L’hiver est arrivé !! par Carmen Peddie

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Pour ceux et celles qui n’aiment pas l’hiver je suis désolé mais pour les autres je dis youpi !! Vous me demandez la raison? Voici la réponse : ici à la bibliothèque publique de Temiskaming Shores nous avons plusieurs livres sur l’hiver pour les enfants contenant les sujets suivants : le froid, la neige et les bonhommes de neige, les glissades, le patinage, le hockey, les flocons, la tempête, etc… :

 

Lucy fait du patinage de vitesse par Lisa Bowes

“Ce livre représente bien la communauté du patinage de vitesse: des membres et athlètes rassemblés pour l’amour du sport dans un fair-play où existe, à l’extérieur de la patinoire, une grande amitié.” Marc Gagnon, Médaillé olympique à cinq reprises en patinage de vitesse sur la courte piste.

 

La neige parfaite par Barbara Reid

Elle est tombée pendant la nuit.

  • Parfait! s’écrie Félix.
  • De la NEIGE! s’exclame Julien.

Mais comment construire quoi que ce soit…? Les deux jeunes créateurs prouveront que, lorsque amitié, enthousiasme et neige parfait sont aux rendez-vous, il faut s’attendre à de bien belles surprises!

 

Nicolas fou de hockey! Cinq histoires amusantes par Gilles Tibo

Nicolas est fou de hockey! Il dort, mange et respire avec une seule idée en tête : jouer au hockey! Ce recueil de cinq histoires savoureuses encouragera l’esprit d’équipe chez tous les lecteurs.

 

Dino-hockey par Lisa Wheeler

Si vous croyez que les dinosaures sont féroces dans la nature, vous devriez les voir s’affronter sur une patinoire! Il n’y a rien de plus excitant qu’un match opposant les Carnivores aux Herbibores!

 

Une nuit avec les ours par Andrew Breakspeare

Malgré tous ses efforts, le petit Tim ne sait pas patiner…jusqu’à ce qu’il passe une nuit magique avec les ours!

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Suprises d’hiver par Jean-Denis Côté

Aujourd’hui, la neige est tombée. Le ciel est bleu et c’est une journée épatante qui s’annonce ! Francis et sa cousine, Clara, vont se promener en forêt avec leur grand-père.

  • Qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans ton sac, grand-papa ?
  • Mystère, les enfants…

 

Le but du siècle par Mike Leonetti

Nous sommes en 1972. Le petit Paul, qui aime bien jouer au hockey, suit la palpitante série Canada-U.R.S.S. à la télé. Tout a bien commence pour Équipe Canada, mais les Soviétique prennent le dessus et sont bientôt à une partie de la victoire. Quand tout semble perdu, le héros du jeune garcon, Paul Henderson, tire son équipe du pétrin.

 

Petite Ourse et son bonhomme de neige par Trace Moroney

C’est la première chute de neige de l’hiver, et Petite Ourse a hâte d’aller dehors. Quelle journée parfait pour attraper des flocons et faire des anges dans la neige! Mais quand Petite Ourse décide de faire un bonhomme de neige, elle a besoin de l’aide de ses amis.

 

Toute une glissade! par Suzan Reid

“S’il te plaît, grand-papa, encore une fois…”

La dernière glissade de la journée devient toute une aventure pour Florence, grand-père Léo et leurs invités inattendus!

 

 

La légende de Sedna par Martine Latulippe

Le pingouin que ne savait pas voler par Melanie Joyce

Seth le Sasquatch L’empreinte du monstre! Par Martin Deschatelets

Stella reine des neiges par Marie-Louise Gay

Un manchot marabout de Jory John

La mitaine de laine par Annie Broccoli

La vie secrète des bonhommes de neige par Caralyn Buehner

Un câlin pour le bonhomme de neige par M.C. Butler. Et plus…

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Starting Over and New Beginnings: Winter Solstice and the New Year by Sharren Reil

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Our celebration of the New Year on January 1st is not an ancient phenomenon. Many believe that the first recording of this celebration is in Mesopotamia c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox in March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.

In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the New Year was March 1st. This calendar had only 10 months until the second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius, added the months of January and February. The New Year was moved to January because that was the beginning of the civil year. The Julian calendar had January 1st officially instituted as the beginning of the New Year. Many countries now use the Gregorian calendar, and the year starts on January 1st. Whatever calendar is used, we all seem to want to celebrate the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one.

Just before our present New Year, we have the winter solstice, also known as the hibernal solstice. I know it as midwinter, or the longest night. I spent many years living in the bush way outside Dawson City, Yukon, and spent most of the winter with just a few hours each day of daylight. The winter solstice was a time of excitement as it meant we were climbing back into the sunshine. The further north you live, the more dramatic the daily increase is in the length of each day.

I think both the New Year and the winter solstice are reflective events where we can take stock of our lives, our believes, and our intentions. It is a time of darkness, cold, and introspection. A time to think of the past, plan for the future, and curl up with a good book by the fire. I have some titles of books about starting over and new beginning for you to curl up with. Enjoy the quiet before the returning sun wakes up our world yet again…

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The theme of this story is one of finding your destiny. It is a theme as old as the hills, yet rings true today. This book is available in both branches.

 

 

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Love in the Time of Cholera by Cabriel Carcia Marquez
This books examines social norms and how they impact of personal happiness. Again, this theme is as relevant today as ever. Perhaps the norms are more hidden now, but they impact our choices and decisions. This book is available in Haileybury.

 

 

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Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This is a great tale of betrayal and redemption. The D.V.D. is available in New Liskeard.

 

 

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This very popular book looks at the themes of abandonment and isolation and the search for connections and love. The book is available in both branches.

 

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This book is about the search for family and a sense of belonging. The book is available in Haileybury.

