Book Club for Two

pz-th3jzic8-daria-nepriakhinaLibraries are natural places for book clubs. We have two that are held here within our building, and we get books for several more clubs that hold their meetings in living rooms. The act of reading a book and discussing it is such an enjoyable thing. If you think it’s similar to those high school English class discussions, think again. (Plus, a lot of clubs have snacks involved, so it’s even better.)

But book clubs can come with some down sides, too. Some are quite strict about everyone reading the book before coming to the meetings. And others have a dedicated “chair” who will control the meeting, right down to discussion questions, rather than letting the discourse flow naturally. This can be a bit of a turn-off for some, and often, they’ll look elsewhere for another club.

What about starting your own club? How many people does it have to have? As it turns out, there are no real rules on this. Usually an active book club thrives from having a nice round number of people (10-15), as not everyone can make it each time. It’s also nice to have a wide variety of ages involved, but that will depend on the members themselves.

This is where Amy Cserni and Sara Haddow’s book club is really interesting. The pair met almost thirty-five years ago in high school, and started the unusual routine of reading books out loud to each other. They continued to do this for many years, getting together to read everything from classics to popular fiction. But when Cserni moved across the province, the book club for two was not to be dissolved. Instead of getting together to read out loud, the pair began reading to each other over the phone. Isn’t that a great idea? You can hear a fabulous documentary called “Telephone Books” by Alisa Siegel, by clicking on this link.

Now nothing can stop you from starting up your own book club!

The Nerd Herd Reunites!

Teen Book Club posterIt’s here…the first fall meeting of the Nerd Herd Teen Book Club. We can’t wait to hear what our herd thought about READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline!  And next, we’re reading SCHOOLED by Gordon Korman. It’s going to be a great fall season!

If you know of someone who might be interested in joining our herd, they must be at least 12 years old. Give us a call for more information, or drop by the library to pick up our October read.

——Head Nerd Herder out…..

Meet Thidwick!

Once again, we’re giving our young friends who are doing the TD Summer Reading Club with us this summer, a chance to take home a friend for a week and have some WILD adventures. They enjoyed traveling with Miss Squeaky one year, and last summer, kids made friends with Yalp, our wacky bird friend.  This summer, we’re glad to introduce Thidwick!

20160602_100344Thidwick is a wacky little moose who loves long walks in the woods, raspberry jam on toast, and crossword puzzles!  He’ll be visiting schools to be introduced before the official summer kick off on Thursday, June 30th from 1-3pm at our Library Lemonade Stand.

If you have a young reader, I’m sure they’ll have a chance to take Thidwick home for a week. Take him to the beach, on a long distance trip, or just to the grocery store….he’ll be happy hanging out with new friends no matter where he is.  But you’ll have to wait until July 4th….that’s when he’ll be dropping by the library for his summer adventures.

Rock the Drop

ROCK(1)We’re celebrating Teen Book Day with our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club, and it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Our teens will be dropping great YA books around town today. You might find one outside of a store, on a park bench, or in a parking lot. They’ll have special “FREE BOOK” bookmarks sticking out of the top, so keep an eye out. Find a book, read it, or pass it on to someone you know who might like it. The books are meant to be kept…not returned to the library…and shared.

We’re Rocking the Drop!


The Nerd Herd Meets Again!

cityofbonesThis month, the Nerd Herd Teen Book Club has been reading Cassandra Clare’s CITY OF BONES, the first in The Mortal Instruments series. Despite the kind of cheesy cover, most of the kids I’ve talked with so far have been enjoying the book, and are probably going to continue on with the series.

Perfectly timed, this month, a huge controversy between authors Cassandra Clare and Sherrilyn Kenyon erupted over the alleged plagiarism of Kenyon’s DARK HUNTER series. If you’ve read some of the issues surrounding the accusations, it sure brings about a lot of questions. While Clare originally started writing fan-fiction based on Kenyon’s books, are things like demons and vampires copyrightable? The argument there is that there are things available to every writer–such as creatures and lore–that no author should be able to claim as their own. It’ll be interesting to see how far this goes in the courts, and what it means for other authors writing similar stories.

But, aside from that, the Nerd Herd will have lots to talk about when it comes to this book. We haven’t read one this big yet, so I’ll be interested to see who makes it all the way through.

The Nerd Herd meets on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm here at the library. If you have a teen who has read this and would be interested in coming in for a chat and some snacks, have them drop by!


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!