Off the Shelf (4)

As followers of our blog will know, voracious reader Robyn has been sharing with us on a regular basis the titles that she has been adding to her For Later shelf. Here are some more titles that have recently graduated to her Completed shelf. Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry This truly is a…
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Aussie teen fiction

Oh, Australia. Home of red dirt, too many snakes, and some super readable YA fiction. I picked up another one from the new book pile yesterday entirely due to the blurb quote by Melina Marchetta. Marchetta writes books about -- brace yourselves -- teens with issues (so, all teenagers, because who doesn't have issues?), but they're…
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PressDisplay is evolving!

There can be no denying how popular PressDisplay is. Over 19,000 newspapers were read in June alone and if there is ever a delay from PressDisplay (based in Vancouver) in getting the latest edition of The Press up then the phones here at the library run hot with angst. Like all things technical upgrades are…
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Bibliotherapy

Do you ever wonder why a particular book seems to come along at just the right time? I remember reading Armistead Maupin's series Tales of the City at a time in my 20s when I was missing a close group of friends who had all moved away. The friends in his books became my friends…
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Is there Life After Pi?

Author Yann Martel could be forgiven for wondering if there would be life after Pi, given the smash success of his book Life of Pi. Almost everyone loved Life of Pi - it has even been made into a blockbuster film. I say almost everyone, as truth be told, I was not that much of a fan. And…
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La Traviata

Last night I had my first ever opera experience. Although I generally enjoy live music and performance I wasn't 100% if I would like opera, even with the excellent introduction to the operatic world I got from a bonafide opera singer. I mean, all that warbling and melodrama. Maybe it would be a bit OTT…
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Beat those Winter Blues

Are you finding the gloomy days and cold nights are getting you down? I've come up with some blue-busting winter warmers to drag you out of the doldrums: Exercise There. I said it. It's essential. Yes, I can hear you moan! Nothing warms the body up and produces happy brain chemicals like moving. It doesn't…
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