Curl Up With A Good Book by Alison McCorkle

curl up with a good book 2019

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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New Year Reset by Dom Lafontaine

It’s the holiday season, stockings are being stuffed and bellies are getting filled; but there’s another thing that has reached capacity: your hard drive!!!

Every New Year, I like to clean up my digital spaces. It might seem like a daunting task with the amount of devices and avatars that we connect with, both at home and at work; but it is possible!  I propose two solutions- we’ll start with the easiest.

A light scrubbing: This is the wimpiest way to clear up some space. It’s as simple as going into download, document, and pic/video folders and clearing the old cobwebs out. If you haven’t used a file in 6 months, chances are you won’t anytime soon. Same goes with phones and tablets. You would be surprised to see how many temporary files are crammed into the cracks of your SD card. It also doesn’t hurt to delete old Emails, downloaded documents for projects that are already completed. I even, sometimes, delete some of my meme collection (some, not all. I am not a monster!).

The real clean a.k.a. Factory reset: I prefer this method because it really cleans up your digital domain. Depending on your OS, there are options to do a complete/partial reset of your computer. Just remember to BACK THINGS UP! There are various cloud storage options, but I prefer a good ole standalone hard drive. This option might seem a little harsh, but imagine starting the New Year fresh, with a clean machine and clear mind.

Now, if we could only hit reset on the extra holiday pounds.


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Christmas items to enjoy by Carmen Peddie

Christmas is just around the corner. It’s a busy time of year. Fortunately there will be times of quiet reflections and leisure at unexpected moments. At those special times we want you to be ready to relax and treasure those precious few minutes to do the things you enjoy!

We have many great books and other items available at the Library to read, to watch or to listen to… and in both languages too! At each holiday season, in the French picture book section for example, we put French books on hand for each specific holiday. They are found on top of the shelf in that designated area for easy access. As Christmas is fast approaching there are many Christmas books and items just waiting for you to take home. When the hustle and bustle has slowed down, here are just a few Christmas items in both English and French that we have just for you:

Puzzles/Casse-têtes: Cobble Hill Puzzle Trimming the Tree (1000 piece puzzle)

Books/Livres: Joyeux Noël, mon tout-petit! / Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

Petite Ourse et son bonhomme de neige / Trace Moroney

Father Christmas on the Naughty Step / Mark Sperring

Audios (CD)/DC: A Baxter Family Christmas / Karen Kingsbury

The Gift / Richard Paul Evans, A Christmas homecoming / Anne Perry

Movies/Films: Nicolas Noël La magie de la poussière d’étoiles,

A Christmas Carol, Christmas with the Kranks…. And much more. We encourage you to take advantage of our amazing Library! Merry Christmas! / Joyeux Noël !

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Online E-Resources at the Temiskaming Shores Public Library By Melissa Campsall

The Temiskaming Shores Public Library has a number of online resources.  You can access these from the comfort of your own home – using your iPad, tablet, laptop, or Smart phone, and the 14-digit library card number from the back of your Temiskaming Shores Public Library card.

Mango Languages is an FREE online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for over 50 different languages. With helpful feedback, you can learn at your pace, wherever you are. A smartphone, tablet, or home computer makes a great platform for Mango Languages.

rb digital for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-color, digital magazines for immediate checkout and reading online, on desktop, and on mobile devices — or download through the rb digital for Libraries app. Browse from your library’s collection of popular new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods and no limits. Titles in the collection include: Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest, Elle Magazine, Coup de Pouce, les affaires, Our Canada, O, the Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Popular Science, GQ, The Hockey News, Zoomer Magazine, Quilting Arts, Women’s Health, OK! Magazine, Forbes, Chez Soi, Clin d’Oeil and more!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of ebooks for children in grades K-6 (approximately). Existing children’s books are licensed for use then animated using the existing illustrations and adding audio narration. The collection includes old time favorites such as The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, Diary of a Worm, How I Became a Pirate, Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10, One Duck Stuck, as well as favourite fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk and Old Mother Hubbard.

These are just a few examples of some of our online e-resources.  Access them easily by checking out our website at and click on ERESOURCES to see our entire list. Be sure to have your library card ready to be able to access these resources!

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Christmas Memories by Alison McCorkle

A Christmas memory that has been the most vivid in my memory since it occurred is this:

I was about eleven years old and had been taking figure skating lessons for a few years.  I had figures tests coming up and desperately needed new skates.  My parents had custom figure skates made for me and I was given them prior to Christmas in order to take my tests.  An amazing and thoughtful gift!  My mom let me know that this gift was my big Christmas gift and that I should be prepared to not have as much under the tree as my brothers and sisters.

On Christmas morning our tree was almost swallowed up by the gifts beneath it.  My five siblings and our parents were opening gifts forever it seemed but I was done in no time.   I had two or three smaller gifts under the tree and my bulging Christmas stocking but  I felt (ashamedly) a little sad that I had so little compared to the rest.  I knew that my skates were very expensive and my parents had to scrimp and save in order to be able to afford them, but it still was a little difficult for me that morning.

I smiled and shared in the excitement of the gift opening and soon my selfish, shameful thoughts were gone.  This was the year I guess, when I realized that Christmas isn’t about the gifts, it’s about togetherness.

At the Temiskaming Shores Public Library we have many ways for you and your family to share some wonderful times together.

First off, there are the very obvious books and talking books that you can borrow to enjoy independently or to share together at bedtime or whenever you would like.  If you are looking for something a little different, we have numerous jigsaw puzzles and a variety of board games to help keep the whole family busy and entertained on cold blustery evenings while keeping all snug and cozy indoors.  If your family is the more active and adventurous type and you want to try snowshoeing we even have some of those for you to borrow at the Haileybury branch and both branches do have the Nordic Walking Poles to borrow.

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