Livres ajoutés à notre collection française!! Par Carmen Peddie

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Ici se trouve seulement un petit ensemble de livres pour les adultes que nous avons ajoutés à notre collection française!

Voici les titres mentionnés :

Les jumelles d’Arrowood par Laura McHugh

Roman policier :
le décor : une superbe demeure historique bordant le Mississippi
le mystère : des petites jumelles qui disparaissent en plein jour
le défi : leur grande soeur partant à leur recherche dix-sept ans plus tard
sa conviction : elles sont encore en vie.

 

Le magasin général Tome 2 : William et Eva par Mélanie Calvé

Au tournant des années 1900 Eva Benoit a fini par céder aux avances de William Leduc. Alors que leur vie s’organise autour du magasin général le procès des parents de la jeune Laura, morte dans des circonstances tragiques, va rappeler à Eva des évènements qu’elle aurait bien voulu oublier une fois pour toutes.

 

Sous le vent par Sylvie Payette

Une histoire d’amour sensuelle et voluptueuse va changer la vie d’Hélène Bernier pour toujours. Afin d’oublier l’absence des ses enfants à Noël, après son récent divorce, Hélène décide de rejoindre ses parents en Gaspésie. Mais une tempête de neige immobilise le train et un des passagers du wagon attire l’attention de la jeune femme….

 

Le Miroir d’Amélie par Mireille Pluchard

Voici Amélie, en 1893, jeune institutrice à la vocation innée qui, déjà, cultive le gout du bonheur et de la liberté. Ame forte, mère courage, dame de Coeur, maîtresse incontestée du refuge familial de La Tourette, Amélie puise le meilleur d’elle-même dans le souci des siens.

 

Le Club de la Petite Librairie par Deborah Meyler

Jeune femme brillante, Esme obtient une bourse à l’université de Columbia à New York. Elle tombe amoureuse de Mitchell. Tout va bien. Jusqu’à ce qu’elle soit enceinte : là, Mitchell annonce qu’il s’en va. Esme reprend sa vie en main et se trouve un travail dans une petite librairie de quartier. Au milieu des livres, la jeune femme trouve un réconfort bienvenu, tout comme auprès des clients de la librairie qui deviennent des amis et des soutiens. Et puis, un jour, Mitchell revient….

 

Il était une fois une liste par Robin Gold

Il y a huit mois, Clara a perdu son fiancé dans un accident de la route. Noyé par la chagrin elle tente de reconstruire sa vie en retournant dans la maison de son enfance. Par hasard elle trouve une liste rédigée lorsqu’elle avait dix ans. Une énumération de choses qu’elle espérait pouvoir accomplir avant ses 35 ans. Clara décide alors de réaliser ces rêves d’enfant.

 

Sexe, pot et politique par Lucie Pagé

L’existence de Joséphine prend une nouvelle tournure lorsque son mari, Robert, « Bobby » pour les intimes, est élu ministre des Finances. Elle réalise bien vite que les fréquentations douteuses de Robert se multiplient au rythme où s’effritent ses valeurs et ses principes. À cela s’ajoute une découverte qui la scandalise : son fils cadet fume du pot ! D’abord choquée, elle tente à son tour l’expérience, qui lui procure un plaisir fou. Une idée germe alors dans son esprit. Avec la complicité de sa grande amie Lilly et de ses domestiques, Mamadou et Ping, elle préparera un repas « spécial » que son mari donnera en l’honneur de plusieurs personnalités publiques influentes. Si elle voulait mettre du piquant dans son quotidien, Joséphine aura atteint son but. Mais les découvertes qu’elle fera changeront sa vie. Et celle de la planète.

 

Mères et filles par Sally Hepworth

Entre l’Angleterre des années 1950 et les États-Unis d’aujourd’hui, un roman magnifique et émouvant, plein de suspense, de mystère et d’émotion, sur l’amour et les secrets qui unissent trois générations de sages-femmes.

