Featuring Fabulous February Finds

The Adult Department on the main level of St. Thoma Public Library now has THREE book displays: one in the fiction area, one in the Marketplace near the DVDs, and one in the non-fiction section. It keeps our staff (and our customers) busy, busy, busy! What’s featured this February? Nothing but fabulosity!

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They’re back! Blind Date with a Book is in full swing and ready for you to pick our your fate-crossed-read. These books have been selected by library staff to represent the good, the bad, and the unusual. It might be the most amazing thing you’ve read, or it might be a bit of a dud. Ah, the beauty of a blind date with a book – you might read something that you wouldn’t have considered even picking up and fall absolutely in love with it, or you might think “What the heck am I reading?” The point is, you won’t know what book you get until you “Check it out,” and the mystery is half the fun. We just hope you can get past the cheesy book pick-up lines… (They’re books. Cut them some slack. They do the best they can, even with pick-up lines like “You’re good for my circulation.”) Date not working for you? No worries! You can simply return your date and they’ll never call you leaving awkward voicemail or creep you on Facebook.

Adult Fiction

Read it and weep DisplayRead it and Weep Display SignNot everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day in February, and we support those folks! We’re doing something 100% opposite to the lovey-dovey chick-lit that usually appears in February. We have a new library display: Read It and Weep. This display is full of books that will move you to tears, be they happy, heartfelt, indignant, righteous, or horrified tears, we suggest you have a box of tissues with you. Don’t get us wrong – they’re not meant to be depressing. Some of the best books we’ve ever read have moved us to tears! And besides, sometimes you can use a good cry. Books like these open your eyes to certain issues and make empathic readers out of all of us. Give this display a good look. There are some GOOD ones here for sure!

Adult Non-fiction

When it comes to displaying non-fiction books, it can get a little tricky. They can ofteHave you Red this book yet 2015 displayn be too specific and we sometimes run out of books to display! Never good. So we’re relying on an old faithful – displays by colour. This month, we’re going with Have You RED This Book Yet? All of the books on this non-fiction display have nothing really in common, except the colour of the cover. There are books from nearly EVERY subject on this display; You’ll never know what treasure you’ll find on there. It’s interesting to see what kind of themes appear when we just select books based on the colour of their cover. Let us know if you can sense a pattern. (It isn’t intentional, but the book publishing folks would probably tell you it is!)

Reason #37: We’re Open 24/7 With Downloadable eBooks.

Reason #37 - Available 24-7 with eBooks

Do you have an eReader? A tablet? Cell phone? Mp3 player? Laptop or desktop computer? Then you might be interested to know that many of these devices, from the smallest mp3 player to the most powerful laptop computer, can be used to borrow electronic books and audiobooks directly from the St. Thomas Public Library. You can borrow up to 10 electronic items at a time, for periods between 14 and 21 days. If there is an eBook or eAudiobook that you want but it is out on loan, you can place a hold on it, just like at the library, and you will be emailed when it becomes available. With only a valid library card and PIN number you can access thousands of new titles and classics!

In order to provide you with eBooks and eAudiobooks, the St. Thomas Public Library relies on a third-party vendor, OverDrive, to manage our electronic collection. Using OverDrive’s resources and technology, the library is able to purchase materials and loan them out, just as we would with traditional printed books or audiobooks on CD, which all takes place at Ontario Library Service Download Centre. Just find St. Thomas Public Library and sign in using your library card number and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you don’t know your PIN number, just give us a call or drop-by and we’ll tell you what it is (your library card automatically has one assigned to it). Once you have signed into your account, you can place holds, check-out titles, and even create lists of titles you want to check-out in the future.

The eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can borrow from the Ontario Library Service Download Centre come in a variety of different formats and lending rights. Before borrowing an eBook or eAudiobook, it is important to check that the item you will be downloading is in a compatible format for your particular device. Come in and pick up a copy of our free how-to booklet for a little extra guidance, or visit OverDrive’s handy help page if you get confused.

That’s all you need to pack your device full of free eBooks or eAudiobooks! If you finish your book at 3 am and the library is closed, just sign into OverDrive and download something new to read. You’ll never have to get caught without a book again!



April is Poetry Month!


