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Islam & Modernity

book cover image Letters To A Young Muslim

As the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia, Omar Saif Ghobash reflected on what it means to be a Muslim. This book is the result.

A Victorian Vignette for Valentine's Day

sweet marie

Love was in the air on a warm moonlit evening in Victoria Park in July 1891.  Cy Warman had just walked his sweetheart, Marie Jones, back to her school, Sacred Heart Academy

OCDaniel

ocdaniel

OCDaniel was one of my top ten favourite Canadian children's books of 2016. This is a middle grade novel about a boy living with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Battle of the Books!

Nostalgia

What do you get when you pit two science fiction novels, a book about dogs who can talk, a call for action about climate change, and the story of a violent crime in Winnipeg’s North End against each other?  You guessed it – the 2017 Canada Reads!

Canada Reads

CBC's annual battle of the books, Canada Reads, is only just over a month away.  Five Canadians - an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer and a veteran - have been selected to battle it out to become the next Canada Reads champion.  The Canada Reads debates will take place from March 27 to 30, 2017 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan from CBC's Laugh Out Loud.  Canada Reads 2017 will be broadcast on CBC-TV and CBC Radio One, and will be live streamed on CBCbooks.ca.

Here are the selected books and the book defenders:

Central Library Closed for Family Day Weekend

Please note that the Central Library is closed on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20 for the Family Day Weekend.  All branch locations are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Seeing The Sites Anew

book cover image Guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada

Looking for ways to celebrate Canada 150? One of the best might be to visit the national historic sites of Parks Canada.

A Real Knockout

A moving picture was shown at the Grand Theatre 110 years ago on February 1-2, 1907 of the boxing match between "The Canadian Catapult" (Tommy Burns, the only Canadian-born world heavy-weight boxing champion) and "The Heavyweight Hurricane" (Jack O'Brien).  The fight had taken place in Los Angeles on November 28, 1906 and was fought to a 20-round draw. 

The Butler's Child

book cover image: the butler's child

Lewis M. Steel is a high profile civil rights lawyer primarily fighting against racial injustice for now over fifty years.  He was the "go to person" for the Attica prison riots in 1971 and publicly slammed then Governor Rockefeller

The World According to Star Wars

book cover image: the world according to star wars

There are many great stories and characters that are bigger than life that have captured our imaginations and stayed with us through our life cycles