BEFORE I FALL

9780062656322_25b35Lauren Oliver‘s BEFORE I FALL, was one of the first Young Adult novels I ever read (after TWILIGHT and THE HUNGER GAMES, of course), and I’m excited that the movie version now has a trailer!

The book has a really unique premise…about a teen who dies in a car crash, but relives that last day seven more times, each time changing just enough to (hopefully) learn something. It had such a unique voice, and interesting character development, that I hope the movie will do it justice.

You can watch a little teaser right here, starring up and comer Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston.

Let me just say the book bloggers of the internet are already losing their minds. 2017 can’t come fast enough!

It’s Time to Start Reading!

Calling all readers in Kindergarten to Grade 6, we’re starting Forest of Reading® today at the Carleton Place Public Library. Drop in to register, pick up your reading list, grab a book to sign out, and get reading! You have from now until mid-April to finish the books in your category.

BLUE SPRUCE (Kindergarten to Grade 2) — Must read all 10 books in order to vote

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SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS™ — Grades 3 & 4—Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote

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Silver Birch Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT in order to vote

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Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote.

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Are These the Best Books?

It’s that time of year—time for the “Best Of” lists you’ll be reading all over the internet. But we LOVE book lists, so this is always welcome. The Washington Post just released their ‘Best Books of 2016’ list, which holds a whopping 100 titles. They say the top 10 are especially wonderful. What do you think?

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Anne Will Be Back!

Anne of Green GablesOur former head librarian, Janet, loves Lucy Maud Montgomery’s ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I feel pretty safe in saying I’m sure she’ll be excited to hear that Netflix has picked up the CBC version of the book, and will air it with a two-hour premiere, followed by eight more episodes! 2017 is going to be a good year for fans of this series!

While the traditional series followed Anne Shirley, a precocious and delightful young girl who turned into an equally delightful young woman in Prince Edward Island, the new Netflix series promises an update, to include more current themes, such as racism, identity, bullying, and more. Hopefully, it will resonate with a new generation of Anne fans.

A New Picture Book!

It wasn’t too long ago that local author Natasha Peterson debuted her picture book, GAYLE THE GOOSE GOES GLOBAL. Well, she’ll be back this month with her second book called BUTTY NEIGHBOURS!

Nutty Neighbours picture bookJoin us in welcoming her to the library on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11am for a reading of the new book, and to get a signed copy. This is another delightfully illustrated book, with a cheery, rhyming text, featuring some super cute chipmunks. You won’t want to miss it!

Watch a book trailer for NUTTY NEIGHBOURS here!

There is no cost for this event, but Natasha will have copies of her book available to purchase on the day of the event.

Lego for Adults? Of course!

Since tomorrow is one of our PA Day Lego Drop-Ins, I’ve been thinking about Lego today. Wasn’t it a fun surprise to come across this book which is new at our library—aimed entirely at adults who still love Lego, but want to make more “mature” designs.

Lego Crafts for adultsGEEKY LEGO CRAFTS: 21 FUN AND QUIRKY PROJECTS by David Scarfe, is a fun-filled book that has 21 challenging projects for adults. Sometimes, they’re just for fun, and other times, they actually make something practical. But guaranteed, you’ll be fighting over Lego blocks with your kids!

You can place a hold on this book using your library card and PIN on our website!

Have You Read a Picture Book?

blue2As someone who sees a lot of picture books come through the library, I can tell you—there are good picture book authors, and those who haven’t quite figured it out yet. While most of the picture books out there that get published have fantastic stories, or amazing illustrations, it’s often the language that gets overlooked. And language is everything, especially when a book is geared toward small children who have attention spans of about three seconds.

So, when I came across an amazing post by Tracy Marchini, who is a literary agent, an editor, and a picture book author herself, I knew that she “got” it. Her post, “How Can You Tell If You’re Using Picture Book Language?” hits all the high points. Seriously, I think this should be required reading for anyone out there who is considering writing a picture book. It’s one of the MOST difficult things to do, even though it seems like it would be easy. The concepts not only have to be large and exciting, the language must cover no more than the anticipated reader can handle. With 40+ listeners all under the age of five at our library each week, I can tell you that a book must grab the child from word one, or you’ll lose them. And while a sleepy child on your lap might sit through a long drawn out descriptive book, most kids want to get in and get out. Tell them the story, make it entertaining, and sneak in a lesson if you can. That’s it.

So, what are some of the great concepts Marchini discusses in her post? Minimal dialog, minimal descriptions…basically, minimal everything. While it’s fine to write a book that you think will suit Kindergarten to Grade 2…keep in mind that most kids reading picture books are heading out of that age group. They’ll be wanting to read books on their own, and heading into chapter books. Your prime audience, then, is age 4 and under.

If you’ve ever contemplated writing a picture book, you’ll be wise to read the article. Not only will it save you the heartache of rejection when it comes time to try to publish, but you will set yourself apart from all of the other would-be authors out there who haven’t figured out the concept yet. And maybe I’ll end up reading your book at storytime one day!