July Newsletter

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Summer Reading Club
The library’s Summer Reading Club activities for children will be held on Thursday afternoons in July and August. For more information, including the times, or if you’re interested in registering your young readers, please contact the library. If you can’t make it to the weekly activities, your children can still be registered and can take part by tracking their reading in our logbooks. Even pre-schoolers and babies can be registered; books you read aloud to your children count too!

Sandpiper Book Sale
Our used book sale will be held the week of the Sandpiper Festival. Come by the library during our regular open hours, July 26-28, to pick up some new-to-you summer reading and hunt for unexpected treasures.

Silent Cake Auction
The library board’s ever-popular Silent Cake Auction will be held on Saturday, July 28th. Bidding starts at 1 pm; final bids by 3 pm. Funds raised go to support the library.

Books Worth Another Look
Guest Review by Hilda Partridge

Disposable Souls, by Phonse Jessome

Cam Neville is a city cop with a dead wife, PTSD and a haunted past. TV preacher Pastor Sandy Gardner’s body is found near a Halifax container pier. Neville, a former biker and war hero, is in searching for the killer. Blair Christmas, Neville’s partner, is a Mi’kmaw Mountie who helps him solve the case.

Yes, Phonse Jessome used to be a reporter on the local news in Halifax. He brings realistic detail to this story. An excellent read by an Atlantic Canadian author for adults.

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Newsletter: June 2018

Books Worth Another Look
Guest Review by Hilda Partridge
The Widow, by Fiona Barton
Jane Taylor is the perfect wife standing by her man, Glen, who is suspected of a crime (a missing child, Bella). Suddenly she becomes a widow when Glen walks in front of an oncoming bus. Once he is dead there is no reason to keep quiet. She has secrets that now can be shared. This a real page turner, one I had to read in one sitting. I really enjoyed this first novel by Fiona Barton, and am looking forward to reading her next one, The Child.

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The library’s Garden Club will not be meeting over the summer (we hope you will be busy in your gardens!) but we will begin meeting again in September on the last Thursday of the month at 7 pm again. (First meeting, Thursday, September 27th.)

The kids’ and teens Guitar Club will not be meeting over the summer, but we’ll start up again in the fall on the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm. (1st meeting, Saturday, September 1st.)

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June 21st is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We’ll have a special book display in the library for you to check out.

Avoid that summer reading slump by bringing your kids to the library this summer!

Pre-register for the Summer Reading Club at the library. We’ll have stories and crafts for ages 5-12. We’ll also offer a pre-school storytime if there is interest.

We’re busy planning some other exciting summer activities as well, for older children and teens. Contact the library for more details.

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The library’s annual Used Book Sale will be on at the library July 26-28 during our regular hours. The library board’s Silent Cake Auction will be held on Saturday, July 28th from 1-3 pm, during the Sandpiper Festival. Mark your calendars!

Visions of Sugar Plums, by Janet Evanovich

The “Stephanie Plum” series of thriller/comedy/romances has been going strong for over twenty volumes since One for the Money first introduced bounty-hunter Stephanie and her romantic entanglements with police detective Joe Morelli and ex-special forces mystery man Ranger. Back in 2002 Evanovich began a side series of shorter novels or novellas about Stephanie, with themes tied to holidays. Unlike the books in the main series, which stick strictly to the real world, these holiday novels plunge into the lighter side of the supernatural and humans with minor superpowers. They also throw a third (sexy, of course) man into Stephanie’s life, Diesel, who has the irritating habit of showing up in Stephanie’s locked apartment to disrupt her already chaotic life with missions of his own. Visions of Sugar Plums is the first of these. Stephanie’s after a toy-maker named Sandy Claws who skipped out on his bail; Diesel claims he’s been sent to bring her the spirit of Christmas, which is sadly lacking in her life, but he’s taking quite an interest in Sandy Claws and wild Grandma Mazur’s electrifying new boyfriend too, and not to bring them the spirit of Christmas. (Diesel was then spun off into his own series about cupcakes and a quest for seven magic stones …)

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass, by Drew Hayden Taylor

 

Reviewed by Kayla Nye

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass is a fictional story based on an Anishnawbe legend. When a stranger rolls into town on his motorcycle before the death of an elder, the little Anishnawbe community becomes less settled, as drama begins to unfold. The band council purchased a piece of land and the community goes wild. The chief is bombarded with suggestions on what to do with the newly purchased land; however she is less focused on that than the new stranger on his motorcycle. The chief’s son discovers a trait about the motorcyclist who has won his mother’s heart, and he tries his best to save his mother, with the help of his uncle. This story is guaranteed to give you a chuckle.

Postscript by Library Manager – This is a real laugh-out-loud story full of vivid characters with an important message about the necessity of a bit of spontaneity and even chaos in your life to shake you up and give you a new perspective on things. Highly recommended by both of us!

Clarice Bean and Ghost Knight

At the Summer Reading Club this year we are reading two books. The younger group is listening to Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now. The story is off to a rousing start as older sister Marcie overflows the bath. First the ceiling begins to drip on Grandpa. Then it collapses – and crushes the television. Oh no! Luckily Clarice Bean has words of wisdom from her favourite literary character, girl spy Ruby Redfort, to guide her: When you lose an important piece of equipment, improvise or seek out an alternative. Even more luckily, her best friend Betty Moody has her own tv in her bedroom. Problem solved! Except the stove was crushed too, and the family is going to have to live on toast forever.

The older group is hearing Cornelia Funke’s Ghost Knight, in which Jon, jealous of his new stepfather, makes himself so sulky and unpleasant at home that his mother sends him away to his late father’s boarding school in a famous cathedral town just dripping with history. Jon is determined to be as miserable as possible, but when the ghosts of three malevolent knights began haunting him, he finds himself drawn into a dark tragedy that unfolded around the cathedral back in the middle ages.