Category Archives: Reading/Authors

Tis the Season to Binge on TV shows

I talk a lot about summer reading but, I must confess, while I’m just finished devouring the non-fiction title, The Radium Girls,* I’m also pretty heavily into binge watching season. So many of my favourite shows have just released seasons on Netflix and I’m midway through Orange is the New Black as well as The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.** I’m loving them. But, as I’ve mentioned previously, you don’t need a Netflix account to enjoy some...
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All About 1867: Canada’s Great Lakes Ships and Shipwrecks

There is something mysterious and thrilling about the underwater world.  Our own inland seas contain the remains of naval ships sunk in battle and commercial vessels lost to the forces of a storm, foundered on rocks, or destroyed at their moorings. Marine historians Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg have researched, explored, and photographed many Great Lakes shipwrecks.  To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday they have new videos to show and tales...
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Local Author Launches New History Book

A good assortment of history buffs, curious library visitors, supporters and admirers of writer Patrick Brode, attended last night’s launch of BORDER CITIES POWERHOUSE: THE RISE OF WINDSOR, 1900-1945.  Although this nonfiction book focuses on developments in this area during the first half of the twentieth century, Mr. Brode argued the changes that occured in our city reflected Canada’s metamorphosis as a whole as it transitioned from a country of...
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From Reluctant to Ravenous: Get Your Child Reading this Summer

So, it’s almost summer vacation, and that can only mean one thing…reading! No, just me? I have fond memories of starting my summer vacation with a novel. For me, the end of school meant reacquainting myself with the joy of reading for pleasure. When I was an undergrad, that meant staying up all night reading Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, when I was 9 it meant reading as many Archie Comics and Baby-Sitters Club (the cool kids...
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Don’t forget about Axis 360 for eBooks & eAudiobooks!

T’is the season for beaches, baseball, barbecues, and SUMMER READING! Library customers are eagerly loading up their tablets, eReaders, and smart phones with books from our digital collection.  I have spoken to many “digital” library enthusiasts over the last few weeks, and one line I keep hearing over and over is “I forgot about Axis 360!” For many eBook lovers, Overdrive is their go-to site for digital content; this is...
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Rainy Day Reads!

It’s kind of miserable outside. It’s soggy and wet and kind of wonderful. Surely, I’m not the only one here who secretly loves this type of weather? It’s the perfect excuse to stay inside with a cup of tea and catch up on some reading! Since I’m at work and can’t curl up with a book right this second, I’m going to live vicariously through those of you who have the...
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An unforgettable read

I recently read a book that I can’t unread. Not that I would want to. I picked up Caitlin Doughty‘s book after watching a few episodes of her Youtube series Ask a Mortician. I’d been curious about her for a while and figured her book would help me understand my best friend’s job as a funeral director and maybe give us more to talk about.* Plus, I love reading books...
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May 2017 Rave Reviewed

Another month, and another lively Rave Reviews here at Central. This month, there was a lot of fiction on tap from Sue and Jodie. Here is what we read: Sue’s picks: Naked Came the Manatee by Hiaasen, Carl et al A quirky and hilarious thriller put together by 13 of the funniest writers in the States. The book involves murder and intrigue, tied together by Booger the Manatee. Ridiculous and...
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13 Readalikes Similar to Thirteen Reasons Why

If you haven’t heard of the phenomenon that is the “Thirteen Reasons Why” series on Netflix, I’m not sure where you have been. The show broke Netflix records by being the most tweeted about show in its first week of streaming. As well, you can see how the show has taken over Instagram and other social media platforms, as well as dominating news headlines. It has stirred up a whole...
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April Rave Reviewed

April is flying by, and soon it will be time for our next Rave Reviews session; sorry about the delay in posting this month’s gems, which were brought by Sue and Mae. Here are Mae’s picks: BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent Iceland, 1828. A woman, Agnes Magnusdottir, convicted of murder, is sent to live in custody at a peasant farmer’s home until such time as she is to be executed.  This...
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