Category Archives: Centre Wellington TAG

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!

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CW TAG: Favourite Fantasy Authors

Today we’ve got an awesome post straight from the Centre Wellington Teen Advisory Group. Check it out!

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The members of Centre Wellington’s Teen Advisory Group (CW TAG) love reading fantastical stories. Our tastes range from mythical creatures to steampunk! Here is a list of our top 10 authors: 

1. Rick Riordan

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
  • Heroes of Olympus series
  • Kane Chronicles series

2. J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter series

 3. Cassandra Clare

  • The Mortal Instruments series
  • The Infernal Devices series

4. Lesley Livingston

  • Wondrous Strange series
  • Never series
  • Starling

5. Veronica Roth

  • Divergent series

6. Ally Condie

  • Matched series

7. Kelley Armstrong

  • Darkest Powers trilogy
  • Darkness Rising series

8. Pittacus Lore

  • Lorien Legacies series

9. J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • The Hobbit

10. Andrea Cremer

  • Nightshade series
  • Nightshade prequel series

Do you like these authors too? Come and share your favourite authors, and learn more of ours. CW TAG is always open to new members joining!

The last meeting of 2012 will be on Thursday December 13 at 3:45 – 4:45 pm in the Elora Branch Community Room. We will be taking a little break over the holidays and starting back up again on January 10th, 2013!

WCL & Teens: TAG Groups and beyond in Wellington County

Did you know you can earn community service hours by participating in one of Wellington County’s Teen Advisory Groups (TAG, for short)?  Yup, that’s right!

But what is a TAG group, anyways?  Well, Teen Advisory Groups are our way of making sure we’ve got the materials you want to see in the library.  Come in and meet with other teens to discuss what kinds of books, movies, and music you’d like to see at the library.  Play some games and eat some food, and find out all about what kinds of programmes and events we’ve got lined up for teens.  Give us your input and advice for what you’d like to see at the library, and why.

You can participate in a TAG group at the Elora (Centre Wellington) and Erin branches of the Wellington County Library, and keep up to date with them here at the blog.

And there’s more!  Not every branch of the county has a TAG group, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways you can actively participate with the library.  The Arthur branch hosts a Teen Book Club every month, and at Clifford there is a Pageturners Book Club open to teens and preteens!  In Mount Forest and Harriston, you can hang out at the Teen Café, where you can talk about books, movies, and more, and find out about gaining community service hours for school!  Other branches sometimes hold single-session teen programmes, too, so always keep up to date with that’s going on at your local branch, and check out the library’s website here to find teen programming all over the county.

Want to see a teen-related programme at a certain library branch?  Let a librarian know, OR post a message here on the blog!  Let us know what you’d like to see, and where.  If we get enough interest, your idea might just happen!

Seriously scary audiobook…

Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestly

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If you enjoy being scared, definitely give this book a try! I listened to it on an audiobook and found it that much better. I think I enjoyed it so much this way because you almost feel as though the narrator on the CD is Uncle Montague himself, personally telling you these ghastly tales. Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, you’ll definitely be checking the backseat of your car at night after listening to this story.

Check it out for yourself!

Forest of Reading – White Pine Nominees!

It’s time to get reading! Here are the Forest of Reading program’s White Pine nominees:

Fiction Titles:
•Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
•Beat the Band by Don Calame
•Blood Red Road by Moira Young
•Chance to Dance for You Gail by Sidonie Sobat
•Death Benefits by Sarah N. Harvey
•The Fifth Rule by Don Aker
•The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
•Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor
•Something Wicked by Lesley Anne Cowan
•The Way It Is by Donelda Reid

Non-Fiction:
•The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
•Call Me Russell by Russell Peters
•Canada’s Wars: An Illustrated History by Jonathan Webb, illustrated by J.L. Granatstein
•Hockey Now! by Mike Leonetti
•I.D.: Stuff That Happens to Define Us by Kate Scowen, illustrated by Peter Mitchell
•Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World by Tom Rand, edited by Dave Clark
•Nice Recovery by Susan Juby
•Stick to Your Vision: How to Get Past the Hurdles & Haters to Get Where You Want to Be by Wes “Maestro” Williams
•Two Generals by Scott Chantler
•Will to Live: Dispatches from the Edge of Survival by Les Stroud

Leave us a comment to let us know which ones you’ve read!

Counting down to the Hunger Games movie release!

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March 23rd, 2012 is the day to remember for all you Hunger Games fans (I know I’m excited!!). Only 76 Days away! Check out the offical movie website for the trailer, posters, and all things Hunger Games related! http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/intl/ca-en/

And if you haven’t read the book yet, what are you waiting for!? Visit one of the WCL’s branches to pick up a copy!

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the movie trailer!

Book Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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This book was absolutely a fantastic read! You may already know Maggie Stiefvater from her hit bestselling werewolf series “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” and her latest novel, The Scorpio Races, is no exception to her stellar record.
Here’s a plot summary from Maggies website:
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Whether you are a horse person or not, this story will grab your heart and take you for a ride alongside Puck Connolly with her fiesty mare, Dove, and Sean Kendrick with his blood-red stallion, Corr. Stiefvater does such a great job with descriptions of the island Thisby, that you feel as though you can smell the salt water air and can hear the ocean roaring with Capill Uisce (water horses). This book definitely deserves 5 stars! Check out the book trailer below: