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    Book Club in a Bag

    So Long Summer

    by Sonya - 0 Comment(s)

    If you want the summer to last a little longer, pick up a cool drink and something to read and head out for some last-minute summer R'n'R. Whether you'd rather read a beach novel or load up your tablet with the latest popular magazines, we've got you covered!

     

    Click on a book cover to find a copy (or digital copy) of these titles:

     

    See these summer reading lists for more suggestions:


    Check out these library products for amazing digital content:

    • Zinio offers extensive access to popular magazines (including Canadian Living, National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, Rolling Stone) on your tablet or smartphone!
    • Hoopla allows you 12 downloads every month; find movies, TV, music and audiobooks!

     

    Don't forget you can contact us during library open hours for tips and help getting started.

    Summer Read Wrap Up

    by Robyn L - 0 Comment(s)

    We have reached the final week of Summer. Read. 2014. BUT… this is no time to lament the departure of what is, for Albertans, an all-too unfamiliar friend, or to unpack your seasonal fall yoga pants. This simply means you have got one more week to read like mad and get some more ballots in for the Summer. Read. 2014 grand prize draw!

    Calgary Public Library has three iPad Minis to give away, so if you can’t wait to toss aside that ballot-stuffing paperback and boot up the Angry Birds app for 12 consecutive hours, get those ballots in. Remember that ballots can be submitted at any Calgary Public Library location or online.

    I remind you that reading (print books, eBooks, magazines etc.), viewing (DVDs, Blu-Rays etc.), or listening (audiobooks, eAudiobooks, MP3 books), can all count towards Summer. Read. If you haven’t started participating yet, it isn’t too late to get on board; or, if you already have a War & Peace sized stack of ballots in, this is your opportunity to make that final push.

    Not sure what to read now that the pressure’s on? Here are four great titles with which you could do much worse:

    Enjoyed participating in Summer. Read. this year? Have some great ideas for making it even better? Share your feedback by filling out an evaluation at any Calgary Public Library location or completing our online evaluation at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SummerRead_2014_PatronEvaluation. Your suggestions are vital for helping us to improve this program, so please take a minute to share your thoughts.

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Better in Pairs!

    by Laura C - 3 Comment(s)

    I always find it fun to read stories that are somehow related. Making connections between what I've read can give a new perspective on an old story, or an old perspective on a new story.

    So, let me help you make your some old-new connections with two genres that don't often get read together! I've taken 5 works of "classic" fiction and paired them with 5 graphic novels and comic books that share similar themes and characters.

    Read one or the other, or better yet read them both and see if I got it right!

    Click on the covers to find them in the library catalogue.


    5 Comic Books and Classic Novels to Read in Pairs:

    1. The mystery-solving duo of an eccentric millionaire and his observant sidekick:

    Cover Image: Batman Sundayics Cover Image: Sherlock Holmes selected stories

    2. The war against government-sanctioned media censorship in a distopian world:

    Cover Image: Library Wars v. 1 Cover Image: Fahrenheit 451

    3. The exploits of a mild-mannered doctor with anger-management issues:

    Cover Image: Marvel Knight Hulk Cover Image: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    4. The slice-of-life tales of a trouble-causing small town boy:

    Cover Image: Best of Archie Comics Cover Image: Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    5. The unusually-clad galactic traveler who can't go home:

    Cover Image: Silver Surfer Rebirth of Thanos Cover Image: Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Read to Win

    by Robyn L - 0 Comment(s)

    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde

    It’s hard to believe that anyone in the modern, consumer world would even consider for a second not being him or herself, especially considering the constant barrage of marketing and media that carries the message: “Be yourself!!”

    Unfortunately, this individualist message is usually qualified with: “Be yourself … by buying this!! It will let you really be you!!’” – Who would have guessed that being yourself – the one thing that should really be assured from the moment of birth – could be so expensive and require such ostentation?

    Despite growing up in a world that begets cynicism more easily than it begets strength of character, there is still a place for the more optimistic tenets of existentialism, and it is still important that we remember that the quick road to comfort may be conformity, but the long journey to happiness is paved with curiosity, perseverance, and self-actualization.

    That being said, if you are really way too far off the beaten path, you may want to reign in your impulses for the best of yourself and those around you – I’ll let you make the call!

    Anyway, here are some terrific reads that may inspire you toward realizing your potential and breaking those tired, familiar molds:

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!

