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For Book Lovers Everywhere

Feast your eyes on these for fun and inspiration, and be sure to check out the reader contributions at the bottom of the item, also:

Submitted by M. Sinclair


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Are Books too “Boring”?

Do you wonder if people are reading less?  If the quality of reading has changed?  As book lovers, we librarians are undoubtedly biased.   In this podcast, a neurologist discusses some of the research that has been done on the effects of reading on different platforms.  If you are interested and have 15 minutes, have a listen to this CBC Radio Spark podcast, entitled “Are books really a problem we have to solve?”.

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SYNC Your Ears to Some Summer Reading!

Imagine your summer break as you lazily swing in a hammock. If you are like me, this probably seems like a guilty pleasure. You SHOULD be reading to get ready for the new school year. Never fear, once again SYNC audiobooks is here to offer you a way to both bone up on some reading as well as relax, and enjoy the sun and the fresh air.

SYNC audiobooks offers this great FREE summer program for young adults. Each week, SYNC gives away 2 complete audiobook downloads. One title is always something new and the second title is a classic that ties into the first one. Week 2 choices are Terry Pratchett’s Dodger paired with Dickens’ Great Expectations.

This year’s program started on May 7th and will continue over the next 14 weeks for a total of 28 free audio downloads geared to students 13 and up. You can sign up for email and text alerts @

SYNC has a great tool kit for teachers and librarians. The kit has downloadable bookmarks, posters and tons of printable material (banners, reminder cards, QR codes, etc.) that make sharing this info a breeze!

So, load up your device, plug in those earphones and listen up! The price is right.

Posted by:  S. Nesbitt – LBPSB Library Consultant

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What have you been Reading?

 Just curious about what people are reading out there in the world.  Have you read anything exciting that you would like to suggest to our fellow librarians?

I have 3 suggestions: YA, Tween and Picture book.

vanishing girlsI finished reading  Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver the other day.  I really like this author and have never been disappointed by her work.

It is about two sisters who become very distant after a car accident.  The animosity between the two sisters and trying to find a bridge to heal their broken relationship is well written and emotional.  It is a page turner and has a fantastic twist.

For anyone who liked We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ,  I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson,  Hate List by Jennifer Brown or Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

rain reignThe book that has caught my attention and I highly recommend is Rain Reign by Ann Martin.  This book is perfect for students who like to read reality fiction, who like stories about dogs or just those who like having their heart strings tugged.

This is a story about a girl who loves homonyms and her dog.  Rose is a high-functioning autistic girl who has some trouble at school and at home.  On top of everything, her dog that means everything to her, disappears during a rain storm.   How Rose deals with searching for her dog and her relationships at school makes this a fantastic read about human compassion.

book with no picturesThe Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak is hilarious.  Who would think that this book would be anything since it literally has no pictures.  This is a must for storytime – just be ready to leave your inhibitions behind!






Submitted by Kathy Conroy from Westwood Jr and Mount Pleasant Elementary


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Reading Fortunes


Looking for something fun to do with your students?  Why not do their reading fortunes?  This can work easily at the elementary and high school levels. It is really simple to set up.

All you need is:

prize for fortuneA couple of fortune tellers (click on the link for a template)

A pile of books to match the fortunes

A prize (this is the incentive to get them going)

What to do:

  • Announce the event (mine is running for 2 weeks)

  • Have some volunteers to help run the fortunes smoothly

  • Put evaluations in the books so that students can submit their names when they return the books (this also gives you an idea of what they thought of the book)

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Submitted by Kathy Conroy from Westwood High School – Junior Campus and Mount Pleasant Elementary

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I like the diversity of this list blogged on the Nerdy Book Club. Which books would you add to the list? One of my new favorites is “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson. I would definitely put that one on the list!

Nerdy Book Club

I love reading books (absolutely LOVE). So when I come across people my age (aka the certain species called the teenagers) who don’t read, I don’t know whether to cry or be amused. I feel like I slowly lose my faith in humanity when I try discussing a certain book and well, the other person hasn’t read it. It can get frustrating for both of us and by the end of the said discussion or conversation; I’m ready to tear my hair out. Because I’m sure that I cannot be the only one who has to be put through this agony, I decided to make a cheat-sheet of books every teenager should have read. A lot of them are pretty mainstream series and books, but there are a couple that aren’t well known.

I’m writing this out of personal experience. So all the books that I’ve mentioned are books that…

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