ESA’s Own Book Club does Canada Reads 2017!

The 2017 Canada Reads Finalists have been announced.  This year’s theme is: What is the one book Canadians need now?

Join us, in the evening, on Wednesday March 8th, as the ESA Book Club engages in our own Battle of the Books.

If you’d like to join us, please:

Stay tuned!  We’re going on a field trip to the Canada Reads taping on the morning of Thursday March 30th.

  • Details to follow shortly.

White Pine 2016

The White Pine 2016 books have arrived!

Check out the titles – and plan for which one you want to read first – at the ESA Library Pinterest website.

The books will be going out on display – and be available to sign out – on Monday November 9th.

  • Drop by the Library.  Check out a book.
  • Get your White Pine passport…  and White Pine swag.
  • Read 5 books and be eligible to vote for your favourite in April.
  • Join us, in May 2016, at Harbourfront for the Festival of Trees.

On Curiosity…

  • Have we outsourced our curiosity to Google?
  • Ian Leslie’s book about curiosity shows how the trait advances human knowledge and culture, and is essential in all our lives.

Read the article, and interview with the author, at The Toronto Star.

Public Libraries

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A gorgeous visual celebration of America’s public libraries including 150 photos, plus essays by Bill Moyers, Ann Patchett, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, and many more.

Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to a public library: the unmistakable musty scent, the excitement of checking out a stack of newly discovered books. Today, the more than 17,000 libraries in America also function as de facto community centers offering free access to the internet, job-hunting assistance, or a warm place to take shelter. And yet, across the country, cities large and small are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operation. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of these endangered institutions. The Public Library presents a wide selection of Dawson’s photographs- from the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California’s one-room Tulare County Free Library built by former slaves. Accompanying Dawson’s revealing photographs are essays, letters, and poetry by some of America’s most celebrated writers. A foreword by Bill Moyers and an afterword by Ann Patchett bookend this important survey of a treasured American institution. (From the blurb at Chapters)

See an excerpt of photos at The Toronto Star.  Watch for it to arrive in the ESA Library this fall…

Are you still reading?

New Report Shows ‘Dramatic Drop in Reading Among Teens’

On May 12, Common Sense Media announced the release of “Children, Teens, and Reading,” a research brief that offers a unique, big-picture perspective on children’s reading habits in the United States and how they may have changed during the technological revolution of recent decades.

Learn more at School Library Journal.

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On the Value of Reading…

EQAO finds reading for pleasure boosts test scores.The EQAO, Ontario’s testing body, reports that kids who read for pleasure do better in reading and writing tests.  For math, it’s the attitude that counts.

Read the full article at The Toronto Star.

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Are Library Closings Damaging Canada’s Collective Memory

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The Writers’ Union of Canada is watching with increasing alarm media reports about the closing of federally established research libraries. Recent reports in the Victoria Times Colonist, The Tyee online newspaper, and other outlets suggest collection consolidation and site closings have likely resulted in the loss of priceless research materials related to water, fish, and wildlife studies in Canada.

“This raid on our science libraries is a national tragedy. The legacy of a century’s research into Canada’s most vital resource—water—has been dismantled and worse, in some cases, discarded,” said Harry Thurston, incoming Chair of TWUC. “Coupled with the widely reported muzzling of scientists, I fear that it threatens to plunge us into a new dark age for scientific research and science and nature writing in this country,”

Thurston is the winner of multiple science writing awards, including the 2011 Lane Anderson Award for best science book in Canada, The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History. Thurston says that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries were vital to the writing of his book.

“Authors view our national library system as crucial,” added TWUC’s current Chair, Dorris Heffron, “not just as a repository of our research history, but as a key resource for our continued work.”

In the last year, the Writers’ Union has spoken out against cuts to library services in Toronto, at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, and now the science library system nationwide. “The rush to increased digitization must not happen at the expense of all the valuable work done to this point,” insisted Heffron.

(From an e-newsletter from The Book and Periodical Council (BPC))

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