    Great Science Fiction Reads

    by Dieu - 3 Comment(s)

    I must confess that for a very long time I had a prejudice against science fiction. I thought of science fiction books as all the same with their usual spaceships and aliens. Science fiction just didn’t seem like real literature to me until I discovered books that, yes, involved aliens and space travel and other common elements of the genre, but were as moving, fascinating, thought provoking and compelling as anything I’ve ever read.

    Expand your summer reading list and your mind by including some great science fiction reads. If you have never read science fiction, I recommend trying out these outstanding books to give you a sense of what you’ve been missing, and hopefully have you wanting more.

    The Sparrow book cover

    The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

    Set in 2019, the novel is about humanity’s first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization and the ethical, moral, religious and philosophical complications that can arise with such an encounter.

    When an observatory picks up radio broadcasts of music coming from Alpha Centauri, the nearest star in our solar system, a Jesuit missionary order decides to organize an expedition to the alien planet. A crew made up of agnostics, believers, and scientists is formed. Led by Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit priest and linguist, they embark on their journey with idealistic hopes of meeting intelligent life beyond their own world. Upon their arrival on the planet, which will come to be known as Rakhat, the travelers discover that the planet is occupied by two different alien races that are hostile to each other, the Runa and the Jana’ata. The humans settle among the Runa, learn their language, study their customs, and over time become friends with them. However, through seemingly harmless and well intentioned actions, such as introducing to the aliens the growing of coffee beans, the humans set off a series of disastrous events which will cause them to question their own morality and humanity.

    Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the British Science Fiction Association Award, The Sparrow is a powerful, suspenseful and provocative read.

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Depressingly beautiful, devastating, and emotional, Never Let Me Go is one of my all time favourite novels. The novel starts off as a female coming-of-age story, but turns out to be something so much more profound and unsettling. Set in 1990s England, the story is told from the point of view of Kathy H., who is now 31 and recalling her times at Hailsham, the boarding school where she, along with her fellow classmates, grew up and were "told and not told" about their secret conditions.

    I hesitate to say more about the plot of the novel, so as to not spoil the secret hidden at the center of the story. Without saying more about what happens, I can say that Ishiguro's descriptions of Kathy H.'s memories of her childhood and coming of age into adulthood are restrained, taut, and dream-like. Never Let Me Go is a novel that raises controversial questions about what makes us human, what are the limits of scientific progress, and the value of human life.

    Never Let Me Go book cover

    Einstein

    I consider Alan Lightman’s slim novel, Einstein's Dreams, as made up of a little bit of magic realism and science fiction all dashed together. The story begins with the young Einstein as a patent clerk who is secretly working on his theory of relativity. When Einstein heads to bed, we take part in his dreams. These dreams make up a collection of stories of different worlds where the nature of time changes. For example in one story, time is circular and people are destined to repeat the same events and actions over and over again. The stories are imaginative, poetic, philosophical and whimsical. After reading Einstein’s Dreams I found myself going back to certain phrases and ideas that were like little poems:

    “Some say it is best not to go near the center of time. Life is a vessel of sadness, but is noble to live life and without time there is no life. Others disagree. They would rather have an eternity of contentment, even if that eternity were fixed and frozen, like a butterfly mounted in a case.”

    Grow Your Brain...

    by Robyn L - 1 Comment(s)

    “I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to grow up if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.”

    ~Bill Watterson

    As stated above by that prolific sage, Bill Watterson (of Calvin & Hobbes fame, if you didn’t know), being an adult can be a dicey proposition. But just because our bodies have reached their apex – or the bloom is already off the rose – that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t grow in myriad other ways, and I don’t just mean improving your golf game, either.

    Let your library card be the light-saber that allows you to vanquish that evil empire of stagnation; let elegant prose be the over-caffeinated energy drink that topples the drowsy inertia of sedentary and resigned pseudo-satisfaction; and let the self-indulgent verbal posturing of narcissistic authors elevate you to heights you once thought distant and unattainable — or to put it more simply: read some books, yo!

    If you are having trouble getting started, check out any of the titles below and get ready to outgrow those old mind-pants!

    iPad MiniSummer. Read.

    Catch up on your reading this summer and enter to win a 16GB iPad Mini in our summer reading contest for adults! Just tell us about the books, DVDs or CDs that you’ve been enjoying (by filling in a ballot) and enter to win fantastic prizes. Visit us here in our Readers’ Nook blog or head to our Facebook page every Wednesday for the new theme. Come join the summer fun!