Movies are Taking Over.

According to Time Magazine this week, Netflix accounts for more than 37% of downstream Internet traffic. That means more than a third of the entire internet is being taken up by people watching movies and TV through Netflix. Is the Internet changing?

movie nightAt the library, we are finding parallels. A large portion of our circulation is now movies, as well as eBooks and Audiobook downloads. It doesn’t mean that people aren’t reading, or that they aren’t visiting the library, it just means that they’re doing more from home, and using the library as a source of entertainment, as well as information.

This isn’t bad for libraries, so don’t panic. We aren’t becoming movie stores. It’s just a different way people are accessing things they are interested in, and we’re lucky to be able to provide these items to the public free of charge. If anything, it’s making the library more relevant to our patrons instead of less relevant.

So, what will you be downloading this weekend?

 

Be a Part of the Book Chain

thank youWorking with books all day, we often hear people rave about something they’ve just read. While they might tell quite a few people through word of mouth what they thought about that book, not everyone goes any further.

Some will go on to find that author’s website, and possibly send out an email to tell them how much they enjoyed the book. Maybe they’ll even get a response. But there is something more important, something that has more impact, that readers can do: thank an author by writing a review.

Online reviews on Goodreads and Amazon don’t always seem like they’re doing anything really important, but they are. Especially for the author. Good reviews are better than bad, but the more reviews a book has, the better it is for the author in general. A well-reviewed book means people are reading that book, which not only translates to more sales, but also to a better standing at the publishing house for that author. If you’ve ever seen debut authors on Twitter and Facebook begging for reviews, they aren’t doing it just to hear praises for their books—they need those reviews to stay relevant in the minds of the publishing business. If they want another book published, the first must garner sales and positive reviews.

Of course, this isn’t all about sales. It’s also about how it affects well known authors and publishing houses and your local library. If people stopped reviewing books, sales would plummet. When sales plummet, bookstores close and authors are not published again. When bookstores close, books either become more expensive to produce, or they will dip into the electronic production, and places like libraries will have a harder time purchasing books for patrons to read. It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it?

So, if you love to read, make sure to do an online review for books you enjoy—Goodreads, Facebook, a blog post, a short tweet….whatever you prefer, just do it.  If you’re really ambitious, do one for every book you read. It will keep book sales high, allow authors to continue to publish, keep bookstores afloat, and allow libraries to receive funding to purchase the books their patrons want to read. We’re all a part of the book chain.

Write a review today!

The Clan is Back!

Jean Auel’s CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR series has always been popular in our library. Back in the mid-eighties, they made a movie out of the first book, starring then-popular Daryl Hannah, and it didn’t garner much positive feedback. They’re trying again.

This time, Auel’s story is being made into a Lifetime series, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer behind it. Bigger names + better producers will hopefully mean the story gets told with more devotion to the characters and story Auel’s fans have grown to love.

CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean AuelTHE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR takes place 25,000 years ago and centres around a clan of Neanderthals who take into their group an orphan Cro-Magnon girl named Ayla. It focuses on the story of Ayla growing up in a society not the same as her own, and how she breaks free of the issues placed upon Neanderthal women. Gripping, right?

Auel weaves history and fiction together into a tale that explains the differences in early man, and also shows how much we haven’t changed. Auel did research at her local library, by touring archeological sites, and by going to numerous archeological conventions according to some online bios. We’ll have to wait to see if this television series makes fans happy.

Book Clubs Galore!

Reading back through an older post about book clubs popping up everywhere (a Lisa Simpson book club, and a Rory Gilmore Book Club are some recent favourites), it reminded me that book clubs are ever popular.

We have two book clubs at the library now–one for adults and one for teens, and maybe we’ll expand into more later on, but we always have people asking about where to find one. While there are several private book clubs in town, and also a few run at Read’s Book Shop, what if you just can’t get out and want to participate in a book club? After the demise of Oprah’s popular book club, it seems that people turned to the internet.

This year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave himself a goal of reading a book every two weeks, and is posting about his own book list. You can follow along here…yes, it’s a Facebook page!

And now, if you’re looking for something to participate in, even Costco has a book club! Their first pick is ETTA AND OTTO AND RUSSEL AND JAMES by Emma Hooper. Along with the book, Costco is providing a quick set of tips for starting up your own book club, either based on the books they choose, or books of your choice. (They also thought ahead….you need chairs, and food, and other fun supplies for book clubs….which you can buy at Costco! Who knew?)

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma HooperCostco also has great summer reads, kids books and more on offer in their flyer called The Costco Connection. It’s a great way to get people reading and thinking about connecting, regardless of trying to tie in some purchases.

Do you do book clubs? Would you consider doing a book club based on recommendations by a store, or celebrity?

 

Nerd Herd In!

youngOur Teen Book Club–aka the Nerd Herd–is back at it this week. And wow…do we have a book to discuss this month! Take a look at that cover above….Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES is certainly a blockbuster book.

This is the first selection by a Nerd Herd member (instead of the Head Nerd Herder…yes, I know…this is getting to be a tongue twister), and it is a whopper of an exciting book. It’s a tragedy with a hopeful message, and I think we’ll have a great time discussing it. Lu’s book is full of adventure, special powers and secret societies. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thought.

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm to disect the book, make some very special masks, and fill our bellies. Oh yes, and we’ll probably have a good laugh or two.

If you have a young reader at home aged 12+, we’re still taking on a few new members…and yes, we’ll be reading all summer. Why stop when there are so many great books to read?

Next up….a Harry Potter-esque adventure about special powers, secret societies and….wait….isn’t that what we’re reading this month? Yes, but this one has owls!

Head Nerd Herder, out.

The Winners are Announced!

Forest-of-Reading-LogoWhile we had our official Forest of Reading® Voting night back in April, the final totals were sent to Toronto to be tabulated along with results from other libraries and schools across the province. Last week, the final winners of each category were announced. And the winners are……………

 BLUE SPRUCE

kindergartenTHE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus

 

SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS

 chickenKUNG POW CHICKEN : LET’S GET CRACKING by Cyndi Marko

SILVER BIRCH FICTION

gardenerTHE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathan Auxier

 SILVER BIRCH NON-FICTION

 carrANNALEISE CARR : HOW I CONQUERED LAKE ONTARIO TO HELP KIDS BATTLING CANCER by Annaleise Carr as told to Deborah Ellis

 RED MAPLE FICTION

threeTHE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters

 Our library didn’t do too badly, picking a few of the overall winners. If only we didn’t have to wait until December to start reading next year’s nominees!

Green Eggs and Ham…on Netflix?

green

It sounds like a joke, but the people at Netflix have announced they are adapting the classic GREEN EGGS AND HAM into a 13-part animated series. Executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and the people at Netflix released this official media report:

Issued from Netflix headquarters.
Delivered straight to all reporters.

We’d love to share some happy news
based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.
Green Eggs and Ham will become a show
and you’re among the first to know.

In this richly animated production,
a 13-episode introduction,
standoffish inventor (Guy, by name)
and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame,
embark on a cross-country trip
that tests the limits of their friendship.
As they learn to try new things,
they find out what adventure brings.
Of course they also get to eat
that famous green and tasty treat!

You can hear more about it from Ellen right here:

http://ellentube.com/videos/0_gk5rb51d

It sounds like it will be a lot of fun, and will probably be a BIG hit with the younger set.

You can stream it on a phone,

You can stream it on your own………