Something exciting just arrived at the library. Something big. Something that will take teams of people to put together (okay, not really, but at least one person will have to spend some time here with tools).
We’re looking forward to unwrapping the boxes and bringing something new to the library. It will revolutionize our lives and yours. It will make us better people. It will change the world!! (I’m exaggerating. But it will be fun!)
Any ideas? Think you know what we’ve got in these boxes?
You either love her writing and you don’t, as we hear quite often at the library. But author Margaret Atwood has taken on a new project–writing an online serial! Her latest work Positron, is only about three chapters underway, but she’s publishing it through a new website for writers called Byliner.
Citing works by early authors such as Charles Dickens who often wrote in serial format, Atwood thought the idea was refreshing and something she wanted to try. She likens serials (writing a book in small portions so that the audience and comment and push the story in the direction they like) to modern day TV sitcoms. “If somebody’s getting high ratings, you make their part bigger, and if they’re not you have them die of an unfortunate disease.” She plans on taking feedback from readers seriously in order to make the story what they’d like. This is completely different from writing a book and having it published as a whole. If readers don’t like it, it remains the same no matter what.
We have to wonder how far ahead Atwood has developed her story, whether she plans in general or is a “pantser” (one who writes without a lot of plotting). Positron has a unique idea—a world in which there aren’t enough jobs for everyone, so everybody becomes a part-time criminal, spending half their time as inmates, and half their time as prison guards. This isn’t the only thing Atwood is writing, and she’ll continue to publish in traditional format, but it certainly is something to watch and a way for writers to keep their craft fresh.
You can read more about the idea here.
Recently, I saw a blog post entitled “What Can’t You Get Enough of?” and it got me to thinking, we hear this a lot from patrons regarding books. Often, someone will come into the library and say, “I loved this book! I need more from this author!” In a perfect world, authors would write books as quickly as we could read them, but we all know it doesn’t work that way.
In the interest of the question, I asked my co-workers “What author can’t YOU get enough of?” Curiously, although we all had different favourites, the reason behind our choices was almost the same….we like the unique voice an author presents. So who did we choose?
Louise Penny. This Canadian author is making her mark in our library. One person recommends her to someone else and suddenly, we can’t keep her books on the shelves! Her wonderful use of language and local settings makes her books truly unique. Have you tried her?
Patrick deWitt. Picked strictly because of his novel, The Sisters Brothers. If he wrote more in this genre/style, we’d all be very happy. If you haven’t picked up this award winning Western (I know!), mosey on over to the library to see what this Canadian is all about. Again, I heard the quote “he writes like no one else”.
Nora Roberts. This author is actually two authors in one body. Or one author with two very different pens. Nora Roberts is a romance writer with fascinating female leads and supportive male characters (not your typical heroes with bodies of steel). But she is also a master of futuristic suspense, writing under the name of J. D. Robb, and with a very different voice from her romance novels. How does she keep them straight? Your guess is as good as mine, but she does it well.
Stephen King. While many people refuse to think of King as anything but a horror writer, those of us who are fans know he is so much more. He will never be a literary fiction writer (or maybe he will!), but he continues to turn out thought-provoking works like:
Columnist, author, memoirist, journalist. Call her what you want, Anna Quindlen is all of these things. She’s won a Pulitzer Prize and is just as comfortable in the non-fiction world as she is in the world of fiction. Her fans love her for her creative stories and wonderful, rich characters. If she could be more prolific in her fiction writing, those who love her works would be thrilled.
These are just a few of our favourites that we can’t get enough of here at the Carleton Place Public Library. Maybe you’ll come away with a few new ideas for what to read next. Or maybe you can add to our list with a few suggestions of your own.
Yesterday we had our Hunger Games Day at the library. This was the HOT event for the summer and we had a room full of kids who were ready to compete! Katniss was here and so was Effie, and we started the afternoon with The Reaping!
There were intense interviews…
…and then they broke into a little known Hunger Games competition…..Freeze Dance!
In the end, it turned out the odds will be ever in THEIR favour. Thanks for such a fun day, Emma, and a fantastic summer!
Excitement is in the air! It’s Magic Show Day! I’m Agent G., and I’m ready!! Bring on the special effects! Bring on the card tricks! Bring on the Orange Crush (it’s warm…I’m thirsty.)
Just perfect…..comfy seating…..no tall person sitting it front of me……the A/C is going full blast. Makes me happy to be a Gnomebrarian!
Uhhh….still waiting. (cricket chirps inserted here)
I always wanted to be a star! Look out Amazing Corbin…..here comes Agent G.!
If I was a little taller, I could see if anyone was walking over from the parking lot. Should have worn my tall boots today!
Hey look! That Amazing Corbin is wearing almost the same thing I am! Good thing I didn’t wear my black pants today!
A hush came over the audience. Do you think she KNEW what they were going to do to her? She looked so happy……..
Your have to check our Facebook page to see the video!!
While it would be nice if everything ran perfectly all the time, once again, we’re suffering from computer issues at the library.
While our wireless problems appear to have resolved themselves due to a positioning issue with the wireless booster (who knew it was 110+ degrees up in the ceiling??), we’ve encountered a bit of a blip in service on our hardwired lines. That means, our main computers are going up and down, which will also affect the wireless until the issue is resolved. This might cause a few delays as we check in or check out your books, but we’re doing our best to get everything back up and working perfectly as soon as we can.
In the meantime, please remember to bring your library card with you so that we can access your account properly. If you don’t remember it, we might ask for your name and phone number, just so we have a back up, but we’ll get your card up to date as soon as possible after that.
Thank you for ALL your patience as we resolve this issue.