Tag Archives: Reading

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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Season’s Readings!

It’s obvious this year, I’m really excited for the holidays! I love the decorations, the music, the food, the extra time to spend with loved ones. I always love the decorations we put up at WPL and this year I was excited to make my own contribution…I get to combine a few of my favourite things making a holiday display out of books! It’s something I’ve wanted to do ever...
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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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Reading Ranger Kara Came To Central Library Today

Windsor Public Library, CEO Kitty Pope greeted the audience then introduced MPP, LISA GRETZKY who shared her love of reading and books. RANGER KARA read two books with the children then stayed to sign autographs and meet with the children and their families. Fun was had by all. HAPPY READING.    ...
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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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What WPL is Reading – October

Fall is definitely here. The leaves are turning beautiful colours, and I’m fairly certain there was frost on the ground this week. While memories of summer weather begin to fade, it’s nonetheless a wonderful time of year. We just had Thanksgiving, and Halloween is coming up very quick. There is a lot going on at WPL, so it is a fun time for us. With a massive book sale coming and...
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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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What WPL is reading: September

Just like that the summer is over. Not sure how that happened, but there’s nothing wrong with the fall. Kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to change, and it’s nice and cool outside. While this month is always hectic as we get through the September rush, we at WPL are still finding time to read some great books. It’s perfect reading weather right now, so hopefully our...
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What WPL is reading: August

August is flying by. The summer is almost over, which is hard to believe. It’s a crazy time with barbecues, baseball games, community events, and so much more. While we would love to have more time in the sun with our books, we are also happy with what we have. August has been a great month at WPL, we’ve had a great summer with lots of fun. We have also...
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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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Make with WPL!

Inspired by the positive feedback we’ve been getting to our “What’s Cooking at WPL” features, we’ve decided to try something similar with our craft and DIY collections!  We’ve invited staff to submit photos of projects they’ve completed using materials from our shelves.  The books in our craft, decorating and DIY collections are among the most heavily used in the system. It seems that many of you turn to your public...
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Library Live Celebrate Robert Munsch and Maurice Sendak

Congratulations Library Live Children’s Club members on reading the wild Maurice Sendak books and the hilarious Robert Munsch books.  Your favourites were ‘Smelly Socks’,  MMM Cookies’, and ‘MOOSE’ all by Robert Munsch, you fell over laughing at the stories.  Tuesday, July 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 pm we are celebrating Eric Carle with a huge PAINTING PARTY.  Come join the fun....
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May Reads

May was a lazy reading month for me, I’ve only got through two titles!  I took the picture for this months post at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL. They have an amazing dinosaur exhibit and this particular dinosaur is SUE the T-Rex! Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (I Own but Never Read) I love love love the Jurassic Park movies. And in light of the upcoming premier of Jurassic...
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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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What WPL is Reading in May

May is one of my favourite months. Between the warmth and the flowers, it has a lot going for it. Adding to our enjoyment, we’ve had the pleasure of picking up some great reading materials this month. It has been an interesting month around here with holidays, weather running from freezing to boiling, and even a new bridge named for a hockey legend. Not a bad start for spring. To me,...
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April Reads

Although April is behind us, it looks like its showers are following us into May. Why not grab a book from your local library and cozy up for a rainy weather read? Read on for some suggestions from my 2015 Reading Challenge. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig (Book Written This Year) This was a book I found on our New Books Shelf and I am so glad I picked...
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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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