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Non-fiction is Non-boring?

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

As someone who studied literature once upon a time, I always considered the good books to be shelved in the fiction section. Non-fiction was strictly on a need to (forced to) read (forget about on my desk) basis. It seems I was missing out.

Sure there are a lot of manuals about proper photocopier maintenance and grass identification techniques, but the wonderful world of non-fiction (the world most of us actually live in apparently) can be every bit as entertaining as the world of Harry Potter, or whatshername Vampire girl.

I doubt it will come as any great surprise when I tell you the Calgary Public Library has a LARGE non-fiction collection. If fiction’s just not your thing, you want to try something different, or if your photocopier is making strange noises in the night, you might want to remember that non-fiction is fun, informative (yes the two can co-exist) and available at the Library.

Here are a few titles you may (should) want to (yes, want to) check out.

It's non-fiction, it's a graphic novel and it's awesome. Houdini the Handcuff King is an account of one of the legendary escape artist's greatest tricks. It's beautifully drawn, an interesting read and all around cool. This is a great book for anyone who loves magic, history or... handcuffs?

Finally, our love of Monarchies and our love of violence have come together in one book! Royal Murder is the story of ten unfortunate royals and the horrible things that happened to them. If you're not sold already, it also has photos!

"It is good to give a girl compliments
Don't go crazy with them though."

How to Talk to Girls is full of great advice from author Alec Greven who wrote it at age 8.....

Read the Movie

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

Tons of books are popping up on the silver screen lately! Movies based on books (mooks?) are a huge trend right now. Here are some of my favourites...

at the movies

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight Cover

Cirque du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant, by Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak Cover

Gossip Girl, by Cecily Von Ziegesar

gossip girl cover

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne

Boy in the Striped Pajamas


Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (like Twilight, this one stars Kristen Stewart!)

...And here are some to watch for:

Beastly, by Alex Flinn

Beastly cover

The Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith (starts in Fall on the CW) ... see the trailer here!

Vampire Diaries

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins ... you'll have to wait until 2011, but check out the book trailer and first chapter here!

New MoonNew Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (in theatres this November) ... Check out the movie tie-in covers for New Moon, here!

Can you do better than the producers? What book do you think should be turned into a TV show or movie?

Open 24/7 & Available Worldwide

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

Teen on laptop

I'm about to blow your mind. Are you ready? The Library is open 24/7. It's true (almost).

You can download e-books and audio books from our E-Library whenever you want! This also means that you can access the Library while you're on vacation, from anywhere with internet access. Just look under Books, Authors, & E-Books for the databases!

Overdrive is our most popular database for downloads. You'll need to install a media console on your computer, but then you'll be able to get tons of books for your computer or iPod.

You can download either audio books (which you listen to) or e-books (which you read). Two of my favourites are Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Jinx, by Meg Cabot.

While you're browsing, click "Recommend this Title to a Friend" to let your friends know about the awesome books you find!

You will need a library card to download books, so if you haven't got one (or if your fines are sky-high), come in and chat with us!