We Have a Crush!

BOOK(1)We’re having a Book Crush!

Yes, it’s that time of year again….February….and we thought we’d offer our young readers just as much fun as our adults. If you’ve taken part in our Blind Date with a Book in the past, you’ll know how exciting it is to pick out one of our specially selected books, all covered up in pretty paper, with no idea what it might be. Will your Blind Date with a Book be successful, or leave you wanting to go back to tried and true favourite authors? It’s a gamble, but a fun one.

This month, we’re doing a slightly different version for kids and teens. It’s called “Book Crush”, and it will run through the month of February. The book selections will be available in our Kids Corner, and in the Teen Zone. All readers have to do is pick a book (there will be age ranges and a little teaser for each posted on each book), take it home, and then bring back the rating card to be eligible for some fun prizes at the end of the month. It’s that easy!

Let’s have a book crush in February!

The Girl Who Owned a City

357933 The Girl Who Owned a City Graphic NovelThis month in our Teen Book Club, the Nerd Herd has been reading O.T. Nelson’s THE GIRL WHO OWNED A CITY. We’re such a diverse group of readers, so it was really great to be able to order a variety of formats for this one: regular, and a graphic novel version. We’re getting together on Wednesday to discuss it in detail.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book, which was published in 1975, and how it was really one of the precursors to the Post-Apocalyptic YA novels that are so popular with today’s readers. A mysterious virus turns every adult to dust within weeks, and suddenly, the only people left on Earth are children. It’s full of adventure and struggle, and lots of decisions to be made by the characters as they find their way in a new society, and I found it easy to read and really quite current.

If you have a teen (aged 12+) who might want to join our Nerd Herd, we’ve still got a few spaces left for the rest of this season. We meet monthly, on the last Wednesday of the month from 4pm-5:30pm. While we read books and then talk about them, we certainly have great discussions about other topics, including movies, music, sports and more. It’s a fun session, and everyone usually goes home excited, full of snacks, and looking forward to reading the next book on our list.

Next up? Cassandra Clare’s  CITY OF BONES.

Surprise!

Surprise HoldsWe’re starting a fun new program for TEENS—surprise holds!  Starting today, teens can add their library card numbers to the list in the Young Adult section of the library, and we’ll put a SECRET book on hold for them. It might be a brand new book, or a must-read that’s been super popular. Whatever they get, it’ll be a fun way to try new authors.

Surprise!

New Programs at the Library!

Starting in January, we have a whole host of new programs on the schedule. There are book clubs, craft nights, workshops, and much more. You can drop in right now to pick up the 2016 Winter Newsletter for adults and teens, and take the new children’s Newsletter at the same time. There’s something for everyone!

20151209_161258You’ll notice we have the regular storytime beginning again. This session, we’ll also have Toddlers, and a little later on, babies again! Our French storytime session will start up on Fridays again, and we’ll have things to keep the kids entertained on PA days all winter long.

If you’re wondering about March Break, you’ll have to wait a few weeks, but we’ll let everyone know when we have that special schedule out. And if you have young crafters, make note of the registration dates for Valentine’s Craft Night, and Spring Craft Night. These fill up fast, and they are always popular! We’ve already started Forest of Reading®, so register early and begin reading right away!

20151209_161247Our adult and teen programs are even more exciting for 2016!

Starting with teens, we’ll begin our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club again in January, and run it through May. We’re also gearing up to celebrate Rock the Drop again in April for Teen Literature Day….and keep a lookout for a few special new programs for teens a little later on.

For adults, we’re starting up the VERY popular tech training again, as well as our adult book club. But if you’d rather take part in a different type of book club, we have one to bridge the generation gap! (It’s a lot of fun, and it gets everyone involved.)

If adult colouring is more your thing, we’ve got plenty of great colouring pages ready for winter. See all of the details above, or drop in to pick up your own copy (it’s super clear, and has a lot more detail).

20151209_161240The BIG fun happens with our workshops this winter. We’ve got creativity fun, social media info, and money workshops for women. We’re also excited about a special astronomy talk with Frank Hitchens in January that you won’t want to miss!

If you want to know more about any of these great programs, drop by the library, take a gander at our online catalog (http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp), or give us a call at 257-2702. It’s going to be an exciting winter….even if we don’t get any snow!

The William C. Morris Prize

ConvictionIn October, our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club read CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert, and then were excited to be able to participate in a live Google Hangout with the author to discuss the book. It was a great afternoon, and we were thrilled that she took the time to talk with all of us. You can read more about our experience here.

And now, we’d thrilled that Ms. Loy’s book has been nominated for the prestigious William C. Morris Debut Award, given through the American Library Association celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. Hers is one of five amazing debut books in 2015, including:

finalistsBECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME, by Leah Thomas

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The award winners will be announced in 2016, so stay tuned!  This is going to be a tough race to the finish line. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

The Nerd Herd has CONVICTION!

This month, the Nerd Herd is prepping for something very exciting. It’s our first author interview, and we’re doing it through a Google Hangout! Joining us from California is Disney-Hyperion author, Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of CONVICTION, a stunning YA debut about a boy, his love of baseball, and a family tragedy that spirals out of control.

ConvictionWe’ve been reading, preparing questions, planning our snacks, making posters and cards, deciding on games, and most of all, we’re looking forward to speaking with an author and hearing how she came to be published. This is a fantastic book–very different from a lot of the fantasy/dystopian/adventure books we’ve been reading, but certainly a book full of current topics.

From Goodreads:

Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared.

But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Braden is the key witness in the upcoming trial.

Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four-mile-per-hour pitch al- ready has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden’s saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.

Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.

It’s going to be so exciting! Have you read this? Let us know what you think! We’ll post some follow up at the end of the month to let everyone in on the experience.

 

Book Bucks Galore!

20150804_190209It’s here! The last week to spend Book Bucks! If you have teen readers who were collecting their Book Bucks this summer, make sure to remind them to drop in anytime Monday to Saturday in order to spend them. Once this week is over, that’s it for this year!

We had a LOT of teen readers this summer, and it was fun seeing what they picked to cover the Book Buck Bingo squares. From books in a series, to books with a cyborg, our teen readers had to challenge themselves and read a bit outside the box in order to earn their Book Bucks.

For the first spending week, we took $87 book bucks in total. I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed what they purchased, too. We expect that number to probably triple this week. Hmmm….what exactly is in that “Secret Prize” worth $16??!!

Don’t worry…if your young reader didn’t get a chance to participate in this fantastic summer reading program, we’ll be doing it again next year! Only 11 more months to wait….