À sept mois de grossesse, Neva Bradley, vingt-neuf ans, doit se résoudre à annoncer l’événement à sa mère et à sa grand-mère. Mais comment leur dire que le père ne fait pas partie du tableau et qu’elle compte bien élever l’enfant seule ?

Un choc pour Grace. Aussi exubérante que Neva est réservée, Grace n’a jamais vraiment su communiquer avec sa fille. Et aujourd’hui moins que jamais : elle qui a grandi sans présence paternelle souhaite plus que tout préserver son futur petit-enfant du sentiment d’abandon dont elle a souffert toute sa vie.

À quatre-vingt-trois ans, Floss, la grand-mère, ne dit mot. Et se laisse aller à ses souvenirs : ceux d’une mère célibataire qu’un drame avait poussée à quitter l’Angleterre et les siens, pour se reconstruire avec son bébé de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique. Et tenter d’oublier.

Alors que l’incompréhension se creuse entre la mère et la fille, la grand-mère, elle, le sait : l’heure est venue de parler ; de briser le sceau de secrets vieux de soixante ans, quoi qu’il en coûte…

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More Bang for your Buck at the Library by Rebecca Hunt

A question that is occasionally asked of library staff members is, “How is the library funded?” In Ontario, libraries are funded primarily through municipal tax dollars. In Temiskaming Shores, and in most libraries across Ontario, this accounts for about 85% of library revenues. Although they are primarily funded by their municipalities and their boards are appointed by municipal councils, libraries are governed by the Public Libraries Act of Ontario and are somewhat separate from other municipal departments. The act restricts the ability of public libraries to levy fees for services for residents within the library’s service area; libraries cannot charge their residents for library cards and cannot implement fees for circulation of prescribed materials. Because of these restrictions, a library has limited ability to raise operating funds. Most of the self- generated funds for the Temiskaming Shores Public Library comes from fines, non-resident fees, fees for lost and damaged materials, photocopying, faxing and printing fees, proctoring exam fees, the pay-as-you-please book sales, and donations including interest from the May Ball trust fund that was set up many years ago.

Another interesting fact is that an average household in the City of Temiskaming Shores contributes about $100 of annual municipal taxes to library services. A breakdown of revenues for the Temiskaming Shores Public Library in 2019 is as follows:

 

TSPL revenues allocations 2019

 

What do taxpaying residents of a municipality get in return for their contribution towards keeping their public library operating in their community?

A number of economic impact and value studies have been completed in the past decade in libraries across Canada. These studies have found that libraries have intangible benefits related to their natural role as community hubs. This value to a community can be expressed as “Social Return on Investment (SROI)” or the “social impact of a library’s operations in dollar terms relative to the investment required to create that impact.” There are seven main areas in which libraries are acknowledged to contribute to a community’s social network and fabric. Here are some examples of how the Temiskaming Shores Library contributes to each of those areas:

Snowshoes2Cultural Integrity and Regional Identity: The Library has collections of materials to preserve and reflect the unique cultural identity of our region: Francophone materials, genealogy and local history resources, and collections of items such as snowshoes and backpacks to reflect the connections to our natural surroundings.

Social Inclusion: The Library is a space open to the entire community. The library often levels the playing field for people. Many people in the area either have no internet or unreliable access to internet. For those people, the internet connection offered by the library is crucial to access online information and to connect with friends and family who do not live in the region.

DSCF1554Cognitive and Literacy Development: The Library’s collection of literary resources is available to community members of all ages, and even delivered to the seniors’ homes in the area. Technology workshops encourage computer literacy among community members of all ages. As well, the public library proctors exams for educational institutions, allowing people to remain in the community while completing an education.

Health and wellness: There is a strong connection between the services of public libraries and the health of their patrons, particularly for those who experience mental and physical health challenges. Many patrons know that they are more than just another face to the staff at the Temiskaming Shores Public Library. The safe and welcoming environment of the library is highly regarded because people do not have to travel outside the community for programming or services.

DSCF0629Engaged Citizens and Safer Communities: Through programming, workshops, and accidental interaction, patrons have an opportunity to create and develop relationships with a broader cross-section of the population at the library than they might ordinarily meet in their daily lives. After school programs offer a safe place for students, such as the Digital Creator space. The Library is one of the main places where newcomers to the community can access help and support.

