Family Storytime Fun!, by Alison McCorkle

The New Liskeard branch has been presenting the Family Storytime Fun program every other Saturday morning since January 12th,2019.

We have been pleasantly surprised by the attendance considering some of the very frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing.  Who wants to go out in -39C weather?    On more pleasant Saturday mornings we’ve had over thirty people come to participate in this program and it is exhilarating.

Families coming to the program are enjoying a couple of stories read aloud, then getting to play various board games together or with other like minded patrons and the smaller ones have play dough and LEGO to play with as well as colouring pages to occupy their time. We finish off the program with hula-hoops, egg & spoon races, stilts, pompom toss games and other toys.

It is wonderful to see the children enjoying themselves like it is one big play date and moms, dads and grandparents having a chance to catch up with each other too.  It is heart warming to see the community coming together for some family fun here at the library and great to see the library in its role as Hub of the Community!  Thank you all so much for your patronage.


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Books Becoming Movies in 2019 by Elesha Teskey

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The book-to-movie trend isn’t letting up this year. If you like to read a book before you see the screen adaptation, here’s a list of books we have that are expected to be released as movies this year.

The historical fiction, Native Son by Richard Wright was released at the Sundance Film Festival. If you want to pick up the book, you can find it in Haileybury.

Stephen King books have become popular again with the movie adaptations in the past few years. There is a remake of Pet Sematary set to hit theatres on April 5. You can borrow the paperback or audio book from the New Liskeard branch.

Where’d You Go Bernadette had been scheduled for 2018 but is now going to be released on August 9. If you want to check out the story before you see it, you can borrow the audio book from Haileybury.

The children’s classic Artemis Fowl is coming out August 9. You can find the book in Haileybury.

Woman in the Window was a popular thriller so it’s no surprise the movie will be released October 4. If you want to read it first, you can pick up a copy at either branch.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt will hit theatres October 11 and is available in book form at the Haileybury branch.

On November 15, the film version of The Good Liar will be released in theatres. The book by Nicholas Searle is available in New Liskeard.

Some classics being redone this year include:
Another movie based on the book Little Women is set for a Christmas release. If you want to read the book, find it at either branch, or listen to the audio book from New Liskeard.

Jack London’s Call of the Wild will hit the screens again. The new movie also comes out on December 25. Both branches carry a copy.

There are a couple books being released as television series:
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller will be a series on  this year. If you want to read the book first, you can borrow it from Haileybury.

The much anticipated Good Omens mini-series, based on the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, will hit Amazon Prime this year. You can read the paperback at the New Liskeard branch.

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Picture Books on a Variety of Subjects by Carmen Peddie

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Whether your children will be experiencing their first visit to the doctor, maybe having difficulty making friends, or just have so many questions, the library offers books on a variety of subjects! In many cases these great books may ease their apprehension. They could also help you answer the numerous questions they may have about difficult circumstances we all encounter at one time or another!

Here are a few titles in both languages:


  • Splat the Cat Goes to the Doctor by Rob Scotton
  • Bugs in my hair by Catherine Stier
  • How Do Dinosaurs Go to Sleep? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • Spot the Difference – From Simple Spots to Ultimate Challenges
  • First Words Baby Signing – Over 30 signs to help your baby…
  • How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
  • The Berenstain Bears and the truth by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • First Experiences – Going to the Dentist by Sally Hewitt


  • J’apprends à dessiner les dinosaures / Philippe Legendre
  • Mes machines préférées Les Pelleteuses / Colleen Ruck
  • Ma toute première Bible / Lois Rock
  • La souris des dents / Marie-Sabine Roger – Quentin Gréban
  • La mauvaise humeur et la branche / Lemony Snicket
  • Les amis qui pensaient qu’à gagner / Nicholas Oldland
  • J’en ai assez de la 1re année! / Nancy Wilcox Richards
  • Ma gardienne est sourde / Noëmi Forget
  • Gros Gâté / Jeremy Tankard
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Board Games at the Library by Melissa Campsall

The Temiskaming Shores Public Library is your one stop shop for all your entertainment needs!  We have everything from books, magazines, DVDs, Nordic Walking Poles, snowshoes, audiobooks, puzzles, CDs, backpacks, and BOARD GAMES!

Both branches of the Temiskaming Shores Public Library has a variety of board games for all ages and interests. All games have a three-week circulation period.  Here are some examples of games we have on hand:

  • Cranium
  • Boggle
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Sorry
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Risk
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Story in a Box
  • 80s 90s Trivia
  • Guess Who
  • Pictionary
  • Life

Stop by either branch to stock up for your next game night!

Overdue fines on board games are $1.00/day per item.  So please remember to return on time!

We thank the Temiskaming Foundation for funding for this project.

What is your favourite board game to play?

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Curl Up With A Good Book by Alison McCorkle

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Now that the hustle and bustle of the very busy holiday season is behind us, it is time to rest, relax, and curl up with a good book.

The New Liskeard branch of the Temiskaming Shores Public Library has an in-library program happening right now with the same name.

