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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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