Winners!

The official Forest of Reading® winners have been announced!  We sent off all of our votes along with other libraries and schools, and these were the winning books for 2016.

Blue Spruce™:

If-Kids-Ruled-the-World-WebSilver Birch Express™:

End-of-the-Line-WebSilver Birch Fiction™:

Masterminds-WebSilver Birch Non-Fiction™:

Haunted-Canada-WebCongratulations to all of the fantastic Canadian authors and illustrators who won!

Aging & Disease

oldageWith the success of WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, a memoir by the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, the physician who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died before his memoir was published, comes OLD AGE: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE by Michael Kinsley. Kinsley is a journalist who learned at age 43 that he had Parkinson’s disease, and decided to write about it to explore how the Baby Boomer generation might approach aging. It is starting to get recognition on the best-sellers lists for its wit and candor, all with Kinsley’s trademark writing style.

While non-fiction titles tend to be a tougher sell to both readers, and reviewers, it seems the world is taking a bit of a turn, wanting to know more about these tough topics done in unconventional ways. If you love non-fiction, you might want to consult the New York Times best sellers lists for their great non-fiction suggestions, as more and more of these are making their debuts on the market, and on the lists.

Non-fiction is the new fiction!

Library Loan Stars!

loanstarsIf you’ve ever wandered into a library and asked for a book suggestion, you’ll know that the librarians often have a great selection of options.  We might ask you a few questions, such as the last book you read that you loved, your favourite type of book, or even what kinds of books you don’t enjoy. Then, based on those few criteria, you might be given a myriad of choices from new books to proven winners. It’s a great way of finding something new to read from people whose opinions you value. After all, librarians see a lot of books in a day, and we read a lot of books.

Recently, a fabulous collaboration has been started between the Ontario Library Association, the British Columbia Library Association, and a few other networks, to come up with a fantastic Readers’ Advisory service. It’s called LOANSTARS. We’ll vote on new and favourite titles, and the collective vote will allow marketing of the favourite books to library staff and readers alike. It’s a great way for titles that might not be on the best-seller lists to make it to our attention, recommended by fellow librarians! What a great new way to select books!

If you’ve ever wondered how books get on your library shelves, this is just one of the fantastic ways librarians share favourites and get books out there to our readers. Isn’t this fun?

Electronic Resources at the Library

While many of you are already thinking summer, we’d like to remind you about some of the great eResources we have available on our library website to help with homework, reading and more. There is more here than just an online encyclopedia—how about book suggestions, read-alongs, and more!

To access any of these great eResources, all you need to do is visit our website at:

http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

eResourcesDid you notice how many of these offer French options? And everything is available 24/7! All you need is your library card. Click on one of the links above, and get searching.

Are You Paying Attention, Part 2?

15803166On the heels of yesterday’s post about paying attention, ON LOOKING : ELEVEN WALKS WITH EXPERT EYES by Alexandra Horowitz, was one of the recommended reads. Horowitz takes the reader through a variety of walks, pointing out nature, history, and other unlikely-to-be-seen things the average walker might miss.

As Horowitz points out, you are missing things right now, while you’re reading this post:

You are missing most of what is happening around you right now. You are missing what is happening in the distance and right in front of you. In reading these words, you are ignoring an unthinkably large amount of information that continues to bombard all of your senses. The hum of the fluorescent lights; the ambient noise in the room; the feeling of the chair against your legs or back; your tongue touching the roof of your mouth; the tension you are holding in your shoulders or jaw; the constant hum of traffic or a distant lawnmower; the blurred view of your own shoulders and torso in your peripheral vision; a chirp of a bug or whine of a kitchen appliance.

Until I read that paragraph, I hadn’t even been thinking about what was going on around me. Sometimes, it is a blessing to be able to block out all of the ambient noise and interruptions, but how long does it take to train ourselves to do that automatically, all the time? I bet we’re missing out on many delightful things.

We don’t own a copy of ON LOOKING at our library, but we’d love to bring it in for you. Let us know if you’d like an interlibrary loan. Start seeing what you’re missing…

Free Comic Book Day and a Lego Challenge!

comicbookdayWe’re participating in Free Comic Book Day this coming weekend!  Join us anytime from 11am – 2pm to pick up your FREE comic book!  If you’re dressed up, we might even take your picture!

And if you’re looking for something fun to do after you’ve collected all your comic books in town, drop by the library anytime between 1-3pm for a special Lego Drop In afternoon!

We can’t wait!

From THE MARTIAN to the Moon

Fans of Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN were excited to hear from the author that he was planning an epic sci-fi book entitled, ZHEK, to be released sometime in 2016 or 2017. But he’s turned the tables on us, and is instead working on something different…with a female lead!

martianWeir has pushed ZHEK to the backburner for now to focus on a story that will take place on the Moon. It will still be very science-oriented, something which a lot of people loved in his first book, THE MARTIAN. But this time, his lead character will be a woman living on the moon in a city and world that, among other things, has practically no sexism. Instead of working on a book that dealt with time travel, aliens, and supposed scientific breakthroughs, Weir has chosen to keep this new book scientifically accurate, with real-world plausibilities.

We can expect to see this one a little later in 2017 or possibly 2018, as Weir has been busy with all of THE MARTIAN’s publicity. And hopefully, it will be worth the wait. It almost feels like things are happening in real time along with his character Mark Watney’s stay on Mars. But that’s the publishing world, folks.