Library Moments: Total Lunar Eclipse 2019

Noelia Marziali, Community of Making Animator: Hello, I’m Noelia Marziali 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.

A total lunar eclipse will take place next month on January 21 2019. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned, with Earth between the other two. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon. During a total lunar eclipse, Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth’s atmosphere. This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does. Due to this reddish color, a totally eclipsed Moon is sometimes called a blood moon. Unlike a solar eclipse, which can be viewed only from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of Earth. A total lunar eclipse lasts a few hours.

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Beyond awe-inspiring events like a lunar eclipse, the importance of the moon’s cycles in our lives may play a larger role than we appreciate. An article in Scientific American reads:  “The ocean tides mirror life itself. Their ebb and flow pay homage to the cyclic nature of the cosmos along even the most secluded seashores. But is life itself also ultimately a fluke of the tides?

Today on Library Moments, Nancy Therrien and I will talk about books that explore Lunar themes.

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a magical, heart-warming novel by Sarah Addison Allen about a young lady named Emily Benedict, who returns to her mother’s hometown in North Carolina following her mother’s sudden death. She is searching for answers, such as why did her mother, Dulcie, leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return?

Emily moves with her grandfather, an eight-foot gentle giant, and is befriended by another recent returnee to Mullaby, Julia Winterson, who was bullied by Dulcie in high school. Julia is working to pay off her late father’s debts, and she plans to leave Mullaby as soon as possible, partly because she can’t shake her teen reputation as a self-harming Goth freak.

Emily becomes romantically involved with a local, Win Coffey, but an old family feud threatens their relationship. Meanwhile, a boy who hooked up with Julia in high school tries to rekindle their bond, but Julia is hiding a secret that could destroy their connection.

The parallel storylines of Emily and Julia include family skeletons, love, and redemption, with just a touch of white magic. Fans of Southern fiction and Chick-Lit should check out this novel. Also take a look at the appendix which lists monthly full moon names and events according to traditional folklore. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen is available to borrow at the Haliburton County Public Library.

Noelia Marziali, Community of Making Animator: The big flood tide that accompanies the full moon is a pivotal event for those who make a living from the sea. Salmon returning to their natal rivers and streams always come in on the full moon tide. And since the full moon ebb tide retreats farther than usual, it’s also the best time to gather shellfish. Bill Proctor has lived and worked by the full moon flood tides all his life. A natural storyteller, his book Full Moon, Flood Tide: Bill Proctor’s Raincoast he points the way to hidden waterfalls and abandoned Native village sites. People like Fritz Salem, who made the best moonshine on the coast; Joe Jack, who knew the secrets of fishing for spring salmon in winter; and Dad McKay, who lived on eggs and bannock in a hollow cedar stump. Some of Proctor’s stories will raise goosebumps –like the sad fate of the Maid of Orleans , a former slave ship, or strange encounters with a giant sleeper shark and the ghost of Kingcome Inlet. Full Moon, Flood Tide is no conventional cruising guide, but an indispensable companion for travellers around northern Vancouver Island, Fife Sound, Wells Passage, Blackfish Sound and Tribune Channel. Maps illustrate the places Proctor describes. Brimming with coastal lore and sprinkled with Yvonne Maximchuk’s enchanting line drawings, this fascinating volume pays tribute to pioneers who wrestled a livelihood from forest and sea even as it makes a passionate plea to preserve the wilderness. Full Moon, Flood Tide by Bill Proctor is available to borrow at Haliburton County Public Library.

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

*Originally aired in January 2019 on 100.9 CANOE FM


Book Talks: Half asleep in frog pajamas by Tom Robbins

When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you — an ambitious, although ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker — are convinced you’re facing the Weekend from Hell. Before the market reopens on Monday, you’re going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but there’s no way you can anticipate the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the fall from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion in your life of a tattooed stranger intent on blowing your mind and most of your fuses. Over these fateful three days, you will be forced to confront everything from mysterious African rituals to legendary amphibians, from tarot-card bombshells to street violence, from your own sexuality to outer space. Described through the eyes of Gwen, our quirky young stock broker, this book combines the mundane with mythology and conspiracy. Gwen’s personal, crazy journey of self-discovery culminates in an outcome no reader could possibly predict. If you’re interested in going on a humorous, kooky, fast-paced and rather sexy journey into the truly bizarre, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas has you covered. This is, after all, a Tom Robbins novel — and the author has never been in finer form then in this lovely blend of tomfoolery and philosophy. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas is available to borrow at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired in January 2009 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Library Moments: The Hunt for Happiness

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.

