Book Talks: Lucy by Randy Cecil

lucyLucy by Randy Cecil

In Lucy by Randy Cecil, every morning Eleanor gets up, hugs her father goodbye before he goes to work, and lowers a breakfast sausage tied to a piece of string from her window for the little stray dog waiting in front of the red door below. The little dog spends her day looking for food and avoiding the obstacles of life – she had a home once, but only remembers it in dreams as she naps under the tree in the park. Eleanor’s father is a juggler, but has horrible stage fright – with each attempt at a performance he freezes. Lucy features soft pencil drawings and is presented in four acts – as the story repeats and small things change, we keep reading to find out if the right thing will change allowing the Eleanor, her father, and the little stray dog to find the happiness they are looking for.

Lucy by Randy Cecil is a junior book, but adults will enjoy it too. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.


Library Moments: Books to Movies and TV

filmSherrill 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.

When there is a film adaptation for a book, there is talk in the library world. For one thing,the book may have been sitting on the shelf for six months and all of a sudden it enjoys increased circulation and perhaps we will need to purchase more copies. And, of course, there is always the “is the movie as good as the book” conversation. 2017 will be a great year for many authors – I found a website marketing “19 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters In 2017”. The big screen is not the only place to find the created visual to a well-loved book – that same website lists no less than 11 TV shows premiering in 2017 that are based on books. Today on Library Moments Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will each talk about an adaptation that we are looking forward to this year.

little big liesErin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Lauded by Stephen King as “A hell of a good book.” Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty focuses on the story of three women in the same small beachside town in Australia – a world of mommy wars, kindergarten politics, and who’s throwing the best birthday party. But underneath it all runs a dark current of trauma and domestic violence. Oh, and there’s a murder too. HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies stays close to the book – transplanting the story to California and fleshing out some characters – keeping the before-it-happened/after-it-happened back and forth stringing us along wondering whodunit and why. At first the show was passed off by some reviewers as just a sudsy soap opera with big name stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley there to give it some oomph. However, many critics – who hadn’t read the book – changed their tune as the story trades shallow cliches for a frightening reflection and social commentary on domestic violence and trauma. Both the book and the television series walk the line between fluff and substance, and humour and horror – laughs are often followed sharply by a queasy feeling as the action grows dark and uncomfortable. While we don’t carry television series at the library we still like to let you know when books are adapted to the small screen. So, check out Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty in print at HCPL, and then track down the tv series through the television provider of your choice.

wonderSherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: While I don’t often read juvenile fiction, I picked up the chapter book Wonder by R.J. Palacio in 2014 and it turned out to be one of my top ten favorite reads that year. Palacio started writing Wonder, her first book, after an incident at an ice cream shop. She was sitting on a bench outside the shop next to a little girl with craniofacial difference and was trying very hard to ensure that her two sons did not react adversely to the girl. Despite her good intentions, efforts to keep her three year-old from seeing the girl led to spilled milkshakes and quite a scene. The girl’s mom said simply, “It’s time to go.” Palacio said that the incident was not what she wanted to happen, and she knew it wasn’t right. Eventually she realized that she reacted out of fear, of both her son’s reaction and the girl’s feelings, and instead she should have acted out of kindness. The book she wrote is about August Pullman, born with a facial difference that up until now has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past August’s extraordinary face. Wonder begins from August’s point of view but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. The movie release date is November 17 this year. Filmed in British Columbia, August is played by Jacob Tremblay, the Canadian child actor whose breakout performance was as Jack in Room, for which he received critical acclaim. August’s parents will be played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. With months to go before the movie comes out, I highly recommend reading the book first.

Books have been adapted to the screen since silent films in the late 1800’s. People who lack the time or interest to read books are given the opportunity to enjoy a good story in a few hours and people who love to read can experience a tale in a new way. That’s it for this week’s edition of Library Moments, thanks for listening here on 100.9 Canoe FM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

FUN FACT: The Death of Poor John, filmed in 1901, is the oldest surviving film based on a Dickens character.

Hot Reads: April 20, 2017

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

  1. The Fix by David Baldacci
  2. The Night The Lights Went Out by Karen White
  3. Fallout by Sara Paretsky
  4. Baseball Life Advice: loving the game that saved me by Stacey May Fowles
  5. The Boundless Life: 13 lessons learned the hard way by Simon Donato

*Originally published in The Highlander.

Book Talk: The Fate of the Tearling

fate of the tearlingThe Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johanen is the thrilling conclusion to the Tearling trilogy that began with The Queen of the Tearling and continued in the The Invasion of the Tearling.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies–including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy – and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will finally be revealed. All three of the Tearling books can be reserved at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Library Moments: 2016 Annual Report

Annual report infographic 2016Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan 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 Haliburton County Public Library’s Annual Report was released to the public on March 22, 2017. The library has eight branches situated throughout the County of Haliburton. The County supplies the library service including staff, library materials, and technology while each of the four municipalities supplies the buildings and furnishings.

This week on Library Moments Nancy Therrien and I will talk about some highlights from our annual report.

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Community Outreach: Hi, I’m Nancy Therrien, the Programming and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Haliburton County Public Library. Programming is an area that the Haliburton County Public Library constantly strives to improve. By utilizing the interests of our staff and collaborating with community partners, the number and type of programs offered at the library continue to expand in the most cost-effective way possible.

In 2016, 7316 people of all ages attended our programs and events. The programs offered varied from branch to branch. In 2016, the portable library popped up at multiple events including the Haliburton County Fair in Minden, Stanhope Heritage Day, the Wilberforce Agricultural Fair, and more. The Portable Library increased the library’s visibility, offered children’s crafts, and allowed people to sign up for cards outside traditional library walls. One special event offered by the library for the first time in December 2016 was the Try It Fair, where students and members of the public got hands-on experiences trying out all sorts of activities ranging from horseback riding to fly-tying. It was a huge success with over 250 people in attendance during the 4-hour event.