Entertainment and Enjoyment: Libraries provide enjoyment and entertainment to their patrons in two important ways: through their ever-changing collections of books, CDs, DVDs, eBooks, audio books, and a wide range of other materials, and as a place to hang out.  For populations living in Northern, rural communities, both of these functions may be of even greater importance than in larger urban centres.

Economic Development: The Library boosts economic development through providing “office” space and internet for home-based businesses and local entrepreneurs, supporting the local economy by purchasing goods and services in the community and helping student pages and volunteers develop workplace skills which help them become better employees outside the library.

The infographic below shows the social return on investment for the various services and programs in each of the seven sectors, and for each hour open ($353), for each person in the Temiskaming Shores Library’s catchment area ($391), and for each household ($839). In 2018 each taxpayer dollar invested in library services had an overall SROI benefit of $11.08, with an economic impact of $4,576,523.

 

TSPL 2018 SROI_Infographic

 

The Temiskaming Shores library has a great bang for buck in value to our community! If you haven’t been in the library lately, maybe now is the time to come explore what your library has to offer you.

 

 

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Animals in Literature by Sharren Reil

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*Note, most of these stories require a full box of Kleenex to get through…

I still get chocked up when I think about the fate awaiting Beauty and Ginger in the book Black Beauty, and have cried my eyes out over the ending of many copies of Old Yeller. There is something about animals that has the potential to hold and enrapture us. There are good animals, like the rabbits Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, and Blackberry in Watership Down and Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. Hard to imagine a spider saving the day, but Charlotte, writing in a web, saves the life of the beloved pig Wilbur. And what a pig he was! And then there are animals that are not so loveable, like Moby Dick, the albino sperm whale, in the book named after him.

There are tales of epic journeys like the two dogs and the cat, Luath, Dodger, and Tao. The Incredible Journey is based on a true story of the two dogs and a cat traveling through the wilderness to return home. There is the dog Buck who is kidnapped from down south and winds up being a sled dog in the Yukon in the story The Call of the Wild. There is the shipwrecked horse and a boy in the Black Stallion. When I read that book, I was a horse enraptured young teen who would have given anything to escape the confines of my middle class home to roam far beaches with a noble steed!

There are stories and lessons within the stories, like good old Chicken Little in the story named after her. In the story she gets hit by an acorn and tries to tell her town that the sky is falling. She is not really listened to, and although the sky is not falling, I think if Chicken Little was Rooster Little, she might have been taken a bit more seriously… There is the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. Talk about how societal expectations can lead to insecurity and self-doubt!

The Jungle Book introduces us to the mentor of Mowgli, the bear Baloo, Bagheera the black panther, and nasty Kaa, the Indian rock python. The story of a man child raised by wolves and the animals of the forest is the tale of any individual who feels like they are living between cultures, or conflicting expectations. Then, in the book Winnie-the-Pooh, we are introduced to many animals with issues. We have Pooh Bear who struggles with his addiction to honey and perhaps obsessive compulsive disorder as indicated by his repeaditive counting. Tigger is impulsive and active and may have Attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder. Nervous Piglet may be showing generalized Anxiety Disorder and then there is the sad, but lovable Eeyore, who is a poster donkey for Depressive Disorder.

I think this should end with beloved Dewey the Library Cat. The Dewey Decimal System is how we shelf items in the library. When I was young I remember there being pets in many public stores and buildings. We had a pet cat at the hardware store in Victoria where I grew up, pet parrots at the library, and a very active rabbit that lived at the local florists. The Highway Book Shop had the two lazy cats which I miss as much as I miss the store! With so many individuals having allergies to animals now, it is very seldom that we can pat a pet while shopping, checking out a book, or buying a bag of nails. I am a real animal person, and armed with medical facts proving that pet owners live longer and have lower blood pressure, I lament the past when animals were a closer part of our communities. But, there are always the animals awaiting us in books.

Happy reading!