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Blue Monday will occur on January 21st this year. The date for Blue Monday is calculated via a mathematical formula that takes into account a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights, failed New Year’s resolutions, and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. Blue Monday is claimed to be the most sad and depressing day of the year. In order to combat the winter blues, the Secret Society of Happy People hosts an international Hunt for Happiness Week during the third week of January to encourage us to focus on doing things to make ourselves a little happier. To celebrate Hunt for Happiness week, Noelia Marziali and I will discuss books from the library related to happiness.

Noelia Marziali, Community of Making Animator: The ministry of utmost happiness by author Suzanna Arundhati Roy was longlisted for 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

This book takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent–from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war. It is an aching love story told in a whisper, then a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is beautifully rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love–and by hope.
The tale begins with Anjum unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.
As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these richly complex lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. Roy joins Dickens, García Márquez, and Rushdie in her storytelling magic and wit as she questions our perceptions of gender, family, home, country, war, freedom, love, and death in this tender illumination of humankind’s paradoxical capacities for cruelty, kindness and happiness.

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator:Self-Compassion: The Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristin Neff, is an entertaining book that offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling us to achieve happier and a more fulfilled lives. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves with the same kindness, concern and support that we’d show to a good friend. Dr. Neff notes three crucial elements for self-compassion: self-kindness rather than judgment, recognizing personal suffering as a common human experience instead of feeling isolation, and practicing mindfulness to avoid getting swept away by negative emotions. Her book includes exercises in each chapter to help us practice and reflect upon what we’ve read.

There are many scientifically researched ways to increase happiness such as volunteering, investing in friendships, and performing acts of kindness. However, being generous emotionally needs to include self-compassion. Practicing the techniques in Kristin Neff’s book, Self-Compassion: The Power of Being Kind to Yourself can increase your sense of self-worth so that you can be healthier, happier, and more effective.

Maybe an amusing novel such as The Ministry of Utmost Happiness brings you joy, or perhaps you’d prefer to tackle a non-fiction title such as Self-Compassion by Dr. Neff to enhance your personal well-being. The Haliburton County Public Library has it all! That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. Thank you for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.

*Originally aired in January 2019 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Library Moments: New Year’s Resolutions

Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: Hello, I’m Sherrill Sherwood 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.

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The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, approximately 4,000 years ago. They made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. If they kept to their word, their gods would grant favor on them for the coming year. If not, they would fall out of the gods’ favor—a place no one wanted to be. For early Christians, the first day of the new year became the traditional occasion for thinking about one’s past mistakes and resolving to do and be better in the future. On this week’s Library Moments, Nancy Therrien and I will each discuss a book which we feel might keep you inspired, should you wish to make a change in your life, for whatever reason.

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator:In 2019, my New Year’s Resolution is to eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables daily as per Canada’s food guide, especially locally grown varieties. Part of my plan is to go the local farmer’s market weekly and to start a kitchen garden in large outdoor planters. One book that will help me along this path is Growing at the Speed of Life: A year in the life of my first kitchen garden by Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet culinary celebrity. Graham’s first words are: “Let’s try starting this book with a mild confession. Until this year I’d never met a plant that I couldn’t kill. I was my very own herbicide”. He had my immediate attention because I can definitely relate to that.

Graham briefly goes over his “Need to Know” list, which includes soil, raised beds, planters, starting seeds, transplanting, watering, feeding, and more. Then he gets right into “How to Grow and How to Cook”. Although he profiles sixty common garden vegetables, fruits, and herbs, I’ll start with the easiest varieties for our zone, such as radishes, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, onions, green beans, lettuce, peas, and zucchini. Actually scratch the zucchini – why grow it unless I love eating it? The best thing about this book is that it also includes lots of recipes throughout, so even if my garden isn’t 100% successful, I can just go to the farmer’s market, buy what I need, and cook delicious vegetable dishes using Graham’s recipes. My road to better nutrition in 2019 is beginning with a good book: Graham Kerr’s Growing at the Speed of Life.

Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: We all know we could drink more water, eat better, get lots of sleep, and exercise. Often that’s easier said than done! After trying a series of 30-day challenges, to varying degrees of success, Julie van Amerongen found her inspiration in a tribe of runners known as streakers (no, they aren’t naked) who run Every.Single.Day. without fail. She became hooked. Julie managed to squeeze running in no matter where life took her–to multiple states and countries, in snow and on sand, while hungry and full, drunk or hungover. Julie’s book Every Single Day : unstoppable wisdom from a year of running is her inspirational account of her daily run. By turns intimate, funny, relatable, and inspirational, Julie peppers her adventures with insights on how and why she has kept on running every day and how you (yes, you!) can also maintain a streak of any kind, be it running or walking or eating well or getting to bed by a certain time every night.

