Wonderstruck

A few years ago, a young reader came up and handed me Brian Selznick’s WONDERSTRUCK, saying it had changed her life. She wasn’t even going to pick it up…at 640 pages, it’s a HUGE book. But mostly pictures, it tells the story through art and text of two teenagers from two totally different eras…1927 and 1977. Both characters are deaf, and they communicate their stories of love and loss and pain through time, each in their own unique way.

Now, they’ve made it into a film–Selznick wrote the screenplay–and I can’t wait to see how they incorporate both ideas into something all of us can see. (I read somewhere that Rose’s part of the book, which was told in pictures, is going to be shot as a silent film. Isn’t that unique?) It promises to remain as creative and engaging as the book. I hope it lives up to my young reader’s expectations.

You can see the first official trailer below.

Forest of Reading® Winners!

While we had our voting night last month, the official winners of the 2017 Forest of Reading® have just been announced. And the winners are:

Blue Spruce™–

THE NIGHT GARDENER by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

(We chose HARRY & WALTER and THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK)

Silver Birch Express™—

(We chose MYLES AND THE MONSTER OUTSIDE & THE ENCHANTED EGG)

Silver Birch Fiction™ —

(We chose THE NEST)

Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ —-

(We chose HALF-TRUTHS & BRAZEN LIES)

Red Maple™ —–

SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat

(We chose MINRS  and TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE)

Get inspired!

If you’re like most of us, the long weekend means relaxing. Maybe you’re at the cottage, or maybe you’ve started vacation and are traveling our great country. Inspired by the Canada 150 celebrations this year, we have a great new book at the library called THE COLOUR OF CANADA with an introduction by Roy MacGregor.

This book is filled with great colour photos of Canada from coast to coast. Not only does it hit upon some of the most iconic places in our country, but it also captures some of the lesser known beautiful areas. We have such a variety of people and terrain, and the COLOUR OF CANADA does a great job of representing that.

Drop by to pick it up, or place a hold on our catalog at http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

Home Libraries

My home library consists of this right now. It’s not beautiful, but I’ll confess, it belongs to my husband, and he’s not concerned with the beauty of it. He just wants a place to put his books. While I try to find just the right shelving unit for my books, mine are scattered throughout the house, waiting. But once I have that shelf, you can bet my books are going to look nice!

If you’re looking for shelving/book inspiration, look no further than the Design Sponge website. I came across this post about “10 Incredible Home Libraries“, and now, I want to go right home and get busy! There are nooks, and ladders, and gorgeous seating…everything to inspire a cozy corner for reading.

What does your home library look like?

Canadaland

We’ve all been having a good chuckle over a new book called THE CANADALAND GUIDE TO CANADA by (American!) Jesse Brown. It’s actually written by the author of a podcast on Canada, tongue-in-cheek, with the best cover ever.

While it has quizzes, polls, little bits of history, and lots of weird references to Canadian media, the book is sure to amuse, infuriate, and educate all in one. If you’re looking for something to read leading up to our Canada 150 celebrations, this might not be the inspirational tome that will make you feel all mapley, but it will make you laugh. And we Canadians sure can laugh at ourselves, if nothing else.

Place a hold, or drop in to see if it’s available.

ARTEMIS

I remember reading Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN about a year before everyone started talking about it, and I was so excited about this book! Not only was it set on Mars, but it was sci-fi without all the aliens. What could be better than an astronaut book? I loved the way Weir incorporated great science into this book, and eventually, it made it’s way into the spotlight. (If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book instead. It’s WAY better!)

So, I’m not alone in saying where is the next book? Apparently, we won’t have to wait much longer. ARTEMIS is set to be released in November of this year, and it’s being lauded as a crime novel set on the moon, because, of course.

If you’re a library patron, start watching that catalog and get ready to place a hold. This one is going to be a heavy-holds book, I’m predicting!

Can Neil deGrasse Tyson do any wrong?

If you know anything about the Universe, you probably learned some of it from Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s hard to search for any information online and not find one of his books or videos there to help explain. His style is always so smooth and easy to understand, and if more of school had been taught this way, we might have had billions of kids dying to get into the sciences.

In his latest book, ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY, Tyson promises to provide a basic understanding of an incredibly huge topic. And he’ll probably make it interesting, too!

If you know someone who is interested in the Universe, you might want to pick this one up as a gift. It released this week on May 2, 2017.