped-chantal-bechervaise-banner2Later on this month, we’re also hosting another fabulous financial wellness seminar, called “Making Your Money Last–Planning for Retirement”. This will be a fascinating look into how you can successfully transition into retirement without feeling the financial stresses that can occur without enough planning. The course takes place on Saturday, February 13th at 10am, and registration is required, so sign up today. Spaces are limited!

We’re also getting excited about our regular February event called “Blind Date with a Book”, where you choose a book based only on a brief description! It’s always fun, and a little bit exciting to see what you’ll get when you take the book home and unwrap it. And this year, we’re letting kids and teens in on the action with a “Book Crush” just for them. Visit our fun displays when you drop in!20150202_132218And last but not least, we’re starting a fun new program called “Slow Mail”, where letters take the long way around. Write a letter, drop it off, and we’ll mail it back to you in ONE YEAR! What kind of mail is this? Maybe you’ll write yourself a letter of encouragement, or write a love letter to that special someone, or even a letter to your future self reminding you of your goals. Wouldn’t it be fun to see what you were thinking one year later? Pop in for more information.

As always, don’t forget our regular features, like our “Colour Yourself Calm” workshops on the 4th Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30pm, and our “Bridging the Generation Gap” book Club which is really taking off! (2nd Tuesday of each month, from 6-7:30pm).

We’ll also have our March Break calendar out early on this month, so make sure to pick one up to see all the fun we’re planning for March!

Emma Watson’s Book Club!

You probably know Emma Watson as Hermione, the brainy, well-adjusted wizard in training from Harry Potter, or from any of her other acting forays. Recently, she’s also been in the news for her strong stance on feminist issues, and is constantly championing for equality.  But did you know she’s starting a book club?

50993735OUR SHARED SELF is her latest project, a fun Goodreads group that aims to explore feminist issues in literature. The book club will read one book each month with that theme in mind, then discuss questions and have conversation during the last week of the month. And it’s already started. Her first book club pick is Gloria Steinem’s MY LIFE ON THE ROAD.

15451058All you have to do to be a part of the conversation is get a Goodreads account and join her group. Then, get reading! This is probably going to be a fascinating (and popular) club, so don’t be afraid to get in there and add to the comments. Click on the links above to go right to the page to find out more.

Read with a conscience this year!

The Girl Who Owned a City

357933 The Girl Who Owned a City Graphic NovelThis month in our Teen Book Club, the Nerd Herd has been reading O.T. Nelson’s THE GIRL WHO OWNED A CITY. We’re such a diverse group of readers, so it was really great to be able to order a variety of formats for this one: regular, and a graphic novel version. We’re getting together on Wednesday to discuss it in detail.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book, which was published in 1975, and how it was really one of the precursors to the Post-Apocalyptic YA novels that are so popular with today’s readers. A mysterious virus turns every adult to dust within weeks, and suddenly, the only people left on Earth are children. It’s full of adventure and struggle, and lots of decisions to be made by the characters as they find their way in a new society, and I found it easy to read and really quite current.

If you have a teen (aged 12+) who might want to join our Nerd Herd, we’ve still got a few spaces left for the rest of this season. We meet monthly, on the last Wednesday of the month from 4pm-5:30pm. While we read books and then talk about them, we certainly have great discussions about other topics, including movies, music, sports and more. It’s a fun session, and everyone usually goes home excited, full of snacks, and looking forward to reading the next book on our list.

Next up? Cassandra Clare’s  CITY OF BONES.

Bridging the Gap

BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAPDid you know we have a “Bridging the Generation Gap” Book Club at the library? We want to bring together readers of all ages, and this is perfect for parents who want to talk about books with their tweens and teens.

Join us the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm-7:30pm, starting January 12th. We’ll be reading WEE FREE MEN by Terry Pratchett, so drop in and request a copy, or just come to the January meeting and we’ll make sure you  get on the list.

