Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teen Reader's Choice Award 2017








Attention all CEC students! It’s time to participate in the sixth annual CCRSB Teen Reader's Choice Award. This year's top ten books are as follows:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge  
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Beginning on March 21st, participants are encouraged to read one or more of these books and discuss the titles on an online forum with other CCRSB students. Voting for your favourite book from this list will take place until June 2nd. A winner will be announced on June 13th. Students will be able to vote electronically online or in the library by paper ballot.

In addition to in-person discussions, and the TRCA blog, CCRSB is introducing the hashtag #TRCA2017 this year to further build the conversation around literature. Students are encouraged to use the hashtag when voicing their thoughts and opinions of these books online.

During the June 13th awards ceremony a draw will be held with the prize being a Cole's gift card. This ceremony will take place at noon time (12 p.m.) in the library.

Students must participate in the TRCA to be eligible for the draw.

Check out the top ten youtube video and follow us on the CCRSB Libraries facebook page. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

New Fiction










Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel by Morgan Rhodes
Falling Kingdoms; Book Five
“When Mytica is threatened by an epic clash between gods and mortals, Magnus and Cleo are forced to test the strength of their love in the face of a redemption-seeking King Gaius.”–WorldCat

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass; Book Five
“The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world.” –WorldCat

Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Asylum; Prequel
“Ricky Desmond has been through all this before. If he could just get through to his mother, he could convince her that he doesn't belong at Brookline. From the man who thinks he can fly to the woman who killed her husband, the other patients are nothing like him; all he did was lose his temper just a little bit, just the once. But when Ricky is selected by the sinister Warden Crawford for a very special programme--a programme that the warden claims will not cure him but perfect him--Ricky realizes that he may not be able to wait for his mom a second longer. With the help of a sympathetic nurse and a fellow patient, Ricky needs to escape now.” –WorldCat

Replica by Lauren Oliver
“Replica is a flip book that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story.” –Amazon

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
Embassy Row; Book Three
“Desperate to protect her younger brother Jamie, Grace Blakely, her brother, and her friend Alexei are on the run from the forces in Adria who threaten them because Jamie is the true heir to the throne--but it is hard to hide from Prime Minister Alexandra Petrovic and the secret society that is part of Grace's family heritage, and even harder to know who to trust.” –WorldCat

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Rees Brennan
“Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be. But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.” –Amazon

The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
Iron fey. Call of the forgotten; Book Three
“Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world was cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Faery—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.” –Amazon

Will to Survive by Eric Walters
The Rule of Three; Book Three
“After a global blackout, teenager Adam Daley and his neighbors have turned their middle American community into a fortress, defending against countless enemies, but what is lurking in the dark is a greater danger than ever before: somebody who wants to destroy the neighborhood and Adam at any cost.” –WorldCat

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
“On the anniversary of her daredevil brother's death, Jaycee breaks into Jake's favorite hideout, an abandoned insane asylum, where her eccentric friends challenge her to rediscover buried parts of herself.” –WorldCat

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Fiction










A Beautiful Funeral: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
Maddox Brother Series; Book Five
“Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas's oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.” –Amazon

A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
Firebird; Book Three
“Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead. Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.” –Amazon

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
“Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. ” –WorldCat

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
“The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years--except Biff, the Messiah's best bud. Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more--except maybe ‘Maggie,’ Mary of Magdala--and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.” –WorldCat

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
“Henry Page has never been in love. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change. Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again.” –Amazon

RoseBlood by A. G. Howard
"Rune Germain, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of each performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, Rune's mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, at a renovated opera house, rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot.” –WorldCat

Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly
“Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal: to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives. When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together. It's not easy, but between their after-school jobs, they're scraping by. Crystal's grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is. When she secretly applies-and gets in-new opportunities threaten their once-certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sister.” –Amazon

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
“Hawthorn wasn't trying to insert herself into a missing person's investigation. Or maybe she was. But that's only because Lizzie Lovett's disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don't happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she'll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now. So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie's disappearance.  A theory way too absurd to take seriously...at first.” –WorldCat

The Memory Book by Lara Avery
“When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenaged Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.” –WorldCat

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Young Elites; Book Three
“Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.” –Amazon

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
“Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can't step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He's sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did. Norah can't leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn't so screwed up.” –Amazon

Unforgiven by Lauren Kate
Fallen; Book Five
“High school can be hell. Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes. Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails . . . there’s a special place in Hell just for him. Tick-tock.” –Amazon

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Biographies










Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
“Teen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of ‘The 25 Most Influential Teens’ of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.”

