Library Moments: Summer Reads #2!

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, events, or the services we offer at the library.

Summer is here and so are summer reads! This summer on Library Moments, Sherrill Sherwood and I will be sharing with you some of the most anticipated books of the summer. Whether relaxing on the dock, or curling up to wait out a summer rain, there is a book out there for you to enjoy.

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On this second installment of Library Moments: Summer Reads, Sherrill Sherwood and I will each talk about an upcoming book for you to enjoy this summer.

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development Coordinator: The new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin raises the daunting question: In the midst of a scandal that threatens a perfect life, how far are you willing to go to protect the ones you love? In All We Ever Wanted, Nina Browning marries a third-generation Nashvillian, enjoys a newly lavish lifestyle thanks to the sudden success of her husband’s tech business and has a son, Finch, who has just been accepted to Princeton. Thomas Talone is a single dad, works multiple jobs and has a daughter, Lyla, who was recently accepted to Nashville’s most prestigious private high school on a scholarship. They couldn’t be prouder. Then scandal strikes, and the worlds of these very different families collide. Lyla passes out at a party, drunk and half-naked. Finch snaps a picture, types out a caption and click–sends it out to a few friends. The photo spreads quickly, and soon heated reactions bubble throughout the already-divided community. Before long, the families find themselves in the midst of an ethical war as their community takes sides, throws blame and implodes. The gray area between right and wrong grows thick, and Nina and Tom are forced to question every assumption they’ve held about love and family loyalty. Emily Giffin tells a riveting story of characters who face impossible choices–but emerge to live a life truer to themselves than they ever had before.

36347853Erin: In Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky, Maggie Reid lives in Vermont in a small house with her cats and a dog. She’s a very private person, even to her friends, and she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at a luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

When a friend’s teenage son is is thrust into the national spotlight, accused to hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between stepping into the glare to support her friend, and protecting her own tragic secret – an accident where she too was in a the media spotlight, robbed of everything she held dear. As the stunning truth behind the hacking case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well, and she knows that what they will all need from each other in this difficult time is comfort.  A comfort that can only be provided if they all travel outside of their comfort zones.

That’s it for this week’s Library Moments: Summer Reads series. All of the books we have talked about are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library. Tune in again next week for more summer reading here on 100.9 CANOE FM.

*Originally aired in July 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM

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Book Talks: The Home For Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

The suspenseful, provocative novel The Home For Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman is set in 1950s Quebec. While the French and English tolerate each other with precarious courtesy, Maggie Hughes’ English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy who has captured Maggie’s heart. Pregnant at fifteen, Maggie’s parents force her to give the baby up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track’. The baby, a girl, is raised in Quebec’s underprivileged orphanage system. The insecure existence at the orphanage takes a tragic turn when, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, she is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Withstanding terrible treatment at the nuns’ hands, she finally earns her freedom at seventeen. Maggie, now married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon and goes in search of her long-lost daughter. A heart-wrenching story inspired by true events, The Home For Unwanted Girls can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired in July 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM

Library Moments: Summer Reads!

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, events, or the services we offer at the library.

Summer is here and so are summer reads! This summer on Library Moments, Sherrill Sherwood and I will be sharing with you some of the most anticipated books of the summer. Whether relaxing on the dock, or curling up to wait out a summer rain, there is a book out there for you to enjoy.

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On this first installment of Library Moments: Summer Reads, Sherrill Sherwood and I will each talk about an upcoming book for you to enjoy this summer.