 

 

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbough
I loved this story of pain and forgiveness! As an avid flower gardener, I was very interested in all her research of the ancient language of flowers. It is a lost art but learning the meaning of many common flowers was moving for me. This book is only available through our interlibrary loan program, but I had to include it!

 

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Wild by Cheryl Stayed
This is an ancient theme of the redemptive power of travel. A three month hike helps a woman confront her demons and come to peace with herself.

 

However you mark the returning daylight or the New Year, I hope you do so with compassion for yourself and a touch of humor for this, our human condition.

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TSPL Top 100 Checkouts of 2019

1. Kingdom of t916WB7vJlHLhe Blind by Louise Penny
2. Past Tense by Lee Child
3. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
4. The Boy by Tami Hoag
5. Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
6. The 18th Abduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
7. Wild Card by Stuart Woods
8. The House Next Door by James Patterson with Susan Dilallo, Max DiLallo, and Tim Arnold
9. The Reckoning by John Grisham
10. Turning Point by Danielle Steel

 

91fHIRTrVZL11. Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry
12. The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman
13. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
14. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
15. Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen
16. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
17. Target, Alex Cross by James Patterson
18. Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
19. Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox
20. Connections in Death by J. D. Robb
21. The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
22. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

 

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23. Pandemic by Robin Cook
24. Holy Ghost by John Sandford
25. The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich and Peter Evanovich
26. Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
27. The Stationery Shop: A Novel by Marjan Kamali
28. Saving Meghan by D. J. Palmer
29. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
30. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
31. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
32. Women Talking by Miriam Toews
33. A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

 

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34. The Summer of Sunshine & Margot by Susan Mallery
35. Sea Of Greed by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
36. The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin
37. The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
38. A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron
39. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
40. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
41. Blessing In Disguise by Danielle Steel
42. Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber
43. Where the Crawdads Sing: A Novel by Delia Owens
44. We Went To the Woods: A Novel by Caite Dolan-Leach

 

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45. Watching You by Lisa Jewell
46. The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman
47. The Rule of Law: A Novel by John Lescroart
48. The Hiding Place by C. J. Tudor
49. Such a Perfect Wife: A Novel by Kate White
50. Starlight by Richard Wagamese
51. Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
52. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
53. Shadow Rider: Blood Sky at Morning and Apache Showdown by Jory Sherman
54. Run Away: A Novel by Harlan Coben
55. Pretty Revenge by Emily Liebert

 

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56. The Oracle by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
57. A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
58. No Exit: A Novel by Taylor Adams
59. Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø
60. Lost And Found by Danielle Steel
61. Lock Every Door: A Novel by Riley Sager
62. The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever by Mark Sisson
63. Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease by Josh Axe

 

 

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64. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
65. The Girl in the Glass Box by James Grippando
66. Final Report by Rick Mercer
67. Dead and Buried by Tim Bryant
68. The Cliff House by Raeanne Thayne
69. Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
70. Cemetery Road: A Novel by Greg Iles
71. California Girls by Susan Mallery
72. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
73. The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
74. Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel
75. Ambush by James Patterson and James O. Born

 

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76. 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan
77. You Don’t Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
78. Watcher in the Woods: Rockton by Kelley Armstrong
79. The Warning by James Patterson and Robison Wells
80. Unleashed by Diana Palmer
81. The Unbreakables: A Novel by Lisa Barr
82. Tightrope by Amanda Quick
83. The Suspect by Fiona Barton
84. Sisters of Summer’s End by Lori Foster
85. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
86. Silent Night by Danielle Steel

 

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87. The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
88. Shamed by Linda Castillo
89. Redemption by David Baldacci
90. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
91. Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
92. One Good Deed by David Baldacci
93. The New Girl by Daniel Silva
94. Murder on Trinity Place by Victoria Thompson
95. The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets: A Novel by Molly Fader
96. The Man with No Face by Peter May
97. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

 

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98. Looker: A Novel by Laura Sims
99. The Ketogenic Cookbook: Nutritious Low-Carb, High-Fat Paleo Meals to Heals Your Body by Jimmy Moore
100. Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

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I Almost Broke Up with this Book…But I’m Glad I Didn’t! by Hannah Wight

We’ve all been there. We’ve picked up a book and looked forward to getting immersed into the story, only to find ourselves confused, bored, and wondering if it’s worth the read. One such book that I almost broke up with was Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

 

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Life of Pi is a Canadian fantasy adventure novel. The main character in the novel is Pi Patel, an Indian Tamil man from Pondicherry, who is recounting his childhood story of survival to a journalist.  As a boy, Pi finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean. The novel is structured into three sections, with the first section focusing on Pi reminiscing on his childhood in India. The second section follows Pi’s adventure aboard the Tsimtsum freighter that is carrying his family and their zoo animals to North America, as well as the sinking of the ship, and Pi’s 227 days aboard the lifeboat. The final section describes the conversation Pi has with officials, who are making an inquiry into the sinking of the ship, after being rescued. Pi gives the officials two differing stories, allowing them to choose which one they like best.

 

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Many of Pi’s encounters are quite bizarre, and it often leads the reader to wonder if he is really experiencing these events. Despite the strange musings Pi reverts to and the whirlwind adventures he experiences, this novel is jam-packed with relevant themes.

Such themes include the will to live, the importance of storytelling, spirituality, and growth through adversity.

I almost broke up with this book, but because I didn’t, I found myself enraptured by a novel written with warmth and intrigue. Life of Pi is a perfect blend of the fantastical and truth, and it allows the reader to decide which story they like best.

 

 

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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).

 

 
jamies comfrot foodJamie’s Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver

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:

 

Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice pride-prejudice-12
18th Century

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.

 

 

 

Harry-Potter-Cover-1Hermione Granger – Harry Potter
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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