National Film Board Night!

We’re continuing with our Canada theme tonight for our National Film Board screening, starting at 6:30pm. Are you a Leonard Cohen fan?

No registration…just stop in and get ready for some music!


A Wrinkle in Time

Have you seen the previews for Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME ? How about this explanation of what they have planned:

The clock ticks, time bends, space shifts, and Oprah is your planet-hopping tour guide through all of it. Consider that your intro-level education to A Wrinkle in Time.

Yes. Just, yes.  It stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Mindy Kaling among others, and the whole thing is a spin on whatever you once thought about the book. You can read more about it all, and see some amazing visuals from Entertainment Weekly, which are absolutely stunning, right here.

The movie is set to release March 9, 2018, so we have a while to wait yet. But I think it’s going to be worth it, don’t you?

What are your thoughts on this adaptation?

What did they wear?

It surprises me to know that authors actually wear something other than sweats and slippers. Or maybe it’s when they go out in public. (I’m totally teasing here, but if you follow any active author on Instagram or Facebook, you’d be hard-pressed to find one who isn’t participating in a sock-Sunday event as the biggest thing of their week). So, this book totally intrigues me.

What do you think? Is there an audience out there for what librarians wear?

CBC Books Summer Reading List

Read the North. That’s our adult summer reading club slogan. And while we want you to TRY some Canadian authors this summer, we understand that not everyone can do without their favourite-author fix.The CBC has put together their Summer Reading List, and there are some great books here to help augment your summer reading.

You can save their list as a PDF with all of the titles and authors, or click on each book cover to read a bit about the book and the author. We have a lot of these books in our library, so get your holds list going early. You don’t want to be left out in the cold this summer (unless it’s really hot, and then it might be nice to feel a bit chilly).

Happy Reading!

Manga Saves the Day!

A few years back, author Marie Kondo took the world by storm with her book, THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP.  We’ve talked about this book quite a bit on the blog, as it is essentially a kindness guide to getting rid of your stuff. While millions of people really enjoyed the aspects of reducing the amount of things they had in their homes, it probably never extended to kids. Kondo is about to change all of that.

With THE LIFE-CHANGIN MANGA OF TIDYING UP, she’s targeting kids and teens who love reading manga books. Hopefully, they’ll get as excited as everyone else about the concepts in this book and clean up their rooms. Parents can be hopeful. (I can see this book being a BIG gift at Christmas.)

But really, it’s a great and easy concept that was incredibly brilliant to adapt to a manga format. What do you think? Do you have someone you’ll buy this book for? Only time will tell how well it will do, but it has definite possibilities.

Mr. Mercedes

It looks like Stephen King fans are going to be in for a treat this summer when the TV version of King’s MR. MERCEDES airs on AT&T’s Audience network. (One assumes it’ll be released somewhere more common to all TV viewers soon after.)

August 9th is the set date for the show, telling the story of Detective Bill Hodges who is working on the case of a mysterious man who ran his car into a crowd of job seekers, killing eight people. This is a departure from King’s “normal” horror fare, and was lauded as hist first foray into the detective novel. It even won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2015, and was followed up by two books to round out the story.

The TV version was created by mogul David E. Kelley, and is bound to stick pretty close to the story. So, set your PVRs for August, and be ready for some blood…there’s always blood.

Do You Need Help with your Wardrobe?

For a fun, and frivolous post today, I’m talking clothes. While the transition in Canada from Winter to Spring to Summer can seem like it happens within a day, it makes for really confusing clothing choices. While you might need to start out the day with a warm sweater and a jacket, by lunchtime, you can be sweating it out and wishing for sandals. So how can you weed out those “useless” clothes and invent your own capsule wardrobe that will make sense all season long? The answer, apparently, is shirts, and lots of photos.

I ran across this interesting blog post about building a Winter capsule wardrobe. It starts off with the mind-boggling fact that in 1930, the average woman had 36 pieces of clothing in her closet. How many does the average woman have now? ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY. I’m pretty sure the author of this article has been in my closet. And the worst part? Most of these items rarely get worn.

So what does she suggest? You can read the full article here to see how she pares down a wardrobe, but some of her tips are great:

  • Consider your climate and lifestyle first. If you need clothes for work that are drastically different from casual ware, then you might need more pieces than she suggests. But most of us can get by with several top/blouse/shirt/sweater items, a few pair of pants, and some good shoes.
  • Create style boards on Pinterest or Instagram. Lots of people post their outfits of the day. If you like something you see and think you can pull it off, consider adding it as a staple. Once you have several outfits on your boards, see what they have in common, and purchase one or more good quality items that can be used in all of your looks.
  • Make sure your clothes FIT! Sure, it can be a pain trying on clothes at the store, but once you find those pants that really make you feel good, buy them in two or three neutral colours. And if you can’t find just the right fit, consider having them tailored. It might cost a little extra, but you’ll wear them until they fall apart.

Do you have any other great suggestions for creating a simple wardrobe that you can switch out season after season? Let us know!