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The Best Sex I Ever Has Was In A Book by Alison McCorkle

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Now that I have your attention let me explain myself.

I wasn’t the one actually in the throes of passion, I was just the reader of this steamy scene.
Spicy romance novels aren’t for everyone. If by chance you might enjoy a little more ‘action of an intimate nature’ in your life (without having to shave your legs or other body parts, worry about pregnancy, STDs, or having to cuddle or sleep with this other person), you might want to give them a try.

Here are some titles that might ‘turn you on’ to a new genre!

 

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E.L. James

  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Fifty Shades Freed

 

 

 

 

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Sylvia Day

  • Bared to You
  • Reflected In You
  • Entwined With You
  • Captivated By You
  • One With You

 

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Helen Hoang

  • The Kiss Quotient
  • The Bride Test

 

 

 

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Bertrice Small

  • Francesca
  • Bianca
  • The Border Vixen
  • Dangerous Pleasures
  • A Dangerous Love
  • The Dragon Lord’s Daughters
  • Fascinated

 

 

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Diana Gabaldon

  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • The Fiery Cross
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • An Echo in the Bone
  • Written In My Own Heart’s Blood

 

 

 

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Karen Marie Moning

  • Shadowfever
  • Feverborn
  • Feversong
  • High Voltage
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Chilly Weather Cookbooks by Elesha Teskey

Days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping. Usually at this time of year people start to crave comfort food, which is defined on Google as: “Food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.”

Both branches of the Temiskaming Shores Public Library have a large selection of cookbooks, including ones with comfort food. Today we’ll take a look at four of them.

 

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The One Dish Collection by Canadian Living

This one is divided into six sections: soups; stews; salads; casseroles & bakes; skillets, simmers & stir-fries; and pasts and risotto. There are recipes for your slow cooker and classics like lasagna or ones that sound very healthy like chicken and green bean stew. This book is sure to have a recipe or two that will keep you warm this fall and winter. You can find it in New Liskeard (641.82 ONE).

 

 

 

101 Slow cooker recipes101 Slow-Cooker Recipes by Gooseberry Patch

I’m going to admit this now: I have a slow cooker that I’ve never used and every year I vow I’ll learn how to use it. This book looks like one that will help me.

This book is divided up into: food with friends; everyday comfort foods; soups & stews; potlucks & picnics. The bonus is that it has pictures for every recipe. It covers many comfort foods like dips, sloppy Joes, hot sandwiches, mac & cheese, and desserts. There even looks to be recipes that my picky children will enjoy! You can find this book in New Liskeard (641.5 GOO).

 

 
slow cooker comfort foodSlow Cooker Comfort Food by Judith Finlayson

Here’s another book that will help me with my quest to use my slow cooker! It includes 275 “soul-satisfying recipes”. The beginning has some great information for using a slow cooker if you’re new to it like I am. There’s also four boxes in the corner of each recipe that will tell you if the dish can be halved, is entertainment worthy, vegan friendly, or vegetarian friendly. Another thing that struck me about this one is the variety of the foods. It contains international dishes like African-Style Jambalaya, Chicken Pho and Coq au Vin. If you’re looking to add some variety to your slow cooker meals, this book can help. You can find it in New Liskeard (641.1 FIN).

 

 
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The introduction for the book says, “Most of the recipes aren’t super-fast, nor are they for everyday cooking—this is about long summer evenings, cozy winter nights, weekends, holidays, and celebrations.” So if you’re looking for some recipes where you can enjoy some time in the kitchen (maybe while listening to an audiobook as I enjoy doing), this book is for you.

There are pictures with each recipe so you know what you’re getting into. There’s a variety of dishes from ice cream, to seafood, to fish, to international dishes. Again, if you’re looking for something different, this would be a good book to check out. You can find it in New Liskeard (641.523 OLI).

 
Do you have any favourite comfort foods you like to make at this time of year?

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Fictional Heroines Through the Ages by Hannah Wight

The significance of finding a novel that includes a strong female character is paramount, especially when found in literature for young girls and women. Throughout my reading journey I have come across various literary heroines who I believe to be great role models for women.

