Exciting New Non-fiction

Non-fiction is tough to get right. It needs to be factual, on a topic that can draw readers in, and be well written. It’s not for everyone, but for those of us who choose non-fiction over fiction, a really good book will stand out and deserve recommendations to everyone we know.

The CBC has put together a list of 16 non-fiction reads for spring of 2019 that you can’t miss…and it includes poetry, a book about school shootings, health topics, a graphic novel, and true crime.

The books I’ve added on this page are just a few of the suggested list. They include star of TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager” Kate Mulgrew’s look at her Catholic upbringing, love and loss, and family secrets in HOW TO FORGET: A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR. A graphic novel called GRASS by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim about a sexual slave for the Japanese Imperial Army during the WWII. A book of essays about mental health called THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS by Esme Weijun Wang. And a funny look at dating in today’s world called HOW TO DATE MEN WHEN YOU HATE MEN by comedian and author Blythe Roberson.

To see the whole list, click on this link.

Get your library cards ready…this is going to be a great start to 2019!

Aging & Disease

oldageWith the success of WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, a memoir by the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, the physician who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died before his memoir was published, comes OLD AGE: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE by Michael Kinsley. Kinsley is a journalist who learned at age 43 that he had Parkinson’s disease, and decided to write about it to explore how the Baby Boomer generation might approach aging. It is starting to get recognition on the best-sellers lists for its wit and candor, all with Kinsley’s trademark writing style.

While non-fiction titles tend to be a tougher sell to both readers, and reviewers, it seems the world is taking a bit of a turn, wanting to know more about these tough topics done in unconventional ways. If you love non-fiction, you might want to consult the New York Times best sellers lists for their great non-fiction suggestions, as more and more of these are making their debuts on the market, and on the lists.

Non-fiction is the new fiction!

Great New Books!

We are always putting out great new books, but what if you don’t read fiction? Is there anything great out there for those who might not want to get caught up in a mystery or thriller? Of course! Some of the interesting selection we have out in the new bin right now:



While Federle is making the rounds as a Middle Grade author (his NATE series about a boy who can’t get enough of musical theatre is bursting off the shelves), this book was recently voted “Cookbook of the Year” on Goodreads. Enjoy a literary classic in a new way!

For Dr. Who fans, there’s the new WHO-OLOGY : DR. WHO, THE OFFICIAL MISCELLANY by Cavan Scott.


Is there anything this author doesn’t write about? He’s done books on dinosaurs, ghosts, YA scary-as-anything fiction, crazy cartoony books and much more. His website is filled with lots of information for fans, budding authors and more.



Ms. Heaney’s memoir is the story of her search for love. She’s twenty-five, cute as a button and yet has never had a boyfriend. But don’t feel sorry for her. This is a funny book, full of personality and great anecdotes to make you realize not everyone follows the same path through life. I can think of several people who need to read this book. Several.

And finally, if you’re a closet crochet addict, you might want to pick up GEEK CHIC CROCHET, by Nicki Trench.


Although we must admit, we had a little chuckle at a few of the so-called “retro-inspired” projects (old-fashioned wouldn’t be a great subtitle, would it?), some are really cute and might make you break out those needles once again.

You can pick up these or many other great non-fiction books at the library. We’re filling up the new bin all the time!

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


Silver Birch Express


Silver Birch Fiction


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!


Do you have any thoughts about that?

Recently, I came across an interesting site called Thought Catalog. It is filled each day with thought-provoking articles, lists and information.  They say they strive to be positive and make you think about a subject in a slightly different way, and I have to agree.

The website is uncluttered, with simple one-block photos above each article.  And while some of the articles  contain subject matter or language that isn’t suitable for everyone, for the most part, the articles are funny and well written. There are topics like Where Have all the Single People Gone, and 5 Things I Miss about Childhood. If you have a few minutes and want something interesting to read, scroll through the list and you’ll find a fun article or two. It’s not your typical news site or single-subject blog and you might come away thinking about life a little differently. Just a thought…….