It’s a fun evening of discussion and debate…all with books that bridge the generation gap to keep everyone interested.  Ages 11+ only, please.

Call Caroline at 257-2702 for more information, or to register.

New Programs at the Library!

Starting in January, we have a whole host of new programs on the schedule. There are book clubs, craft nights, workshops, and much more. You can drop in right now to pick up the 2016 Winter Newsletter for adults and teens, and take the new children’s Newsletter at the same time. There’s something for everyone!

20151209_161258You’ll notice we have the regular storytime beginning again. This session, we’ll also have Toddlers, and a little later on, babies again! Our French storytime session will start up on Fridays again, and we’ll have things to keep the kids entertained on PA days all winter long.

If you’re wondering about March Break, you’ll have to wait a few weeks, but we’ll let everyone know when we have that special schedule out. And if you have young crafters, make note of the registration dates for Valentine’s Craft Night, and Spring Craft Night. These fill up fast, and they are always popular! We’ve already started Forest of Reading®, so register early and begin reading right away!

20151209_161247Our adult and teen programs are even more exciting for 2016!

Starting with teens, we’ll begin our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club again in January, and run it through May. We’re also gearing up to celebrate Rock the Drop again in April for Teen Literature Day….and keep a lookout for a few special new programs for teens a little later on.

For adults, we’re starting up the VERY popular tech training again, as well as our adult book club. But if you’d rather take part in a different type of book club, we have one to bridge the generation gap! (It’s a lot of fun, and it gets everyone involved.)

If adult colouring is more your thing, we’ve got plenty of great colouring pages ready for winter. See all of the details above, or drop in to pick up your own copy (it’s super clear, and has a lot more detail).

20151209_161240The BIG fun happens with our workshops this winter. We’ve got creativity fun, social media info, and money workshops for women. We’re also excited about a special astronomy talk with Frank Hitchens in January that you won’t want to miss!

If you want to know more about any of these great programs, drop by the library, take a gander at our online catalog (http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp), or give us a call at 257-2702. It’s going to be an exciting winter….even if we don’t get any snow!

The William C. Morris Prize

ConvictionIn October, our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club read CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert, and then were excited to be able to participate in a live Google Hangout with the author to discuss the book. It was a great afternoon, and we were thrilled that she took the time to talk with all of us. You can read more about our experience here.

And now, we’d thrilled that Ms. Loy’s book has been nominated for the prestigious William C. Morris Debut Award, given through the American Library Association celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. Hers is one of five amazing debut books in 2015, including:

finalistsBECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME, by Leah Thomas

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The award winners will be announced in 2016, so stay tuned!  This is going to be a tough race to the finish line. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

What Have You Read?

Recently, we were going through a listing on the CBC website about the “Top 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian” in order to find the perfect book for our very first Bridging the Generation Gap Book Club. When you thindust-220k about YA books, Canadian authors aren’t immediately the first ones to come to mind, but I think it surprised us as to how many of these we’ve already read.

Our Generation Gap Book Club doesn’t begin until November, but we’ve already picked the first selection…DUST, by Canadian author Arthur Slade. This is an ambitious, dark tale that will be sure to stir up plenty of conversation between our young readers and their parents.

But there are plenty more Canadian YAaspyinthehouse-220 books on this list that we found ourselves discussing.  Books like A SPY IN THE HOUSE by Y.S. Lee, part of “The Agency” series that was one of the Red Maple® selections in Forest of Reading a few years back. This is a great historical mystery that readers have applauded. Don’t worry, there are several in the series, so you won’t have to make due with just one story.

One of my favourites is PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow, a magical tale of a young wood carver who loses her beloved father and is accplainkate-220used of witchery. I know that after reading this tale to several Grade 4 & 5 classes, it would be the perfect fit for a book club discussion (bring your kleenex!).

Why not look through the list to see how many books from this list you’ve read. My score? I’m sad to say it’s very, very low. Guess I have a lot to catch up on!