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What’s New in Fiction at Lethbridge Public Library

Jonathan Jarvie, Information Services Librarian, Lethbridge Public Library

While ordering books to add to the Library’s collections is one of the most fun aspects of being a librarian, it is also one of the hardest. How do you decide which books to purchase? Is one book more worthy than another? Careful consideration has to be paid to each choice, ensuring that the books chosen represent the people (and their interests) of our community. Here are some of the latest books to be added to our fiction collection; descriptions provided by the publisher:

In Conversation with Shari Lapena

As the days get shorter and colder what better way to spend an evening than checking out the Lethbridge Public Library’s The Word On The Street Fall Reading Series? Thursday, December 10, marks the final speaker in our series. While the month of November was devoted to non-fiction, for our final event we once turn once again to fiction, and to the genre of domestic thrillers, in particular. The Library is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Shari Lapena, author of The End of Her, in an online interview.

In Conversation with Desmond Cole

As the days get shorter and colder what better way to spend an evening than checking out the Lethbridge Public Library’s The Word On The Street Fall Reading Series? Our first speaker in November was Jeff Rubin, former Chief Economist and Chief Strategist at CIBC World Markets. Our next author interview, planned for November 26, is Desmond Cole who will be speaking about his book, “The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power”.

A Conversation with Jeff Rubin

This September saw Lethbridge Public Library’s annual literary festival, The Word On The Street, move to an online format, and with that change we were able to extend the event well into the fall with The Word On The Street’s Fall Reading Series. Throughout the fall we’re able to host a number of well-known authors including Jeff Rubin, Desmond Cole, and Shari Lapena. On November 12, Lethbridge Public Library will be hosting the third author in our series, Jeff Rubin.

Jonathan's Top Picks for 2019

We are about to close the books on 2019, and a year of centennial celebrations at Lethbridge Public Library. As part of our celebrations I decided, as one of the library’s adult services librarians, to commit to reading 100 books—one for each year the library has been in operation. I’ll admit the task seemed daunting at first. In setting my task I decided to give myself a rule: everything I read had to have a minimum of 100 pages (which also tied nicely into the hundred theme of the challenge).

Jonathan's Top Picks for 2019

We are about to close the books on 2019, and a year of centennial celebrations at Lethbridge Public Library. As part of our celebrations I decided, as one of the library’s adult services librarians, to commit to reading 100 books—one for each year the library has been in operation. I’ll admit the task seemed daunting at first. In setting my task I decided to give myself a rule: everything I read had to have a minimum of 100 pages (which also tied nicely into the hundred theme of the challenge). I’m happy to report that I have completed my challenge and with a couple of weeks to spare!

Evoking Emotion

One of the things that I love most about books is their ability to evoke emotion. It’s amazing how simple words on a page can make us feel an entire range of emotion: fear, anger, sadness, happiness—the list goes on and on. As I continue to read one hundred books to celebrate Lethbridge Public Library’s one hundredth anniversary, I have encountered books that have triggered a number of these emotions. This week I have chosen to share some of the most emotion provoking books I have read so far this year.

Nostalgia Strikes

While some people may read a book and never return to it, that has never been a problem for me. My latest choices in our “100 Books for 100 Years” challenge were definitely choices of nostalgia, and I returned to authors and books whom I have enjoyed before – in one case, a book I have read a half dozen times. Eventually, however, the need for something new arose, and I turned to some brand new novels from the Library’s Top Reads collection.

Here is a list of three favourite authors, accompanied by two novels that are destined to be read again:

Five New Picks from Jonathan

Our challenge to read 100 books for 100 years is now in full swing. It seems like it was yesterday that I started the challenge, but I am already over a quarter of the way to achieving my goal, having read 25 books. For those following along with the books that I have read, many of the titles are available as part of the Top Reads collection at the Library, and can be borrowed from any of our branches.

These are my latest reads:

Jonathan's Next Picks

This year is going by so fast. Spring has sprung and we are already a quarter of the way through Lethbridge Public Library’s celebration of 100 years of service in our community. Recently, I find myself torn between enjoying the beautiful weather we, or hunkering down to try to keep pace with the challenge I have set for myself this year: to read 100 books. One book for each year of our Library. Although it has been tough, I have not managed to fall too far behind.

Here are the latest books that I have read this year:

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