If you’ve never explored poetry before, April is a good time to give it a try! Why read poetry? It’s elevated, it can say things that are hard to express, and it can be a cathartic emotional experience. It can be very fun, sad, angry. Pure expression. As Robert Service said, “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” Come and check out your favorites from childhood like Shel Silverstein. Sample a book of poetry from the adult department, like Leonard Cohen’s Book of Longing, or tackle the classic Paradise Lost by John Milton.

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If you want to try your hand a writing poetry, drop into our Teen Lounge and check out the Book Title Poetry display. Rearrange the titles of books into a poem!

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Best Read of 2012 Staff Picks

Best Read of 2012

St. Thomas Public Library staff have put together another awesome display of “Best Read of 2012 Staff Picks.” The books in the display are ones that library staff have read in 2012 and think are so fantastic that you need to read them too! Most of the recommendations are from the Adult Fiction collection, but some are Teen and Youth fiction. All are well worth the read!

And now it’s YOUR turn! Tell us your favourite read of 2012; we’ll include it in our display and you’ll have a chance to win a library prize pack! Comment on this post or email Ruth at rcrocker@st-thomas.library.on.ca to participate.

You don’t have to come to the library to see what’s on the display. Here’s the complete list of recommendations:

  • The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Angelberger, Tom
  • Year of the Flood by Atwood, Margaret
  • Alice I Have Been by Benjamin, Melanie
  • San Miguel by Boyle, T.C.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray
  • A Red Herring without Mustard by Bradley, Alan
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Brunt, Carol
  • Glamping with Mary Jane: Glamour and Camping by Butlers, Mary Jane
  • Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Cabot, Meg
  • Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Cain, Susan
  • A Dog’s Purpose by Cameron, Bruce
  • Enders Game by Card, Orson Scott
  • Graceling by Cashore, Kristin
  • The End of the Line by Cerrito, Angela
  • The Good Father by Chamberlain, Diane
  • Hunger Games by Collins, Suzanne
  • The Drop by Connelly, Michael
  • Book of Lost Things by Connolly, John
  • Little, Big by Crowley, John
  • The Maze Runner by Dashner, James
  • Our Daily Bread by Davis, Lauren B.
  • The House I Loved by De Rosnay, Tatiana
  • The Sisters Brothers by deWitt, Patrick
  • River of Destiny by Erskine, Barbara
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Evison, Jonathan
  • Gone Girl by Flynn, Gillian
  • Love Anthony by Genova, Lisa
  • Heading out to Wonderful by Goolrick, Robert
  • Secret Daughter by Gowda, Shilpa Somaya
  • On this Island by Graves, Tracey Garvis
  • Bloom by Hampton, Kelle
  • Locke & Key by Hill, Joe
  • Alzheimer’s: Finding the Words by Hodgson, Harriet
  • Snow Child by Ivey, Eowyn
  • Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Joyce, Rachel
  • Life of Pi by Martel, Yan
  • Spin by McKenzie, Catherine
  • Forgotten by McKenzie, Catherine
  • Talk Funny Girl by Merullo, Roland
  • Phantom by Nesbo, Jo
  • Birthmarked by O’Brien, Caragh
  • Wonder by Palaccio, R.J.
  • Book of Awesome by Pasricha, Neil
  • Bury Your Dead by Penny, Louise
  • Beautiful Mystery by Penny, Louise
  • Serena by Rash, Ron
  • The Imposter Bride by Richler, Nancy
  • The Shanghai Murders by Rotenberg, David
  • The Placebo Effect by Rotenberg, David
  • Divergent by Roth, Veronica
  • The Goat Woman of Largo Bay by Royes, Gillian
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Ruiz, Carlos Zafon
  • Wonderstruck and the Invention of Hugo Calret by Selznick, Brian
  • Between Shades of Grey by Sepetys, Ruta
  • Story of Beautiful Girl by Simon, Rachel
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Sloan, Robin
  • The House at Tyneford by Solomons, Natasha
  • The Light Between Oceans by Stedman, M.L.
  • The Help by Stockett, Kathryn
  • The Age of Miracles by Thompson, Karen Walker
  • Cool Water by Warren, Dianne
  • The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Wingfield, Jenny
  • The Book Thief by Zusak, Markus

Book Review Added – December 12 2012

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by: Oliver Sacks

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New Book Review Added – December 11 2012

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by: Libba Bray

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New Book Review Added – November 8 2012

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by: Rachel Hartmen

Check it out. Don’t forget – many library staff members review books. Find them all on the “Reader’s Advisory” page of this blog!