February is Black History Month! To celebrate, many readers who are active on social media channels are declaring a #ReadingBlackout—that is, prioritizing the reading of books written by black authors for the month. This movement was started by a BookTuber (definition: a person who dedicates their YouTube channel to reviewing and talking about books) named Denise D. Cooper.
With it's movie adaptation release just around the corner, now is the time to enjoy Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Caitlyn, a Library Page at our Napanee Branch, reviews this genre-bending class below.
The library has three great events going on this March Break across L&A County! These events are free and registration is not required. Drop in for some fun!
Tuesday, March 13th at 10:30am
Kristin reviews Alias Grace, one of Margaret Atwood's most popular novels. It's a book that is suddenly back in the spotlight since being adapted into a television show for Netflix.
Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff has easily been the most talked about book this year. Wolff presents a behind the scenes look at the Trump administration in this shocking real-life page-turner, based on hundreds of conversations conducted over 18 months, including with most of Trump's senior staff.
It seems with every passing year there are more novels that take a sledgehammer to genre conventions. Well, these “genre-benders” are helping literature evolve and, most importantly for voracious readers, they can serve as a bridge into uncharted genre territories.
Marg Wood of the Napanee Branch of the County of Lennox & Addington Libraries, recently enjoyed The Cold, Cold Sea by Linda Huber, “an atmospheric psychological thriller/mystery” that she says grabbed her from the very first page.
There are many reasons and benefits to learning a foreign language. It may improve academic skills, aid in brain development, and slow aging. It could also help you achieve some career goals (there is an urgent requirement for qualified speakers of languages other than English in areas of science, technology, medicine and global commerce). It could definitely help you in your plans to travel the world.
Catherine reviews Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shakaf, a novel that focuses on themes of class, cultural identity and the changing Middle East.
The County of Lennox & Addington Public Libraries has its very own online book club!
Anyone is welcome to join our book club (via the bookish social networking site Goodreads) and you can participate as much or as little as you they like. This club doesn't read one book, rather we read by monthly theme. The themes allow for a lot of flexibility and creativity, so generally you are able to avoid books that don’t appeal to you – a common book club pitfall.