Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

One of the joys of working in the library is that every so often a book catches your eye that begs to be read, and once you do, all you can say is WOW!. Such a book is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life and offers up the lessons he has learned about human life, love, relationships and racing. Enzo loves Formula 1 racing, television shows, and the humans who love him. Enzo is a dog, a philosopher, who learns that life is like racing, and one must learn the art of racing in the rain – that is navigating through difficult times to emerge as a champion. Enzo sees the cruelty possible in humans, but also the lengths humans will go to for those they love. Enzo does all this because he wants to learn what it takes to be a great human being. Enzo believes that once he has learned all there is to learn he will be reborn as a man, and he wants to be ready.

After reading this book, I guarantee, you’ll never look at a dog the same way again.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rock Your Wardrobe by Laura Torres

Often, with Spring Break , comes the familiar refrain “I’m bored”. The library can help you with boredom busters to keep children occupied for hours. There’s always lots of books to choose from that fit any child’s unique interests. But, when they are tired of reading, there is a new series of books from Laura Torres that is packed with crafts that will keep youngsters busy for hours.

One of the books from this series is Rock your wardrobe. This book offers instructions on great ways to personalize your style. For example, try making tie-dye socks, rubber band belt, rainbow shoelaces, a stringy scarf, a cool cotton bag, snazzy sneakers, or stencil a design on your jeans.

Other titles in the series include Your School Stuff, Your Room, & Your Party.
The illustrations in the book are large, colourful, complete, and easy to follow.
When you hear “I’m bored”, remember to head for the library for some surefire boredom busters.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Social Networks and Blogs by Lori Hile

Does all the techno-speak out there have you feeling old. Does talk of Blogs, Twitter, Wikipedia, etc leave you wanting to climb into a time machine set for the past? Or are you a parent concerned about social networking?
The library can help.

A brand new book from the Mastering Media series, entitled Social Networks and Blogs by Lori Hile is a useful resource for any age. The content is useful to everyone, and the writing level would be about gr. 3 – 4. For the young who are comfortable with social networking and their parents, it includes tips and suggestions for using the various technologies safely. For those who just want to know what Twitter or Wikipedia are, or what a blog is, this book gives a basic description of what they are, and how they work. I was shocked when I read this statistic in the book, “Most teens spend an average of seven and a half hours each day using a combination of media, including cell phones, MP3 players, computers, video games, the Internet, television and DVDs.” The book addresses the issue of cyber-stress resulting from this information overload, and encourages users to find ways to disconnect from technology.

This is a useful and timely book for anyone grappling with social networking issues.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lonely Planet Discover Guides

Recently, the library has updated the travel section to include some of the Lonely Planet’s new Discover Series. These are different from the old tried and true Lonely Planet Guides, in that this series seems to be aimed at a wide variety of travelers from the budget conscious backpacker to the more seasoned traveler.

These guides are packed with bright colourful pictures, itineraries, maps, and lots of suggestions on what to see and do. There is less of a focus on where to stay and eat than there was in the older Lonely Planet editions, and more of a focus on what to see and do. These guides provide the web sites for almost everything they list. These guides are an excellent resource when planning that trip of a lifetime.

The library has acquired guides for Great Britain, Italy, Greece, Thailand, and New Zealand. There is one copy of each in the system, and staff would be happy to place an interbranch loan for you.

If travelling is in your plans, check out the library shelves for some great resources.