Lemonade, anyone?

20150525_111619We’re getting ready for the annual Library Lemonade Stand Summer Reading Kick-Off event! Whew!  That’s a mouthful, but it’s always a lot of fun. It’s a great way for kids to get to know what the program is all about, and have some lemonade, too.

Join us on Thursday, July 2nd on the front steps of the library from 1-3pm. We’ll have two kinds of lemonade, we’ll hand out our summer calendar, and give out invitations for the TD Summer Reading Club of 2015.

If your young reader has never done this program before, we’ll answer all of your questions. And if they have, they’ll be eager to pick up the calendar and get going to start earning STUFF. Yes, there is stuff!

Rain or shine, we’ll be on the front library steps. Save a little of that Canada Day celebration attitude for July 2nd……we’re going to have some FUN!

Minecraft Mania

MinecraftIf you have a young person, and a computer, chances are….you know about Minecraft. And if you don’t know about it, you’ve probably seen it….the weirdly simple pixelated images found in one of the most popular games ever.

What are the rules? What is the purpose to this game? No one aged 20 and above really seems to know. Players build things, and search for things, and build more things, and get excited when they can add a door to their creations, or plant some successful crops! Wow…this sounds a bit like real life.

But the exciting part of this game is that it is getting kids engaged in a game that makes them think, and plan. Teachers and parents alike are applauding the skills their kids are learning while having fun…even if they don’t fully understand why the kids are enjoying this so much.

We have lots of great Minecraft books at the library, including the Dummies version to help beginners move forward faster. We also have plenty to keep advanced Mincrafters, well, minecrafting. Drop by the library website to see what we have available!

http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp

Lambsdown Park Festival

Last year, Meriah and Emma worked hard at the Lambsdown Park Festival, promoting library services, the TD Summer Reading Club, and our first foray into reading a book with patrons in our Summer Book Relay.

lambsdown park festivalWe’re gearing up for a fun day once again, Saturday, June 20th from 10am – 3pm. Drop by the library table to pick up information on our TD Summer Reading Club, find out about exciting library initiatives, and grab a summer calendar. Meriah and our summer student Sarah, will be there to answer all of your questions….and maybe even have something fun for you to participate in!

If you’re at the Lambsdown Park Festival, be sure to take a few minutes to speak with them. It’s going to be a fun day!

Epic Yarn

Star WarsThere is a Canadian link to Star Wars now! Brothers Jack and Holman Wang put their creative talents to work on the cutest books you’ve ever seen…all with an amazing twist!

Recently, we received these three board books at the library, all under the STAR WARS : EPIC YARNS series—A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and RETURN OF THE JEDI.  But these are not your typical board books. They tell the well-known Star Wars tales with few words….and pages full of gorgeous felt creations by the Wang brothers. Each photo is well lit and the settings and characters are extremely detailed.

I love each and every book in this new series, and I can see it being quite popular with fans of Star Wars. Even if the little ones reading these books aren’t yet old enough to walk, their parents sure will delight in sharing the stories with them.

A new generation is born!

You can find out more about the books, the series, and the brothers who created them right here.

Peanuts!

 

While it isn’t exactly library related, it’s PEANUTS, folks!  And they’re releasing a movie in November!

Growing up, I read “Peanuts” religiously. After all, weren’t the Saturday comics the only part of the newspaper just for kids? I thought so, anyway, and grew to love Lucy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Pigpen as though they were my friends, too. I’m so excited to see this movie….it’s been a long time since a new Peanuts release, so I thought I’d share.

If you’re interested in knowing a bit more about Charles Schulz and his wonderful gang of wacky kids, we have some great books at the library about his life, and the characters.

Biography of Charles Schulz

The Parables of PeanutsSee you at the movies in November, Charlie Brown!

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?

 

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.