9780735211209_a3de4Paula Hawins’ first book, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, exploded onto the scene with her unreliable narrator, and characters we didn’t quite like. But the book continues to be a regular circulator in the library, and her follow up novel, INTO THE WATER, looks like it might do just the same. It’s already hitting many of the expected-best-sellers list. (Psssttt….if I were you, I’d get your name on a holds list NOW!)

The cover of INTO THE WATER is slightly deceiving at first, until you realize it is a face that is sunken beneath the surface. It’s actually an update from an older UK version which just features rippling water and spooky looking trees. I think this one is much better, and hints at what the story might entail.

water_ukHere is a little blurb about INTO THE WATER:

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.


Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.


With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.


Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

If you read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (or saw the movie), did you enjoy it? Will you be picking up this book right away? Let us know!

The Lightning Thief, the Musical

28187It’s another book made into a musical! This time, it’s Rick Riordan’s THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the first in the Percy Jackson series about a boy who discovers he has ties to the Greek Gods he has been learning about in school. While this series has been made into several movies, Riordan hasn’t backed those ventures, but whole-heartedly supports this event off Broadway.

You can hear one of the songs from the original play here, sung by Chris McCarrell who will star. While it doesn’t debut until March of this year, I’m sure fans are already clamoring to get tickets!


51ea22ep3zl-_sx326_bo1204203200_If you follow “This is That” on CBC Radio, you know that the comedy team of Pat Kelly, Chris Kelly, and Peter Oldring, often make fun of things, and this time, it includes their home country, Canada. Recently, they released THIS IS THAT : TRAVEL GUIDE TO CANADA, a book which looks every bit the informative travel guide, but which pokes fun at the whole genre. There are useful tips on finding bathrooms in Canada, navigating Ontario (aka The Home of Toronto), and portaging….because we have to do that so much in Canada.

But the best part about this is the accompanying video by Harold Dalhousie, Canada’s Best Bookseller. Who knew all it took to sell a book was a sticker in the corner?

Adopt a Book!

There is still plenty of time to join in our fun “Adopt a Book” program before the holidays. And we’ve made it super simple this year—all you have to do is drop in, fill out a quick questionnaire, give us your $20…and the elves will do the rest!

adoptThe money will go toward purchasing a new book for the library, with your loved one’s tastes in mind. They’ll receive a fun little gift to open, telling them you adopted a book in their name, and once the book becomes available, we’ll pop in a bookplate with their name on it, and let them know the book is here for them to take out. The book will remain in the library, but they’ll have the special knowledge that you adopted it for them, and everyone who takes the book out will see that the book was adopted for them.  It’s a win-win situation—you help us to expand our purchasing power, our library gets a great new book, and your special person will know you adopted a book just for them.

For more information, give us a call at 257-2702, or drop by the library today to adopt a book!

Librarians, submit!

Hey, Librarians! Start submitting your favourite reads of 2016, for the next 9 days on Twitter! (Okay, we missed the start yesterday….sorry!)  But you still have time to voice your opinion, one title per day, using the hashtag #libfaves16, and putting the TITLE in all caps. What will win???

Vlogging. Do You Watch?

61hyjgbjl7l-_sx395_bo1204203200_All of our teens at our Nerd Herd meetings talk about their favourite YouTubers. These vloggers have captured the imaginations–and interests–of young people, simply by posting videos about their lives, or things they find interesting. There are video game vloggers who play the latest games and talk about them as they play, make up and hair vloggers who give step-by-step instructions, and even vloggers who talk about books. Yes, books.

One of our summer staff, Gracey, is a YouTuber who is actively starting to vlog about the books she loves, and also about her participation in National Novel Writing Month. It’s great to see young people putting their opinions out there for the world to see!

If you’re interested in finding out more about vlogging (or blogging), we’ve got a great new book coming to the library for young people to help them get started called HOW TO BE A BLOGGER AND VLOGGER in 10 EASY LESSONS by Shane Birley. ‘Tis the season for thinking about trying something new!

But Seriously…

The School Library Journal has once again done a list of the best Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, and YA books that were published in 2016. If you have young readers, and you’re wondering what to get them for Christmas, this is a really good list…and none of these books are selected due to their popularity. I love that a lot of the books are there simply because they are great.

You can find each list on its own here, or watch the big reveal video below. Keep in mind, it’s well over and hour, but each book gets its moment in the sun.