Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ontario Public Library Week - Staying Healthy

Advocating for Yourself with Your Doctor

Talking to your doctor to make sure that you get the care you need can be  difficult when so many health care professionals are rushed, and can't always take time to listen.  Learn the essential skills to make the most of your doctor's appointment with Lorraine Hulley of Niagara Health Partners, the region's first and only professional health advocates.

Tuesday October 21 @ 10:30 am
Moses F. Rittenhouse Library
Free Hearing Health Check
with Connect Hearing, Grimsby
Each 15-minute complimentary hearing health check involves finding out about hearing situations that cause difficulties, listening to a series of beeps  requiring responses to different levels of volume, and a recommendation from a Hearing Instrument  Specialist for further follow up.


Wednesday October 22 @ 10 am to noon

Fleming Library, Study Room


Wednesday October 22 @ 1 to 3 pm

Moses F. Rittenhouse Meeting Room


Please check out our Library Displays on Staying Healthy.

Here are some titles that are on Display.

  • You : the owner's manual : an insider's guide to the body that will make you healthier and younger by  Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz ; with Lisa Oz and Ted Spiker ; illustrations by Gary Hallgren
  • Dr. Joe's health lab : 164 amazing insights into the science of medicine, nutrition and well-being / Joe Schwarcz.
  • The Wellness book : the comprehensive guide to maintaining health and treating stress-related illness / Herbert Benson, Eileen M. Stuart and associates at the Mind/Body Medical Institute of the New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • The Complete Canadian Health Guide by June Engel
  • Cure: Stories of Healing Mind and Body Edited by Kirsten Couse
Come to the library and take out a book today on being healthy and sign up for one of our workshops.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Fall! Today is the first day of Autum and it is all down hill from here.

Well not really. It just means winter is on its way. So let's not think about shoveling snow but instead let's think about Thanksgiving and harvest time.

At both Library Branches, we  have displays on how to can and preserve.  What  a great way to have vegetables and fruits all winter long. I said the " w"  word again. In the Niagara Region we are fortunate to have fresh fruit and vegetables being the banana belt and all.  For more information on the banana belt click on the following link.  http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/04-045.htm

So take advantage of those Farmer road side fruit and vegetable stands.  Then come to the library and take out a preserving book and start your own root cellar.

Here is a list of just some of our preserving books that we have at the Lincoln Public Library.

  • Preserving fruits & vegetables  by Carol Costenbader                                                           
  • The complete book of year-round small-batch preserving : over 300 delicious recipes by Ellie Topp                                                                    
  • Better homes and gardens you can can special edition : [a guide to canning, preserving, and pickling].
  • The joy of keeping a root cellar: canning, freezing, drying, smoking and preserving the harvest by Jennifer Megyesi      

Since we are on the topic of Niagara Region fruits and vegetables. I though that I would let you know that at the Fleming Library we will be having a special guest for Ontario Public Library week, Tiffany Mayer.

Tiffany Mayer is an award-winning journalist with a passion for agriculture journalism. She has written about farming and food for a range of publications, including the St. Catharines Standard, Edible Toronto, the Western Producer and the Toronto Star.
She writes a blog, Eating Niagara http://eatingniagara.com .
She also  leads the Garden of Eating–Niagara, a non-profit she founded that harvests fruit for social agencies in Niagara. Tiffany lives in St. Catharines with her husband and daughter, and their three felines.

Tiffany will  be speaking about her new book, Niagara Food, which will be for sale during her presentation. Also, local refreshments will be served.  Be sure not to miss out on this fabulous author talk on Wednesday October 22 @ 7pm.

Happy Canning!






Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Scotiabank Giller Prize 2014 ... The Winner is Sean Michaels


The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlisted books are:


Important Dates to Remember


September 16, 2014  - Today!


October 6, 2014


November 10, 2014

To find out more about the jury, the finalists, latest new, tweets and more click on the Scotiabank Giller Prize website:



Put a hold on one of these books today.

You never know, the book that you take out may be the wining title.

Stay tuned to this blog for more updates.


