Wednesday, June 29, 2011

elibraries Manitoba (Download books)

Summer is only just beginning, and before long, I’m sure parents will begin hearing that familiar refrain, “I’m bored”. The library’s summer reading club, SPLASH, has begun, so if your child is not already registered, then come on down. It’s very simple, children read what they enjoy, keep track of the time they spend reading, and come to the library whenever it’s convenient. Minutes are added up and for each hour children spend reading they will receive draw tickets for various prizes and book draws.

Studies have shown summer reading is vital for maintaining reading levels in children, but not all children enjoy it, so I’m offering a few suggestions for helping your child this summer. Downloadable ebooks are available from elibraries Manitoba, and the link for that can be found on the library’s website. If you own a Kobo ereader or other compatible device, try loading on a children’s book. Elibraries also offers audio books that can be downloaded onto an ipod, or mp3 player. To encourage a child to read books as well as listen to the audio versions, I suggest trying a series and alternating between the print version and the electronic version.

A library card and password are needed to download material, and staff will be happy to help.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Somar & Jacky Davis

Summer has arrived and so has the Summer Reading Club at all library branches. Library staff has had a wonderful time decorating each branch and hope everyone drops by to have a look. Registration begins Thursday June 23, and the program continues until mid August. Children record the number of minutes they read, win instant prizes and are able to enter draws for books and the grand prizes.

The theme is SPLASH, and with this in mind, I’d like to suggest a wonderful new children’s book to kick off summer, Ladybug Girl at the beach by David Somar and Jacky Davis. Each book in the ladybug series explores different emotions in children’s lives. Other titles in the series have dealt with imagination and empowerment, and friendship and compromise. In this book, Lulu must face her fear of the huge ocean that makes a roaring sound. As Ladybug Girl, this pint-sized superhero finds the courage to overcome her fear.

The summer reading club is aimed at children, but we’d like to remind everyone, regardless of age, to stock up on summer reading material before heading out on vacation.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Fathers are coming Home By Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Stephen Savage

Father’s Day is a time when each of us thinks of the men in our lives and are thankful for those we love, and those who love us.

Margaret Wise Brown gave the world many wonderful children’s books before she passed away in 1952, and many of these classics still enjoy enormous popularity. Such a book is The Fathers are coming home. The reissue of this book, with illustrations by Stephen Savage was recently released, and children and parents are enjoying this book many decades after the text was originally written. This book celebrates fathers, whether they are fish in the ocean, the tiniest bugs, birds bringing worms home to their babies, farm animals, or of the human variety, as the sailor comes home from the sea to his little boy. The text is poignant and lovely, just what we’ve come to expect from Margaret Wise Brown. The illustrations are beautiful in their simplicity and perfect for the timeless text and message.

This is a perfect book to curl up with and enjoy with a child, parent, or grandparent this Father’s Day, or anytime.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

I don’t think we’ve ever highlighted a western, so Patrick DeWitt’s novel The Sisters Brothers will be the first. This is a captivating novel about two hired gunmen, the Sisters brothers. The story is told through the voice of youngest brother, Eli. It is a funny, sad and brutal life they have and they do not sugar-coat any of their actions. Even though they are the hardest type of criminal, one cannot help but wonder how life would have been for them if circumstances were different.

Readers will laugh out loud at Eli and Charlie’s strange relationship. At other times the gruesome descriptions of murders they commit are difficult to get through. It is a story that gives one a whole new perspective on what the old west was like and you wonder if the villains really were that much different than the heroes of the day. We would recommend The Sisters Brothers to anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned western novel.