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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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.

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.

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.

Library Moments: Books for Mental Health

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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Although there seems to be more awareness about mental health than ever before, because difficulties with our mental health affect us in such a personal way, we can still be reluctant to talk about it with others, and may even feel that we are alone in our struggles. This is where, along with proper professional care, books can be very helpful. Whether fiction or nonfiction, memoir or self-help, there are a great many books surrounding the topic of mental health. And whether you are curious about a specific mental illness, or are just wanting to find ways to keep your mental health in good shape, taking some quiet time for yourself with a book can help you reflect on yourself while relating to others who may have shared your situation.

Today on Library Moments, Sherrill Sherwood and I will talk about some books about mental health that you can get at Haliburton County Public Library.

 

6265779Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: Before I talk about books, I want to mention that the people of Haliburton County are so lucky to have in our very own community a thirteen week mindfulness program available through the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team, run by Social Worker Barb Fraser. Attendees of the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Programme learn the principles of mindfulness meditation, the importance of living in the moment and the power of now, and how these relate to suffering less pain. Mindfulness assists in remaining calmer and more pain controlled despite the challenges of everyday life, such as when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers and insurers. This can change the intensity of pain suffering, both emotional and physical, in a very positive way. In addition to receiving professional care such as this, there are a variety of mindfulness titles in the library’s collection to read to further understand the practice. One such book, The Mindful Path To Self-Compassion: freeing yourself from destructive thoughts and emotions by Dr. Christopher Germer answers the question; What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Germer has learned an important lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in–and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame–are essential steps to healing.  Dr. Germer realizes that it sounds backwards for people to turn toward their emotional pain instead of running from it, and that any thinking person is likely to ask “Why would I want to do that?” The first chapter of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion is dedicated to making you understand why it’s often the best thing to do. The rest of the book will show you how to accomplish this task. First you’ll learn how to bring mindful awareness to what’s bothering you. Then you’ll discover how to bring kindness to yourself, especially when you’re feeling really bad. That combination — mindfulness and self-compassion – can transform even the worst times of our lives.

35504431Erin: There are many fiction books in our collection that feature protagonists who are dealing with mental health challenges while navigating challenges of everyday life. Fiction, in general, has the ability to increase empathy and understanding – possibly to a greater extent than nonfiction. There’s something about a fictional character that lets us put ourselves in their shoes and experience what they are experiencing more than reading a book about a real person. In Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, 17 year old Aza Holmes has multiple anxiety disorders, and is prone to getting trapped in spirals of unwanted thoughts. All the while she is doing her best to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student… oh and trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of a billionaire with a $100,000 reward on the line, while navigating a crush on that billionaire’s son, Davis. To the outside observer, Aza simply seems quiet and a little quirky; even those who know her, and know there’s more going on, can’t quite see what Aza is going through. But as the reader we get a front row seat to Aza’s non-stop inner monologue. Turtles All the Way Down was published in October 2017, and is John Green’s first novel since his extraordinarily popular 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars. Authors often inject autobiographical elements into their fiction – often the best fiction includes stories that closely mirror an author’s personal experiences. Of Turtles All the Way Down, John Green has said “This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.”

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 1 in 5 Canadians in any given year will experience mental illness. We can help end the stigma around mental illness by cultivating empathy and compassion for others and ourselves, and books can be a part of that. If you need help, make sure you talk to a health care practitioner, or find a local social service by calling 211 or visiting Ontario211.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.

Library Moments: Magazines

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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While I was at the Dysart branch circulation desk a couple of weeks ago, a patron asked me to explain how the magazines work. She had been clearing clutter from her house and didn’t want to purchase any more magazines since she found it so hard to let go of them. She was really happy to hear that she could check out the magazines housed at the Dysart branch and could also request ones that are housed in any of the other seven branches. Today on Library Moments Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will talk about popular magazines that are in our library collection.

Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: In our sound byte culture where the shortest and punchiest quip seems to win regardless of accuracy, it’s a good balance that there are many magazines that provide longer, in-depth articles about the issues of the day. One in particular is The New Yorker. Started in 1925 as a humour magazine, it soon became a sophisticated publication for serious fiction, essays and journalism. Many notable authors have had short stories published in The New Yorker, including Shirley Jackson, EB White, Stephen King, Alice Munro, and Roald Dahl. The New Yorker’s journalism and essays, which now make up most of the content in each of the nearly weekly issues cover an eclectic range of topics, including culture, arts, science, politics, current events, and biography – most with word counts in the thousands. Another well known part of The New Yorker’s content is its humorous cartoons. Early cartoonists for The New Yorker didn’t caption their own cartoons, rather guest writers did, most notably EB White’s 1928 caption “I say it’s spinach and I say to hell with it” which made it into the popular lexicon of the time. Other notable captions include the coining of the well used idiom “Well, back to the old drawing board” and the most reprinted “on the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog”. The New Yorker continues this guest captioning tradition, posting videos of celebrities like Nick Offerman, Abbi Jacobson, and Zach Woods lending their captioning talent, and most notably 9-year old Alice Kassnove [KAS-no] who has taken the internet by storm as a cartoon captioning protege – and possibly a now life-long New Yorker reader!

SAH MAGSherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: I asked the supervisor of the Dysart branch, Vicki Fraser, which magazine in her branch gets checked out the most. While the Dysart branch enjoys a brisk circulation of all magazines, Vicki sees Style At Home regularly fly off the shelves. Style at Home is a monthly Canadian home decor and lifestyle magazine, which publishes articles about interior design, home decorating projects, outdoor living and entertaining. For instance, the August 2017 edition includes the renovation of a cozy cabin in the woods, decorating 101 with a designer who updates the den of a Georgian-style home, three recipes with yogurt incorporated into the dishes, a dark basement previously serving as a rental apartments which gets a light and bright family-friendly makeover, and the dessert of the month features refreshing watermelon ice pops. There are many more articles and beautiful pictures in this mag, I can see why it’s so popular.

Magazines can be checked out for one week and renewed if there are no holds on them. If you have any questions regarding magazine checkouts or would like to place a hold on a specific magazine title, please talk to the friendly library staff at your branch, they will help you out. 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.

Library Moments: Houses

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.

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You may have recently read about or heard about a housing task force trying to bring some changes to the way we build houses here in the county. There’s also been lots of talk in the media about The Tiny House Movement. At HCPL, you will find many titles about houses, how they are built, sustainable building practices and even building project plans. Today on Library Moments, Sherrill Sherwood and I will each talk about items of interest in the library collection pertaining to fresh housing ideas.  

Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: One of the first exciting steps in the home building process is to pour through house plans. The library’s collection includes the popular title One-Story House Plans Bible from Creative Homeowner Press. One-Story House Plans Bible offers readers 450 of the most elegant and efficient home designs available, from cottages to grand homes.One-Story House Plans Bible provides a distinct combination of full-color photography and illustrations throughout. In addition to the designs,  practical tips and expert advice guide the potential home builder in choosing interior and exterior accents for the new home. A search for “Creative Homeowner” on the library website brings up fourteen titles released through this publisher – they include a different house plans book as well as maintenance, renovation, interior ideas and homesteading information. “Straw bale” and “timber frame” are also good search terms to use on our website to find titles of interest. And of course, a search for “tiny homes” displays multiple offerings.

20561054Noelia Marziali, Community of Making Animator: Everyone’s heard all the fuss surrounding tiny homes lately. Maybe a tiny home is not for you but just about anyone can get a kick out of the ingenious designs behind these homes. Tiny house design and construction guide by Author and photographer, Dan Louche is an informative guide all about tiny homes. This books introduces you to the sustainable building movement as a whole. Author, Louche goes into details of how to create a true architectural masterpiece in traditional and non-traditional ways.
Gain a good understanding of Tiny Houses, and know what steps are involved to begin the building process of your very own. This includes knowledge of the entire building process, what considerations you’ll need to make, and legalities behind it all. For anyone with dreams of building this is a great introductory read.

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

*Originally aired in May 2018 on 100.9 CANOE FM.