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Wendy
North York Central Library
Opinionated librarian; v. avid eReader.
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Valerie is Toronto Public Library's lead selector of adult print books. She and her team evaluate about 400 books every week. (To hear more about how they do this, listen to this podcast). So if you want to know what books to look forward to this season, we can't think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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What are the best books, movies and music you've come across this year? Join our librarians on Twitter, Monday, December 16*, from 12 – 1 pm, and use the hashtag #TOpicks to share your favourites of 2019. We look forward to chatting with you! (*CORRECTION: The date for the live... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Great list! (Exhalation is at the top of my To Be Read list - I read one of the stories in a magazine last year and it was excellent.)
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You're right on trend! Thanks, Elsa! :)
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Toronto Public Library's most popular books of 2019 Becoming by Michelle Obama - 5,860 Washington Black by Esi Edugyan - 4,997 Educated by Tara Westover - 4,043 Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny - 3,732 The Reckoning by John Grisham - 3,418 The Testaments by Margaret Atwood - 3,292... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Do you know: The best food to stock your bird-feeder with if you want to attract cardinals? Which two species of owl regularly nest in Toronto? Why burdock plants are dangerous to songbirds? How to make Indigo Buntings feel safe? How you can become a bird rescue volunteer? If the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
I hope you like it this time! I was just talking to another friend who read it on my recommendation, and didn't like it at all... you just never know.
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We hope you'll enjoy it!
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Charlotte's Web is so, so good.
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Oh, good ones! I blush to admit I've never read Watership Down (I think I started when I was too young and was traumatized out of it...)
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You never know what squid might be getting up to. Best to keep a close eye on them.
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Our lead selector of adult books, Valerie, and her team have been hard at work again, combing through the hundreds of new books coming out this fall and placing them in library branches. (To hear more about how they work, listen to this podcast). Here are the new titles Valerie... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Do you have a kid who’s learning to read? Or one who can't read yet, but loves to hear a good story? We have a fun new format for them to try: All-in-One Read-Alongs. All-in-one Read-Alongs are picture books with a built-in audio player, so kids can listen to the... Continue reading
I feel like "Anne vs. Emily" could be a personality test question on the Myers-Briggs or something.
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Right?!! So many memories!! Did you encounter John Bellairs (The House with the Clock in its Walls, etc.)? And Susan B. Cooper? I feel like those would also fit on this list. Reading as a kid was the best.
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My mom used to read me these! I loved them, too. "I wonder WHAT will happen tomorrow?"
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Hi Janet, Wendy here again. You're right - I looked at the Ontario Author Project page, and it does say May 31st. The contest is not organized by the library, so there must have been some crossed wires about the dates. The good news is, there's still time to sort this out! I'm currently on vacation, but I recognize how frustrating this must be for you, so I'm trying to help. As I said I would in my email, I have forwarded your questions to the organizers of the contest, and am awaiting their reply. I will get back to you as soon as I hear from them. Thanks for your patience.
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This Indigenous History Month, from June 3 to 30th, readers all across Canada are invited to read Glass Beads: Stories by Dawn Dumont as part of the One eRead Canada campaign. Along with other urban libraries across Canada, Toronto Public Library will make the ebook and eaudiobook editions of Glass... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Valerie has every book-lover's dream job: she coordinates the selection of print books for adults at Toronto Public Library. In other words, she and her team of selectors investigate nearly every book that we order. (It's a lot of work - you can hear her talk about how they do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Dublin City Council has just announced the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award. This award is particularly exciting for a couple of reasons: The prize consists of 100,000 euros, or nearly 150,000 Canadian dollars, making it one of the richer literary awards in the world. To put it in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Hi Joey, I just heard back from the Collections Specialist, and unfortunately we don't offer access to the Replica edition of the NYT through either NYTimes.com or Pressreader. Sorry about that! Wendy
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Good to know - thanks! For what it's worth, I'm getting the same result as you. I suspect it's because we don't have access to the NYT via the library's PressReader account, but I'll try to confirm that with the specialist. If I learn more, I'll let you know!
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Hi Joey, I'll pass your question on to the specialist who works with the Times. Quick question - are you logging on with your personal, paid PressReader account, or the one you access with your library card? thanks, Wendy
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The people in line after you send their thanks!
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