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Elizabeth Hay wins the Scotiabank Giller prize!

There was exciting news in the world of Canadian publishing last night as the winner of the 2007 Scotiabank Giller prize was announced at a gala dinner in Toronto.  I thought this year's shortlist was particularly strong and that all the nominees were worthy of the prize.  I was rooting for Elizabeth Hay and her novel Late Nights on Air, and was delighted when her name was announced. I have been an admirer of her beautiful writing since I read A Student of Weather

London Reads at LPL

Modeled after CBC Radio’s hugely popular “Canada Reads” London Public Library , The University of Western Ontario, the City of London and the Bookstore at Western invite you to join our own version of this great tribute to Canadian literature “London Reads.” For the fifth edition in a row London readers will be celebrating five great Canadian books.

Armchair Travel: A Great Way to Go

As the weather starts to cool and we look toward frosty dark evenings to entertain ourselves, there are some great books you might like to cuddle up with. They will take you to warm and sunny places and let you travel the world without leaving your living room. I recommend you cuddle into a cosy chair, bring along a drink, and start your adventure. Enjoy!

New Community Recreation Centre & Library

October 23, 2007 - A new community recreation centre and library will be opening on the northeast corner of Adelaide and Sunningdale. Construction will be beginning in 2009. The Centre, a collaborative, unique, joint venture between the City of London, London Public Library and the YMCA, will be a LEED Green Building.

This landmark building will provide many services to community members.

Resources for Book Clubs

Book Club Reader
Reading group guides and other tools for book clubs can be found on this site from publisher Simon & Schuster.

Book Clubs Resource

Professional Development

On Friday, November 9th, all library locations will be closed and all library staff will be gathering for a professional development day. This annual day is an opportunity for us to learn new skills and build on previous knowledge. With locations spread throughout London and staff working shifts, this one day of workshops is so important to ensure everyone is enabled with skills and information to provide better service to you!

For Your Listening Pleasure

St. Catharines screamers Alexisonfire play the John Labatt Centre on Wedneday, December 12. Check out their 2006 release, "Crisis", and play it loud! My favourite track is Boiled Frogs, simply because the song title and lyrics are not connected in any way all. (Feel free to add any insight you may have about a possible connection.)

A New Day at Masonville

October 25, 2007 - After 12 years of intensive use, Masonville Branch Library is undergoing a refresh. The branch was built in 1995 to service a growing North London community. Over the past 12 years, Masonville Branch has served nearly 2.5 million visitors and is one of London Public Library’s busiest branches.

Do It Yourself disaster

Many home renovation shows currently popular on television feature do-it-yourself disasters. Many of these start as a simple project that escalates into something bigger because, once a wall is opened or  floor is lifted, often unpleasant surprises appear that need to be repaired or replaced. We all know someone (and maybe it's you!) who has found themselves in this situation. A friend of mine set out on a simple weekend project to replace a few loose tiles around the bathtub and ended up uncovering extensive rot from water damage.

Garden Sculpture

During the winter months, instead of just watching television (like I usually do), I am planning to gather some garden craft ideas for the spring. I have a group of friends who are also (fairly) avid gardeners and we like to get together to create some kind of craft now and again. Actually, it’s just a pretence to get together to gab, eat and drink, but surprisingly, we often end up making something worthwhile! This year my plan is to force them all into agreeing to make something out of a mixture called hypertufa.