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Must Reads Coming This Fall

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

The fall publishing season is upon us and there are a number of big titles to look forward in the upcoming months. The fall season truly features something for everyone. While it is impossible to list all the exciting titles coming to the Library, these are a few titles that should get lots of buzz.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King This is by far the book I am most excited to read this fall. Doctor Sleep is the long awaited sequel to The Shining, which first came out in 1977. Dan Torrence is still haunted by what happened to his family one winter at the Overlook Hotel. Now an adult, Dan has settled into a simple life in New Hampshire and uses his fading shining ability to provide comfort to the dying. But Dan is forced into a battle for the life of a young girl with a strong shining ability and the ghosts of his past come to a head in what I hope will be a creepy adventure worthy of its predecessor. To gear up for the release, refresh your memory and check out The Shining.

A Great Game by Stephen Harper

A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey by Stephen J. Harper (yes that Stephen Harper). Any hockey fan has seen our Prime Minister at a number of hockey games as he often gets shown on the jumbotron or on TV. It's no secret that he is a big fan of the game and for years he has mentioned that he was writing a hockey book, he even became a member of the Society of International Hockey Research. Well that book is A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey. Don't let the title fool you though the book isn't only for Leaf fans, but is a look at the early history of professional hockey. A must read for any Canadian hockey fan.

Si-Cology 1 by Si Robertson

Si-Cology 1 By Si Robertson I watch a lot of Duck Dynasty, it's hard not to get wrapped up in the antics of the Robertson clan and by far my favorite part of the show is pretty much anything Uncle Si says (Si-isms) or does. The guy is definitely a character and now he can add published author to his list of accomplishments. Si-Cology 1 is various tales from Si that essentially tell his life story. I have just started reading the book and it's interesting to get insight into parts of Si's life that aren't on the show, including his life with his wife and children. Si-Cology 1 joins other Duck Dynasty books including Happy, Happy, Happy and Duck Commander Family both of which are best sellers.

Sharing Stories With Seniors

by Katie R - 0 Comment(s)

Margaret Learmont is a long-standing volunteer with the Libraries in Residence program at the Bethany Care Centre in West Hillhurst. This program is designed for senior care facilities in Calgary where residents can borrow and enjoy books in the comfort of their own building without the challenge of getting to and from the Library.

Margaret has been volunteering with the Calgary Public Library since 1986 and has a great deal of experience with books. Margaret was a Librarian in England and has spent her life in libraries across the world. The first library she volunteered at was in Guyana and this trend of volunteering continued on as she lived in Trinidad, New Mexico and finally Calgary.

What Margaret loves most about volunteering with the Libraries in Residence program is meeting people and hearing their amazing stories. She said it can be hard to just walk into someone’s room and say that you are there to visit, but when you bring a book it becomes a lot easier. It can be that missing piece that starts a great conversation.

Pictured: Volunteer Margaret Learmont at the Bethany Care Centre

Wedding Planning at the Library

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The idea of planning a wedding didn’t seem so bad. After all I’d been to a lot of them. Walk down the aisle, eat some food, dance and we’re done!

Practical Weddings

 

 

 

When we first sat down to start planning, I was thinking I’d like something like this

 

 

Wedding Planning for Dummies

 

although I was actually at the level of this

 

 

 

 

Rustic Chic Weddings

 

 

because I had no idea that things like this even existed.

 

 

 

 

Little did I know that I was entering a world full of chair covers, buntings, post-wedding brunches, vegetarian stuffed peppers and DIY decorating. One bruised ego and 250 origami flowers later, I realized that maybe this wasn’t so simple. Thankfully the Calgary Public Library’s collection was there to help me out.

 Knot Guide to Wedding Vows & Traditions

 

The Library has a selection of DVDs, books and eBooks to help you plan for that big, wonderful, stressful, fantastic, what have we gotten ourselves into day! The Knot guides are a great place to start with organizing the wedding as whole, or even just the ceremony itself. Where should your venue be? What kind of music will you play? Should you incorporate a traditional ritual, or make one up? Knot Guides can help you through both the big and small decisions.

 

 

  Be the Man Registry

 

By far the majority of wedding books out there are written with the bride in mind, but thankfully I stumbled across this gem which covers everything from budgeting to that first dance for the groom. This is a great all-around guide which also incorporates humorous stories and anecdotes which can go a long way towards lightening the mood. The book also quickly dispels the stereotype that weddings are just for the bride.

 

 

 

 

Once we had an idea of where, how and when we wanted to get married, I was able to find a few books that helped me with some of the specifics. My first task was to buy a suit. After spending an hour with a tailor and all of that measuring tape, my first checkout was this:

Drop 20 Pounds in 2 Months

Being somewhat chea... err… fiscally responsible, we decided that the best photographer was probably someone who was related to us. That’s where Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers came in handy.

Finally, does room/budget for 50 guests + our combined 150 relatives = a lifetime of awkward family reunions? Not to worry, the Library carries this good old standby in etiquette, Emily Post!

So if you are planning to get married (and eloping isn’t an option) check out the Calgary Public Library’s wedding planning collection for great advice and practical ideas.

What Makes a Great Homebound Readers Volunteer?