Here is the shortlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Check out the following website:
The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its shortlist on Monday, October 6, 2014, derived from a longlist of 12 books. The jury read an astonishing 161 works of fiction this year, submitted by 63 publishers from every region of the country. In the 21st year of the prize, the jury features Canadian author Shauna Singh Baldwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright, and American writer Francine Prose
Beginning this year, the prize purse doubles, with $100,000 going to the winner and $10,000 to each finalist, making the Scotiabank Giller Prize the richest fiction prize in Canada. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.
The shortlisted finalists for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize are as follows:


David Bezmozgis

bezmozgis-betrayersThe Betrayers
published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd


Frances Itani

published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
ani lives in Ottawa.


Sean Michaels

michaels-conductorsUs Conductors
published by Random House Canada
Read the first few pages.


Heather O’Neill

oneill-saturday2The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
published by HarperCollins Canada


Miriam Toews

toews-punyAll My Puny Sorrows
published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada


Padma Viswanathan

viswanathan-raoThe Ever After of Ashwin Rao
published by Random House Canada

Place a hold on or all the shortlist books for the Scotiabank Giller Prize!

Rick Mercer to host the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala


Rick Mercer will host the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala on Nov. 10. The gala will be broadcast on at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. AT /10:30 NT) on CBC Television and livestreamed on CBC Books. Mercer is best known for his political satire on CBC shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report.
Joining Rick Mercer at the gala will be celebrity presenters Kim Coates, Jessica Paré and Naomi Klein. Three more presenters will be named at a later date.
The six books in contention for the $100,000 prize are The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis, Tell by Frances Itani, Us Conductors by Sean Michaels, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill , All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan.

And the Winner is...... 

Sean Michaels for his debut novel Us Conductors.

Sean Michaels has won the most lucrative literary prize in Canada - the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize - for his debut novel Us Conductors.

For more information please visit the Scotiabank Giller Prize Website

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Man Booker 2014 shortlist announced

Please click on the link and find out  more information about the Man Booker Prize from the CBC website.


Click on the above link and take the Quiz!!!!!

The following information is from the CBC website.

Is this the year that Scottish novelist Ali Smith finally takes home the Man Booker Prize?The author of the critically acclaimed dual-narrative novel How to be Both has made the 2014 shortlist, along with five other contenders for the £50,000 (nearly $88,000 CAD) English-language fiction prize for English, the prize organizers announced Tuesday morning. Smith's novels Hotel World and The Accidental were shortlisted for the prestigious award in 2001 and 2005 respectively, but neither won.

The complete shortlist is:
  • Joshua Ferris for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
  • Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North
  • Karen Joy Fowler for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  • Howard Jacobson for J
  • Neel Mukherjee for The Lives of Others
  • Ali Smith for How to be Both

Ferris and Fowler have the distinction of being the first Americans to be named to the shortlist in the award's history. This year is the first time the Man Booker Prize has allowed submissions from writers outside of the Commonwealth countries, the Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe, as long as the works were published in English and available in the U.K. This significant break from history inspired debate among literary circles, with some welcoming the broadening of the rules, and others feeling the prize would lose some of its identity.

The longlist includes four American writers, including Richard Powers and Siri Hustvedt. British literary stars David Mitchell (who had made the shortlist twice before for different books) and David Nicholls are also on this year's longlist.

"We had a lengthy and intensive debate to whittle the list down to these six," said prize judge A.C. Grayling. "It is a strong, thought-provoking shortlist which we believe demonstrates the wonderful depth and range of contemporary fiction in English."

Throughout the award's four-decade history, several Canadians have made the shortlist and a handful have won, including Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood and, last year's winner, Eleanor Catton.


Looking for information from a British Perspective? Click on the link from the Guardian and read the article written by


Follow this article by Roslyn Sulcas from the New York Times.


This year's Man Booker Prize winner will be revealed on Tuesday, October 14.

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is...