How Can I Help?: A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist by David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden
“A humane behind-the-scenes account of a week in the life of a psychiatrist at one of Canada’s leading mental health hospitals. How Can I Help? takes us to the frontlines of modern psychiatric care.” –Amazon

Pablo Escobar: My Father by Juan Pablo Escobar
“More than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with the king of cocaine, Juan Pablo Escobar travels to the past to reveal an unabridged version of his father―a man capable of committing the most extreme acts of cruelty while simultaneously professing infinite love for his family. This is not the story of a child seeking redemption for his father, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and the overwhelming need for peace and forgiveness.” –Amazon

The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra
“Rajiv Surendra (the rapping mathlete from Mean Girls) read Life of Pi, discovered it was being adapted into a major motion picture, and embarked on a ten-year journey to land the role of a lifetime--but this is not a journey of goals and victories, this is a story of obsessively pursuing a dream, overcoming failure, and finding meaning in life.” –Amazon

The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo's Scorpion Prison to Freedom by Mohamed Fahmy
“Award-winning journalist Mohamed Fahmy's widely anticipated account of his wrongful incarceration in Cairo's maximum-security Scorpion Prison for terrorists and political leaders, and his subsequent battle for justice, opens a remarkable window onto the closed world of Islamic fundamentalism and the bloody geopolitical struggles that dominate our headlines. An important book that reads like a political thriller, it is also a testament to the critical importance of journalism today; an inspiring love story that made front-page news; and a profoundly personal drama of one man's fight for freedom.” –Amazon

Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper by Jody Mitic
“Elite sniper Jody Mitic loved being a soldier. His raw, candid, and engrossing memoir follows his personal journey into the Canadian military, through sniper training, and firefights in Afghanistan, culminating on the fateful night when he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees.” –Amazon

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Graphic Novels










Batman: Epilogue by Scott Synder
Batman; Volume Ten
"The dust has settled. After a bloody and brutal battle with Mr. Bloom, Bruce Wayne has reclaimed his mantle as the Dark Knight. But with the city broken and his mind slowly mending together, Batman will have to pick up the pieces of his shattered life and reclaim Gotham City as his own. But what will he do when echoes from his past ripple out into his beloved city's future? And how will this set the stage for the next great era of the Dark Knight?" –WorldCat

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Book Eleven
"The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side.’ As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie . . . and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?” –Amazon

Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes; Book Three
“This New York Times Bestselling series continues with Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley as they take on everything that goes bump in the night. From scary stories to magical portals that lead to a land untouched by time, it's definitely not your average summer.” –Amazon

Lumberjanes: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes; Book Four
“The mystery of history! Jen just wants to have a normal lesson with her cabin, teaching Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley the basic survival skills needed without any supernatural intervention when a blizzard hits camp! Separated from her girls, Jen finds herself in more trouble than ever...until a mysterious stranger swoops in to save the day. Who is this taxidermist? What is her relationship to Rosie? Join Jen as she finds a way back to her girls, and a way to save the day!” –Amazon

Shuriken and Pleats by Hino, Matsuri
Shuriken and Pleats; Book Two
“When the master she has sworn to protect is killed, Mikage Kirio, a skilled ninja, travels to Japan to start a new, peaceful life for herself. But as soon as she arrives, she finds herself fighting to protect the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu, a man who is under attack by a band of ninja. From that time on, Mikage is drawn deeper into the machinations of his powerful family.” –Amazon