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Linda began delivering materials to Library customers in 2009 after moving to Calgary. Like most volunteers, she wanted to contribute her time and energy to something that holds personal meaning and interest for her. As an avid reader, Linda shares a passion for books with the customers she serves.

"One of the things I enjoy most is meeting other book lovers, talking about genres and authors we have in common, and sharing information about new reading possibilities. It’s been an unexpected benefit to become more familiar with the various technologies available to readers, particularly through the Calgary Public Library system.

From the moment she began volunteering, staff knew Linda would be a great volunteer. Linda is responsive to her readers’ needs, is highly organized, asks thoughtful questions, and displays a great deal of understanding and humour in demanding situations. Many Calgary Public Library volunteers go above and beyond their formal volunteer role, and Linda is no exception. In the past she went so far as to assist one woman with her garden because it brought the reader so much joy.

The Homebound Readers program is effective because committed and caring individuals are willing to brighten the days of customers who cannot visit libraries due to health or mobility concerns. This valuable service keeps essential literacy skills from declining due to accessibility issues and promotes overall health through enjoyment of library materials in a variety of formats. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this service, please contact 403-260-2703 for more information.

New Books in Favourite Series

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Bridgertons: Happily Ever AfterBridgertons: Happily Ever AfterSum of All KissesSum of All KissesJulia Quinn first introduced readers to the Bridgerton family in a light and humourous 8-book romance series. The books allowed readers to follow the tribulations of eight alphabetically named siblings (Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth), while enjoying the London background and a fairly substantial set of characters around whom the stories came to be told, including the formidable and forthright Lady Danbury, the definitely unmusical Smythe-Smith family, and the mysterious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown. All of these characters eventually take center stage in their own right in other books, and indeed the Smythe-Smith clan eventually does get their own series. This 'easter egg' (or crossover) effect allows readers to catch up with characters with whom they are familiar and have an affinity, while allowing new readers to start up a series. A prime example of this is the use of a particularly horrid romance novel that is either passed around or which all of the characters seem to end up reading and discussing.

This fall Ms. Quinn's two new books will present readers with either a visit back to not only all of the Bridgertons, but their mother, Violet, with an additional epilogue intended to answer potential questions or tie up any possible loose ends from each of the original eight books in The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, and yet another unlikely couple will meet up at a Smyth-Smith wedding (one of the three from The Lady Most Willing), in The Sum of All Kisses, under the stern and amused eye of Lady Danbury. August is ReadaRomance month, and Julia Quinn's post will be added to the R-A-R site, which has posts by 93 contributing authors, on August 25th.


StormbreakerStormbreakerRussian RouletteRussian RouletteYounger readers will be familiar with Anthony Horowitz as the author of the Alex Rider series. We first met Alex in Stormbreaker, when officers came to his school to tell him that his guardian and uncle, Ian, had been killed in an auto accident. Alex initial suspicions about his uncle's death will set him on a chilling and dangerous path as an MI6 operative and into a life of danger, one that eventually spanned nine books and four graphic novels, with Alex as a teenage secret agent dealing with spies and a life that seemed ever more out of his control.

This fall, Mr. Horowitz is set to release a prequel to the series called Russian Roulette: the story of an assassin, in which readers will get the backstory of Yassen Gregorowich, a boy who will grow up to be Alex's mirror image, and become the man who kills Alex's father.

Are there authors that you wish would revisit a character or a series that you really like, or that reintroduce moments from earlier efforts into their books in a particularly enjoyable way?

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

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A House in the SkyA House in the Sky By Amanda LindhoutOne book that is getting a lot of buzz is a memoir by Canmore resident, and journalist Amanda Lindhout. In August 2008 Lindhout was abducted and held hostage for 15 months. At the time, her abduction was in the news and her plight became a political debate about whether the governments should pay ransoms for citizens held hostage in foreign countries. A House in the Sky, is Amanda's memoir about what she experienced during those months.

A House in the Sky starts with Amanda's childhood living in Sylvan Lake with her mom and brothers. As a young girl she becomes fascinated by the exotic places and pictures found in old copies of National Geographic magazines. What started as a means of escape from a less than perfect home life, becomes a passion for travelling that takes Amanda throughout the world.

It is during her travels that Amanda becomes a freelance journalist and decides to travel to Somalia. In Somalia, while on her way to visit a refugee camp Amanda and four others are taken hostage by a group of fundamentalists. For 460 days Amanda endures horrific conditions and both physical and mental abuse at the hands of her captors.

The book is about more than just the abuse suffered by Amanda; it's about her spirit to survive and not give into the despair of her situation. Throughout her ordeal and in the years that have followed, Lindhout maintains her belief in the goodness of people. She writes about her feelings now towards the people that abused her and she expresses an understanding for their actions. That stayed with me after I finished this book and it's why I couldn't pull myself away from her story.

Through the non-profit organization that she founded, Amanda Lindhout has worked to improve conditions in Somalia epecially in the area of education for women. And despite everything she has been through, she has even gone back to Somalia to do humanitarian work. A remarkable woman and a remarkable book.

A House in the Sky will be released in September and you can currently place holds on both the book and bookCD.

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