Find Your Creative Self

Have you signed up for our creativity course yet? “Find Your Creative Self” begins July 4th and runs through August 8, Tuesday afternoons from 1-3pm.  This is a program for adults who are interested in regaining some lost creativity, figuring out what stopped you from creating in the first place, and maybe even finding that new creative endeavor.

This is not like our adult craft club where they come together to make fun things. This is deep, intensive, soul-searching work to discover creativity in all forms, much more like a therapy session than a program. But, it’ll be fun, too. Based on “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, and many other creativity blog, podcasts and YouTube videos, this will be the best two hours you’ll spend all week….and it’s totally free.

Registration is on now, so make sure to sign up before this fill ups. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 257-2702.

Beach Reads

Publisher Simon & Schuster is working on a new campaign to help you find some great summer beach reads. Not only are they suggesting employee suggested favourite reads, they’re making fun videos with beach themes, suggesting fun recipes to make for a beach-themed book club meeting, and more.

If you’re interested in something different this summer, use the hashtag #WhatBeachWhatBook to find your next read. What a fun campaign…even if summer feels like it might pass us by entirely!

New and Improved!

As bookstores are having to constantly change their formats to keep up with the changing needs of customers, libraries have to do the same. Long gone are the dusty card catalogs, replaced by shiny new tablets with searchable catalogs.

And what about cramped, outdated computers to do your work or log onto social media? Sleek desks with tiny computer footprints make it easier for patrons to get their work–or surfing–done. That even includes a height-adjustable desk for patrons who might be in a wheelchair.

And for older patrons, the task of looking for large print books can be unappealing. But large print covers are now bright and fun, and facing them out bookstore style, should help make selections easier. Maybe patrons will even find some new favourite authors!

If you’re seeing changes at our library, while they might cause a bit of confusion, they’re also exciting and forward-thinking. Take a few minutes to see what’s new at our library!

When a Tweet Works

Twitter campaigns can be really great for raising money, but they have to be promoted by at least one big name in order to really work. Recently, an author took on a project out of the goodness of his heart, and a small Indie bookstore reaped the benefits.

New York Times Bestselling author Shea Serrano received a fun tweet from a Louisville, Kentucky bookstore employee who was just making conversation. But Serrano thought the employee was so charming, he decided to set out a challenge for Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville to boost its online sales, and set out to get 1000 online orders in one day. He had absolutely no affiliation with the store, nor did he try to promote his own book. He just asked his followers to go online and buy a book–any book–from their store.

Not only did they reach 1000 orders…they did it in less than five hours, and by the end of the day, they had surpassed their normal YEARLY order quota. All because of a generous author.

And what is Shea Serrano known for? His 2015 book, The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed.

Good on him.

Forest of Trees

Isn’t this great? The Festival of Trees is one of the BIGGEST book events in Canada. And not only do the kids get to see some of their favourite authors, there is amazing entertainment while they wait. This year, the White Pine dancers took to the stage and wowed the crowd.

If you’re in Toronto next year during the Festival of Trees, try to make it down to Harbourfront Centre to see all the action.