Viking Reads is Coming

See a teaser of what’s coming this fall.

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How do I write that sound?

Have you ever been writing an awesome story, or illustrating your comic, and gotten stuck trying to figure out how to represent a sound? Sure, some stuff like ‘splat’ for your ice cream falling on the ground is easy, but what about the sound of crippling ennui, or a cat vomiting? Wonder no more. A panel of comics writers/artists convened to debate the proper onomatopoeia for a variety of sounds. I give you: The Results of the First Annual Regional Terminology Summit, Pacific order of Onomatopoeia Professionals.  

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Vikings Read voting opens May 1st

Voting for this year’s Vikings Read winner will open on May 1st. You can vote at our Surveymonkey site here.  or by clicking the picture. It will not be active until May 24th and the first 50 voters will get a prize.

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Worried about fake news?




So, the term ‘fake news’ has been around a lot lately, but what does it actually mean? According to some people, anything that runs counter to their own views is fake news. For others, it’s propaganda or advertising masquerading as news. There are also web sites written to look like news but that are actually just meant to stir up controversy. The infographic above gives you some tips on what to look for to help you spot fake news. If you’d like more information, the following sites are good not-fake sources.

AllSides looks at bias in news reporting and shows you he same news item covered from different points of view.

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Freedom to Read Week

Freedom To Read Week 2017

What do Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and  the dictionary all have in common? They’ve all been banned in various libraries and schools. This week is national Freedom to Read Week, which focuses on intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Freedom to Read Week does this by highlighting books that have been banned and challenged in various places. At North, we’re  celebrating by having a banned books scavenger hunt. Come by this week to hunt around the library for information about some challenged books, fill out an entry form, and enter to win a Chapters gift card. Maybe you’ll even find a banned book that you want to read.

For more information visit the Freedom to Read web site.

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Vikings Read 2017


Take a look at the books; choose some to read. Find a favourite? You can vote for it in May to help determine this year’s winner. You could possibly win a fabulous-ish prize (and also you’ll have read a good book)!

All of the books are on the poster in the picture, but, just in case, here’s a list:

A Wrinkle in Time Graphic novel  Madeline L’Engle & Hope Larson
George  Alex Gina
The Girl on the Train  Paula Hawkins
House Arrest  K. A. Holt
Lumberjanes #1: Beware the Kitten Holy  Noelle Stevenson
The Nest Kenneth Oppel
One Story, One Song  Richard Wagamese
The Onion Girl  Charles De Lint
Red Queen  Victoria Aveyard
The Truth Commission Susan Juby
The Unquiet Dead Ausma Zehanat Khan
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Question  Randall Munroe
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Speed Book Dating Books

Thank you to all who came to Speed Book Dating last week. I hope you all enjoyed it, and I know that I found a few new books that I want to read and am ordering for the library. Below is the list of books that were shared, along with the names of the people who shared them. If we don’t have the book you’re looking for, it’s on order and we’ll have it soon.

Book Title Author Presenter 
5 to 1 Badger, Holly Alice 
A thousand splendid suns Hosseini, Khaled Caitlyn 
Artemis Fowl Colfer, Eoin Nisha 
Breakfast of Champions Vonnegut, Kurt Adrienne 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Kinney, Jeff Dominik 
Eeeee, Eee, Eeee Lin, Tao Tyler 
Give us the ballot:the modern struggle for rights in America Berman, Ari Ivan 
Guys are waffles, girls are spaghetti Eastham, Chad Samuel 
Hag-seed Atwood, Margaret Ms. Mushens
Horrorstor Hendrix, Grady Gina 
Life After Life Atkinson, Kate Ms Mihic
Magisterium – The Iron Trial Black, Holly/ Clare Cassandra Ms. Finlay
Milk & Honey Rupi, Kaur Gabriella 
Monster calls Ness, Patrick Iona 
Monster Calls, Night Circus Ness , Patrick / Morgenstem, Erin Ms. Smith
Mortal Instruments – City of Heavenly Fire Clare, Cassandra Riddhi 
Othello Shakespeare Eric 
Ready Player One Cline, Ernest Kandrew 
Red Queen Aveyard, Victoria Christopher 
Sophie’s World Gaarder, Jostein Mr. Roberts
Still Alice Genova, Lisa Yasmin 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Sherman, Alexi Farivor 
The Alchemist Scott,Michael Divya 
The Book Thief Zusak, Marcus Erika 
The Book Thief Zusak, Marcus Ms. Hardjowasito
The Gaugin Connection Bk.1 Genevieve Lenard Ryan, Estelle Ms. Cowley
The Girl on the Train Hawkings, Paula Parsa 
The Girl who was supposed to die Henry, April Jaclynn 
The Giver Lowry, Lois Malka 
The Handmaids Tale   Atwood, Margaret Kathy 
The hunger games Collins, Suzanne Nathan
The things they carried O’Brien, Tim Mr. Martino
The Unquiet dead Khan, Ausma Zehanat Farah 
Thirteen Reasons Why Asher, Jay Annie 
Under the banner of heaven Jon Krakauer Isabel 
Wenjack Boyden, Joseph Mr. Rawnsley
Wicked Lovely Marr, Melissa Rossy 
Wild Robot Brown, Peter Shayan 
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Speed! Book! Dating!

Join us on Friday, February 10th for this year’s edition of Speed Book Dating. No, you’re not finding a person to date, you’re sharing your love for your favourite book, and maybe finding a new book to fall in love with. Find new books, share your favourites, maybe win a prize, eat some chocolate.


When: Friday, February 10th, at lunch. Where: In the library, of course. How does it work: Choose a favourite book that you’d like to share; fill out the form you’ll find in the library; be prepared to spend 45-60 seconds sharing with a partner why your book is so awesome and hear about the awesomeness of their book; then, switch to a new partner. It’s fun, it’s fast, and you’ll probably discover new books that you want to read. If you’re coming, please sign up in the library by this Friday, February 3rd.

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