Blind Dates are Fun!

We’re doing it again…a Blind Date with a Book! During the month of February, drop into the library and pick up one of our expertly wrapped books. You won’t know what you’re taking out until you get it home and unwrap it, but this year, we’ve given you a few clues to help you along.

20150202_132218Once you read the book, there is a fun “Rate Your Date” card inside the book. Fill it out and bring it back to the library with the book. We’ll post it on our Date Board so everyone can see how the dates have been going.

20150202_132211Don’t worry, this is a lot less risky than meeting someone new at a restaurant, and a lot more fun! If you don’t like the book, it’s no big deal. Bring it back, and try again if you like. We’ll have lots to choose from all month long!

Book Clubs, Craft Nights and March Break!

We’ve been busy planning all kinds of new, fun things for 2015. And now that we’re back into the swing of things, we hope you’ll join us for some new programming!

1(Hint: these beautiful cave paintings found in Lascaux, France, have something to do with our March Break plans. No…we’re not planning a trip. Stay tuned!

January introduced us to an Adult Crafting Club! We provide the space, you bring your crafts!  It’s a fun way to meet knew people and discover all the crafty things you have in common. We’ve had knitters so far, but anyone is welcome….sewers, scrapbookers, wood carvers (okay, I’m being silly here, but if wood carving is your thing, you’re still invited!). Drop in on the third Monday of each month from 6-7:30pm. And refreshments will be provided, so even if you come directly from work, you won’t have to sit with a rumbling stomach.

Next up is our Ancestry Database training. This was such an amazing success in the fall, we’re continuing on! If you’ve always wanted to get started researching your family tree, but didn’t know how to begin, this is one-on-one training with a staff member who has a huge interest in genealogy. Book of one our sessions, and she’ll show you how to use Ancestry Library edition, and maybe she’ll even get you started on that family tree. You must have some computer skills to do this session, or bring someone along with you who does. Make an appointment for one of our Tuesday morning sessions, or for a Wednesday evening session. You won’t regret it!

For the first time, we’re starting a Teen Book Club!  We’ll meet the last Wednesday of each month, starting February 26th, from 4-5:30pm. At our first meeting, we’ll talk about great YA books, and make some selections for the upcoming book club meetings. Registration begins today, so give us a call if you have a teen (ages 12+) who would like to attend. Refreshments provided!

And last but not least, we’re doing another writing workshop to lead into Camp NaNoWriMo in April. You don’t have to be writing a book right now to get the benefits from “Voice Choice!”, but it might give you a few new things to look at as you move forward with your writing. We have a lot of continuing writers in our group, but we always enjoy having new members. Join us on Tuesday, February 24 from 6-8pm for this interesting workshop. No registration required….and yes, there will be treats!

These are just a few things happening in February. And if you’re starting to think about the March Break, our March Break calendar will be out early this week. There is something in it for EVERYONE! Watch here or Facebook for more information, or give us as call a little later this week and we can help you find the calendar online. It’s going to be an exciting March Break!

Where Have You Been?

150122114524-01-dr-seuss-0122-super-169Last week marked the 25th anniversary of OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO by Dr. Seuss. Not only is this a popular children’s book, but it has become a standard gift for recent graduates. Not only does the book have a message of encouragement, but it tells the truth–that times won’t always be easy, and that not all things will go your way.  You might think that’s harsh information for children, but it’s something that rings true no matter what your age.

Written by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) during the last months of his life, it is thought that he was reflecting upon his own life and career, and wanted to pass on the lessons he learned. It is believed that this is the last book he worked on from start to finish, with several more books being released after this death, those of which were either completed by someone else, or the editing took place afterward.

Geisel always said he never wrote for children. “I write for people,” and this book demonstrates the huge crossover appeal that will probably continue for many years to come. The book is also being released in various formats, this year for babies (OH, BABY, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO), so you might want to pick one of those up for the new parents in your life.

What a lovely way to finish off a career! Thank you, Dr. Seuss.

Station Eleven

StationElevenHCUS2While we’re in Toronto this week, I plan on digging into the audiobook of Emily St. John Mandel’s STATION ELEVEN. I have been meaning to read this for some time, and wouldn’t you know it, the moment I get ready to leave for a library conference, I’m right in line for the download. Seeing as this novel begins during an unprecedented flu epidemic in Toronto, I don’t know if this is good timing or not. One thing for sure, after listening to only a few chapters so far, I’m hooked!

STATION ELEVEN begins during a production of King Lear, when a famous Hollywood actor who has waited his whole life to play the lead role, dies onstage suddenly. In the middle of this terrible event, a young man who tried to help him, receives news from a friend that a Georgian Flu epidemic has arrived in Toronto, and is causing massive deaths. He is urged to get out of town…immediately.

While this book moves back and forth through time, telling several stories at once, it centers around twenty years in the future, when 99% of the population has been killed off, and now, a theatre company called the Traveling Symphony performs for those living in leftover colonies. An intriguing premise, that promises to link the arts world with the concrete world that none of us would recognize.

Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel is so lyrical, and yet draws you in to this devastating time and place no one could possibly predict. I can’t wait to really get into it this week. I’m sure it’s going to be one of my favourite books this year.

Have you read it? Are you tired of post-apocalyptic novels? Do you think this is a unique take on the subject matter? Let us know what you think!

Creative? Read this!

BuzzFeed has put together another fabulous list, this time with 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading.

creativeThere are plenty of wonderful books on this list—books for writers, books for people who like to make things, books by actors, directors, artists and business people. But don’t just pick up the books that apply to your line of work. The whole idea about creative thinking is to look outside the box and come up with new ways of doing things. There are so many great books on this list, I don’t know where to start…..maybe at #1.

Drop into the library to pick one up, if you’re interested. We have a few from the list, and we can always do an interlibrary loan for anything you might want to read. If your New Year’s resolution is to try new things or turn your creative hobby into a career, these are a must. Happy reading!

Illustrated Harry Potter

 Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

It seems that Harry Potter will never go out of style at the library. Each generation produces a new group of readers, and along with the movies, they are constantly in circulation. It’s about to get exciting again.

Scholastic will release a fully illustrated version of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE on October 6, 2015, will illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner, Jim Kay. And just this week, the publishing house released several of the illustrations as a teaser. The one above is Hogwarts, of course.  You can see the full images here.

Scholastic plans on releasing each book in the series in an illustrated version, one per year. If the rest of the illustrations are as gorgeous as these, you might want to invest in collecting the whole series again. I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did.

How To Finish a Book

safe_image.phpNeil Gaiman, author extraordinaire, gives some advice to a fan who would also like to write a book, but is having trouble getting things down on paper. I thought this was appropriate, consider we’ve had so many writers working on books in our library this past year. If only they’d known this before!

Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write. Do it a lot and you will be a writer. The only way to do it is to do it.

I’m just kidding. There are much easier ways of doing it.

 

To find out the easier way of doing things, click this link to visit the article on his Tumblr page.

What did you think of his advice? Frankly, it’s brilliant.