Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New titles for the book bag.

A letter from Helen Cimone, the book bag lady from the library, lists four new titles and also tells us about a new on line system for reserving books. 

Hello Joan, 
I am happy to let you know we have 4 new book bag titles to tell you about:

The Schopenhauer Cure by Irvin D. Yalom donated by the Country Neighbours Book Club in memory of Wendy Dolan
Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work -- and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some twenty years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured -- miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer -- and is, himself, a philosophical counselor in training.

Two Rivers by T. Greenwood donated by the Murillo Book Club
In Two Rivers, Vermont, Harper Montgomery is living a life overshadowed by grief and guilt. Since the death of his wife, Betsy, twelve years earlier, Harper has narrowed his world to working at the local railroad and raising his daughter, Shelly, the best way he knows how. Still wracked with sorrow over the loss of his life-long love and plagued by his role in a brutal, long-ago crime, he wants only to make amends for his past mistakes.

Then one fall day, a train derails in Two Rivers, and amid the wreckage Harper finds an unexpected chance at atonement. One of the survivors, a pregnant fifteen-year-old girl with mismatched eyes and skin the color of blackberries, needs a place to stay. Though filled with misgivings, Harper offers to take Maggie in. But it isn't long before he begins to suspect that Maggie's appearance in Two Rivers is not the simple case of happenstance it first appeared to be.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien donated by the Novel Approach Book ClubMaster storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue sponsored by the Page Turners Book Club
In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

A big THANK YOU to all the book clubs that made donations. Our book bag collections would not be half as good without their generosity. I have more donations to process, so I will let you know when those are available.

Another thing I wanted to let everyone know about. The library will be launching a new online system for reserving book club bags called "KitKeeper". I am currently in the process of setting it up and entering all the data. To that end, I would ask all of you not to send me any reservations requests farther ahead than March 2018, as the more I take now, the longer it will take to get the new system up and running. I will send out another email when it's all ready to go, along with some instructions on how it works. And, I will always be just an email or phone call away to assist you.
Thank You

Helen Cimone
Community Hub Assistant - Collections

Mary J.L. Black Library
901 Edward Street South, Thunder Bay, On P7E 6R2
TEL: (807)-345-8275
FAX: (807)-475-7855
EMAIL: hcimone@tbpl.ca:

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