The Astonishing Ant-Man: Small-Time Criminal by Nick Spencer
The Astonishing Ant-Man; Book Two
“Scott Lang has his tiny hands full, from one former goliath-sized super hero to a brand new one! His daughter Cassie used to be a Young Avenger. Now, she's de-powered and her life is the worst. But she's about to find out what being a hero really means! Then, it's time for the All-New, All-Diff erent Giant-Man! Can he benefit from Ant-Man's years of wisdom and experience? Maybe Scott should skip the parts where he was a small-time criminal. But wait, one of those parts is right now! Because when the Power Broker strikes him right where he's most vulnerable, Ant-Man will respond the only way he knows how: by breaking the law.” –Amazon

Friday, March 3, 2017

New Fiction










Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
“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.” –WorldCat

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
"Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you're in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he's called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change." –WorldCat

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
“A young woman and her husband, admitted to hospital to have a baby, request that their nurse be reassigned--they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into the courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.” –Amazon

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
“This book is inspired by Big History (to learn about one thing, you have to learn about everything). In The Sun is Also a Star, to understand the characters and their love story, we must know everything around them and everything that came before them that has affected who they are and what they experience.  Two teens--Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica--cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives--Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family's deportation to Jamaica--and fall in love.” –Amazon

The Women in the Walls: A Dark and Dangerous Tale by Amy Lukavics
“Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable—a family.  When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.” –Amazon

The Wonder: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
“A small village in 1850s rural Ireland is baffled by Anna O'Donnell's fast, which began as a self-inflicted and earnest expression of faith. After weeks of subsisting only on what she calls 'manna from heaven,' the story of the 'miracle' has reached a fever pitch. Tourists flock in droves to the O'Donnell family's modest cabin hoping to witness, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud. As Anna deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child, but for getting to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in slow motion.” –Amazon

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
“At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.” –Amazon

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Fiction










All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
“When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.” –WorldCat

Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan's Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.” –WorldCat

End of Watch by Stephen King
Bill Hodges Trilogy; Book Three
“The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers--In End of Watch, the diabolical ‘Mercedes Killer’ drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves. In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened.” –WorldCat

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
IlluminaeFiles; Book Two
“Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.  When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one…. But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.” –Amazon

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
“On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.” –WorldCat

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
“When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.” –WorldCat

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
“The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.” –Publisher

Friday, February 17, 2017

New DVDs










Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles
“This DVD presents 15 of the true legends of jazz drumming in astounding extended solos and in rare, never-before-seen drum duels filmed over the last five decades. Among the highlights are uncut solos from big band legends Sonny Payne, Rufus Jones, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard and Louie Bellson, and small group giants Art Blakey and Joe Morello. Rare drum battles include meetings between: Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole; Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy; Chico Hamilton, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton; Elvin Jones, Sunny Murray and Art Blakey; and a once-in-a-lifetime battle between Buddy Rich and Jerry Lewis!” –Amazon

Jack the Giant Slayer
Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer directs the family adventure starring Nicholas Hoult as Jack. The film also stars Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle; Stanley Tucci as the deceitful Roderick; Ian McShane as Isabelle's father, the besieged King Brahmwell; Bill Nighy as General Fallon, the ferocious two-headed leader of the giant army; and Ewan McGregor as the loyal knight Elmont.” –WorldCat

John Scofield Jazz-Funk Guitar
"On Jazz-funk guitar I, John discusses: intervallic ideas, chordal concepts, string-skipping, playing lines across the fingerboard and developing a personal sound. On Jazz-funk guitar II, he covers chromaticism, playing over changes, form, contour, voice-leading and pedal tones." –WorldCat

Lee Daniel’s’ The Butler
The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more.” –Amazon

