Harry Potter has been one of my favourite books since I first read the Philosophers Stone 20 years ago. Happy Birthday Harry! Check out this post in USA Today!
In celebration of Canadian Children’s Book Week, the library is hosting a display and a fundraiser.
In support of Twice Upon a Time, a local charity which provides free books to children, there is a fundraiser event on the 2nd floor of the library. For a suggested donation of between $2 and $25, people can select a new DK (Dorling Kindersley) children’s book and all proceeds will go to purchase books from Twice Upon a Time’s priority wish list.
As well, there is a donation box available to accept gently used children’s books to be donated to Twice Upon a Time.
There is also a display on the main floor of some favourite childrens books of the Library staff (either from their own childhood, or their children’s). Please come and check it out!
Summer is around the corner and new recreational reading books have arrived just in time!
Included here are some great non-fiction!
Delve into the history of the piano, and learn how piano music can captivate us…or not.
Another book for the music lover, the history of one of the most epic (and my favourite!) songs, “Hallelujah”.
And for the book lover? A book thief.
…unlike most thieves, who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for love—the love of books. – cover
Sorry for the lack of posts in the past year, but I was off on a Career Development in another library department, but I am back now!
I have a couple of exciting updates!
One of my colleagues, another book lover, is now joining me in running the Recreational Reading Collection, so hopefully we will be able to keep both the collection and the blog more up to date – Welcome Katie!
We now have a whole WALL next to room 252 in the library to house the collection. It will soon be joined by the Graphic Novels, DVD’s and Video Games to form “book ends” to the area before the photocopier and elevator hallways. This is a wonderful showcase for some of the libraries more unique collections!
Lots of new books!
We’ve had lots of donations in the year while I was away (a big thank you to all who have donated!!) so please browse our shelves to see what’s new!
“A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.
This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…” – Harper Collins.
“An absorbing, unsettling, multilayered novel…beautifully crafted, its effect enhanced by the author’s admission that his own family faced a similar experience.” – The Times (UK)
“Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?” – fredrikbackmanbooks.com
Just in time for some holiday reading, new books have been added to the collection. Thanks to some very generous donations over the last few months, we have quite a few new items. Choose a few and spend the holiday cuddled up by the fire doing some reading.
Library Holiday Tree
I would like to send my compliments along to the folks who constructed our library Christmas tree this year. It truly is a very fitting and beautiful tree for our library!
Featured New Books:
For those who are fans of Stephen King, myself included, we have added 2 of his more recent novels.
Under the Dome
“On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away.” – StephenKing.com
“Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. ” – StephenKing.com
We have added lots more besides these so please come and check it out!
Here’s a highlight of 4 more new books which have been added to the collection! Come “check them out”!
Robert J. Sawyer is one of Canada’s best known and most successful science fiction writers. He is the only Canadian (and one of only 7 writers in the world) to have won all three of the top international awards for science fiction: the 1995 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, the 2003 Hugo Award for Hominids, and the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan. – Goodreads.com
For those looking for a meaty historical novel that leaves no loose ends, this may not be the best book to choose. But if you might like seeing Jewish folklore and Mediterranean history wrapped into a rousing story, suspend your disbelief for a time and follow along with Hannah and Isaac as they fight their way back to one another. – Sarah Johnson, The Globe and Mail.
One critic described the novel as an intelligent updating of “the English village novel,” a genre known for its colourful stock characters (the stuffy retired colonel, the wacky vicar, etc.) and picturesque settings (cottages, hedgerows, sheep). Another placed it in a new, and apparently growing, genre: “romance for wrinklies,” a reference to the age of the title character and the woman he falls in love with. Another reviewer, perhaps already wrinkly himself, simply called it a “romantic comedy.” – Peter Scowen, The Globe and Mail.
Finally, one book I have on my must read list is:
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health. A big celebration is in the works for his 100th birthday, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption), so he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey. It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: he has not only witnessed some of the most important events of the 20th century, but actually played a key role in them. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world. – Amazon.ca