Category Archives: Reading/Authors

Winter is Coming…Better Stock up at WPL

Last week I read a very depressing weather forecast in the Windsor Star; it looks like we’re in for a cold winter and I am in no way prepared. It’s time to winterise my home, think about getting snow tires, hide under a blanket, and stock up on library materials! Even though, as a librarian, I’m in the library nearly every day, I almost always have at least 20-30 library...
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Dear Gentle Reader

The late George Carlin achieved notoriety in the ‘seventies with his comedy routine entitled, “Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say on  Television”. (see also the 40th anniversary tribute in the Atlantic Magazine ) While dialogue in novels has been salty for much longer, it seems as though in the last few years I am seeing more coarse language in the titles of books.  You may recall the bestselling bedtime story...
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Helluva Dip and Netflix

  I don’t know if any of you are like me, but I just wish I could click my heels and be fit and toned without doing ANY work. Zip. Zilch. Zero. You know, lounge about binge watching Netflix while eating a whole lot of Helluva Dip with the family size bag of Ruffles but still have the backside of Jillian Michaels and arms like Michelle Obama. I also am pretty sure I can consume a row of...
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NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH – WRITE – IN AT CENTRAL LIBRARY

We will be meeting at Central Library – 850 Ouellette Monday, November 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 5:00p.m.  – 8:00 p.m. Writers are invited to join the challenge to write a book during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).   “NaNoWriMo is a marathon writing event that challenges participants to write the first draft of a 50,000­word novel in November. There are local chapters in more than 600 regions around the...
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YOUNG AUTHORS AND WRITERS join us for NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH CLUB

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 22, and 29 from 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM. at CENTRAL LIBRARY – 850 OUELLETTE AVE.  we are participating in National Novel Writing Month. https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/  Join this writing club for kids, their caregivers, and teen volunteers.  We are working on your great stories.  Please bring your stories, poems, illustrations, or your ideas for stories.   All supplies provided.  Kids ages 6-12...
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Indian Woman I Am: Pain, Hope, Courage and Survival

“My name is Evelyn Morales of Saulteaux, Ojibway, Cree, Scottish and French ancestral lines.  I was born in Manitoba and given the spirit name “One Storm Thunder Lightning Woman”.  I am a mother, grandmother, an Aboriginal, and a Christian woman.  I have survived many traumas throughout my life from experiencing residential school, a broken home, and broken relationships to living in a home school for girls, foster homes and ultimately,...
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The Number One Cancer Killer of Women is… Lung Cancer.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Ribbon is Pearl. Lung cancer is also the number one cancer killer of men. “Every hour, the lives of more than two Canadian mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, and friends will be lost.” http://www.lungcancercanada.ca This is unfortunately a little known fact with disheartening and serious repercussions. Lack of funding because of stigma (you asked for it and/or the belief that only...
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Secret Path now available on Hoopla!

The Secret Path, written by Gord Downie and illustrated by local author Jeff Lemire, is a special multi-media project dedicated towards telling the story of Chanie Wenjack. Chanie Wenjack was an indigenous Anishinaabe boy who died while running away from a residential school, hoping to reach his family 600 kilometres away. The project consists of a solo album, a graphic novel and an animated film. This is Canada’s story; every...
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Travels with FRED

If you haven’t had a chance to explore Windsor Public Library’s coolest new branch, you’re missing something.  Our bookmobile, lovingly called FRED (for Freedom to Read, Educate and Discover) has been on the road for a few months now, bringing what the library has to offer to seniors’ facilities, community events, or under-serviced neighbourhoods. Working on FRED is a unique experience.  People aren’t sure at first what we are, or if they...
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A Number of Things: stories of Canada told through fifty objects

Beloved Canadian author Jane Urquhart was honoured with the task of putting together a lyrical non-fiction collection of short stories to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, told through fifty objects. Each object is rich in Canadian history. Whether it be about our iconic explorers and leaders, or personal anecdotes from her family’s past, Jane beautifully intertwines the tales of each object to speak to us as a nation. Each...
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