My First Name is Maceo
“The classic recordings of James Brown are frequently punctuated with a cry of Maceo! Which listeners often assume to be some funky catchphrase of Brown's own invention. In fact, it was the cue for his long-serving sax man Maceo Parker to step forward and blow his horn! Though essentially a performance film, My First Name Is Maceo captures the musician both on and offstage. Interviews with Maceo, his brother Melvin, and the musicians who have worked with him fill in the background of a story that began way back in 1943 at a North Carolina Housing Project.” –Amazon

Surviving Progress
“Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society or too much of a good thing? Produced by Martin Scorsese, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major ‘progress traps’ facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.” –WorldCat

The Fault In Our Stars
“Hazel and Gus share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges with their health, their courage and dedication to each other prove that while life isn't perfect, love can still be extraordinary in this powerfully moving film based on John Green's New York Times best-selling novel.” –WorldCat

Weather Report Live At Montreux
“Weather Report performs a live concert of jazz fusion music at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival.” –WorldCat

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Is African Heritage Month











CEC Library Resources

Black Fiction:

A Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

Biographies:

Black in the White House: Life Inside George W. Bush’s West Wing by Ron Christie
Black Women Who Made A Difference in Nova Scotia edited by Dolly Williams
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Grant Fuhr: The Story of a Hockey Legend by Grant Fuhr
Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life, Martyrdom, and Meaning for the World by William Robert Miller
My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King
Oprah: A Biography by Kitty Kelley
Political Profiles: Michelle Obama by Jeff C. Young
Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley
Sister To Courage: Stories From The World of Viola Desmond by Wanda Robson
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
The Hermit of Africville: The Life of Eddie Carvery by Jon Tattrie
They Had A Dream by Jules Archer
Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

Websites





This site contains the following: 500 Notable African American Biographies; Quizzes & Crosswords; African-American Quotations; Contemporary Issues and History and Timelines.

Contains video clips, speeches, and a history of the civil rights struggle.



Presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.



This site, Nova Scotia Museum site, explores the years between 1783 and 1785, when more than 3000 Black persons came to Nova Scotia as a direct result of the American Revolution.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fact vs. Fiction

The relationship between information and opinion has always been fluid and uncertain. However, the rise of fake news sites coupled with compulsive social media sharing make for a difficult time deciphering fact from fiction on the web. Research shows that these stories, stemming from lazy journalism or exaggerations aimed at gaining more clicks, are widely shared over social media and are all too frequently deemed to be the truth.The following video discusses how you as an information consumer can discern fact from fiction.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Music CDs











An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Orlando Pops Orchestra, this CD contains selections from various musicals. Titles include songs from Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Phantom of the Opera. –Summary

Billie Holiday
“This greatest hits collection accompanies Ken Burns's documentary Jazz and shows that though she never practiced the vocal gymnastics of an Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday was unquestionably among the greatest jazz singers, with a subtle inventiveness in phrasing and note choice and a tremendous capacity to swing. This collection covers virtually the entire career of a fascinating and troubled artist.” –Amazon

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with music by Danny Elfman
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp featuring original music and songs by composer and musician Danny Elfman. –Summary

Count Basie
This 19-song collection includes music from the 1930s, 1940s and the 1950s. The CD begins with Basie at the piano in Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra for the 1932 ‘Toby’ and ends with five tunes dating from the mid-1950s. –Summary

Clumsy by Our Lady Peace
Clumsy is the second studio album by the Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace. Released on January 23, 1997 by Columbia Records the album is the band's most successful to date, achieving diamond status in Canada.

Grease
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Featuring songs such as ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Haplessly Devoted’ and ‘You’re The One That I Want’. –Summary

Greatest Hits by Guns and Roses
“In the late '80s and early '90s, Guns n' Roses shook up the rock world with their brand of hard rock. Greatest Hits spans the band's work from ‘Sweet Child o' Mine’ to ‘Since I Don't Have You’.” –WorldCat

Milestones by Miles Davis
The complete classic album Milestones by the celebrated Miles Davis Sextet with Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. –Summary

No Place Like Soul by Soulive
No Place Like Soul is Soulive's seventh full-length album. The longstanding instrumental trio has reinvented itself by adding a fourth member in vocalist Toussaint from Boston (former frontman of the reggae outfit China Band). –Summary

