Monday, 20 November 2017 14:17

New books we're thankful for

New books we're thankful for

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Many new titles have been added to the Library collection this past month, and there's many that we are thankful to be reading as we head into the holiday season. There's a book for every taste and appetite, from award-winning fantasy fiction short stories in Ken Liu's Paper Menagerie to a collection of essays written during the Obama administration by Ta-Nehisi Coates in We Were Eight Years in Power to a gorgeous cookbook of sweets by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Like all good things, there are holds on many of these books, so be sure to get in line and rest assured that they are all worth the wait. Happy reading! 

Published in Library News
Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:50

Book reviews by kids and teens

Kids and teens review books


Name: Ines
Age: 9
Book title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Review: I love the books. They're exciting, fun, and funny. 

Name: Ananya
Age: 11
Book title: Charlotte's Web
Author: E.B. White
Review: It's a beautiful book, even though it can be sad at points. 

Name: Cece
Age: 9
Book title: The Lincoln Project
Author: Dan Gutman
Review: It was interesting and exciting. 

Name: Laura
Age: 13
Book title: The Throne of Fire
Author: Rick Riordan
Review: It's a very good book for teen fiction lovers, or lovers of mythology. It has a lot of action but the plot stays amazing!

Name: Dhruv
Age: 4
Book title: Creature Features
Author: Steve Jenkins
Review: Very nice book. I read it many times. I like the stork in the book. 


If you would like to review your book and have your review posted on the Library blog, then fill out a "quick book review" card and submit it at the Children's and Teens' Services' desk or email it to:

Published in Kids and Teens
Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:32

September Culture Picks

Now that you're back from vacation and summer is coming to an end, why not chase away the rentrée blues by visiting a Parisian museum? These current exhibitions are to make you glad to be back in the City of Light. After getting inspired by one of the exhibitions below, delve deeper with some of the related books in our collection, currently on display in the Members' Lounge.

David Hockney

Centre Pompidou

21 June 2017—23 October 2017

In collaboration with London’s Tate Britain and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou presents the most complete retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of David Hockney. The exhibition coincides with the artist’s 80th birthday. With more than one hundred and sixty paintings, photographs, engravings, video installations, drawings, and other works—including some of Hockneys most well-known, such as his swimming pools, his double portraits, and his monumental landscapes—the exhibition presents the full progression of David Hockney’s artistic career up to his most recent work.

That's the way I see itDavid Hockney: espace/paysageDavid Hockney: the biography

Portraits by Cézanne

Musée d'Orsay

13 June 2017—24 September 2017

Cézanne is widely understood to be one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century. Generally categorised as a Post-Impressionist, his unique method of building form with colour, and his analytical approach to nature influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists. Both Matisse and Picasso called Cézanne ‘the father of us all.’ Studying his portraits, we are certainly dealing with the most personal, and therefore most human, aspect of Cézanne's art.

Cézanne: the first modern painterThe self-portrait: a cultural historyCézanne: a life

Christian Dior: couturier du rêve

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

5 July 2017—7 January 2018

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Monsieur Dior: once upon a timeGirl in DiorChristian Dior: the man who made the world look new

Published in Library Blog
Friday, 18 August 2017 16:37

Kids recommend...

We hope you're enjoying your summer reading! Here at the Library, we've heard from a few young members who would like to recommend some titles they've enjoyed. All of the following titles are available in the Library's collections:

junieJunie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park

About the first title in the Junie B. Jones series, Emma says:

"It's funny! Junie B. is cheeky and funny."

- review by Emma Symington-Bulteau


skelligSkellig by David Almond

Luce read Skellig as part of the Library's Bookworms book group for ages 9-12. She said: "I loved this book. I give it 5 stars. My favorite character is the baby because she is sooo cute (even if I haven’t actually seen her they describe her really well). Even if she is suffering, I like her."

- Luce, aged 9 ½



prince and piratePrince and Pirate by Charlotte Guunofson, illustrated by Mike Lowery

"The fun voices of fish Pirate and Prince and their funny sayings make this book about sharing and being different very teachable and hilarious. I give it 5 fish out of five!"

- Lina, age 4



lastolympianThe Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

"This is the most exciting book of the series but you have to read the other books in the series first!"