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development Coordinator: If you have never read a novel by Brad Thor, described as “America’s favorite author”, his latest novel Spymaster is the place to start. In Spymaster, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats across Europe. Reminiscent of the Red Brigades and the Red Army Faction of the 1970s, these faceless terrorists appear to have the same goals. But in the shadowy land of espionage, looks are always deceptive. As a prelude to war, one of the world’s most dangerous intelligence agencies has been charged with preparing the battlefield. Their job—to demoralize the enemy and win the conflict before it even begins. To do so, they will cause as much chaos, dissent, and destruction as possible. There’s only one obstacle standing in their way. Dispatched to Europe, Scot Harvath and his team have been tasked with a critical assignment—to do whatever it takes to keep America and her NATO allies from being dragged into war. But with his mentor out of the game, Harvath must play an additional role; one which he has spent his entire career avoiding, and one which he believes he is ill prepared to take on. In his most important operation ever, will he be able to thread this dangerous needle? Or will it end up being the downfall of America and the West?
36645972Erin: Novelist Anne Tyler, author of A Spool of Blue Thread, explores how defining moments can change the course of your life in her newest novel Clock Dance. In Clock Dance, there are a few defining moments in Willa Drake’s life – when she was eleven and her mother disappeared; when she was proposed to at twenty-one; and becoming a widow at forty-one. When Willa gets a phone call that that her son’s ex-girlfriend, Denise, has been shot, she flies across the country to care for Denise, her young daughter Cheryl, and their dog – all virtual strangers to her. Willa finds herself in an eclectic neighbourhood of misfits, hooligans, and steely survivors, plunged into the rituals that make a community, and finding herself on a new unexpected path in her life. Clock Dance is a bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfillment and renewal, and brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it’s never too late to change direction, and choose your own path.

That’s it for this week’s Library Moments: Summer Reads series. All of the books we have talked about are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library. Tune in again next week for more summer reading here on 100.9 CANOE FM.

*Originally aired in July 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Talks: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

28256439Are trees social beings? In his international bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. The author also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. You can request The Hidden Life of Trees: what they feel, how they communicate: discoveries from a secret world through any branch of the Haliburton County Public Library. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

*Originally aired in July 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Library Moments: June Online Book Club

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.
The theme for June’s Online Book Club is short story collections. Many people love short stories because they pack a lot of meaning into just a few pages and are well suited to those with time limitations. However, some of us dislike short story collections, citing a lack of character development, poor flow from one story to the next, and unresolved, ambiguous endings.

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If you are in the latter group, we hope to change your mind with this month’s specially selected books. Today Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will each discuss a short story collection from the June Online Book Club.

1736739Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is a collection of 13 interconnected short stories. The stories paint a portrait of Olive Kitteridge, a retired math teacher living in the small town of Crosby in the state of Maine. Olive is ill tempered and abrasive, but through her experiences with her kind hearted husband Henry, her son Christopher, former students and other townsfolk, we begin to see the human side of Olive and a character who starts out nearly unlikable becomes sympathetic and someone we care about. Books like Olive Kitteridge strike a nice balance between short story and novel – with each story a self contained piece of Olive’s world, you can read with natural breaks, but still get the character and plot development that you crave from a novel. Interconnected short stories with their episodic feel also lend themselves well to television. Olive Kitteridge was adapted into a tv miniseries on HBO with Frances McDormand playing Olive.

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator:  Night Shift is Stephen King’s first, and arguably his best, collection of 20 short stories, originally published in 1978. It spawned several horror movies such as Children of the Corn in 1984 and Maximum Overdrive in 1986. My favourite short stories from Night Shift include “One for the Road” which is a continuation of the novel Salem’s Lot, “Quitters Inc.”, which offers an unorthodox 100% guaranteed method to quit smoking, and “The Mangler”, an evil Ironing Press with a taste for blood. If you have acrophobia, you may wish to avoid “The Ledge”, a terrifying tale in which a criminal overlord forces a man to walk the perimeter of a building, tens of stories up, with nothing but a five-inch ledge between him and certain death. If you love science fiction, try “I am the Doorway”, a story about an astronaut who is exposed to an alien mutagen during an exploration to Venus that goes bad. Be forewarned, Stephen King’s Night Shift is jam-packed with death, suffering, terror, violence, and morbid humour. The short stories in “Night Shift” showcase the darkest depths of Stephen King’s imagination, and will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

Anyone is welcome to participate in Haliburton County Public Library’s Online Book Club by choosing to read one or more of the four books selected each month. You can go online and make comments about specific books or reading in general. To check out the Haliburton County Public Library Online Book Club, visit the website haliburtonlibrary.ca and click on the “g” for Goodreads. That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. Thanks for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.

