When the Covid-19 pandemic began so too did the sweeping war metaphors to describe the global and personal situations we were facing. Our armies of front-line health care workers led the charge against the enemy, leaving the rest of us to navigate the home front (literally in our homes). The list goes on. The similarity between war and this pandemic I can’t get out of my head this Remembrance Day is that of how the world continues after an event that irrevocably changes it.
Even though we just beginning to dip our toes into the holiday season, library staff are busy prepping for new year by researching and getting orders in for the titles that will be must-reads in 2022. It goes without saying that all of the usual suspects will be well-represented (James Patterson, Danielle Steel, JD Robb, David Baldacci, Robyn Carr, etc.) but readers should also take note of the following fifteen releases that are perhaps less expected, but still hotly anticipated.
Kristin recently enjoyed The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott, a powerful novel of historical fiction set in aftermath of WWI. Here is Kristin's review:
In this unforgettable debut novel, Caroline Scott has gifted us with an immensely powerful tale, highlighting the anguish of broken families left behind in the wake of World War I.
(November 9, 2021) Prince Edward-Lennox & Addington Social Services (PELASS) is participating in Ontario’s homeless enumeration. During the week of November 15th, PELASS, in collaboration with community partners, will be completing a local homeless enumeration through a Point-in-Time Count.
For me, Remembrance Day is a day of quiet reflection. It is a day where I think about the sacrifices that all military personnel (both past and present) have made for the freedoms we as Canadians enjoy, for their friends, families, and countries around the world. For children, Remembrance Day often means an assembly, some reading, and a lesson about what Remembrance Day is and means to them. Below are some of my go to choices to share with patrons who are looking to read about Remembrance Day at home with their children:
Ontario observes an annual Treaties Recognition Week the first week in November. This is a time for all Canadians to learn about the importance of the treaties and treaty relationships that shape Ontario.
Over the years, you may learned - without even realizing it - that your real life is ‘ordinary’.
We have all seen those photographs. Of families on blankets at golden hour. Those photographs are beautiful. They are to be cherished, for sure. But photographs like that - studio or posed photos - teach us that only special things should be photographed. You, in your best clothes. You, with your best smile toward the camera. The kids, hugging and grinning, squared on to the photographer.
Karen recently enjoyed A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones, a great choice for Stephanie Plum fans. Here is her review:
Due to the noticed increase in Gypsy moth feeding activities across southern and central Ontario in the summer of 2020. Silv-Econ Ltd. was contracted to perform a Gypsy Moth egg mass survey in selected Lennox and Addington County Forest compartments (3, 5, 6) to determine the extent of the impact on the health of the forest.
The report is available here: LACF Gypsy Moth Egg Mass Survey - September 2020