We’re having a Book Crush!
Yes, it’s that time of year again….February….and we thought we’d offer our young readers just as much fun as our adults. If you’ve taken part in our Blind Date with a Book in the past, you’ll know how exciting it is to pick out one of our specially selected books, all covered up in pretty paper, with no idea what it might be. Will your Blind Date with a Book be successful, or leave you wanting to go back to tried and true favourite authors? It’s a gamble, but a fun one.
This month, we’re doing a slightly different version for kids and teens. It’s called “Book Crush”, and it will run through the month of February. The book selections will be available in our Kids Corner, and in the Teen Zone. All readers have to do is pick a book (there will be age ranges and a little teaser for each posted on each book), take it home, and then bring back the rating card to be eligible for some fun prizes at the end of the month. It’s that easy!
Let’s have a book crush in February!
The Canada Reads contenders have been announced, and it looks like they’re gearing up for a great debate! This year, the theme is “starting over”, and all of the books feature transformation or second chances, something I think we can all relate to in some way.
All of the books will be defended during the Canada Reads debates, which will take place from March 21-24, 2016. Each book is defended by a famous Canadian who will strive to make “their” book feel the most relevant, in order to earn votes. As well this year, there will be a social media panelist who will read the books and lead the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
This year, the books–and the celebrities defending them–are:
Adam Copeland defending MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO by Michael Winter.
Bruce Poon Tip defends BIRDIE by Tracey Lindberg
Clara Hughes will be defending THE ILLEGAL by Lawrence Hill
Farah Mohamed will defend BONE & BREAD by Saleema Nawaz
And Vinay Virmani will defend THE HERO’S WALK by Anita Rau Badami.
You can find out more about Canada Reads, the authors, and the defenders at the Canada Reads website right here. It’s going to be an exciting event!
What is a “food heating radio box”? Or a “shared space house”? (A microwave, and the International Space Station, respectively.)
If you’ve ever wondered about things, any things, a fun new book by Randall Munroe called THING EXPLAINER: COMPLICATED STUFF IN SIMPLE WORDS, will give you the answers you’re looking for. Munroe takes everyday objects, and breaks down their purpose into a simple explanation, making even complex concepts easy to understand. You don’t have to be a scientist, and you don’t have to want to know a huge amount about anything in particular.
I picked this book up the moment it first came into the library, and couldn’t stop looking at it. The illustrations are creative, and the ideas are really fun. The best part? This is a non-fiction book for adults that looks like it should be for kids! Have some fun while you read.
Munroe really knows his stuff. A degree in physics, and a former builder of robots for NASA, he can delve into the nitty gritty and pull out the important information. But his new career as a comic illustrator for popular web comics, also assures you this book will be fun.
What do you want to learn about today?
If you love to read (and we assume you do because this is a library blog, after all), then you probably love a good reading challenge. And it’s we’re early on in 2016, why not take on a year-long reading list to help you read consciously, thoughtfully, and outside your comfort zone. The 2016 Read Harder Challenge, started by Book Riot, is just that….a list of 24 reading tasks to get you really thinking…and reading.
Twenty-four books in one year is two books a month–not a big challenge for some, and for others, it might be a struggle. But the object is to expand your reading exposure, not necessarily to make you so busy you can’t enjoy it. If you don’t do everything on the list, that’s okay. Pick and choose, if you like. Most of all, just give it a try.
If you’re really into the competitive aspect of this challenge, you can join the Read Harder group on GoodReads and post when you’ve read one of the qualifying books. You’re not limited to certain books…choose anything you like that fits the category, but for extra incentive, the New York Public Library has prepared a great reading list, which includes books from prior to 1950, and most of the rest are 2015 publications. This is a GREAT list, and gives you lots of choices, a lot of which we have at the library, or are available for download on OverDrive.
Will you Read Harder this year?
Did 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.
We’re starting a fun new program for TEENS—surprise holds! Starting today, teens can add their library card numbers to the list in the Young Adult section of the library, and we’ll put a SECRET book on hold for them. It might be a brand new book, or a must-read that’s been super popular. Whatever they get, it’ll be a fun way to try new authors.
It’s 2016…and the new year is all about making resolutions. How about making some Reading Resolutions!
- Read a book with your spouse, and then talk about it! It’ll be your own little family book club.
- Keep track of all the books you read this year. Use a spreadsheet, or sign up for Goodreads!
- Give books as gifts to everyone this year. How about BIG MAGIC :CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR by Elizabeth Gilbert! This is by far my favourite book from last year, and it’s great for anyone who has any creative aspirations at all.
- Stop reading more than one book at a time. This is one of my worst habits. Take time to devote to each book and you’ll enjoy them more. I’m going to do this. I am.
- Get a dignified bookmark. Stop using scraps of paper, kleenex, paper clips. Go out and find one you like, and use it.
These are all totally something you can stick with, and at the end of the year, you might be surprised at how much your reading habits have changed…for the better.
If you have any other great ideas for reading resolutions, post them in the comments. We’d love the hear them!