There you are, listlessly roaming the aisles of books. You scan the shelves, select a title, then replace it with a shake of the head after skimming the back cover. You flip through the rows of DVDs, searching in vain for something you haven't already watched multiple times. Moving on to the music, your disappointment is evident as you pull random CDs from their slots and quickly stuff them back into place. The depressing reality of your situation has settled heavily on your slumped shoulders: your favourite author has finally stopped publishing posthumously, yesterday's newly released DVD of the latest season of your favourite TV show has failed to appear on the library's shelves yet, and your favourite music group has succumbed to the temptation of fame and fortune, and gone mainstream. Shuffling empty-handed to the front door, you shrug and shake your head with a rueful smile in response to our concerned inquiry, "Find anything?"
You've got the I-can't-find-anything-to-read (or watch, or listen to) blues. Here's the cure. Take our summer reading challenge...TRY SOMETHING NEW!! Each week during the summer, we'll have a display of fiction and non-fiction books, CDs, magazines, DVDs, and audiobooks focusing on a different theme. Inside each item you borrow from the display you'll find a ballot. You can check a box indicating whether or not you'd recommend the item to someone else and then write a short review, leaving it for the next customer to find and continue the conversation. Enter to win a weekly prize draw for a reusable library bag and a journal by filling in the bottom portion of the ballot and returning it to the library. You'll also be entered to win one of ten Kobo Touch eReaders at the end of the summer.
Are you ready to cure your blues? Branch out, broaden your reading, watching and listening horizons. You never know, you might find a new author who's prolific, and still alive. Or a TV series you've never heard of with a whopping ten seasons' worth of DVDs to watch. Or a musician with the moral fortitude to stay true to their genre, however obscure it may be. Participate at your local library branch or on our Facebook page. Also check out the Reader's Nook Blog.