HCPL’s Jr. Book of the Month: A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Here in Shel Silverstein’s attic, you will meet Cloony the clown, Ticklish Tom,  Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Dragon of Grindly Grun. You will talk with Broiled Face, learn How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes, find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, and  debate on what you should do with a 42-year-overdue library book. From the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up, and The Giving Tree comes A light in the Attic, a light-hearted collection of silly poems and goofy drawings that are the perfect fit for bedtime stories or reading aloud.  Check it out today from the Haliburton County Public Library!

*Originally published in The Haliburton Echo/The Minden Times

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Hotreads: May 9th, 2019

The following are popular new additions to the Haliburton County Public Library’s collection this week.

  1. Neon Prey by John Sandford
  2. Fall Down Dead by Stephen Booth
  3. Evelyn the Mermicorn by Daisy Meadows
  4. Everything in its place: First Loves and Lost Tales by Oliver Sacks
  5. Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen

Book Talks: Furious Hours by Casey Cep

Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, never fulfilled her lifelong obsession with penning her own true-crime book. Casey Cep picks up where Lee left off with Furious Hours: Murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee.

In the 1970s, Reverend Willie Maxwell was accused of murdering five members of his family for insurance money. He escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted–thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama wanting to write her own In Cold Blood. Lee spent years working on it, but never completed her project.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to racism in the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity. Furious Hours: Murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired in May 2019 in 100.9 CANOE FM.

HCPL’s Book of the Month: The Return of Kid Cooper by Brad Smith

Old-school cowboy Nate Cooper is being released after serving 30 years of a wrongful life sentence in prison for murder. Though innocent, Nate seems to do all the wrong things for the right reasons.  He’s barely taken up residence in his Northern Montana hometown once again before he’s already ruffling feathers. The turn of the century has changed things—horses giving way to motorcars, his girlfriend marrying his best friend, and his nemesis running for governor—and in Nate’s eyes, none of it’s good.  Worst of all, the Blackfoot Indians (whom Nate went to prison defending) are still being betrayed. Nate’s old west is being tamed, but sometimes with progress comes loss; no matter how high a price Nate is willing to pay.

This descriptive 1910’s western is one of this years Evergreen nominees, and is available at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.

Hotreads: May 2nd, 2019

The following are popular new additions to the Haliburton County Public Library’s collection this week.

  1. Redemption by David Baldacci
  2. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  3. The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters
  4. See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy by Frances Mayes
  5. The Path to Wild Food: Edible Plants and Recipes for Canada by Sandra Walker

*Originally published in The Highlander

Book Talks: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Despite the title, The Rules of Magic by author Alice Hoffman is not just a story of spells, potions and special powers. It is a story of family, of love, and a glimpse into the culture of the 60’s era.

For  the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the world is rapidly changing, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in a small Massachusetts town, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love despite their best efforts, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman is available to borrow at The Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired in May 2019 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Library Moments: Emergency Preparedness Week

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: Hello, I’m Nancy Therrien from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.


Know the risks. Make a plan. Get a kit.

The week of May 5th to May 11th is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada, so this week Noelia Marziali and I will each talk about a book related to Emergency Preparedness. But first, let’s briefly discuss a few frequently asked questions about Canada’s Emergency Alert system which is being tested on May 8th on TV, radio and compatible cell phones:

  • Will all cell phones receive alerts? No: Your smartphone needs the latest software update, and must be connected to a 4G LTE network.
  • Will I receive an emergency alert if my cell phone is off or set to silent? No, a cell phone that is turned off cannot receive an emergency alert until it’s powered back on. However, a cell phone that is set to silent will display an emergency alert; you just won’t hear it.
  • Will I be charged by my cellular company if I receive an emergency alert and I don’t have unlimited texting or data? No, you definitely will not.
  • Will emergency alerts interrupt or end another cell phone call in-progress? No, they won’t, but you could hear a notification tone similar to call waiting.
  • Will I receive emergency alerts on my cell phone about my home location while I am travelling? No. If you are travelling within Canada, you will only receive emergency alerts for where you are. When travelling in other countries, any alerts would be based on the protocols of that country.

And now onto the books…

Noelia Marziali, Community of Making Animator: Author Kathy Harrison is noted for her rational, non-alarmist approach in writing her guide book : Prepping 101: 40 steps you can take to be prepared : protect your family, prepare for weather disasters, and be ready and resilient when emergencies arise.

This book offers simple steps one can take during the next severe storm, power outage, or worse. Prepping 101 offers simple steps anyone can take to become more organised, starting with creating a strategy and learning to repackage store-bought food for long-term storage, then collecting rainwater, building a solar oven, and heating with alternative sources. This accessible guide introduces the reader to important, practical steps for the whole family to take to ensure survival in short- or long-term emergencies. Information is presented as 40 achievable tasks with plenty of graphics to accompany each step.

Prepping 101 by Kathy Harrison is available to borrow from the Haliburton County Public Library.

Nancy Therrien: Are you planning to rent an FC3000 Time Machine?  They’re known to be glitchy, so before your next trip back in time make sure to read a copy of How to invent everything: a survival guide for the stranded time traveler by Ryan North. It is the only book you’ll need when you have to quickly replicate an industrial civilization. This illustrated manual provides a flow chart to help you determine exactly when you are, and subsequent chapters offer detailed step-by-step guidance in developing language, science, tools and machinery; how to farm and domesticate wildlife, how to distill whisky, and how to not get eaten by a saber-toothed tiger. How to invent everything: a survival guide for the stranded time traveler is available to borrow from the Haliburton County Public Library, so that you can learn to survive, thrive, and live in comfort if you find yourself trapped in the distant past.

For more information about emergency preparedness, you can check out a  book from the library, or check out the website getprepared.ca

That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. Thank you for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.

*Originally aired in May 2019 on 100.9 CANOE FM.