Favourite Book of 2015: The Library at Mount Char

Not since Harry Potter have I devoured a book like this. The writing – fantastic. The plot – even more fantastic. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is a dark comedy, twisty mystery, and modern mythology, rolled up into one magnificent debut novel. Twelve orphaned children are adopted by a man with supernatural abilities named… Read More Favourite Book of 2015: The Library at Mount Char

Picture Book Reader’s Advisory

There are a lot of amazing storytime resources out there for librarians, teachers, and parents. Storyline Online, presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, is a phenomenal place to find celebrities reading picture books (who wouldn’t want to listen to Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog?). The International Children’s Digital Library is a great… Read More Picture Book Reader’s Advisory

Make Your Own Movember Display in 8 Easy Steps!

Movember is (sadly) over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning for next year! I put up this fun Movember Display at The Cambridge Idea Exchange this month, resulting in giggles all around. It’s simple. Hunt through your collection for book covers featuring big clear faces. Cut out 15 or so construction paper mustaches. Attach said… Read More Make Your Own Movember Display in 8 Easy Steps!

The Student Guide To: The 5 Best Independent Cafes In London Ontario

If you’re looking for a new study space, a unique date spot, or an afternoon snack, you’re probably looking for an indie cafe. And if you live in London Ontario…you’re in luck. We all know about the chain establishments: Timmies, William’s, Starbucks. But if you’re looking for a neat, inexpensive way to explore your city… Read More The Student Guide To: The 5 Best Independent Cafes In London Ontario

How Should Libraries Respond to “The Danger of a Single Story?”

“How impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children,” says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her powerful Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story.” Adichie grew up in Nigeria, reading mainly stories about white children who ate apples and played in the snow, and believing that literature, by… Read More How Should Libraries Respond to “The Danger of a Single Story?”

YA Resource Evaluation – The ALAN Review

The ALAN Review is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes academic articles on the topics of literature for adolescents and the teaching of it. The ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English) Review is published thrice annually, and can be accessed through Western Libraries, or by becoming a member… Read More YA Resource Evaluation – The ALAN Review