Happy Bookversary!

May 13, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

If you are looking for a unique reading challenge try celebrating a “Bookversary” by reading these juvenile and adult titles with milestone anniversaries in 2020:

25th Anniversary

Throwback to a Classic

May 8, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

With children studying at home, why not join them by indulging in a Classic. Maybe there is one you have been meaning to read, but never had time for? Although more challenging than a beach read or thriller, they offer you the opportunity to practice your focus through the length and language you encounter and will give you an opportunity to engage, rather than just be entertained. You will often find allusions to the classics in everyday life.

Novels of nosh

May 6, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

One of my favourite series are the Coffeehouse Mysteries, a cozy mystery that features recipes and jargon about coffee. The sleuth in these mysteries is a manager of New York City café which lends itself nicely to an inside look at the world of coffee. Our relationship with food often becomes a character for many authors, who have explored this connection of food and emotion:

May the 4th Be With You

May 4, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

What started as a pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away. To help you celebrate Star Wars Day solo -- or as a family -- we have many offerings in our digital catalogue:


Family Reading

Everybody’s writing on the weekend...

May 1, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

With our rainy, cooler days, a family project of hand writing letters to a grandparent or friend can be a practical tool to improve spelling and cursive writing.  If you are isolating on your own, what a great opportunity to get started writing that novel you have been thinking about, or ‘roughed out’ at one of our Writers’ Forums. You could have a complete manuscript ready to go for the next Writers’ Forum at the library.

Celebrating Comics

May 1, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

With the COVID-19 restrictions, Free Comic Book Day (May 2, 2020) has been postponed this year, but if you still want to celebrate try one of our many titles available in our digital library!

"Talkie" Thursday

April 30, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

If you are crafting or cleaning around the house why not entertain yourself with storytelling? It’s the perfect time to try a audiobook (also known as a talking book). While you are dusting you can distract yourself with a good mystery, get caught up in a thriller, or get a laugh from a feel-good book.

Trying Out Book Suggestions

April 30, 2020

Publisher catalogues,, blog blogs…there are so many great options for finding reading inspiration. Like most people, however, I find the best source is other readers. The following are some books that were suggested to me by others. While I was initially reluctant to read them, I was glad I did. Click any of the titles below to place a hold in our catalogue. 

Finding Reality in Fiction

April 29, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Often as I am reading a novel, I want to learn about the “real bits” I find embedded in the fiction. When I read Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, I immediately wanted to look at the art work of Johannes Vermeer.  It is like the connection you make to a particular city you wish to visit after reading a novel – like New Orleans and Anne Rice’s the Vampire Chronicles.

Ramadan Mubarak

April 27, 2020
Coleen McFarlane

Ramadan started on April 24th this year and although fasting, prayer, spiritual reflection and doing good deeds will continue to occur, it will surely be challenging not to be able to visit with family during this time of social isolation.

To learn more about the holiday, try some of these children's titles from our digital catalogue: