Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy Holidays!

The Holiday season is definitely upon us, and we want to wish you Happy Holidays and an Awesome New Year!

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Please note the branch closures over the next week at the library. Check with your local branch for more information!

Monday, December 24 – Arthur, Clifford, Hillsburgh, Palmerston and Puslinch branches are closed all day. All other branches will close at 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 25 – All branches closed.

Wednesday, December 26 – All branches closed.

Monday December 31 –  Arthur, Clifford, Hillsburgh, Palmerston and Puslinch branches are closed all day. All other branches will close at 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 1 – All branches closed.

All library branches will resume regular hours on Wednesday, January 2nd!

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What’s New at WCL

The holidays are almost upon us! Spend your time off with friends and family, but don’t forget to put in some quality “me” time, too! And what better way to relax and enjoy your holiday vacation by curling up with a good book. Here are just a few of the many new books at WCL!

 

VenomFionaPaulCoverVenom – Fiona Paul

 About the book (from Goodreads):

 Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

 

Colin Fischer – Ashley Edward Miller & Zach Stentz

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About the book (from Goodreads):

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only [one] for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormenter, didn’t bring the gun to school.

 

DeathofKleptoDeath of a Kleptomaniac – Kristen Tracy

About the book (from Goodreads):

At sixteen, Molly is a girl who’s just started living–at last she’s popular. But for a girl who has everything, Molly feels like she never has enough. So she steals. At least there’s plenty of time to fix this last little problem. Except Fate has other plans for Molly. Like death. Suddenly dead and in denial, how can Molly move on when life was just looking up? Can she abandon her earthly ties or will she jeopardize her soul to stay close to her loved ones?

 

Book Review – Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances – Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle

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About the Book – From Goodreads:

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

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Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances consists of three separate stories that all take place during a holiday snow storm in a small town. The stories, each written by different authors, focus on separate casts of characters, and in each story, there are two characters navigating the slippery slopes of love.

This is a great lighthearted read for the holidays. It does revolve around Christmas, but there are characters in these tales that do not celebrate Christmas, too. The stories are all romances, so there is a bit of a gooey factor with this book. But the stories are also funny, and while there is some kissing and declarations of love, it’s not unbearably mushy. If you are looking for a good holiday read to flip through while snuggling by a fire or sipping hot chocolate at home (or in a Starbucks!), this could be a great choice for you.

My favourite thing about the book?  Although each story was written by a different author, and focused on different people, all of the stories were interconnected. The tales all take place in the same town, and there are certain minor characters that are present in all three tales. Plus, at the end of the final tale, everyone comes together, which is really cool.

My least favourite thing about the book? For being a holiday book, these stories are not really centered on the holidays themselves. The theme of this book is really love taking place because of a massive snow storm, and the book could easily have taken place in the middle of January…the holidays were somewhat present, but not nearly as important as they could have been.

 

Looking for similar titles?  Try these!

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Ex-mas – Kate Brian

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

Kissing Kate – Lauren Myracle

13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

Snowed In – Rachel Hawthorne

Get Inspired to Make a Change!

Today we’ve got another fantastic guest post coming to you from Centre Wellington! This is a great topic, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Be Inspired!

We Day, an amazing initiative started by Free the Children, held one of its annual concerts in Kitchener this November. The event inspires youth to be engaged in their communities, and to take local and global action in making the world a better place. Were you lucky enough to go?

Visit the website to find out more about the event, and how you can get involved

 We Day  – We Inspire Change

You might also want to check out the following motivational books:

Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians by Craig and Marc Kielburger LivingMetoWe

What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? By Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingowod, Jonnie Penn, and Duncan

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From Goodreads:

IF NOTHING IN THE WORLD WERE IMPOSSIBLE, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

It all started in a garage in 2006 when four friends decided they needed to make a drastic change.

They made a list of 100 things to do before they died, and began the journey to uncover their buried lives.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN.

Get inspired. Make your list. Live your dreams.

If you are trying to find out how you can make a difference, check out the website http://www.getinvolved.ca and connect with organizations that need volunteers like you!