Library Corner – Week of January 8, 2018

Updated 2018/01/08


Family Literacy Night!

Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually in January to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.  Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

To help inspire families to learn together, the Library will host Family Fort Night from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 25th, 2018.  Families are invited to help us build forts in the Library.  Bring your blankets, pillow and flashlight.  Extra building supplies will be available.  The Library will provide snacks, stories and more!  There is no fee for participating and everyone is welcome.  For more information, contact the Library at (204)345-2653.


What’s New?

For our early readers, we have Prudence the Part-Time Cow by Jody Jensen Shaffer.  Will Prudence find a way to balance her extra-cow-ricular interests — science and invention — with being a full-time member of the herd?

Cancer Hates Kisses by Jessica Reid Sliwerski is a lovingly upbeat and straightforward book for any cancer-fighting family.  It follows a mother and her family through all the stages of her cancer – diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation – and provides an honest and encouraging tool for talking with kids about serious illness.

For our junior readers, we have Eliza Bing Is (NOT) a Big Fat Quitter by Carmella Van Vleet, a former kindergarten teacher and a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.  An engaging read featuring a likable, lively, realistically drawn protagonist whose strengths, successes, and challenges, including coping with ADHD are sympathetically and supportively depicted.

Titles in a continuing junior series include:  Middle School Mayhem (#2 The Misadventures of Max Crumbly); Deadzone by Jennifer A. Nielsen (#2 Horizon), follows the first book in the series Horizon written by Scott Westerfeld; Fishin’: Impossible (#8 Shark School) by Davy Ocean; and The Bronze Key (#3 Magisterium) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

A new series for adults includes Colter’s Journey by William W. Johnstone who captures the frontier experience in all its glory and grit through the eyes of a remarkable teenage boy.

“Spoiler Alert: the main character dies on page one and then things get very interesting.  Thrilling science fiction that grabs and doesn’t let go!” describes Outriders, the first book in the Outriders series by Jay Posey.

Finally, Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in The House of Unexpected Sisters (#18 No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) by Alexander McCall Smith.

Catalogue and Events details are available at the Library website