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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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Kick Clutter to the Curb

I don’t know if it’s the time of year, but as the holidays wind down and the idea of a long winter indoors becomes a reality, I get a bit stir crazy and always tackle my spring cleaning much earlier than the name would suggest. While people are dropping the pounds at the gym, I’m usually found in the back of an old broom closet purging those bits of broken...
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What WPL is Reading: February

February’s snow has provided plenty of opportunities for reading. Once the shovelling gets done, it’s great to warm up with a book. While I know we live in Canada and we are all proud of our ability to deal with the weather, sometimes it is nice just to escape from the cold and read. Whether it’s reading at home, in a café, or in front of the fireplace somewhere (like...
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The Best of the 2014 Best Book Lists

Lists are a great way to look back and celebrate the year that was. As the clock winds down on 2014, we are seeing more and more people release their best books of the year lists. Many organizations like CBC, NPR, & The Globe have released great lists. Looking through them, it quickly became apparent that we really need a list of lists.  I’ve checked it twice, and made it...
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Transitioning to Chapter Books For Young Readers

Transitional books are ideal for young children whose reading levels have advanced beyond easy-readers, but who are not yet ready for full-length juvenile chapter books. These works usually contain fewer than 100 pages of text, with large typefaces that are easy to read. Click here for a list of books (both fiction and non-fiction) that are perfect for young children looking for something more challenging to read without being too...
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Happy National Vegetarian Month

October is National Vegetarian Month! This event celebrates the benefits of this increasingly popular dietary lifestyle. Whether a vegetarian yourself or if you’re interested in changing up your diet with a few meat-free dishes, this is a great month to check out the Windsor Public Library’s collection of vegan and vegetarian cookbooks. One of my personal favorite cookbooks is Meatless. This item is almost an embarrassment of riches, offering “More...
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Me Before You

When Lou loses her comfortable (but dead-end) job, she’s at a standstill. With no training or education, the employment centre has little to offer until she agrees to be caretaker to a paraplegic. Will Traynor was once a virulent and physical man; climbing mountains, sky diving, romancing women, until a car accident left him a paraplegic. Me Before You follows the friendship and eventually romance between an unlikely couple. I found...
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Mr. Mercedes

On a damp, chilly morning in a Midwestern city, a psychotic driver plows into a crowd gathered for a job fair, killing eight. It’s a horrific scene that plagues the hearts and minds of an entire city, but specifically of Bill Hodges,  the lead detective that was unable to catch the perpetrator.  One year later, Hodges is on a downward dive of depression and suicidal thoughts. Although he’s retired, the...
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Gone Girl has taken the book world by storm!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has been on the bestsellers list for 83 weeks! That’s almost 21 months or over a year and a half. Man do people love this book! And I can see why… kind of. The plot is interesting, mysterious and fast paced. The disappearance of a main character and the reaction of the people around her are fascinating and you just NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!...
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Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen

Every year dozens of books are adapted into big budget movies. This year has already seen the release of many big screen adaptations, among them films based on Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day, and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. The number of books-to-films being released leads fans of both mediums to consider whether to read or watch first. Personally, I enjoy reading the book first: it...
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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day With WPL

June 21 marks National Aboriginal Day in Canada. This day was created to honour the Aboriginal people of Canada. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and issues affecting the Métis, Inuit and First Nations members of our community. Interested in learning more about this important part of our Canadian mosaic? We’ve compiled a list of works available at WPL which focus on the Aboriginal peoples...
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Eleanor and Park

Eleanor is a chubby, redheaded misfit who has trouble both at school and home. Park is a Korean American kid trying to keep low on the high school radar. Forced to sit together on the schoolbus, their unlikely relationship is riddled with confusion, lust and a strength of passion with which only the young can feel. I was so excited about this book that I borrowed both the physical book...
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Aboriginal Fiction To Celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week

Join the Windsor Public Library this week in celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week. Taking place May 20-23, AAW was created to honour the Aboriginal people of Canada and to bring attention to issues affecting the Native and Indigenous members of our community. In commemoration of this event, WPL has been promoting organizations and resources that can provide information on Aboriginal peoples and culture. We have already highlighted organizations in the Windsor-Essex County area that serve the...
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WPL Is A Great Place To Learn About Aboriginal Culture For AAW

Join the Windsor Public Library in celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week, May 20-23. This week was made to honour the Aboriginal people of Canada and to bring attention to issues affecting the Native and Indigenous members of our community. Interested in learning more about this important part of our Canadian mosaic? Visit your local branch of WPL to browse our collection of books and DVDs dedicated to Canada’s Aboriginal culture and peoples. The following list...
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Love and Brötchen

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy was the April read for my NYT Bestsellers resolution (to read a new bestseller each month) and I was not disappointed. Though it started off a little slow for me, I eventually found myself connecting with the characters and excited to read what came next. The novel follows two story lines, modern day Reba (a journalist with some serious commitment issues and a penchant...
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Book Sequels That Are Worth The Read

When discussing books it is often claimed that the sequel is never as good as the original. Unlike authors who plan a long running narrative over a series of books, the continuation of an original self-contained story can sometimes feel unnecessary or (at worst) a poor attempt to cash in on the success of the first work. While there certainly are follow-ups that fail to capture the elements which made...
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Graphic Novels (For Those Who Can’t Stand Superhero Stories)

For a lot of people the terms “comic book” and “graphic novel” bring to mind images of over-muscled men in tights fighting super-powered criminals. There is no denying that tight-and-cape tales have been a staple in the comic industry for almost seventy years, but this medium should not be overlooked for its ability to tell complex and innovative adult oriented stories outside of the superhero genre. Windsor Public Library’s extensive graphic...
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Happy Women’s Rights and International Peace Day

Malala Yousafzai has been rocketed to fame by her brave fight for women’s education in Pakistan, where the literacy rate (especially for women) is consistently dropping. Most known for being shot in the head by the Taliban, Malala describes her journey from going to school in her small village to writing a blog about Taliban control in Pakistan to standing up internationally for women’s rights. Together with descriptions of her activism for...
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Help WPL Celebrate The Anniversaries Of Great Books

Anniversaries mark a time for celebration, so what better way to celebrate the anniversary of a piece of literature than by cracking it open and giving it a read? 2014 is a milestone year for a number of books and WPL is encouraging you to help us celebrate by reading some of these classic titles!   Turning twenty-five is Amy Tan’s best selling novel The Joy Luck Club. This popular title, which has been adapted...
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