COMMUNITY COLUMINST: Summer is a great time for reading for the love of it

News Jun 03, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Caitlin Fralick, special to the News

I still remember the sheer joy of joining the summer reading club as a kid. For a diehard bookworm like me, the prospect of getting prizes for reading seemed almost too good to be true.

Those days may be far behind me, but I still get excited about reading at this time of year. If you love nothing better than spending a long, lazy afternoon lost in a great book, Hamilton Public Library has everything you need for your own personal summer reading adventure.

Great fiction has always been my summer reading cornerstone. I can’t wait to dive into Canada Reads winner The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden, and Caught, by Lisa Moore. Whether you’re a CanLit lover or you prefer a good mystery or a page-turning thriller, HPL has all the new and classic fiction titles you need to fill your carry-on bag.

If you’d rather travel light, try our eBook collections. You can borrow up to ten eBooks at a time from our digital collection, and can even choose a longer loan period if you’re going to be out of town for awhile. If you run out of reading material while you’re away, just visit our website (hpl.ca) to browse and download new titles.

Why limit your summer reading to the imaginary world? HPL’s non-fiction collections are packed with treasures for all tastes. Maybe you need how-to help for a DIY project, or some tips on surviving the zombie apocalypse. Or maybe you just want to escape into a great memoir (I recommend Bossypants, by Tina Fey).  Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the library.

Personally, I love road trips. Nothing helps the time fly by like an audiobook for the drive. HPL has a great selection of audiobooks, both on CD and downloadable from our digital collection. If you’ve got the kids in tow, try a family-friendly audiobook from the Harry Potter series — you’ll be amazed at just how many characters one voice actor can create! For a car full of adults, Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious novel, This Is Where I Leave You, is a fantastic listen. Check it out now before the movie version is released later this year.

If I can offer any advice about summer reading, it’s this: Read something you don’t think you have time for, something you’d never otherwise pick up. Whether that means re-visiting a classic you loved long ago (for me, that’s Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut) or trying a comic book for the first time (Blankets by Craig Thompson is a heartbreaking, beautiful place to start), Summer is the perfect time to relax with something new. Visit your local HPL branch and ask your friendly neighbourhood library staff for their favourite picks, or check us out online.

Caitlin Fralick is the Manager of the Barton and Kenilworth Branches at the Hamilton Public Library. If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMINST: Summer is a great time for reading for the love of it

News Jun 03, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Caitlin Fralick, special to the News

I still remember the sheer joy of joining the summer reading club as a kid. For a diehard bookworm like me, the prospect of getting prizes for reading seemed almost too good to be true.

Those days may be far behind me, but I still get excited about reading at this time of year. If you love nothing better than spending a long, lazy afternoon lost in a great book, Hamilton Public Library has everything you need for your own personal summer reading adventure.

Great fiction has always been my summer reading cornerstone. I can’t wait to dive into Canada Reads winner The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden, and Caught, by Lisa Moore. Whether you’re a CanLit lover or you prefer a good mystery or a page-turning thriller, HPL has all the new and classic fiction titles you need to fill your carry-on bag.

If you’d rather travel light, try our eBook collections. You can borrow up to ten eBooks at a time from our digital collection, and can even choose a longer loan period if you’re going to be out of town for awhile. If you run out of reading material while you’re away, just visit our website (hpl.ca) to browse and download new titles.

Why limit your summer reading to the imaginary world? HPL’s non-fiction collections are packed with treasures for all tastes. Maybe you need how-to help for a DIY project, or some tips on surviving the zombie apocalypse. Or maybe you just want to escape into a great memoir (I recommend Bossypants, by Tina Fey).  Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the library.

Personally, I love road trips. Nothing helps the time fly by like an audiobook for the drive. HPL has a great selection of audiobooks, both on CD and downloadable from our digital collection. If you’ve got the kids in tow, try a family-friendly audiobook from the Harry Potter series — you’ll be amazed at just how many characters one voice actor can create! For a car full of adults, Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious novel, This Is Where I Leave You, is a fantastic listen. Check it out now before the movie version is released later this year.

If I can offer any advice about summer reading, it’s this: Read something you don’t think you have time for, something you’d never otherwise pick up. Whether that means re-visiting a classic you loved long ago (for me, that’s Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut) or trying a comic book for the first time (Blankets by Craig Thompson is a heartbreaking, beautiful place to start), Summer is the perfect time to relax with something new. Visit your local HPL branch and ask your friendly neighbourhood library staff for their favourite picks, or check us out online.

Caitlin Fralick is the Manager of the Barton and Kenilworth Branches at the Hamilton Public Library. If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMINST: Summer is a great time for reading for the love of it

News Jun 03, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Caitlin Fralick, special to the News

I still remember the sheer joy of joining the summer reading club as a kid. For a diehard bookworm like me, the prospect of getting prizes for reading seemed almost too good to be true.

Those days may be far behind me, but I still get excited about reading at this time of year. If you love nothing better than spending a long, lazy afternoon lost in a great book, Hamilton Public Library has everything you need for your own personal summer reading adventure.

Great fiction has always been my summer reading cornerstone. I can’t wait to dive into Canada Reads winner The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden, and Caught, by Lisa Moore. Whether you’re a CanLit lover or you prefer a good mystery or a page-turning thriller, HPL has all the new and classic fiction titles you need to fill your carry-on bag.

If you’d rather travel light, try our eBook collections. You can borrow up to ten eBooks at a time from our digital collection, and can even choose a longer loan period if you’re going to be out of town for awhile. If you run out of reading material while you’re away, just visit our website (hpl.ca) to browse and download new titles.

Why limit your summer reading to the imaginary world? HPL’s non-fiction collections are packed with treasures for all tastes. Maybe you need how-to help for a DIY project, or some tips on surviving the zombie apocalypse. Or maybe you just want to escape into a great memoir (I recommend Bossypants, by Tina Fey).  Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the library.

Personally, I love road trips. Nothing helps the time fly by like an audiobook for the drive. HPL has a great selection of audiobooks, both on CD and downloadable from our digital collection. If you’ve got the kids in tow, try a family-friendly audiobook from the Harry Potter series — you’ll be amazed at just how many characters one voice actor can create! For a car full of adults, Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious novel, This Is Where I Leave You, is a fantastic listen. Check it out now before the movie version is released later this year.

If I can offer any advice about summer reading, it’s this: Read something you don’t think you have time for, something you’d never otherwise pick up. Whether that means re-visiting a classic you loved long ago (for me, that’s Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut) or trying a comic book for the first time (Blankets by Craig Thompson is a heartbreaking, beautiful place to start), Summer is the perfect time to relax with something new. Visit your local HPL branch and ask your friendly neighbourhood library staff for their favourite picks, or check us out online.

Caitlin Fralick is the Manager of the Barton and Kenilworth Branches at the Hamilton Public Library. If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.