Monday, 9 December 2013

Sunday December 8th, 2013 Holiday Magic at TBPL

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With December upon us and holidays approaching, it is a perfect time to check out a good read.  How about these titles from the Globe and Mail’s best seller non-fiction list?   They are compiled using sales figures from bookstores Canada-wide.  And the Thunder Bay Public Library has them for you.

An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield who gives us first-hand experience on how to think like an astronaut complete with advice contrary to conventional wisdom.  Includes suggestions such as prepare for the worst, definitely sweat the small stuff and pay close mind to what others think. 

A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey by Stephen J. Harper is on order at TBPL and presents a captivating portrait of hockey’s early years.  This book looks at when the Toronto Professionals (1908) and the Toronto Blue Shirts (1914) took turns vying for Toronto's first Stanley Cup. Those "forgotten Leafs" built the foundation of an extraordinarily profitable hockey franchise today. 

Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr.  One of the greatest sports figures of all time with records and trophies to boast talks of the people and things that have inspired him the most and some of the valuable lessons he has gleaned.  Now both a parent and a grandparent, he feels strongly that the things he learned bear repeating.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (available in the non-fiction section, on CD book and as digital media through Overdrive), is the sobering story of a family uprooted by global terrorism that loved and encouraged their daughter to obtain an education no matter how dear the cost. 

Still not sure what to read?  That’s easy.  Just check out the Reader’s Advisory section on the TBPL website ( where you will find a link to Novelist, a database that helps you find author read-a-likes, provides reading recommendations and much more (you will need your Thunder Bay Public Library Card & PIN to log in).  You will also find links to New and Upcoming (a monthly list of new titles at the Thunder Bay Public Library), Overbooked (a great resource for voracious readers), Book Browse (a guide to exceptional books), and best sellers lists from both the New York Times and Maclean’s. 

Pick up a new book from TBPL and enjoy the holidays.  As Voltaire (the French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher) once said, “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

Caron E. Naysmith

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