All you need to do is choose a library book(s) that you wish to read and ask staff for a Curl Up With a Good Book form for each of your books. On the form we ask for your name, the title of the book and then for you to write down a little recommendation about the book.

If you’re looking for an example just take a peek at our Staff Picks on the back window or on our blog. Just a few sentences is all it takes and you are helping out the library and its users by offering up some Reader’s Advisory.

Each time you submit a Curl Up With a Good Book form we will enter your name in a draw for one of our little lap robes for you to use when you carry on the fine tradition of curling up with a good book.

Stay warm and keep reading!

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TSPL 100 Most Checked Out Titles in 2018 by Elesha Teskey

It’s always fun to see what books patrons are checking out the most.

James Patterson and his various co-authors are the most popular, having eight books on our top 100 list. Stuart Woods follows with six titles on the list, and Danielle Steel rounds out the top three with five titles.

Most of the titles aren’t surprising as they are popular authors. I suspect Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale made the list because of the popularity of the television show (we have the first season on DVD). Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese came out in 2012 and is also on the list, probably because the movie came out this year. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and The Snowman by Jo Nesbø also had movies released based on them.

In January, we started posting “Staff Picks” in the library and on our blog. Some of those titles appear on this list: Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese, Deadline by John Sandford, Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult, The Dry by Jane Harper, Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, and The Seagull by Ann Cleeves.

Below is the full list of the TSPL’s most 100 checked out books. How many have you read?

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1. Fifty Fifty by James Patterson and Candice Fox
2. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
3. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
4. The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
5. The Wanted by Robert Crais
6. Look for Me by Lisa Gardner
7. End Game by David Baldacci
8. Between You & Me by Susan Wiggs
9. After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
10. The 17th Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

shoot first11. Shoot First by Stuart Woods
12. A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
13. The Fallen by David Baldacci
14. The Cast by Danielle Steel
15. Year One by Nora Roberts
16. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
17. Twisted Prey by John Sandford
18. The Take by Christopher Reich
19. Tailspin by Sandra Brown
20. The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

ragged company21. Red Alert by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
22. Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
23. Holy Ghost by John Sanford
24. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
25. Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
26. Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
27. Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
28. Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel
29. Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry
30. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

shallow grave31. Shallow Grave by Karen Harper
32. Quick & Dirty by Stuart Woods
33. The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson
34. The Outsider by Stephen King
35. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
36. Leverage in Death by J. D. Robb
37. Juror #3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen
38. A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo
39. Desperate Measures by Stuart Woods
40. Deep Freeze by John Sandford

Deadline41. Deadline by John Sandford
42. Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty
43. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
44. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
45. Past Perfect by Danielle Steel
46. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
47. The Good Fight by Danielle Steel
48. Glass Houses by Louise Penny
49. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
50. Count to Ten by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi

the wife51. The Wife by Alafair Burke
52. Unbound by Stuart Woods
53. Turbulence by Stuart Woods
54. The Terminal List by Jack Carr
55. The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
56. Snap by Belinda Bauer
57. Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay
58. Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman
59. The Money Shot by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall
60. Insidious Intent by Val McDermid

home for unwanted girls61. The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
62. Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
63. The Dry by Jane Harper
64. Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton
65. A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando
66. When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury
67. What Remains Of Her by Eric Rickstad
68. An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope
69. Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
70. The Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page

rainy day friends71. Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
72. Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
73. Paradox by Catherine Coulter
74. Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson
75. Macbeth by Jo Nesbø
76. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
77. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
78. In His Father’s Footsteps by Danielle Steel
79. Hang Him Twice by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone
80. Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

double blind81. Double Blind by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
82. The Dead Ringer by M.C. Beaton
83. Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin
84. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
85. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
86. The Ultimatum by Karen Robards
87. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
88. Texas Ranger by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle
89. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
90. Still Me by Jojo Moyes

somebodysdaughter91. Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell
92. The Seagull by Ann Cleeves
93. Personal by Lee Child
94. Other Men’s Horses and Texas Standoff by Elmer Kelton
95. Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
96. One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk
97. No Middle Name by Lee Child
98. The Murder Stone by Louise Penny
99. The Hush by John Hart
100. The Hunger by Alma Katsu


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2019 Reading Challenge by Emily Smith

With 2019 quickly approaching, it is time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. While resolutions regarding health and finances are often popular, they are not necessarily “fun”. That is why bookish New Year’s resolutions are the way to go (or maybe we’re just biased here at the library). While we love to challenge ourselves to read more books in a year, it is great to resolve to read different books as well. This year, the Temiskaming Shores Public Library will be doing a 2019 Reading Challenge. You can stop by either branch to pick up a template, which will provide you with 12 categories to help you read outside your comfort zone. Categories include books chosen based on their cover, banned books, and books over 500 pages long. Read one book for each category, and be sure to let us know what you are reading on Instagram, Facebook, or in person. If you need help choosing a book, just ask one of the librarians (we are always happy to talk books with you!).

Happy New Year, and Happy Reading!

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