Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel
Summer is always a great time to take a road trip, and there are so many fantastic literary references to road trips that it’s about time someone put together a map to document each route.
I came across this fabulous post called “The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips” by Richard Kreitner. His parameters for including the trip on the map were exacting, and had to have a narrative arc that matched the geographical arc in order to be included. The results are amazing.
You can click on the routes (which intersect), pick a starting point, or find out the literary reference to a certain spot simply by clicking on the dot. He’s even organized the routes so that you can choose to see only one literary route at a time, which is fantastic. This map chronicals everything from WILD by Cheryl Strayed, to TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY by John Steinbeck.
If you’ve always wondered what a particular road trip must have looked like, take a few minutes to work through this detailed map. You won’t regret it, and I bet you’ll share this with friends.
I 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.
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!
From 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!
If 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!
It’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.
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!
There 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.
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?
At 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?