Are you Anticipating?

underI was slow to pick up Patrick deWitt’s award winning THE SISTERS BROTHERS, but loved it. Witt’s story was everything I thought as Western wouldn’t be–funny, full of endearing characters, and enlightening.

So, when I saw that his newest book UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR is coming out this fall, I immediately put in on my to-be-read list. Points for weirdest title ever aside, this book is billed as a fable without a moral about a man named Lucy who becomes the Undermajordomo of the Castle von Aux. With adventure, a mystery, and a double murder,  I expect it to be as surprising as the last. deWitt will probably earn some more awards for his skillful writing, and creative characters, so if you haven’t read anything by this Canadian author, put this on hold now, or pick up THE SISTERS BROTHERS.  You won’t be disappointed.

What Should My Kids Read?

There are lots of great book lists out there…what to read now, what to read this summer, what to read if you don’t like reading….too many great books to read, really. But Today’s Parent magazine recently put together a list of the Top 100 Canadian Children’s Books that you really must read! And the list is fantastic!

kidsbooksFrom the classic ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, to funnier picture books like SCAREDY SQUIRREL and THIS IS NOT MY HAT, to the wonderful story of bats in SILVERWING, this list doesn’t miss a thing. And it has selections for kids of all ages.

If your children are looking for something great to read, but all of their favourites are currently charged out at the library (WIMPY KID, MINECRAFT, STAR WARS), why not take a look at this list and find something “new” for them to read. We have most of the books in our library (and plenty more we can suggest), but it’s so nice to see a list that draws on all the Canadian talent out there!

Happy Reading!

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

It’s a Grey Day….

GreyIt’s Christian Grey’s birthday today.

And it’s E.L. James’ latest book birthday….the release of GREY : FIFTY SHADES OF GREY AS TOLD BY CHRISTIAN.

Hurrah……..

Yes, this book will be available at our library soon, and there might be a waiting list, so get those library cards out and place your holds. You want to find out what he was thinking, right?

Oh wait, we know what he was thinking……

Happy Birthday, anyway!

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.

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?

 

Be a Part of the Book Chain

thank youWorking with books all day, we often hear people rave about something they’ve just read. While they might tell quite a few people through word of mouth what they thought about that book, not everyone goes any further.

Some will go on to find that author’s website, and possibly send out an email to tell them how much they enjoyed the book. Maybe they’ll even get a response. But there is something more important, something that has more impact, that readers can do: thank an author by writing a review.

Online reviews on Goodreads and Amazon don’t always seem like they’re doing anything really important, but they are. Especially for the author. Good reviews are better than bad, but the more reviews a book has, the better it is for the author in general. A well-reviewed book means people are reading that book, which not only translates to more sales, but also to a better standing at the publishing house for that author. If you’ve ever seen debut authors on Twitter and Facebook begging for reviews, they aren’t doing it just to hear praises for their books—they need those reviews to stay relevant in the minds of the publishing business. If they want another book published, the first must garner sales and positive reviews.

Of course, this isn’t all about sales. It’s also about how it affects well known authors and publishing houses and your local library. If people stopped reviewing books, sales would plummet. When sales plummet, bookstores close and authors are not published again. When bookstores close, books either become more expensive to produce, or they will dip into the electronic production, and places like libraries will have a harder time purchasing books for patrons to read. It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it?

So, if you love to read, make sure to do an online review for books you enjoy—Goodreads, Facebook, a blog post, a short tweet….whatever you prefer, just do it.  If you’re really ambitious, do one for every book you read. It will keep book sales high, allow authors to continue to publish, keep bookstores afloat, and allow libraries to receive funding to purchase the books their patrons want to read. We’re all a part of the book chain.

Write a review today!