Below are my top four favourite heroines:

 

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Elizabeth Bennet is the protagonist of the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Elizabeth is a determined young woman who knows her own mind and seeks to expand it through extensive reading. She loves to spend time in nature and prefers walking muddy trails rather than taking a carriage. One of her best traits is her desire to marry for love during a time when it was not always conventional to do so. Since women could not inherit property, it was important to secure a husband. Much of the novel depicts the intermingling of social classes, and as Elizabeth sees worth in everyone, she refuses to feel the pressure to please those of a higher rank.

 

 

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Jo March – Little Women
19th Century

Josephine ‘Jo’ March is one of the many heroines created by author Louisa May Alcott. As the central character of the novel Little Women, Jo has been captivating the hearts of readers for generations. Portrayed as strong-minded, independent and a tomboy, Jo has been said to be based on Alcott herself. Jo spends more time writing her own plays and stories than worrying about romance, and refreshingly does not end up with her first love. She’s a true working gal with ambition and heart.

 

 

 

Alice in Wonderland

 

Alice – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
19th Century

Popular with both adults and children, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll tells the story of Alice falling through a rabbit hole and into a bizarre fantasy world. Despite being a young girl, Alice is brave and uses her wild imagination to adapt to the unknown creatures and scenarios she encounters. She fears nothing, questions everything, and never stops being inquisitive.

 

 

 

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20th Century

Known as everyone’s favourite witch, Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series has been inspiring readers young and old since 1991. Written as a plain but clever girl with big teeth and bushy hair, it is refreshing to come across a heroine who does not fit the stereotyped “pretty girl” look. Hermione is known primarily for her intelligence and kind heart. She’s always two steps ahead whenever a problem arises, and she never compromises who she is just to impress a boy. Her greatest strength is her compassion for others, especially those who face injustice. Hermione does her best to stand up for justice, even though it makes her unpopular amongst her peers.

 

I encourage you to pick up a book and find a heroine that inspires you!

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Things You May Not Know About TSPL – By Sharren Reil

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I am a fairly new Library Clerk at TSPL, and getting this job has really opened my eyes to all the library has to offer. Of course we have books, but there is so much more! Let’s start with the building that houses our collection. Our library in New Liskeard is one of 125 libraries across Canada that was funded by a very wealthy business man and philanthropist named Andrew Carnegie. He funded 111 libraries in Ontario, and worldwide he financed, through his foundation, 2509 libraries. He was a very strong believer in the power of free books and information to help level the playing field of life. He is quoted as saying, “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.”

Our library in New Liskeard was awarded $10,900.00 from the foundation is 1910, and was built by the architects Angus and Angus. I still am in awe when I drive or walk by on my day off and think “I have the keys to THAT building!”

I was really surprised at what else can be checked out.  We have board games for all ages, as well as backpacks full of items for hiking and bird watching.  We have walking poles and the Haileybury branch has snowshoes.  We also have a large selection of DVD and Blu-ray movies as well as audio books.  We have magazines at both branches and also online. Our online applications give you access to audio and E-books as well.  We also have large print books, and we carry the weekly editions of two local papers. The newspapers are for reading here in the branch, but everything else is available to borrow with your library card. We also have a microfiche machine in Haileybury available for research.  We have computers in each branch that are open to the public, and you do not need a card to use them.  We have free Wi-Fi and do inexpensive faxing and photocopying for the general public. We also sell dog and cat tags as well as bus tickets and passes.

In New Liskeard, we have a special teen room set up with an Xbox, a Nintendo unit, a 3D printer, and three gaming machines.  Teens can play games, but also the Digital Creator staff will work with them to teach them specific digital skills.

Libraries often serve as meeting places, places to tutor, write exams, and study.  We are much more relaxed than years ago, and now patrons can bring their snack and a coffee into the building—as long as they aren’t using the computers.  I like to think of libraries as a safe place for all kinds of people to linger within!  A place to connect, to dream, and to find stories that remind us how marvelous it is to be human!

 

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