River: The Joni Letters by Herbie Hancock             
“Legendary pianist and innovator Herbie Hancock explores the words and music of another musical pioneer, Joni Mitchell, on his first new studio recording for Verve since 1998's Grammy Award winner Gershwin's World.” –WorldCat

Shrek Two
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the hit animated comedy film Shrek 2 featuring songs by David Bowie and Counting Crows. –Summary

Monday, November 28, 2016

New Biographies










Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
“Two victims of infamous Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their dramatic escape.” –WorldCat

Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes
“Told with honesty and passion, Open Heart, Open Mind is Clara’s personal journey through physical and mental pain to a life where love and understanding can thrive. This revelatory and inspiring story will touch the hearts of all Canadians.” –Amazon

The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passarlay
“A twelve-year-old refugee's harrowing escape from Afghanistan and his extraordinary journey across half the world. A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival, of a boy's traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West, that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time.” –WorldCat

The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
“Born to an Anishinaabe father and a non-native mother, he has a foot in both cultures. He is a Sundancer, an academic, a former rapper, a hereditary chief, and an urban activist. Kinew writes affectingly of his own struggles in his twenties to find the right path, eventually giving up a self-destructive lifestyle to passionately pursue music and martial arts. From his unique vantage point, he offers an inside view of what it means to be an educated aboriginal living in a country that is just beginning to wake up to its aboriginal history and living presence.” –WorldCat

Tomcats and House Calls by William O’Flaherty
“Dr. William O'Flaherty draws on thousands of patient encounters, both human and animal, for Tomcats and House Calls: Memoir of a Country Doctor. O'Flaherty’s 24 stories about living and doctoring in rural Newfoundland and New Brunswick are filled with humour and poignancy; insight gained from 40+ years of facing life, death, and the truly unexpected.” –WorldCat

Friday, November 25, 2016

New Nonfiction










Child Soldiers by John Allen
Forgotten Youth Series
“An estimated three hundred thousand child soldiers are serving in armies around the world. Some volunteer or are lured into service with false promises; others are abducted and forced to fight. Child Soldiers presents a powerful, real-world look at the lives of these vulnerable young people.” –WorldCat

Confucianism : A Very Short Introduction by Daniel K Gardner
“First formulated in the sixth century BCE, the teachings of Confucius would come to dominate Chinese society, politics, economics, and ethics. In this Very Short Introduction, Daniel K. Gardner explores the major philosophical ideas of the Confucian tradition.” –WorldCat

Foster Youth by Leanne Currie-McGhee
Forgotten Youth Series
“Over 400,000 US youth are in foster care, mainly due to neglect and abuse by their parents. These youth endure instability as they move from home to home, and uncertainty about their future as others make the decision as to whether they should be reunited with their families or become available for adoption. Foster Youth presents a powerful, real-world look at the lives of these vulnerable young people.” –Amazon

Homeless Youth by Cherese Cartlidge
Forgotten Youth Series
"As many as 2.5 million children and teens experience homelessness each year in the United States. Whether they are with their family or on their own, homelessness is a difficult and often traumatic experience for youth. Homeless Youth presents a powerful, real-world look at the lives of these vulnerable young people.” –WorldCat

Incarcerated Youth by Stephanie Watson
Forgotten Youth Series
“Every day, about 70,000 young people are detained within the U.S. criminal justice system. Thousands of them are tried as adults, and housed in adult prisons. Once in detention centers and jails, young people are vulnerable to violence and sexual abuse. Incarcerated Youth presents a powerful, real-world look at the lives of these vulnerable young people.” –WorldCat

Living Jainism: An Ethical Science by Kanti V. Mardia and Aidan D. Rankin
“Living Jainism reveals the relevance of Jain teachings to scientific research and human society, as well as our journey towards understanding ourselves and our place in the universe.” –WorldCat

