Instagram and Twitter are great for posting small snippets of your day. Whether it is a thought about the world, about someone’s behaviour, or just an expression of something fun you did that day, these social media sites provide a lot of insight into people’s lives.

During the summer, we’ve had fun Instagram Challenges, like a post a day based on something bookish. You can see our last one right here. While a 30-day challenge is a lot of commitment, maybe you’d like to participate in a world-wide Instagram challenge that you can do any day, as often or as little as you prefer. It is called #amreading.

#amreadingKnow what other people are reading can be so fascinating! Working at a library brings this into focus probably more than just your average person asking around to their friends and family, but reading is such a source of pleasure, it’s fun to be able to share. And if the book is especially wonderful, it’s even better!

How can you participate? Just post a photo of the book you’re reading with the hashtag #amreading on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and use the hashtag to search for others doing the same. You might find a lot of like-minded readers, and open up a great book discussion about your current read. Or you might simply come across a book that everyone seems to be talking about right then, and find a new author to add to your to-be-read pile.

So, start posting today. We want to know what you’re reading!

In the running…

There are only a few short days left before the elections on October 19th, but you still have time to read a little more about some of the candidates. And wouldn’t you know it, two of the three party leaders have new books out, and the third has one from 2014.


While these books might not sway your vote in one direction, it might be interesting to read more about each of these men who are vying to take/keep control of the reins this fall. Don’t forget, the library is a great place to further your understanding of important political issues, people, and party standings. Drop in to read the daily newspaper to keep abreast of everything happening in our area, or book a computer to surf the web and read current news articles.

And don’t forget to exercise your right to vote on October 19th.

What’s Fun? The Library!

20151001_142014We’re in the midst of rolling out lots of fun things this month, and some of it involves YOU! We love our patrons, and we’d love for you to take part in all of the events we are working on for Canadian Library Month, and Ontario Public Library Week, which happens later in the month.

One of the things we’ve got in the works involves something that the picture above includes. Can you guess? Stay tuned….we’ll be making an announcement soon!

Road Trip!

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

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.

Happy Road-Tripping!

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!