Beyonce’s Reach

The New York Times sent many libraries off on a hunt recently after the debut of Beyonce’s HBO special and announcement that she would release a new album called “Lemonade Stand”. During her special, she read poetry by Somali-British writer and activist Warsan Shire, and now her poetry anthology entitled Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth¬†is being sought out by Beyonce fans.

While it’s not available on Amazon, many libraries are receiving requests for the book (no, we don’t have it at our library, I’m afraid), so be patient if you’ve put a hold on the book. You can heard the author reading some of the poetry right here:

The world is a small place, and book boosts can come from anywhere, can’t they?

THE PASSAGE Trilogy is Coming to an End.

city-of-mirrors-coverIf you’ve been following Justin Cronin’s Passage trilogy, it’s finally coming to end, with the release of THE CITY OF MIRRORS on May 24, 2016. The first two books, THE PASSAGE, and THE TWELVE, were massive tomes, so if you need a refresher before the final installment, now is the time to re-read. Maybe some holiday downtime?

And if you aren’t familiar with this series, let me just say….vampires.

Seeing as we were weeding our collection at the library recently and found that some of the TWILIGHT books had not circulated in quite some time, maybe vampires have gone out of fashion. Or maybe it’s simply sparkly vampires that aren’t drawing our attention anymore. Whatever the reason, I’m pretty sure Cronin’s books have a following strong enough to carry him through to the end of this series. And what….there are rumours of a movie? We’ll have to wait and see……

#amreading

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.

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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!