14 October 2014
Richard Flanagan is tonight, Tuesday 14 October, announced as the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, published by Chatto & Windus.
The Tasmanian-born author is the third Australian to win the coveted prize which, for the first time in its 46-year history, is now expanded to include entries from writers of all nationalities, writing originally in English and published in the UK. He joins an impressive literary canon of former winners including fellow Australians Thomas Kenneally (Schindler’s Ark, 1982) and Peter Carey (Oscar & Lucinda, 1988 and The True History of the Kelly Gang, 2001).
The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the sixth novel from Richard Flanagan, who is considered by many to be one of Australia’s finest novelists. It centres upon the experiences of surgeon Dorrigo Evans in a Japanese POW camp on the now infamous Thailand-Burma railway. The Financial Times calls it ‘elegantly wrought, measured and without an ounce of melodrama… nothing short of a masterpiece.’
Named after a famous Japanese book by the haiku poet Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is described by the 2014 judges as ‘a harrowing account of the cost of war to all who are caught up in it’. Questioning the meaning of heroism, the book explores what motivates acts of extreme cruelty and shows that perpetrators may be as much victims as those they abuse. Flanagan’s father, who died the day he finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North, was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway.
Richard Flanagan was announced as the 2014 winner by AC Grayling, Chair of judges, at an awards dinner at London’s Guildhall, which was broadcast live on the BBC News Channel. Flanagan was presented with a trophy from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and a £50,000 cheque from Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive of Man Group. The investment management firm has sponsored the prize since 2002.
AC Grayling comments: ‘The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war. Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism.
‘This is the book that Richard Flanagan was born to write.’
In addition to his £50,000 prize and trophy, Flanagan also receives a designer bound edition of his book, and a further £2,500 for being shortlisted.
On winning the Man Booker Prize, an author can expect international recognition, not to mention a dramatic increase in book sales. Sales of Hilary Mantel’s winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, have exceeded a million copies in their UK editions, published by Fourth Estate. Her novels have subsequently been adapted for stage and screen, with the highly acclaimed theatre productions of both novels arriving on Broadway in April 2015. Granta, publisher of Eleanor Catton’s 2013 winner, The Luminaries, has sold 300,000 copies of the book in the UK and almost 500,000 worldwide.
AC Grayling, philosopher and author, was joined on the 2014 panel of judges by: Jonathan Bate, Oxford Professor of English Literature and biographer; Sarah Churchwell, UEA’s Professor of American Literature; Daniel Glaser, neuroscientist and cultural commentator; Alastair Niven, former Director of Literature at the British Council and at the Arts Council, and Erica Wagner, former literary editor and writer.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Veronika has been with the Lincoln Public Library for 25 years!

Celebrate Veronika Reiser’s 25th Anniversary with LPL!

Please join us in the meeting room of the Moses F. Rittenhouse Library on Thursday September 11, anytime between 2 and 4 to help celebrate Veronika Reiser’s 25 years with Lincoln Public Library.

Veronika started working in the old Vineland Library on First Avenue (now the Niagara Academy of Tennis) on September 11, 1989. At the time, the library shared the building with the tennis club. Veronika also worked at the old Jordan Library.

In the mid-1990s, in addition to her work helping the public, Veronika took over organizing the LPL art shows, having been on the executive of the former Lincoln Regional Arts Council. She continues to coordinate the shows at both LPL locations. She also became the library’s first employee whose specialty is local history. The collection at the Moses F. Rittenhouse Library in Vineland has flourished under her supervision, and people contact her from all over to ask questions about Lincoln and Niagara history. She also organizes the library’s popular Local History Talks and is active in the community, as a member of the Museum Volunteer Association Board and Friends of Lincoln’s History.

Please join us on the 11th. There will be cake!


September is National Yoga Month

Come and celebrate National Yoga Month at the Lincoln Public Library!
How you may ask?  We have the answer... Books and DVDs.

Here is a list of some of the Yoga DVDs available.
  • Yoga Journal's Yoga for relaxation & meditation
  • Yoga meltdown
  • The works with Sharon Mann. Yoga, Pilates
  • Yoga. Yoga during pregnancy--without prior yoga experience                                                                                                                     
If you are looking for some books, check some of these out.
  • Stretch it yoga by Kyla Wilson     
  • Yoga for living : stay young
  •  Yoga at work : 10-minute yoga workouts for busy people by Miriam Freedman
  • The stressbusting book of yoga, massage & aromatherapy : a step-by-step guide to improving your well-being, with expert advice and 900 stunning photographs                                                             

There is always something new you can learn @ your Library.     

Happy Yoga Month!