What Have You Read?

Recently, we were going through a listing on the CBC website about the “Top 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian” in order to find the perfect book for our very first Bridging the Generation Gap Book Club. When you thindust-220k about YA books, Canadian authors aren’t immediately the first ones to come to mind, but I think it surprised us as to how many of these we’ve already read.

Our Generation Gap Book Club doesn’t begin until November, but we’ve already picked the first selection…DUST, by Canadian author Arthur Slade. This is an ambitious, dark tale that will be sure to stir up plenty of conversation between our young readers and their parents.

But there are plenty more Canadian YAaspyinthehouse-220 books on this list that we found ourselves discussing.  Books like A SPY IN THE HOUSE by Y.S. Lee, part of “The Agency” series that was one of the Red Maple® selections in Forest of Reading a few years back. This is a great historical mystery that readers have applauded. Don’t worry, there are several in the series, so you won’t have to make due with just one story.

One of my favourites is PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow, a magical tale of a young wood carver who loses her beloved father and is accplainkate-220used of witchery. I know that after reading this tale to several Grade 4 & 5 classes, it would be the perfect fit for a book club discussion (bring your kleenex!).

Why not look through the list to see how many books from this list you’ve read. My score? I’m sad to say it’s very, very low. Guess I have a lot to catch up on!

Nerd Herd Gathering

28187This month, our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club has been reading Rick Riordan’s THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the first in the Percy Jackson series. We’re getting ready for our meeting today from 4-5:30pm, and we anticipate a lot of discussion about this one.

Will it be the first book we all agree on?

nerdIf you have teens aged 12 and up who would like to become a part of our Nerd Herd, they can drop by the meeting today–whether they’ve read the book or not–for some lively discussion, some crazy games…and snacks. Will there be blue cupcakes today? Only time will tell……

The Nerd Herd is getting ready for an exciting fall, including a Skype author visit with Kelly Loy Gilbert in October, and a party in late November. How could you not want to be a part of this?

 

Reducetarianism

Gearing up for fall, a lot of people are thinking about back-to-school lunches, and dinners for the family. This is a great time to gather up some new cookbooks from the library and try out new recipes. And we have a lot of fabulous books here to try out!

food2.jpgYou can find our catalog right here.

But the idea of trying out new foods got me thinking about the idea of eating differently altogether. While a lot of people look to become vegan, or vegetarians, it’s not an option for everyone. How about becoming a “reducetarian”? Haven’t heard of that? Me either, until recently.

It turns out, reducetarianism is a “new” movement focused on trying to eat less meat, not all meat or animal products. And to start, they recommend just giving it a go for 30 days. This is something totally doable, I think. And while cutting back on meat and animal products won’t totally win you a spot on the vegan team, it will bring about a lot of health benefits, simply because in order to reduce that meat option, you’ll likely add in more vegetables. It’s a win-win!

Thinking about giving it a go? Drop in and pick up some tasty new recipes for the fall, and see if you can find a few new options that don’t include meat. It’s a great challenge for fall.

 

Road Trip!

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

Summer is always a great time to take a road trip, and there are so many fantastic literary references to road trips that it’s about time someone put together a map to document each route.

I came across this fabulous post called “The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips” by Richard Kreitner. His parameters for including the trip on the map were exacting, and had to have a narrative arc that matched the geographical arc in order to be included. The results are amazing.

You can click on the routes (which intersect), pick a starting point, or find out the literary reference to a certain spot simply by clicking on the dot. He’s even organized the routes so that you can choose to see only one literary route at a time, which is fantastic. This map chronicals everything from WILD by Cheryl Strayed, to TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY by John Steinbeck.

If you’ve always wondered what a particular road trip must have looked like, take a few minutes to work through this detailed map. You won’t regret it, and I bet you’ll share this with friends.

Happy Road-Tripping!

Harry Potter Onstage

potterEarlier this summer, J.K. Rowling announced there would be a a Harry Potter play sometime soon. Although she isn’t writing the play herself, she wants fans to consider it part of the Pottermore legacy. But the big question everyone is asking is: what will it be about?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not supposed to be a prequel, but will tell a part of Harry’s story that we haven’t heard yet. Will it be about his time spent during summer vacation at home with the Dursleys? Or will it contain snippets of his life while at school that didn’t make it into the books?

Whatever the content, Harry Potter fans are sure to be thrilled that another “installment” of their favourite series is on the horizon.

Tech Thursdays!

techAre you having trouble figuring out your email? Finding that new tablet confusing? Wanting to learn how to download eBooks or Audiobooks? We can help!

We’re now offering “Tech Thursdays at the Library!” Sign up for a one-on-one session, and we show you the basics, or help you get past that stumbling block. Give us a call to reserve your space with Caroline, starting today!

 

We’re sorry…that’s missing.

We have an ongoing list of missing books. That sounds terrible, but it is the nature of libraries, I’m afraid. Books become lost sometimes simply because someone misfiles them, or they might only be absent for covering purposes, but haven’t been marked out correctly in the system. Occasionally, books disappear off the shelves because someone has chosen not to sign them out, but that isn’t the norm. For the most part, we do quite well keeping track of items considering how many books, DVDs, magazines and other items go through our doors each day.

Recently, on the top of my list was a standing order to get Robert Munsch books back into the collection, as many of ours have gone missing. So, when I came across this article published recently in the Toronto Star regarding the 100,000 books missing from the Toronto Public Library system, I was surprised. The most common missing books in their collection? Robert Munsch. It seems we all have a Munsch-Monster!

munschAnd it isn’t only Robert Munsch tales that go missing. The Top 10 list for TPL includes Dr. Seuss, Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid), and Geronimo Stilton. Is it that kids have particularly sticky fingers (ha ha)? I don’t think so. More likely, it’s difficult for parents to keep track of all of the books their kids want to take out. Have you ever seen a child walking around the library carrying a book, or looking at it while Mom is checking everything else out at the desk? Most times, it’s a simple oversight, and when parents go online to check to see what books they have out, those books don’t show up on their lists. Voila. Missing book.

Munsch has his own response:

“I am happy to see that thieves like my books and will continue to try to serve the needs of the reading underworld,” said Munsch, taking the news rather well.

For my part, I’m ordering new copies soon!