Virus

Many years ago, I remember being on a plane reading Richard Preston’s THE HOT ZONE, a  gritty book that traces the sources of Ebola and Warburg virus and their terrifying effects. This book stuck with me, and now many years later, hearing about the problems being faced in Africa during the most recent outbreak of Ebola, I’m tempted to read it again, if only to re-educate myself about the subject.

The_Hot_Zone_(cover)(Maybe I’ll stick a Post It note in the front of this book, for anyone in our library interested in finding out more!)

If you haven’t read this, or would like to find out more information about Ebola, we have a variety of books in the library that you might want to take a look at. Feel free to search our online catalog, or drop in to find out what’s on the shelf. The World Health Organization has plenty of information online to help inform and keep you safe if you’re traveling to that part of the world soon, so please make sure to drop by their website and read up. They have fact sheets about the disease, diagnostic information and numbers you can call if you’ve been in that area and think you might have been exposed. Caution is best, as always.

While there is no need for widespread panic at this point, staying informed is your best route to staying healthy.

Frivolous Friday Pinterest Book Deal!

Several months ago, I came across a funny story about a woman named Tiffany Beveridge, who only had two sons, but had created a wildly imaginative Pinterest Board for a daughter she didn’t have. In this board, she pinned wonderful, stylish and sometimes crazy photos of clothes for her little imaginary fashionista. She named her daughter Quinoa and wrote creative captions on many of the pins, creating a little story about the girl she imagined would wear all this stuff. It made me laugh, but I thought, how smart!

And after a lot of global attention (books, TV, online), she now has a book coming out called “HOW TO QUINOA : LIFE LESSONS FROM MY IMAGINARY WELL-DRESSED DAUGHTER”.

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She never set out to make a big splash on social media, but her humour and inventive creation caught on with so many people, she’s thrilled at the attention. Just a little something for you to think about as we head into the weekend. How about creating your own Pinterest Board!

Bathroom Fun!

It’s Frivolous Friday again, and I have something very frivolous for you today! (Or maybe this will change your life….who knows?)

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If you don’t have enough to keep you busy, I’ve got the perfect solution…towel origami!  Surprise your family or guests with wild creations made out of your everyday towels! It might be a great way to coax those little ones into the bath each night, if nothing else.

We don’t own this book at the library, but we’d love to order it in for you on interlibrary loan if you’d like to give it a try. Just drop in and we’ll get the order started!

 

What do YOU eat?

For our Frivolous Friday post, I came across a fascinating article about what people around the world eat each day. Photojournalist Pete Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio have documented the photos and information into a new book called WHAT I EAT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DIETS.

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Not only is the calorie count amazing for some people, but you get a glimpse at what other foods people eat each day. Take a good look. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was! You can read the article and see many of the photos right here!

 

Book in a Jar

For our special teen event during the March Break, we’re having a “Book in a Jar” contest! There will be three jars in the YA section to look at, each with a certain book inside. Pick one up, figure it out and fill out a ballot. book in a jar

It might be easy, it might be tricky…but it’ll be fun! Maybe you’ll even win a prize!

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A Book Club with a Twist!

Book club meetings and food seem to go hand in hand. After all, if you’re sitting with a group of people discussing the latest piece of literary fiction, it’s nice to have something to nibble on. (Or, if you’re like a friend of mine and didn’t quite finish the book, she thinks a button which reads “I’m just here for the coffee” would be appropriate.) But lately, more and more book clubs are pairing their food/beverage choices with the theme of the book.

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I came across this wonderful Christmas idea of hosting a book club based on Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. And after, or during, you serve plum pudding! The Yes and Yes blog hosts Alicia from Jaybird, where she tells the tale of making the pudding and shares the recipe…with lovely pictures, too!  I want to go home and make this right now! They’ve done quite a few interesting book/food combos in the past, so if you’re looking for more ideas, take a look at their Read//Eat series here.

Eat, drink, read, and be merry!

We’re Heading into the Forest!

It’s December, and that means Forest of Reading® at the library. We run this fabulous program each year from December through April for all our young readers from Kindergarten to Grade 6. If you’ve had a child participate in past years, this year looks like it’s going to be even better, with tons of fabulous books in each category!

How does it work?

During Forest of Reading®, children read 8 – 10 books within their grade category. The books are all by a Canadian author or illustrator, and have been published within the last two years. Once the kids read the books, they will pick their favourites and then come to our voting night at the library in April 2014. It’s a secret ballot, and the tabulations from our library are then sent on to Toronto to be amalgamated with the province results. Once they calculate the votes, the authors will receive an award at a special ceremony in Toronto in May. It’s so much fun!

Who can participate?

Each year, we participate in a variety of categories.  This year, we’ve chosen Blue Spruce (K – Grade 2), Silver Birch Express (Gr. 3 & 4),  and Silver Birch Fiction and Non-Fiction (Gr. 5 & 6). We’ll go around to the schools in December and January to tell everyone about the program and hopefully sign up a bunch of young readers.  But anyone who comes to the library between now and then may be asked to participate, too!

What are the books this year?

Every category is based on the type of reader best suited for it.  Blue Spruce has more beginning readers, so there are picture books only. Silver Birch Express is aimed at more of a mix—advanced and beginning readers—so there are picture books, non-fiction and even a few chapter books. Silver Birch Fiction has wonderful novels, both thick and thin, for all readers. And Silver Birch Non-Fiction has a variety of fascinating reads for those who might not be interested in fiction.

Blue Spruce

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Silver Birch Express

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Silver Birch Fiction

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Silver Birch Non-Fiction

nonficHow do we join?

Just come to the library and we’ll get your young reader all sorted out. It’s free and they can take home a book today and start reading.  This is a great opportunity to get ahead during the holidays. Come February and March, we’ll have a lot of readers trying hard to finish their required books, so it’s nice to get them done early.

If you want to know more about the program in general, you can visit the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Website for lots of information. We hope to see your readers at the library to sign up today!