*Originally aired in June 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Book Talks: 300 Reasons to Love Havana by Heidi Hollinger

34466935Discover the colourful soul of Havana with internationally renowned photographer Heidi Hollinger in the book 300 Reasons to Love Havana.

Heidi Hollinger first travelled to Havana in 1988 and has been returning often for almost 30 years. On every trip to Cuba’s capital, she visits Selene, her adoptive grandmother. She truly knows the city intimately.

Like Heidi, you’ll be dazzled by Havana—the city’s endless visual feast will blow you away. She’ll introduce you to Cuban women draped in colours and standing in doorways; to barefoot children playing soccer in public squares; and to the peanut vendor who calls out “Mani” (peanuts in Spanish) and offers his wares in a white paper cone. Heidi’s expert eye captures the extraordinary beauty of the Baroque and Spanish Colonial architecture, which bears witness to 400 years of history, the vibrancy of Cuba’s music, the country’s new cuisine, the rooftop terraces, the thrill of getting around in vintage cars, the top shops and restaurants, and the loveliest areas to visit. The stunning photos in 300 Reason to Love Havana will have you walking and dancing in the streets of Havana, Cuba before you’ve even booked a ticket.  

300 Reasons to Love Havana by Heidi Hollinger is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired in June 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Library Moments: Books about Plants

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 will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

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Now with the warm weather here, people are turning their minds to being outside as much as weather and carnivorous insects will allow. And it’s not just leisure activities that bring us out of our houses and into the sunshine, but quite a bit of work too. Whether gardening, landscaping, or just communing with nature, plants play a big role in our summertime activities.

Today on Library moments, Nancy Therrien and I will each talk about a book that features our botanical friends.

26031328Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It…Garden Everywhere by Tara Nolan explains the basics of raised bed gardening in Canada. Raised bed gardens come in all shapes and styles. They are higher than the surrounding earth and can be built almost anywhere. Some advantages of raised bed gardens include easy weeding, water conservation, good drainage, pest control, and accessibility. Raised bed gardens are often high enough that gardeners can sit at the edge of the garden bed to reach plants instead of kneeling on the ground, which is helpful for people with limited mobility. Raised Bed Revolution contains brief “Plant It” sections for potatoes, salad greens, garlic, other edibles and flowers, but for comprehensive planting advice for raised bed gardens, I’d suggest another book such as All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. Raised Bed Revolution truly excels in its “Build It” segments, that include all the required tools, materials, and detailed step-by-step instructions to build a wide variety of unique raised bed gardens; there is even a chapter titled “Not Handy, No Problem” with very simple raised bed garden designs that anyone can create.

If you’re considering building or buying a raised bed garden, the book Raised Bed Revolution by Tara Nolan is definitely worth reading, or even just perusing for its extensive collection of beautiful photographs and raised bed garden ideas.

 

Erin: Did you know that the smell of sassafras blowing offshore convinced Columbus he was near land? Or that the American sycamore, which has the largest tree trunk in the eastern forest, can live for 500 to 600 years? Or that in the period before the American Revolution, patriots designated a sycamore tree in each colony as a meeting place for plotting against the British? In Botanica North America, Marjorie Harris documents more than 400 species of plants native to North America including pictures, ecological importance, and interesting facts about their relationship to humans. Harris is a master gardener, and has been featured on the CBC, in the Globe and Mail, and her personal archives including monographs, correspondence, and gardening records are now housed at McMaster University Library. Whether you’re a budding botanist or experienced gardener, Botanica North America is a weighty tome worth wading through.

Whether you’re scouring the woods for wild edibles, cultivating your own summer salad, or just getting out and smelling the roses, there is a book at the Haliburton County Public Library to help you out. Drop into any branch or visit our catalogue at haliburtonlibrary.ca

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

*Originally aired in June 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.