For those setting resolutions in 2019, there is some good news: Even if the majority of them fail, there’s evidence that just making them in the first place is better than not. According to a study by psychologist John Norcross, individuals who have committed to making a change in their lives through a New Year’s resolution are 10 times more likely to see that change occur than individuals who haven’t set any specific goal. And then consider the fact that making resolutions is one way to take part in a tradition that has existed in the world for at least 4,000 years — proving that failure to keep those resolutions won’t mean the end of the world.

That’s it for this week’s Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.  

*Originally aired in January 2019 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Talks: The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Fans of Jennifer Robson will soon be able to read her highly anticipated novel The Gown. In London 1947, two embroiderers at a famed fashion house are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor – taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown. The embroiderers, Ann and Miriam, forge an unlikely friendship. In Toronto, more than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And how was Nan connected to Miriam, now a celebrated artist? Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created, and introduces readers to three unforgettable women, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love. The Gown can be requested through any branch of the Haliburton County Public Library.

Book Talks: The Adults by Caroline Hulse

The Adults is a new dark comedy by debut author Caroline Hulse.
Meet the adults: Claire and Matt. They are divorced but resolve that it’s best for their daughter Scarlett to have a traditional family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was, or who decided they could bring their new partners to the celebration. But someone did – and it’s too late to pull the plug.
Claire brings her boyfriend Patrick, an Iron-Man-in-Waiting, and Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, who’s funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a rabbit. Together the adults grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drink too much, overshare classified secrets about their pasts, and before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends – where this story starts – with a tearful, frightened, call to the police. But what happened? They said they’d all be adults about this…

Not everyone is full of cheer at this festive time of year. If you loved The War of the Roses by Warren Adler, or if you enjoy dark comedies in general, then The Adults by Caroline Hulse might be just the book for you.

The Adults by Caroline Hulse is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired in December 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Library Moments: Upcoming DVDs with Book Tie-ins

Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Hello, I’m Erin Kernohan-Berning 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.


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Over the years that we have been doing Library Moments, we’ve spoken frequently about movies based on books – and we’re talking about it again! Every year, there’s a new crop of film adaptations of books waiting for our viewing pleasure. While the movie can never be completely faithful to the book, bibliophiles and cinephiles alike can usually find enjoyment in both forms of storytelling.  

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Today on Library Moments, Sherrill Sherwood  and I will talk about movies based on books that you might enjoy.

9850443Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Published in 2011, Patrick deWitt’s novel The Sisters Brothers won four prizes, including the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for three more. While I heard many people rave about how good the book was, I never got around to reading it. And I probably won’t read it since the movie based on the book has a DVD release date of January 8, 2019.  Described as “darkly comic”, this Western-inspired story is set during the gold rush years of the 1850’s. The protagonists are two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, widely known for their brutality. They are sent from Oregon City to California to kill an enemy of their boss, the mysterious Commodore. Library Journal Review states that the author brings  “the ratty frontier towns, and the West itself vividly to life, and the large cast of colorful characters are skillfully drawn. It’s the concluding pages, however, that give the novel its surprising integrity and power. It becomes, in effect, a different kind of novel, profoundly literary, and devoted to serious philosophical meditation.” The library has three copies on order of the DVD, which we will see in January.

Erin: Sometimes “based on a book” doesn’t always mean that the actual story in the book is being adapted for film. Sometimes, “based on a book” means that someone has come up with an entirely new story using the characters, setting, or some other aspect of the source material. That’s the case with Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor. Based on the characters of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories, a grown up Christopher Robin finds himself in a dreary place in life, succumbing to the pressures of his job, and lacking in the imagination that sparked his childhood friendships in the Hundred Acre Wood. Struggling with what do to, who should show up but none other than Winnie-the-Pooh to help him. The original character of Christopher Robin was loosely based on A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, and while the Christopher Robin in this movie shares some of the life events of the real-life Christopher Robin Milne, the movie version is a fictional character. In fact, the real Christopher Robin Milne was never happy with his father’s stories, and how they – and by extension he himself – became commercialized. This is actually explored in another movie – Goodbye Christopher Robin – which is a more biographical look at the boy who inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Both are available in DVD format at HCPL.

If you want to explore movies based on books even more, there’s a group that meets periodically at the Rails End Gallery to discuss a movies based on books – keep an eye on our events calendar so you can join in as well. That’s it for this week’s Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.

*Originally aired in December 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM