Tag Archives: Reading

Halloween stories and urban legends in the library

pumpkin22In my library today I hosted a Music and Halloween Story event. The idea was to allow junior high students, who had recently finished writing short stories for Halloween, to read them out loud. Just in case students were too shy to read their stories, I looked up some “scary” urban legends to read which you can check out here.

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Bat book contest…

darkwingFans of the Silverwing series of books about bats by Kenneth Oppel likely already know the author will be reading from his new book, Darkwing, at a special appearance in Winnipeg. The event, which will also include a slide show, will take place at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People at the Forks on October 15 at 7p.m. What they may not know is that McNally Robinson Booksellers is holding a writing contest in honour of the event. The grand prize is free front row tickets and a complete set of the Silverwing Trilogy along with a copy of the new Darkwing book.

More details from McNally’s:

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More details on Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival available

thinair.jpgThe long-awaited Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival Thin Air 2007 guide is available at Manitoba bookstores now. Packed with program details and book and author information, the guide amounts to a book the size of a small novel.  You can also check the Thin Air website for schedule details and breaking news at www.winnipegwords.com.  If you’re into and onto Facebook, join the Thin Air Facebook Group for up-to-the-minute news including information about the festival trivia contest.  Play along for your chance to win a cool Thin Air gift pack which includes a mug, notebook and pen, all with the artsy Thin Air logo, a free Thin Air pass and a book by one of the authors featured during the festival. You have until midnight tonight to answer Question 3 (the 11th person to answer the question correctly wins). I’m feeling kind of lucky, so, you might as well just wait for question 4. The festival runs September 23-30 and will include day and night-time readings and talks by such authors as Winnipeg’s own Giller award-winner David Bergen, Roch Carrier of The Hockey Sweater fame, William Gibson, who with his 1984 novel Neuromancer introduced the world to the term “cyberspace”, and many, many more talented writers from Manitoba and around the world.

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Best vacation idea ever… if you’re a writer, reader or librarian at least

libraryhotelA recent article in The Buffalo News recommends the ultimate book-related vacation in Manhattan.  Within a few blocks of East 41 St. and Madison, visitors can visit the New York Public Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum and spend the night surrounded by books at the Library Hotel. Connecting it all, is Library Way. Officially dedicated in 2004, the walkway was initiated over a decade ago and includes 96 bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalk. The plaques, seen here on the official Library Way website,  are wonderfully and whimsically carved and feature literature and poetry quotes.  One of my favourite plaque quotes is from “The Speed of Darkness” by Muriel Rukeyser, “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”  The Library Hotel, located at the aforementioned intersection, is a former office building first constructed in the 1920s.  According to the article by Scott Naugle, the building was renovated to include 60 book-themed and book-filled rooms. Instead of floor and room numbers, the hotel uses Dewey Decimal code on 10 floors with each corresponding to one of the ten main library organization categories.

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Roald Dahl Day

charlieandthechocolatefactory1Today, September 13, is officially known, in the book world at least, as Roald Dahl Day. Called the “greatest storyteller in the world”, Mr. Dahl was of course the creative mind behind such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, Mathilda, The BFG and many more. Today in my high school library I put up a dispaly of Roald Dahl books and had a stack of extra copies ready for anyone who wanted to take one out to read.  A few students checked out the books, but, many more just stopped by the library counter to chat about their favourites including memories of when they read a particular book and who recommended it to them.  Whereas my favourite is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, many of the students were fans of The BFG, The Twitsand some of Dahl’s later work.  To this day whenever I see anyone with a Caramilk in its inner gold wrapping, I am reminded of the golden tickets that allowed the lucky recipients in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory access to the wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory.

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