Shinto: A Celebration of Life by Aidan Rankin
“Shinto: A Celebration of Life, introduces a gentle but powerful and enduring spiritual pathway reconnecting humanity with 'great nature' and affirming all aspects of life. Structured around ritual cleansing, Shinto contains no concept of sin. It reveres ancestors, but thinks little about the afterlife, asking us to live in--and improve--the present. Shinto is an unbroken indigenous path that now reaches beyond its native Japan. It has special relevance to us as we seek a more balanced and fulfilled way of life.” –WorldCat

Taoism: An Essential Guide by Eva Wong
“Taoism, known widely today through the teachings of the classic Tao Te Ching and the practices of t'ai chi and feng-shui, is less known for its unique traditions of meditation, physical training, magical practice, and internal alchemy. Covering all of the most important texts, figures, and events, this essential guide illuminates Taoism's extraordinarily rich history and remarkable variety of practice.” –WorldCat

Taoism for Dummies by Jonathan Herman
“Explore the philosophy, practices, and scriptures of one of the world's major religions. Herman explains in plain English the fundamental concepts of Taoism, explores in depth the origins and multiple interpretations of the religion, and goes into detail about what it means to be a Taoist.” –WorldCat

Understanding Jainism by Lawrence A. Babb
“This book is designed to be an introduction to Jainism as a religious tradition and way of life. While paying due attention to Jainism's history and doctrinal basics, the book also emphasizes the ways in which formal Jain teachings are manifested in the practices of both laity and the monastic elite. In addition, the book explores the distinctive Jain systems of cosmographic and biological knowledge, and it describes how Jainism is woven into the social identities of Jain communities in modern India.” –WorldCat

Thursday, November 24, 2016

New Graphic Novels










Batman: Bloom by Scott Synder
Batman; Volume Nine
"As the new Batman, former police commissioner Jim Gordon is in for the fight of his life against the bizarre threat of Mr. Bloom, who controls plant life in Gotham City! At the same time, an amnesiac Bruce Wayne has discovered the truth of his past as the Dark Knight -- now; he must descend into the Batcave and reclaim that painful legacy. With Bruce back in the cape and cowl once more, can the combined skills of two Batmen defeat Mr. Bloom and his minions?” –WorldCat

Batman: Superheavy by Scott Synder
Batman; Volume Eight
"After his deadliest battle to date, Batman is bruised, battered and scarred. And forever changed. Now, on the streets of Gotham, in place of the cape and cowl roams an 8-foot mechanized suit of armor. More powerful than ever before, Batman's pursuit of justice has never been more swift or efficient. But who is the new Dark Knight? And why is he... or she here?” –WorldCat

Hollow City: the Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean
“Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London (circa 1940), the ‘peculiar’ capital of the world.” –WorldCat

Monster: A Graphic Novel by Guy A Sims; Dawud Anyabwile; Walter Dean Myers
“While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.” –WorldCat

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan; art by Fiona Staples
Saga; Volume Six 
“After a dramatic time jump, Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.” –WorldCat

Shuriken and Pleats by Matsuri Hino
Shuriken and Pleats; Book One
"When the master she has sworn to protect is killed, Mikage Kirlo, a skilled ninja, travels to Japan to start a new, peaceful life for herself. But as soon as she arrives, she finds herself fighting to protect the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu, a man who is under attack by a band of ninja. From that time on, Mikage is drawn deeper in the machinations of his powerful family." –Publisher.

Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
"SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy."—WorldCat

The Astonishing Ant-Man by Nick Spencer
“Scott Lang was a down-on-his-luck, divorced ex-con -- until he stole renowned scientist and super hero Hank Pym's size-altering technology in the hopes of saving his daughter's life. Through that act of doing wrong for the right reasons, Scott inadvertently learned how to be a hero himself. With Pym's blessing and his daughter Cassie at his side, Scott became... The Astonishing Ant-Man! But when a curveball upends Scott's life, will he continue to be a hero, or will he return to his former life of crime?” –Amazon