Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Reading Suggestions

Just4U: Adult Summer Reading

The Walrus: Pick up and carry in your beach bag a copy of the July/August issue of The Walrus: it is "the only mass magazine in the country that publishes fiction in every issue .... The Summer Reading Issue will bring you the work of nine Canadian writers (“Canadian Studies,”) who were given a simple challenge: write a truly Canadian short story" (from Editorial by John Macfarlane).

NOTE: Zsuzsi Gartner, one of our wonderful FOSL reps whom we recognized with an award at our VTLA year-end dinner, crafted the response that spoke for school libraries during the recent VSB budget process. Her story, "Say the Names," is included in this issue of The Walrus. We can feel very privileged to have her speaking for Vancouver's school libraries.

Canada Reads: This year's book is Nikolski by Nicholas Dickner, translated by Lazer Lederhendler. But you could choose any one of the selected titles, including Good to a Fault, by BC writer Marina Endicott; Generation X by Douglas Coupland; The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy; and Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald, if you were looking for good Canadian fiction but didn't feel compelled to join in by reading the cross-country summer book choice.

CBC suggests you listen to the Between the Covers audio reading of Nikolski and check out the CBC Book Club's celebration of Nikolski. And join host Hannah Sung and other book lovers in the Book Club all year long.

Indigo's Top 100 List: choose one from the list of best books as determined in an online survey of Canadian readers in 2007.

Project Gutenberg's Top 100 eBooks: a list based on downloads

The Bookmark: The June 2010 (50:2) issue of this BCTLA tradition is now online and it's free! What are Living Libraries? What's New on the Net? How do you get a teen book club going? What's this about "convergence or confusion" about eBooks? What's worth reading in YA and children's literature? The answers are all here for your summer enjoyment.

VPL Digital Resources: now includes Best of BC Books Online; use your VPL card to access this pilot project of 1000 ebooks published in BC.

VPL Book Clubs: there's one for every reading and social need -- Reel Reads, World Authors, Online, Drop-in, Poetry, Summer Reading, One Book: One Vancouver -- or find out how to start your own.

Or plan to attend one VPL event this summer: the Book Lovers' Reading Circle starts July 3 and the Summer Book Sale is July 8.

VPL Recommends: Fiction &Literature (for Adults) offers loads of lists, including Staff Picks (June 2010). Something for every taste! If you prefer lists of recommended non-fiction, check here.

The list of lists of Fiction & Literature is long, including but not limited to Award Winners, Banned Books, Canadian Mysteries, CanLit, Delectable Reads, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels for Adults, Books Made into Movies, Life in Venice, Lusty Reads, Reading the City Series: Vancouver is for Readers, Manly Fiction, Vancouver Fiction, and Women’s Fiction.

4them: Kids and Summer Reading

TD Summer Reading Club: Destination Jungle

This online reading club is sponsored by TD, the Toronto Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada, its goals are to encourage and strengthen the habit of reading for pleasure to create life-long learners, as well as to increase children's reading skills and reduce summer learning loss.

VPL Summer Reading Club: Children ages six to twelve are invited to join the Reading Rocks! Summer Reading Club. Vancouver Public Library also invites school age children to join the Multilingual Summer Reading Club - read books in any language!
Chris Tougas, author and illustrator of Art's Supplies and Mechanimals has created the hilarious poster and reading record for Reading Rocks! Summer Reading Club. Members will receive a reading record, bookmark, and stickers to collect. Children can record the titles and authors of the books they read on the reading record. It's lots of fun and absolutely free!

This summer reading initiative is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and the Vancouver Public Library, with the assistance of the Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education.
VPL’s Summer Writing and Book Camp: Got the Write Stuff (August 9-13) is for 11-13 year olds and for 14+. It’s FULL already but there is a waiting list.
Keynotes include well-known YA authors Carrie Mac, Sarah Ellis, Polly Horvath, Susan Nielsen, and Meg Tilly. Also working with young writers and readers will be Maggie de Vries and Julie Burtinshaw. Get your teen or pre-teen writer on that waitlist now! This extremely popular summer camp is a bargain for $225. If you can't get your teen or pre-teen in this year, remember to look for this earlier next year.
VPL Recommends: Kids & Teens

Check out the great lists for your reading kids and teens.

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