- Liam, age 10




shadowmagicShadow Magic by Joshua Khan, illustrated by Ben Hibon

"Best book ever! I thought the book was adventurous. My favorite character is Thorn because he owns a giant bat! I really liked the book because it was magical."

- Sebastien, ages 10½




orangeoutlawThe Orange Outlaw, by Ron Roy, illustrated by John Steven Gurney

"I think kids that read chapter books would think that it’s interesting because the red herring always tricks you! I bet Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose would like to meet you."

- Cece, age 8¾




dreamfallDreamfall by Amy Plum

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your dreams were real and that you couldn’t just wake up to the sound of your alarm? If yes this is most certainly the book for you! Cata, Fergus and some other teenage patients hope their insomnia will be solved after they undergo a revolutionary medical experiment; but it all turns haywire when the power is shut off for a few minutes. Together, the teenagers have to face their greatest fears in the world of nightmares or die; they think that’s as bad as it gets until Fergus learns about one the teenagers’ real identity.

Erik, age 16

Published in Kids and Teens
Thursday, 01 November 2012 13:00

If You Liked The Hunger Games...

DYSTOPI-WHAT!?  If you liked The Hunger Games, you should check out some of the other dystopian novels found upstairs on the Teen Mezzanine.

divergentDivergent by Veronica Roth

In the debut novel by American author Veronica Roth, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life. Each of the factions is meant to uphold a particular virtue of humanity: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). The decision is made more difficult for Beatrice when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
Find it: Young Adult Fiction, YA ROT
YA ROT Check out the sequel, Insurgent, also under YA ROT

ship breckerShipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic version of America's Gulf Coast region, teenaged Nailer works the light crew in a for a team that breaks down grounded oil tankers for parts. Nailer scavenges for copper wiring every day and hopes just to make quota in order to live another day. When he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
Find it: Young Adult fiction, YA BAC

adoration of Jenna FoxThe Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl wakes up from a coma. Jenna Fox is her name, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident she was involved in a year ago. But Jenna doesn't remember her life before the accident. Or does she? Recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, Jenna learns a startling secret about her existence.
Find it: with the Young Adult Fiction under YA PEA 

brave new worldBrave New World By Aldous Huxley
In Aldous Huxley's classic dystopian novel, Bernard Marx lives in a World State where everyone consumes daily grams of soma to fight depression, babies come from laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie" (a movie that stimulates all the senses). There is no violence and everyone is provided for, but Bernard feels that something is missing. He begins to sense that his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than what the rules of their society allows.
Find it: Young Adult fiction, YA HUX 

house of the scorpionThe House of the Scorpion By Nancy Farmer

In a future where human clones are raised to be harvested for organs, Matt has enjoyed a special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. The intelligence of clones is usually destroyed at birth, but Matt has been spared because of El Patron's power. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he comes to realize that escape is his only chance for survival. Escape will not guarantee his freedom however, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.
Find it: Young Adult fiction, YA FAR 

animal farmAnimal Farm By George Orwell

This is a fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm overthrow their drunken human master and take over the farm, things seem to be heading in the right direction. Everyone willingly works overtime, and for one brief and wonderful season, the animals are happy and well fed. Soon, however, the animals' leaders succumb to the temptations of privilege and power.
Find it: Young Adult fiction, YA ORW

unwantedsThe Unwanteds By Lisa McMann

In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds every year, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other is to be "eliminated." Alex tries hard to be strong when his fate is announced as Unwanted, but when he arrives at his destination he discovers that in Artime each child is taught to use their abilities magically. It's a rare occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, however and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across the two worlds, a threat arises that will pit the two against one another.

Find it: Young Adult fiction, YA MCM

witherWither by Lauren DeStefano

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world. When Rhine is sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. However, her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she would like to. She begins to care for him until she realizes that not all is as it seems. Even her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next.
Find it: Young Adult Fiction, YA MAR

variantVariant By Robinson E. Wells

After years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher thinks that a scholarship to New Mexico's Maxfield Academy is a ticket to a new life. Upon arrival at the academy, Maxwell finds instead that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems.
Find it: Young Adult fiction, YA WEL

Published in Teens @ the Library