Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Curling books

This week Altona is hosting the Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial playdowns, and we welcome all visitors to our town. I thought it would be a good time to mention some of the newer curling books found on our shelves.

Colleen Jones released Curling Secrets a few years ago. In it she shares her passion for the sport. Step-by-step photographs accompany her tips on mastering a consistent slide, practice drills, and an off-ice training program.

Last year, Olympic gold medalist Russ Howard released Curl to Win. In it Howard covers the basics, the delivery, sweeping, strategy, drills, and tips and tricks.

Last year, John Morris released Fit to Curl. Morris’ book is designed to help everyone achieve a level of fitness that will help them stay injury free, win more games, and add to their enjoyment of the sport.

One of the most entertaining books is Weird facts about curling by Geoffrey Lansdell. In it, Lansdell tells us what happened in some of curling’s greatest games, describes some of the games most colourful characters, and gives us some great quotes. Read how, back in the 1930s, ashes from a cigar robbed Ken Watson of the first 8-ender in Brier history.

Curling is a great sport that is enjoyed by youngsters and seniors alike and this week, when you’re not curling, or watching a game, stop by and pick up a book.

Friday, January 21, 2011

How to raise mom and dad by Josh Lerman, Illustrated by Greg Clarke

Thurs. Jan. 27 is Family Literacy Day. This year all branches of the library will be celebrating the day by holding the annual pajama party at 7:00pm. Wear your pajamas and come to the library for bedtime stories read by guest readers, and a bedtime snack.

An entertaining new children’s book that recently arrived in the library is How to raise mom & dad by Josh Lerman and illustrated by Greg Clarke. The subtitle of the book is “instructions from someone who figured it out”.

This book is full of great instructions for children on how to get what you want from mom and dad and how to make sure they are getting all the sleep, exercise, and healthy food they need. Suggestions include: waking mom and dad up very early so they will have lots of time to get to work; have dad give you piggyback rides because this will strengthen his knees and back; eat as few green vegetables as possible so that there will be more for mom and dad; and keep mom and dad very busy at bedtime so they will be more tired and sleep well.

This and many great children’s books are found on library shelves and we hope everyone shares the gifts of books and reading on Family Literacy Day.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

The title of Erica Bauermeister’s debut novel The school of essential ingredients is certainly intriguing. This beautifully written story is a delight for the senses.

The novel gets its title from the cooking school that Lillian (the main character) runs on evenings when her popular, high-end restaurant is closed. On the first Monday of each month, Lillian’s restaurant kitchen is filled with a colourful assortment of amateur cooks; some eager to deepen their own culinary connections and some unsure of what brought them to this place. Each student is searching for something more than a great recipe, and one-by-one they are transformed by what they create.

The reader expects to learn what the essential ingredients are. In one sentence the main character explains, “I might as well tell you, there isn’t a list and I’ve never had one. Nor do I hand out recipes. All I can say is that you will learn what you need to”.

The ability of food and cooking to connect people with themselves, their past and each other is theme that runs through this novel.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Children make terrible pets by Peter Brown

There are some great programs coming up at the library for children. Check with your local branch about Storytime registration, and at the end of January, the annual Pajama Party comes up on Family Literacy Day.

The library has recently received many new children’s books including Children make terrible pets.

Do you know of a child who would bring home a wild creature seen roaming outdoors. Have you ever asked a child “Would you like it if a wild animal made you its pet?” This is the question posed by author Peter Brown’s mother when he brought home a frog. Now an adult, Brown has penned a wonderful new children’s book entitled Children make terrible pets.

In this delightful book, a bear named Lucy comes across a cute little boy in the forest and decides to take him home to be her pet. Lucy’s mother is not happy, and tells her she must take care of him - he is her responsibility. They have great fun doing everything together, but Lucy learns that having a pet child isn’t all fun and games. Eventually Lucy learns how it feels to allow her pet to return to his own kind.

This is a charming book to share with any child; full of funny and poignant moments.