The Haliburton County Public Library’s computer, Internet, and online services were well utilized in 2016. The website was heavily used, averaging 6 pages viewed and 5½ minutes per session, there were more than 24,000 sessions in 2016. Public access computers were available at all branches, as was public Wi-Fi, which was available 24/7. In all, 16,571 people accessed the Internet using one of our Public Access Computers in 2016.

Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: The Haliburton County Public Library has 9,124 cardholders who borrowed 164,729 library items in 2016. An item can be a book, a dvd, books on CD, ebooks,downloadable audiobooks as well as things like, pedometers and energy meters. Of the items borrowed 15,782 were electronic downloadable products. That means items from the library can be borrowed without ever leaving home, although we recognise that some of us have better connectivity than others. Our physical in-branch collection has grown to 52,465 items on our shelves across the eight branches. We added 7,090 library items last year, on average we get 136 new items every week that get distributed to the branches. As always you can ask for something from another branch and have it delivered to your home branch. You can also return your item of any of our eight branches no matter which branch you got it at. Our computer system will direct the item to where it is supposed to be.

The Annual Report can be found on our website at or in hard copy at any of our eight branches.

That’s it for this episode of Library Moments. And btw, because we in the library world keep track of anything that can be counted, this just happens to be episode 318. Thanks for listening here at 100.9 CanoeFM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Annual report infographic 2016

Text summary of our infographic:

  • 9,124 people in Haliburton County had a library card in 2016.
    • Compared to 9,707 in 2015.
  • 165,729 items circulated, including 15,782 digital items in 2016.
    • Compared to 160,495 in 2015.
  • We have 52,465 items on our shelves.
    • And we added 7,090 items to the collection in 2016.
    • On average we get a delivery of 136 new items for you to enjoy every week.
  • 7,316 people attended our programs and events.
    • That includes children, teens, adults, and seniors!
  • 16,571 people accessed the internet using one of our Public Access Computers.
    • We have free wi-fi available 24/7.
    • had over 24,000 visits by people from home and around the world.

View the full report on our website – > About HCPL > Annual Reports > 2016.


Book Talk: The Woman in Cabin 10

the woma in cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is a popular novel about Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, who has been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise ship with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is amazing: the cabins are lavish, the dinner parties are vibrant, and the guests are sophisticated. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem: no one else saw or heard anything amiss and all the passengers remain accounted for, so the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. Lo puts herself in great danger investigating an incident that may just be a figment of her imagination. With surprising twists throughout, this is an intense read that you will not be able to put down. The Woman in Cabin 10 is currently on several bestseller lists and is available to borrow at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

Library Moments: National Wildlife Week

loon by aaron berning

Loon on Dark Lake in Wilberforce Photo credit: Aaron Berning

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. Today on Library Moments Bessie Sullivan and I will each talk about a book that exemplifies National Wildlife Week.


National Wildlife Week is a major Canadian Wildlife Federation initiative designed to celebrate our country’s natural heritage and promote the cause of conservation in Canada. Proclaimed by Parliament in 1947, National Wildlife Week falls every year during the week of April 10 – the birth date of the late Jack Miner, one of the founders of Canada’s conservation movement. “Wild Goose Jack”, as he was known, is credited with saving the Canada Goose from extinction. National Wildlife Week honours Jack Miner’s contributions to conservation. Canada’s natural heritage is rich with flora, fauna and spectacular landscapes.

Today on library moments Bessie Sullivan and I will tell you about books that draw our attention to wildlife in our area.

algonquin park a portraitBessie Sullivan, County Librarian: We are so lucky here in Haliburton County to live nestled up to Algonquin Park which was established in 1893, it is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Algonquin Park also happens to be the home of a varied array of wildlife. In Algonquin Park: A Portrait by Jan and Martin Rinik readers are shown that besides the beauty of the park in the summer there are striking landscapes and wildlife that appear throughout fall, winter, and spring. This book features more than 200 colour illustrations, along with 125 photographs of the park in all four seasons. The result is a stunning and informative portrait one of the most diverse natural habitats in the world. Algonquin Wildlife: Lessons in Survival by Norm Quinn is a celebration of the multitude of wildlife studies ongoing in the park. It is likely that more research has been done in Algonquin than in any other protected landscape in the world. Norm Quinn’s experience and sense of humor combine to transform technical biological studies, on moose, wolves, fish and other creatures of the wild, into entertaining and inviting stories without losing the significance of the research. Both these books can be found in the library’s collection.

the place in the forestNancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: One natural heritage book that I have enjoyed is The Place in the Forest, R.D. Lawrence’s best-selling account of life in the Ontario wilderness. The “Place” referred to in the book is a forested parcel of land in Lake of the Woods purchased by R.D. Lawrence in 1960, where he and his wife built a cabin and studied nature. Like many properties in cottage country, it was initially intended to be a weekend escape from the city, as a retreat for fishing, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits. This book showcases the change of seasons and the circle of life of the many indigenous mammals, birds, insects and plants that inhabited the Place, including wolves, bears, beavers, turtles, hawks, raccoons and more. The descriptions of animal life and death, and human interactions in the wilderness make for a highly educational, realistic and enjoyable account of nature that we can often find right outside our doors. The Place in the Forest by R.D. Lawrence is available to borrow at the Haliburton County Public Library.

During National Wildlife Week, we can enjoy how awe-inspiring nature truly is by spending time in the outdoors, and by curling up with a good nature-themed book which will hopefully inspire us to spend even more time outdoors.

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

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.