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Book recommendations

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. If you would like more information on LGBTQ+ life or issues, we have a number of excellent non-fiction books on display in the library. We also have a display of novels which feature gay, bisexual or trans characters. For more information on what this day … Continue reading »

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Need a Good Book Recommendation?

YALSA (The Young Adult Library Services Association) has a database to help you find great teen books. You can search by author, title, year and even GENRE. So, if you just love adventure novels, or romantic books, you can find a convenient list in one place. Check out the database here: http://booklists.yalsa.net/

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Alpha Reads 2017

With the beginning of semester 2 comes the launch of our new Alpha Reads! 10 amazing titles have been chosen that include sci-fi, fantasy, realism and everything in between. Check out the video below for some information about this year’s picks and remember to take a ballot and enter our draw every time you read … Continue reading »

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Ms. Haigh Reads – Under a Painted Sky

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee is an exhilarating western filled with numerous twists, turns and near misses. Set during the California gold rush, the story follows the unlikely pairing of two young women: a young Chinese fiddle player and a runaway black slave who must fight to stay alive. Brought together by unfortunate … Continue reading »

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Ms. Haigh Reads – We All Looked Up

In We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach an astroid called Ardor is barrelling towards Earth and has a 66.6% chance of destroying the world forever.  Told from 4 different points of view, the story follows 6 high school students as they come to terms with the possibility that their lives are over in a few weeks. With the … Continue reading »

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Ms. Haigh Reads – The Blackthorn Key

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands combines historical fiction with a little bit of fantasy and magic. It is a little bit Da Vinci Code and a little bit The Apothecary, but what matters most is that it’s a mystery that is exciting until the very end. This story revolves around Christopher Rowe an apothecary’s apprentice in … Continue reading »

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Remembrance Day

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santaya Remembrance day is the time for Canadians to come together to remember those members of our armed forces who died in battle and to consider the implications of war. At Alpha library we have a number of books related to … Continue reading »

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Ms. Haigh Reads – An Ember in the Ashes

I will start this post off with the fact that I am not generally a fantasy fan. I have always had difficulty picturing imaginary worlds, but in an effort to expand my horizons I read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and absolutely loved it. Though it is fantasy, the world is accessible and filled with the perfect … Continue reading »

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Reads for Halloween

Halloween is almost here, so stop by the library for a creepy scary read. Need a book suggestion? Check out the list of popular horror titles we have at Alpha.

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Ms. Haigh Reads – The Crossover

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a story about family and basketball that is written in verse. This means that the entire novel is made up of poems. But don’t be turned off if you don’t like poetry, these poems are more like hip-hop lyrics and spoken word than ‘traditional’ poems. The plot is easy to follow and focuses predominantly … Continue reading »

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