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Fantasy and Science Fiction Reads to Inspire

Science fiction and fantasy have always been near and dear to my heart. While most people I knew growing up veered towards the R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike horror novel phenomenon (and let’s be honest, I enjoyed those too), I was perfectly happy reading J. R. R. Tolkien or Robert Jordan. You see, when I was a child I thought book size equaled maturity level, and there weren’t many books...
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New Year, New Hobby

Winter is upon us and sitting indoors every day can take its toll on even the coziest of readers. While most people complain about the weather, I look at it as a chance to channel some free time into learning a new hobby. As always, the best place to start is the Windsor Public Library, as all information and programs are free. It really gives you a good chance to...
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Fun in February Continues Tuesday February 16 and 23

As part of our Black History Month programs, Astrid shows us the book on Michelle Jean, the former Governor General of Canada. For our Chinese New Year program the kids watched a dragon dance, did a monkey colouring activity, learned which animal represents the year they were born, read wonderful books and more. Join us again on Tuesday, February 16 and 23 as the Library Live Children’s Club continues having fun in February with funny...
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Rave Reviewed!

Last week at the Central Library we had a lot of fun with our monthly Rave Reviews program and Jodie and I enjoyed a lively book discussion with some wonderful readers over some tea and treats. At this monthly program, staff share recommendations and highlight some of the best books we’ve read recently. With the weather outside keeping many of us indoors it’s an especially good time to pick up a...
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What WPL is Reading in November

With November nearly at its end and Black Friday, American Thanksgiving, and Christimas coming up it’s a busy time for many. Of course, with the weather (perhaps finally) turning colder it’s a great time to curl up with a good book. As always, the folks at WPL have been busy reading some excellent works. Here’s just some of what we enjoyed best this month.   Rob: Lost Detroit: Stories Behind...
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Celebrate All Hallows Read With WPL

Author Neil Gaiman is promoting a novel idea*, giving away scary books for Halloween, and at WPL we’re here to help. We have nearly 100 titles by Gaiman; wonderful horror books for adults, teens, and children; books about Halloween including some great crafts; ghost stories; paranormal romance novels; and all kinds of other wonderful books, movies, and games. This could also be a great time to explore classic horror like the works of Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, or Edgar Allan Poe. There really is something...
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WPL Read Banned Books

Last week was the American Library Association’s banned book week. Banned and challenged books are some of my favourites since it’s always interesting to see what has been challenged and why. and, since the the Canadian equivalent, Freedom to Read Week, won’t come around again until February may of us at Windsor Public Library took this as an excuse to read some wonderful banned and challenged books. Here are some of the...
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R.I.P. Jackie Collins

Prolific fiction writer Jackie Collins died of breast cancer this month at the age of 77. Collins was known for her steamy novels was considered the reigning queen of the Hollywood romance novel. Collins was aware of her reputation and, in a 2007 interview with the Times said she “never pretended to be a literary writer.” Her final novel, The Santangelos, was published in 2015 and appears to be up to Collins’ usual standards. Reviews suggested that...
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Little Free Libraries

September 8th is International Literacy Day, and one year ago to this day Windsor Public Library, together with several community partners launched our first round of Little Free Libraries around the community. This initiative was such a success that WPL together with Rotary Club of Windsor 1918 and the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, decided to launch another set of 15 libraries. With the support of those groups as well as...
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R.I.P. Oliver W. Sacks, CBE

Oliver Sacks, the influential neurologist and writer many called the “poet laureate of medicine,” has died at his home in New York City. He was 82. The London-born academic was the author of several books about unusual medical conditions, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars. Dr. Sacks wrote passionately and sympathetically about his patients. He refused to depict these people as...
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Back To School Book Display at Central

Summer Days to School Days books on ART, FRENCH, LANGUAGE ARTS, HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, MATH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, SCIENCE, and more are on display at Central Library, 850 Ouellette Avenue. Be the first to check out some of the best books in our collection to help kids going back to school....
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What’s Cooking at WPL

It is time for another addition of Cooking at WPL. Our staff have been busy the better part of this summer in their kitchens, attempting yet again to make some delicious recipes that we can share with you. From easy desserts to savory dinners, we’ve had some success with out latest cookbooks, and hope that you will try them at home as well. Enjoy these delectable reviews, and remember if you...
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Avoid Summer Sliding in French

We know about the Summer Slide and have some ideas of tips to avoid it. (Plus, I’ll be sharing even more tips over the course of the summer.) But one particular challenge can be keeping up French literacy skills for children in immersion or French as a Second Language programs. Children who study in French risk losing their basic linguistic skills as well as literacy since they may not even be...
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Keep Reading Over the Summer to Avoid the Summer Slide

With kids out of school many parents are worrying about how to keep their children reading over the summer. We know it’s important to keep kids reading to avoid the summer slide and every child has different reading needs so maintaining literacy over the summer will mean different things for different kids. Kids can fall anywhere on the spectrum from reluctant readers to those so voracious it’s hard to keep up with their...
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Guest Blogger Jennifer Nantais on Local Ecology and History

Welcome back to another edition of Windsor Public Library’s Guest Blogger series. We hope you’re enjoying learning about the reading habits of your fellow Windsorites as much as we’re enjoying sharing them with you. This month’s guest blogger Jennifer Nantais, a local naturalist and educator, shares with us some of her go-to books about ecology and history – two of her favorite subjects!  Three for Thought 1. The Sibley Field Guide...
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Happy Birthday Little Free Library!

This Saturday marks the third anniversary of Little Free Library as a non-profit organization. In honour of this celebration Little Free Library is asking that people donate books to their local LFL. And, if you do so, you might as well have some fun! Take a picture of yourself dropping off books in the libraries and post it with #givebooks on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for your chance to win...
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Reading Challenge – March Books

Another month said and gone and it’s finally looking like spring (complete with the dreary rain). For your amusement, here are my reviews of March’s reads on my 2015 Reading Challenge (don’t forget you can see them all here). The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis (Woman Author) To be completely honest, I read this book, or least I had thought I had, for a book club only to find out that...
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What WPL is reading: March

What a difference a month makes! The sun is shining, the snow is gone, and people like me are no longer hibernating in a blanket fort. We are getting ever closer to being able to sit with the window open or in the backyard with a nice book. As always, there is a lot to read and more coming soon. So here is what we at Windsor Public Library have been reading....
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Are you ready for CANADA READS 2015?

Go to the CANADA READS page on the CBC website to learn more about this year’s panelists and their picks for the great Canadian read.  Arguments for each book will begin next week, starting on March 16.  If you do not want to buy your own copies of the books, versions can be borrowed through your local branch of the library. The national broadcaster’s web page also contains a carousel...
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Goodbye February!

So February is finally behind us (and has set a record as being Windsor’s worst February EVER). And I’ve gotten through four books on my to-read list! Check out my reviews below and don’t forget that no matter how cold it is outside, a hot cup of tea or coffee and a good book will keep you warm and entertained. Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg (Funny) I recently...
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